By Evelyn Lin
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2011-11-15 03:48 PM
South Korean diplomatic sources said the revelation supports long-held suspicious that North Korea has been a major player in Iran’s secret nuclear weapon and missile programs, which could be tipped with biological or chemical weapons, according to KoreaTimes.co.kr.
The international community has long suspected that North Korea has been behind the proliferation of nuclear weapons technology to Iran, Syria, Myanmar and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, In Beijing, the Chinese government repeated its opposition to sanctions on Iran as a means of pressuring the Islamic Republic to comply with American demands over its nuclear program.
Once again, the Foreign Ministry also said China was opposed to conflict in the Middle East, which its said would be against the interests of the region and the entire world.
America has said it will push for sanctions, to add to those it has passed unilaterally and four sets of United Nations sanctions already in force. To get further UN sanctions passed, however, America will need the support of Russia and China, both of which hold the power of veto as permanent members of the UN Security Council.
At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Hawaii on Sunday, US President Barack Obama said China and Russia share the United States' objective of stopping Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program, and that he would be consulting with them on how to achieve it. Analysts, however, say this does not mean there is any agreement on sanctions.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report that it believes Iran carried out activities that were tied to the development of a nuclear explosive device under a structured program until 2003 and that some of its activities may be ongoing.
Much of the US media, with instigation from hawkish voices in Israel, France, the UK and the US, has been whipped into an anti-Iran frenzy over the last week surrounding the release of a report from the IAEA.