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To: DoctorZIn

US Worried By N. Korea, Iran Missile Link

July 24, 2004
Reuters
Khaleej Times Online

TOKYO -- There is strong evidence that North Korea and Iran are cooperating on missile development, a senior US official was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun daily did not name the US official, whom it quoted as telling reporters on Friday during a visit to Tokyo that Iran had given data on launch tests to North Korea.

Iran and North Korea are part of US President George W. Bush’s “axis of evil”.

“There is very strong evidence indicating that Iran and North Korea are cooperating on ballistic missile development,” Asahi quoted the US official as saying.

The comments coincided with a visit to Japan by US Undersecretary of State John Bolton, part of a drive by Washington to breathe life into six-party talks aimed at ending a 20-month-old standoff over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Bolton was scheduled to leave on Saturday after talks with Japanese officials.

North Korea shocked Japan and the world in 1998 when it launched a Taepodong ballistic missile that passed over Japan before splashing into the sea.

Japan is also concerned about North Korea’s Rodong-1 missiles, which have a range of around 1,300 km (800 miles), and upon which Iran’s Shahab-3 ballistic missile was based.

In a September 2002 summit with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pledged to extend a moratorium on ballistic missile launches.

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32 posted on 07/24/2004 10:30:16 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

"There is strong evidence that North Korea and Iran are cooperating on missile development"

Gee, No Kiddin'?


35 posted on 07/24/2004 4:16:52 PM PDT by nuconvert (Had this been an actual emergency, we would have fled in terror and you wouldn't have been notified.)
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