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Burma nukes: State Dept noncommittal


Sam Roggeveen


5 August 2009 12:39

From Monday's press briefing by US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley:

QUESTION: On North Korea and Burma issue, according to a couple of the news reports in Australia over the weekend, Burma has underground nuclear complex built with the help from North Korea. Is this part of what Secretary Clinton tried to allude to when she talked about concerns about military cooperation between Burma and North Korea?

MR. CROWLEY: We do have concerns about the nature of cooperation between both Burma and North Korea, and North Korea and any other country. And as the Secretary did during her recent trip, she argued quite forcefully that all countries have responsibilities regarding the UN sanctions and we are hard at implementing them. I think over time, we would like to clarify with Burma more precisely the nature of its military cooperation. The Secretary was encouraged that Burma said that it would abide by its responsibilities under the sanctions that were recently passed by the UN, and we will be looking to see them implement those sanctions.

QUESTION: Is the U.S. aware of this kind of underground nuclear complex, possibly with help from North Korea?

MR. CROWLEY: It is an issue of concern and it is an issue that we continue to focus on intensively.

QUESTION: Well, what’s an issue of concern? The facility?

MR. CROWLEY: The nature of cooperation between North Korea and Burma.

QUESTION: Well, are you saying that you are aware of this facility?

MR. CROWLEY: I’m not commenting on any particular facility.

As Andrew Selth said on Monday, since nuclear allegations against Burma first appeared in 2002, 'no government or international organisation has made any official statement on this issue'.

For a good archive of articles on Burma and nukes, see here.