WikiLeaks Cables Shed Light on N.Korea-Iran Connection

      November 30, 2010 10:12

      South Korean and U.S. officials discussed the future of a unified Korean Peninsula after the collapse of the North Korean regime, according to diplomatic cables unveiled on Sunday by WikiLeaks. And despite international surveillance, North Korea managed to export 19 mid-range missiles to Iran, and U.S. intelligence believes military cooperation between the two countries is far more extensive than previously thought.

      WikiLeaks on Monday published some 250,000 diplomatic cables that the U.S. State Department exchanged with U.S. embassies overseas including South Korea over the last three years. They contain information that North Korea exported 19 BM-25 missiles to Iran with a range of 3,000 km, which puts the capital cities of most major West European countries and even Moscow within range.

      South Korean and U.S. officials discussed the future of the South if the North Korean regime collapses and mooted offering economic incentives to China in order to calm its nerves. The U.S. government also ordered diplomatic missions abroad to gather information about UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

      The cables show that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told American diplomats to gather information on several high-ranking UN officials including Ban's biometric data.

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