Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

N. Korea, Iran share ballistic missile know-how: UN
by Staff Writers
United Nations (AFP) May 15, 2011

North Korea and Iran are suspected of sharing ballistic missile technology, according to a UN sanctions report which China has sought to block, diplomats said Sunday.

A Chinese representative on a UN panel of seven experts on North Korea nuclear sanctions refused to sign on the report, which said prohibited material was moved through a "neighboring third country", according to diplomats.

The country is not named in the report, excerpts of which were passed to AFP, but diplomats said it was China, the isolated north's closest ally.

The New York Times reported that Beijing had put political pressure on the expert not to sign.

"There are certainly going to be some tough talks on the report this week," said one diplomat, speaking like the others on condition of anonymity. The sanctions panel's work is to be discussed on Tuesday.

The UN Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea after two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. It is banned from dealing in nuclear and ballistic material.

"Prohibited ballistic missile-related items are suspected to have been transferred between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran on regular scheduled flights of Air Koryo and Iran Air," the report said.

Air Koryo and Iran Air are the national airlines of North Korea and Iran. Both countries face UN sanctions over their nuclear programs.

North Korea used cargo flights because there was less security, the report said.

North Korea's international nuclear dealings have faced growing examination from the United Nations and western countries.

Six nation talks on ending the North's nuclear weapons drive have been stalled since December 2008.

Proliferation fears were heightened last November when the North said it had a uranium enrichment plant, which could give it a second way to make atomic bombs in addition to its plutonium stockpile.

China sought to block a previous sanctions panel report on North Korea this year which called for tougher implementation of sanctions and outlined the North's progress with uranium enrichment.

The new report was sent to all 15 members of the Security Council at the weekend and can only be released when there is unanimous agreement.

China has sought to bring North Korea back into the six-party nuclear talks, which also include South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States.

South Korea has insisted there can only be new six nation talks when the rival North has shown it is serious about negotiations and shown some kind of remorse for sinking a South Korean warship and shelling a frontier island last year. The North has denied sinking the ship.

The US special envoy on North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, will hold talks in Seoul this week focused on the stalled nuclear negotiations.


Related Links
Learn about missile defense at
All about missiles at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

US man jailed for smuggling anti-aircraft missiles
Los Angeles (AFP) May 9, 2011
A US man was jailed for 25 years on Monday for smuggling goods including surface-to-air missiles from China in the first conviction under a 2004 anti-terrorism law, officials said. Yi Qing Chen was convicted last October on charges of smuggling drugs and counterfeit cigarettes as well as conspiring to import missile systems designed to destroy aircraft, the FBI said. The evidence present ... read more

A Wrinkly Old Reveal Clues To Its Past

MoonBots Challenges Teams to Conduct Lunar Missions with LEGO Robots

Earth's Nearest Neighbor Within Reach

Space Adventures proposes modified Soyuz TMA for Lunar tourists

Opportunity Cracks The 18-Mile Mark

Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell Delivered To Launch Site

Mars Express Sees Deep Fractures on Mars

Opportunity Images Small Craters

Heaven is a 'fairy story': Hawking

Putting the Common Housefly onto the dinner plate

JPL Facility has Built Famed Spacecraft for 50 Years

Texas Space Alliance Celebrates New Space "Tourism" Law

Top Chinese scientists honored with naming of minor planets

China sees smooth preparation for launch of unmanned module

China to attempt first space rendezvous

Countdown begins for Chineses space station program

The Sabatier System: Producing Water on the ISS

Andrews Space Delivers Cargo Module Power Unit for Orbital's Cygnus Spacecraft

ISS orbit to be readjusted for Soyuz TMA-20 return

Soyuz is in the launch zone at Europe's Spaceport

Another Ariane 5 begins its assembly at the Spaceport

ST-2's installation on SYLDA marks the start of final payload integration for Ariane 5's next mission

Arianespace to launch ABS-2 in 2013

GSAT-8 put through its paces

Flipping Hot Jupiters

What a scorcher: 'Hot Jupiter' puzzle explained

An Earth as Dense as Lead

Astronomers unveil portrait of 'super-exotic super-Earth'

Video gaming teens sleep less: study

DAICHI (ALOS) Operations Completed

Making strong, tough metallic glass cheaply

Lessening the Dangers of Radiation

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement