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Report: British officials investigating whether Iran assisted North Korea in nuclear programSenior British officials told The Sunday Telegraph that it is likely that other countries aided North Korea in its missile and nuclear programs. “North Korean scientists are people of some ability, but clearly they’re not doing it entirely in a vacuum,” a minister said. Iran is at the top of the list of suspected countries.
British officials fear that the recent technological advancement in North Korea’s nuclear capabilities may be the result of Iranian aid, The Sunday Telegraph reported. According to the report, Iran may have helped Pyongyang in its quest to attach nuclear warheads onto missiles.
The sources added that the British Foreign Office is investigating whether “current and former nuclear states” helped the North Korean regime with its nuclear program. “North Korean scientists are people of some ability, but clearly they’re not doing it entirely in a vacuum,” a British minister told the newspaper.
The minister added that Iran is at the top of the list of states suspected of providing North Korea with some kind of aid. The possibility of Russian assistance is also being reviewed.
In addition, the report stated that Western officials believe that foreign countries likely supplied North Korea with either the equipment or the expertise needed in order to take additional steps on its path toward becoming a nuclear state.
On Thursday, US President Donald Trump responded to the recent developments in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. After speaking on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump told reporters that military action is not his “first choice” in dealing with Pyongyang.
“We will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea. I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100%. We had a very, very frank and very strong phone call," Trump said from the White House's South Lawn.
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