US warns of North Korean chemical weapons threat

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Associated Press

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. official says military action against Syria would deter North Korea from using chemical weapons.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Miller said Tuesday that a retaliatory strike against the Syrian government would uphold the international norm that chemical weapons must not be used. Miller said he emphasized to his Chinese counterpart that lowering the threshold for chemical weapons use could put U.S. troops at risk and threaten global security.

China opposes strikes on Syria by the U.S. or its allies in response to an Aug. 21 chemical attack near Damascus that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that North Korea possesses a massive stockpile of chemical weapons that threatens South Korea and the 28,000 U.S. troops stationed there.

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