Bahram Qassemi

No nuclear ties between Iran, North Korea: FM spokesman

IRNA – Foreign media reports on Iran-North Korea nuclear cooperation is not thought-out, and far from reality, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.

‘There have been consultations between Iran and Japan, and there would be more in the future. Crisis in the Korean peninsula is one of the issues in the talks,’ Bahram Qasemi said, referring to the recent visit by Japanese Prime Minister’s special envoy to Tehran.

‘But I am not informed whether the Japanese party has asked Iran any specific demand,’ he added in his weekly press briefing.

The Korean crisis is an important issue that the Iranian and Japanese officials have expressed their viewpoints about it, Qasemi said.

‘What is going on today in Korean peninsula is a complicated situation that, maybe, after the missile crisis in 1960s, the hydrogen bomb tests and the crisis have caused extensive concerns at the international level,’ the Iranian diplomat added.

‘However, we have not had any contact with North Korea on the issue,’ he said, rejecting the reports by some foreign media on Tehran-Pyongyang nuclear cooperation.

‘Our stances on weapons of mass destruction are clear and based on religious teachings; these are not new stances,’ he said.