Thursday, December 9, 2010

Top Level Iranian Defector: I Regularly Saw ‘North Korean Technicians’ in Tehran

The former Iranian consul general to Norway told reporters on Tuesday that he had regularly seen North Korean technicians at the Tehran airport between 2002 and 2007.
France 24 reported:

A former Iranian diplomat who defected to the West said on Tuesday he had regularly seen North Korean technicians at Tehran airport between 2002 and 2007.

Western intelligence agencies suspect North Korea may be helping Iran to develop long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons technology. Tehran insists it simply wants to develop civilian nuclear power.

Mohammed Reza Heydari, Iran’s former consul general in Norway, defected amid protests in his homeland over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election. Norway granted him asylum in February.

On Tuesday he told reporters at a meeting organised by the Paris-based think-tank the Centre of Political and Foreign Affairs that he had seen North Koreans when he had been a foreign ministry official at Tehran airport.

“I saw them with my own eyes,” he said. “They were treated in a very discreet manner, in order to pass through without being seen.”

Heydari said he was “100 percent certain” that these contacts continue and alleged he had spoken to members of Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards Corps who confirmed that Iran plans to build a bomb.