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Burma Rejects US Speculation Over Nuclear Link With North Korea - 2004-02-11


Burma has rejected speculation by a senior aide to an influential U.S. lawmaker that there is a possible nuclear link between North Korea and Burma.

During a speech in Washington Monday, the aide to Senator Richard Lugar said there is a growing relationship between North Korea and Burma. He said Senator Lugar is concerned that Pyongyang may have provided nuclear technology to the Burmese military and sold Scud missiles to Rangoon.

In Rangoon Wednesday, a government spokesman called the suggestions false and disconcerting. He said Burma does not require nor want weapons of mass destruction.

The U.S. State Department has said it can not confirm the Senate aide's assertions.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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