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Iran, North Korea Agree On Closer Ties


http://gdb.rferl.org/214C38E6-1FA2-424A-B068-C2D4AF4A0575_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/214C38E6-1FA2-424A-B068-C2D4AF4A0575_mw800_mh600.jpg North Korean envoy Kim (left) in Tehran today with Vice President Parviz Davudi (Fars) May 11, 2007 -- Iran and North Korea have agreed to increase bilateral contacts, an Iranian news agency has reported.


The Iranian Students News Agency reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Manucher Mottaki signed the agreement with visiting North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Yong Il on the evening of May 10.


Mottaki said Tehran wants to expand political, economic, and cultural ties with North Korea.


Under the accord, delegates from the each country would meet every other year to "exchange ideas" about international issues.


(Reuters, ISNA)

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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