Iran official supports North Korea nuclear programs

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 22, 2011 11:40

 
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SEOUL, South Korea — A senior Iranian official expressed support for North Korea's controversial nuclear activities, as long as they are restricted to energy projects.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Saturday that Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the country is "not opposed" to North Korea using nuclear technology to generate electricity.

Both North Korea and Iran are accused of using energy projects to hide the development of nuclear weapons and are under intense international pressure to give up their nuclear programs.

The two countries are also suspected of nuclear cooperation.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests in recent years and is believed to have produced enough weaponized plutonium for at least half a dozen bombs.

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