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North Korea Linked to Possible Myanmar Nuclear Program

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Like many article about North Korea this one about North Korea proliferating nuclear technology to Myanmar (Burma) is pretty thinly sourced:

(Via Democracy for Burma)

THE recent aborted voyage of a North Korean ship, photographs of massive tunnels and a top secret meeting have raised alarm bells that one of the world’s poorest nations may be aspiring to join the nuclear club – with help from its friends in Pyongyang.

No one expects military-run Myanmar, also known as Burma, to obtain an atomic bomb anytime soon, but experts have the Southeast Asian nation on their radar screen. “There’s suspicion that something is going on, and increasingly that cooperation with North Korea may have a nuclear undercurrent. We are very much looking into it,” says David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington, DC think tank.

The issue is expected to be discussed, at least on the sidelines, at this week’s ASEAN Regional Forum, a major security conference hosted by Thailand. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with representatives from North Korea and Myanmar, will attend. Alert signals sounded recently when a North Korean freighter, the Kang Nam I, headed toward Myanmar with undisclosed cargo. Shadowed by the US Navy, it reversed course and returned home earlier this month.

It is still not clear what was aboard. US and South Korean officials suspected artillery and other non-nuclear arms, but one South Korean intelligence expert, citing satellite imagery, says the ship’s mission appeared to be related to a Myanmar nuclear programme and also carried Scud-type missiles. The expert, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said North Korea is helping Myanmar set up uranium- and nuclear-related facilities, echoing similar reports that have long circulated in Myanmar’s exile community and media. [Associated Press]

Does anyone see the irony of David Albright being cited in a article claiming the North Koreans are proliferating uranium nuclear technology to Myanmar?

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  • gerry
    12:25 pm on July 24th, 2009 1

    When you need to get a story and one that can sell, why not go to the fringe. They always have a theory that astounds most people and increases profits. I mean, it could be true. (and if it is, perhaps another 'Peabody'). Until, and unless, further information becomes available, I won't hold my breath.

 

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