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Iranian Diplomats Meet Top North Korean Official


(RFE/RL) January 19, 2007 -- A top North Korean official today met visiting Iranian diplomats for talks.


North Korea's state media reported that Kim Yong-Nam, president of the North Korean parliament, met with a delegation from the Iranian Foreign Ministry that arrived in Pyongyang on January 18.


No other details were given.


North Korea announced it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.


The United States and some European governments accuse Iran of seeking nuclear arms, a charge that officials in Tehran have consistently denied.


The UN Security Council voted unanimously in December to apply limited sanctions to Iran over its nuclear activities, which have prompted criticism from the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.


(AFP)

The Proliferation Threat

The Arak heavy-water plant in central Iran (Fars)

BENDING THE RULES. Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, told an RFE/RL-Radio Free Asia briefing on January 9 that the West is hamstrung in dealing with Iran and North Korea because of the way it has interpreted the international nonproliferation regime to benefit friendly countries like India and Japan.


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