Iran, N Korea missile cooperation mere speculation: Defense min.
Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:15PM
The Iranian defense minister stated that Tehran has so far dispatched nobody to Pyongyang for missile cooperation.Vahidi’s comments came after Japan's Kyodo News Agency quoted a Western diplomatic source as saying earlier this month that Iran had dispatched defense staff to North Korea in late October, apparently to boost missile and nuclear cooperation between the two countries. On December 12, North Korea launched a rocket which it said put a weather satellite into orbit. Japanese media also said a team from Iran's defense ministry was present at the time of the missile launch, a claim Iran has denied. The US and its allies insist the North Korea's missile launches are disguised tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. Pyongyang has dismissed the claims. SF/ASH/SS/MA