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North Korea Exported Nuclear Materials to Iran

Posted November. 07, 2004 23:22,   


Japan’s Sankei Shimbun, citing Japan’s military sources, reported on Sunday that North Korea exported fluorine gas, one of the ingredients for building a nuclear weapon, to Iran in May of this year.

According to the Shimbun, North Korea air transported several kilograms of fluorine gas, a requisite material for producing the “fluorinated uranium (UF6),” a material needed for making enriched uranium, to Iran on May 20.

The sources asserted that “Iran entered into a treaty with North Korea due to the fluorine import difficulties arising from international trading restrictions, indicating that North Korea is participating in Iran’s nuclear development program.”

Won-Jae Park parkwj@donga.com