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Iranian Defense Ministry denies presence in North Korea
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_iranian_defense_minister_1.jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Defense Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday dismissing the news reports claiming that the ministry’s experts are in North Korea and cooperate with the country in ballistic missile development. 
 
The ministry issued the statement in response to the fact that newspapers in Japan and South Korea have reported that Iranian observers were in the North for the successful launch of a rocket, which put a weather satellite into orbit, on Wednesday. 
 
A number of countries, including the United States and South Korea, claim  the launch may be a cover for testing ballistic missile technology. 
 
The Iranian Defense Ministry statement read, “Such baseless allegations are made in line with psychological warfare and efforts to divert attention from the anti-humanitarian measures of the Zionist regime in producing and proliferating nuclear weapons and the United State’s recent nuclear test in the Nevada Desert.” 
 
Israel is widely believed to be the Middle East’s only nuclear power, but it neither confirms nor denies this under a “strategic ambiguity” policy.
 
The U.S. successfully carried out a subcritical nuclear test in Nevada on December 5 to test the safety and effectiveness of its nuclear weapons. 
 
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