by Tony Badran
An undated image released during a briefing by senior
Two weeks ago, a report appeared on the Japanese news site Nikkei quoting Western intelligence sources as saying that North Korea was once again providing “sensitive military technology” to Syria. The report got little coverage in the Western media and came shortly before US the under secretary of state for political affairs, William Burns, is scheduled to visit
A day after the Nikkei report, the
Indeed, the Nikkei story claimed that
The brazenness of this development was remarkable, even by North Korean and Syrian standards. It showed just how much of a gambler Bashar al-Assad really is and has been since he inherited power in
This comes against the background of a recent war of words between
To be sure, the North Korean-Syrian military relationship has not been confined to nuclear cooperation. Rather, as the Nikkei report notes, it also extends to ballistics and chemical weapons.
Since the days of Hafez al-Assad, the Syrian regime has unsuccessfully sought to achieve “strategic parity” with
As if renewed military cooperation with
George W. Bush’s warning of an “axis of evil” involving
This weapons proliferation should make those who advocate “containing”
The ongoing strong military cooperation between
Tony Badran is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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