Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, June 13, 2003

Well, that can't be good news

Western intelligence sources said Iran and North Korea have exchanged several visits of nuclear scientists over the past five six months. They said the visits focused on an effort to duplicate nuclear infrastructure assets. Iran and North Korea want to ensure that their nuclear weapons programs can withstand an international embargo or military strike.

"The level of Iranian-North Korean nuclear cooperation this year has risen dramatically," a senior intelligence source who monitors North Korea said. "Iran is moving away from relying on Russia and sees North Korea as its major guarantor of Teheran's nuclear program."

A U.S. official confirmed the exchange of visits between Iranian and North Korean nuclear scientists during 2003. The official said Teheran has sought to acquire North Korean nuclear weapons expertise as Russia comes under increasing U.S. pressure to suspend construction of the Bushehr nuclear reactor.

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