Iran working with North Korea to thwart U.N. nuclear inspections: report
Photo by: Yao Dawei
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Kim Jong Un, third from left, the third son of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il, applauds while watching the Arirang mass games performance staged to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Yao Dawei)
A prominent Iranian dissident group released a new report Friday claiming Iran has been working with North Korean experts to deceive U.N. nuclear inspectors visiting suspect sites in Iran.
Iran’s clerical regime has been working on ways to conceal the military dimensions of its nuclear projects from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for some time and sought the advice and expertise of North Korean consultants to do so, according to the report from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
The NCRI’s claim was not immediately verifiable, and the dissident group is known for its controversial history in Washington. However, the group is seen to have deep sources inside Iran’s nuclear community and its members are credited with having made game-changing revelations about Tehran’s activities in the past.
Similar NCRI claims in the early 2000s exposed the existence of Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility and the Arak heavy-water plutonium facility — two operations that have been at the center of international scrutiny and distrust of Tehran during the years since then.
According to the latest report, a number of North Korean officials have set up shop in Tehran and remain there even after the signing of the nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and major world powers on July 14.
The North Korean visitors “have expertise in ballistic missile and nuclear work areas, particularly in the field of warheads and missile guidance,” the report reads.
“Over the past two years the North Korean teams have been sharing their experiences and tactics necessary for preventing access to military nuclear sites,” NCRI added.
The North Koreans reportedly instructed their Iranian counterparts on how to deny IAEA inspectors access to their nuclear sites and advised them to build tunnels and underground nuclear sites.
FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE CLICK LINKClick here for the Top 12 Moments in Jewish History...LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN! »