North Korea has at least eight industrial facilities that can produce chemical agents; however, the production rate and types of munitions are uncertain. Presumably one or more of the agents [sarin, tabun, phosgene, adamsite, prussic acid and a family of mustard gases] comprising the basis of North Korean chemical weapons are produced at the Sariwon Potassic/Potash Fertilizer Complex, probably including precursors for tear and asphyxiating agents.
Sariwon Potassic/Potash Fertilizer Complex
The Third Seven-Year Plan emphasized synthetic fiber production based on indigenous technology using coal and limestone, and on the production of chemical fiber based on petrochemistry. The government called for accelerating the expansion projects at both the Sinuiju and Ch'ngjin chemical fiber complexes. The textile industry, the most important light industrial sector, utilizes primarily locally produced synthetics and petrochemically based fibers, as well as cotton and silk. P'yongyang, the site of the P'yongyang Integrated Textile Mill, is the country's textile capital, but Sinuiju and Sariwon have been gaining in importance.
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