Iran denies missile technology exchange with North Korea
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Ministry denied on Tuesday a U.N. report that Tehran had exchanged missile technology with North Korea, a move which could be a violation of Security Council sanctions.
Iran and North Korea are both under U.N. sanctions over their nuclear ambitions. Iran says its nuclear program is aimed at peaceful purposes mainly to generate electricity.
The report, obtained by Reuters over the weekend, said North Korea appeared to have been exchanging ballistic missile technology and expertise with Iran in violation of Security Council sanctions.
Iran has announced a string of achievements in its missile technology in the past years.
"We have repeatedly rejected reports on the exchange of ballistic missile technology or parts with any country," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at a news conference in Tehran.
"Our scientific and technological capabilities are high enough so that we do not need any other country to give us such technology."
Western powers fear Iran is trying to build nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic technology which Tehran says is used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warheads.
The U.N. sanctions include bans on trade in nuclear and missile technology with both Iran and North Korea, as well as arms embargoes. They also ban trade with certain firms and impose asset freezes and travel bans on some officials in the two countries.
(Writing by Reza Derakhshi; Editing by Peter Graff)
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