North Korea denies reports on nuclear cooperation with Syria
North Korea's foreign ministry Tuesday denied allegations that the country may be helping Syria develop a nuclear weapons facility. "Recently some US media including the New York Times have been spreading allegations that we are secretly helping Syria with its nuclear programme. Such reports are groundless and misleading," a ministry spokesman said, according to AFP.
He rejected reports by The New York Times and Washington Post last week that North Korea could be helping Syria build a nuclear weapons facility. "We, as a responsible nuclear power, already declared in October 2006 that we will never allow the transfer of nuclear materials, and we have been sticking to this declaration," the spokesman said in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency.
"Allegations about secret nuclear cooperation are nothing but a clumsy plot set up again by vicious forces who do not want progress in North Korea-US relations and six-party talks," he said.
The Washington Post quoted unnamed intelligence sources as saying the Israeli secret service had relayed the information about the claimed nuclear links to the US government.