Meet with top Israeli leaders at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference 2017
'Iranian officials observed N. Korean rocket launch'
ByJPOST.COM STAFF
April 16, 2012 14:35
Diplomatic source tells South Korean news agency that Iranian officials traveled to N. Korea specifically to watch rocket launch, receive test data; S. Korean gov't neither confirms nor denies report.
North Korean Unha-3  Rocket [file]

North Korean Unha-3 Rocket 370. (photo credit:REUTERS)

A dozen Iranian officials traveled to North Korea to observe the country's rocket launch, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Monday, quoting a diplomatic source.

The much hyped long-range rocket launch ended in failure on Friday. According to US and South Korean officials the rocket crashed into the sea a few minutes after send-off. Pyongyang had defied international pressure from the United States, the United Nations and others to push ahead with the launch timed to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the deceased founder of the state, and to coincide with the ascent to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



The diplomatic source told Yonhap that the Iranians from the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) arrived in North Korea a couple of weeks earlier, "undoubtedly there to observe the missile launch and receive test data," from the country.

The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the veracity of this report.

According to the news agency, South Korean government officials did not confirm or deny the claims.

SHIB officials have been subject to US sanctions in the past, under accusations that they were helping Iran develop nuclear weapons.

Reuters contributed to this report
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Nuclear
  • north korea
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Ohio shooting
    March 26, 2017
    Ohio nightclub shooting leaves 1 dead, 14 wounded

    By REUTERS

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 10 - 24
      Beer Sheva
      11 - 19
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 11 - 21
      Jerusalem
      10 - 19
      Haifa
    • 16 - 30
      Elat
      12 - 25
      Tiberias