Wednesday 11 December 2019

North Korea, Iran team up for nuclear arms race

Damien McElroy in London

North Korea and Iran are jointly working on weapons programmes designed to build a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, a think-tank has said.

According to a study by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), North Korea's weapons programmes are benefiting from Iranian technology.

In return, Pyongyang is supplying technology to Iran's uranium enrichment programme which allows it to increase its output.

The disclosure marks an escalation in the race for nuclear weapons technology by the two states.

Mark Fitzpatrick, the IISS expert on weapons proliferation, said North Korea possessed a technological edge over Iran in making nuclear equipment.

"What previously had been a one-way flow of North Korean nuclear sales to Iran is now going two ways," he said.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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