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Ukraine: Lawmaker Claims Evidence Of Arms Deals With North Korea, Iran

Kyiv, 27 November 2002 (RFE/RL) -- An opposition lawmaker in Ukraine said today that he has evidence that President Leonid Kuchma's government sold arms to North Korea and Iran. Hryhoriy Omelchenko, a former security official, appealed to the parliamentary speaker to convene a closed hearing next month in which he promised to reveal his information.

Omelchenko did not specify what arms were allegedly sold to North Korea and Iran.

U.S. investigators have already cited a "credible possibility" that Ukraine transferred a sophisticated radar system to Iraq via an intermediary.

Ukrainian officials have denied the allegations and appealed to the United Nations Security Council to send a team to investigate.

U.S. President George W. Bush has called Iraq, North Korea, and Iran an "axis of evil" for their alleged efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction.