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(LEAD) Pentagon suspects NK-Syria ties on chemical weapons

2013/09/06 05:05

(ATTN: UPDATES with Lavoy's comments, details in last 3 paras)

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- The Pentagon said Thursday it believes North Korea and Syria may have cooperated on the chemical weapons front as well as nuclear program.

"I think there's been sharing between North Korea and Syria on any number of fronts," George Little, press secretary for the Defense Department, said at a news briefing. "There has been a relationship and an exchange of information between North Koreans and the Syrian regime for some time."

   He cited the Al Kibar nuclear facility in Syria, allegedly built with North Korea's help and destroyed by an Israeli strike in 2007.

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