- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 19, 2006

From “Saddam’s Sudan” by William Safire, New York Times, March 23, 2000:

It was first hinted at six months ago in a paragraph by the well-connected Bill Gertz of The Washington Times: “A Pentagon intelligence agency reported earlier this month that North Korea offered to sell the government of Sudan an entire factory for assembling Scud missiles.” Enter Amir Rashid, Iraq’s oil minister and Saddam Hussein’s chief procurer of ballistic missiles. Two years ago, I’m told, Rashid paid a secret visit to Pyongyang and saw North Korea’s missile marketer, Chon Byong-Ho. Saddam’s man also visited Chang Gwang Sinyong Corporation, a key world source of illicit arms. Topic A was Scuds, many of which were secreted by Iraq in Sudan to escape U.N. detection. A year later, Iraq’s chief engineer, Ra’ad Ismail Jamil, received a North Korean delegation in Baghdad. Only five weeks ago, says my informant, two delegations arrived in Khartoum, capital of Sudan. One was a group of North Korean technical experts, the other was a military research mission from Baghdad. Their project? The Koreans are said to be working on a building a ballistic-missile plant near Khartoum, with Iraqi financing of $475 million… and Baghdad gets its old missiles refurbished and new, longer-range missiles built… The current U.S. assessment is that any Iraqi-financed missile factory “cannot be confirmed,” although there is no doubt that North Korea has been peddling arms in Sudan.

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