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Wednesday, May 18, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Report: 200+ North Korean technicians working at Iran nuclear, missile facilities

LONDON — Iran is said to be hosting North Korean missile and nuclear personnel.


North Korea is said to have sent more than 200 engineers to help Iran's missile and nuclear program. Japan's Mainichi Shimbun daily reported that the North Korean engineers were working in Iran's nuclear facilities, including the enrichment facility at Natanz.

"They carry passports in other names so as not to reveal their immigration records or movements," Mainichi Shimbun said on May 16.

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The newspaper said the North Koreans were working in 12 Iranian missile and nuclear locations. The North Korean presence was said to have been expanded over the last two years amid U.S. efforts to block Pyongyang's missile and nuclear exports to Iran.

"The more than 200 engineers are divided between 12 locations including Natanz, where there are uranium enrichment facilities," the newspaper said.

The United Nations Security Council has completed a report that asserted that North Korea was supplying missile technology to Iran through China. Iran has denied this.

Another Western report said Iran was constructing missile facilities in the South American country of Venezuela. Germany's Die Welt said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was building an intermediate-range rocket-launch facility near Columbia.

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