Iran denies co-operation with North Korea

2012-12-11 18:50
An Iranian nuclear research facility. (File, AP)

An Iranian nuclear research facility. (File, AP)

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Dubai - Iran and North Korea are not co-operating on missile and nuclear development, Tehran's foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Japan's Kyodo News agency this month reported, citing a Western diplomatic source, that Iran had stationed defence staff in North Korea since late October, apparently to strengthen co-operation in missile and nuclear development.

"What has been said about missile and nuclear co-operation between Iran and North Korea is completely baseless," said Ramin Mehmanparast, Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson, in his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

Mehmanparast said Tehran and Pyongyang did co-operate militarily during Iran's eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, but after that point, their co-operation was limited to humanitarian and political affairs.

The two countries signed an agreement to co-operate in science and technology earlier this year.

North Korea has had close ties with Iran. Leaked US diplomatic cables from 2010 showed that US officials believed Iran acquired ballistic missile parts from North Korea.

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