South Korea and Australia stepped up pressure on North Korea Thursday to abandon its nuclear weapons program, calling for the North to choose a path toward peace through trust.
Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin and their respective Australian counterparts Bob Carr and Stephen Smith held their first joint security dialogue in Seoul, with North Korea and bilateral security issues high on the agenda.
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The report of North Korea’s chemical weapons proliferation is part of a larger effort to aid Syria. North Korean military advisers are reportedly in Syria, helping Assad’s army with logistics, planning and artillery tactics. In January, the Israeli Air Force struck Syria’s main research facility for chemical and biological weapons, which has been linked to North Korea. In 2009, at least two North Korean arms shipments were intercepted on their way to Iran, for the likely use of Syria’s terrorist ally, Hezbollah, or Hamas. That same year, Greek authorities intercepted a shipment of 14,000 chemical protective suits and boxes of chemical reagents in transit from North Korea to Syria.
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