China denies it is conduit for N. Korea-Iran weapons trade

May 18, 2011 08:31

BEIJING - China rejected on Wednesday reported allegations by UN diplomats that it was a trans-shipment point for banned nuclear missile technology between North Korea and Iran.

UN diplomats said in the report, obtained by Reuters over the weekend, that North Korea appeared to have been exchanging ballistic missile technology and expertise with Iran in violation of Security Council sanctions.

The report did not identify China, but said North Korean-Iranian missile trade went via a country neighboring North Korea, which diplomats at the United Nations told Reuters was China.

"I completely deny such a view," Assistant Chinese Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue told reporters at a briefing. He did not elaborate.

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