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Aleppo

By 1997 some reports suggested that China had assisted Syria in the modernization of Scud-B missiles, with North Korea and Iran (with Chinese assistance) participating in constructing underground facilities near Aleppo and Hama for the joint production of Scud-C missiles (under North Korean technology and M-9 missiles under Chinese technology).

Syria has used the expansion of its pharmaceuticals industry as a cover for purchases relating to its chemical weapons program. Several dual-use sites are of concern, including a pharmaceuticals plant in Aleppo that as of 1991 remained unfinished since 1989, after the Syrian government had invested nearly $40 million in its construction.




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