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N.Korea''s weapons sales to Middle East, Africa top USD 100 million

TOKYO, Jan 12 (KUNA) -- North Korea exported USD 100-million worth of weapons to the Middle East and Africa last year, Seoul's public broadcaster KBS reported Monday, citing a source familiar with the matter.
According to KBS, North Korean authorities used the money reaped from such exports to strengthen the North's military ability and renovate the residences of leader Kim Jong-il.
During the 1980s' Iran-Iraq War, Pyongyang made billions of dollars through the sale of arms, but since then, its export volume of weapons has been on a continuous decline, the report said. In particular, the imposition of UN sanctions that came after the Norths nuclear test in October 2006 has taken a huge bite out of the countrys weapons export profits.
Some countries are concerned that North Korea's state-of-the-art military technology is being exported to Syria and Iran. In September 2007, Israel conducted an air strike on a building in Syria that was suspected to be a military facility set up with the help of North Korea. (end) mk.tg KUNA 121655 Jan 09NNNN