Well, like we didn’t suspect this for years already…
A story appeared in a South Korean online newspaper today that reported on North Korea’s nuclear collaboration with Iran. An unnamed source said that hundreds of North Korean nuclear and missile experts have been collaborating with their Iranian counterparts in more than 10 locations across the Islamic state.
The revelation lends credence to long-held suspicions that North Korea was helping Iran with a secret nuclear and missile program.“Hundreds of North Korean nuclear and missile engineers and scientists have been working at more than 10 sites (in Iran), including Natanz and Qom,” the source said, citing human intelligence he declined to identify for security reasons. The source would not allow the specific number of North Koreans to be published, citing the sensitivity of the intelligence, and would not give further details on the extent of the collaboration.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the issue. Repeated attempts to contact the Iranian embassy in Seoul by telephone were unsuccessful.
Natanz is home to a fuel enrichment plant and a pilot fuel enrichment plant,the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report on Iran’s nuclear program published last week. North Korea, which conducted two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, revealed a year ago that it is running a uranium enrichment facility. Highly enriched uranium can be used to make weapons, providing Pyongyang with a second way of building
nuclear bombs in addition to its existing plutonium program.
Both North Korea and Iran are under United Nations sanctions for their nuclear programs.