Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.
The White House on Monday released a statement commemorating the four-year anniversary of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, where more than 1,400 people were killed.
The nerve agent sarin was used in the April 4 chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians that killed more than 90 people, including several children, an international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Wednesday that the Trump administration’s warning to the Syrian government against using chemical weapons appears to have worked for now.
The White House on Monday cautioned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons, warning President Bashar al-Assad that there would be a “heavy price” if his regime used the weapons again.
The Trump administration has leveled sanctions on a top Islamic State leader who plays a key role in the terror organization’s chemical weapons development program, the first ever such designation by the United States in its ongoing fight against the terror group, according to the Treasury Department.
Former President Barack Obama claimed in an interview published Monday that not bombing Syria during his time in office “required the most political courage.”