North Korea Denies Sharing Nukes
Posted on Sep 18, 2007
The North Korean government has denied allegations that it shared nuclear technology with Syria. A senior U.S. nuclear official earlier insisted that North Koreans were in Syria, possibly to supply the latter with illicit equipment.
AP via Yahoo:
Andrew Semmel, acting deputy assistant secretary of state for nuclear nonproliferation policy, did not identify the suppliers, but said North Koreans were in Syria and that he could not exclude that the network run by the disgraced Pakistan nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan may have been involved.
In a related editorial Sunday, a state-run newspaper in Syria said “the magnitude of these false accusations might be a prelude to a new aggression against Syria.” Al-Thawra said suggestion of such nuclear cooperation was “a flagrant lie.”
The North’s Foreign Ministry claimed that the suspicions are “nothing but a clumsy plot” fabricated by “dishonest forces” who do not want to see “progress in the six-party talks and in the (North Korea)-U.S. relations.”