According to an article posted at the Daily Telegraph, the North Koreans have agreed to share all the data and information they received from their successful nuclear bomb test last October with Teheran’s nuclear scientists.

In the article, a “senior European defense official” told The Daily Telegraph that North Korea had invited a team of Iranian nuclear scientists to study the results of last October’s underground test in order to assist Teheran’s preparations to conduct its own weapons tests. Although it remains unknown just how close the Iranians are to completion of a viable nuclear weapon, some experts think that they could be ready for an underground test as early as the end of this year.

On Monday the Iranians barred 38 (mostly western) nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from entering the country. This latest move by Teheran to thumb its nose at the international community is probably a direct result of the UN Security Council’s decision to impose limited trade sanctions on Iran over its refusal to cease uranium enrichment.

In a statement posted today at the Islamic Republic News, Iran’s official news agency, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said that according to the Safeguard Agreement, Iran is naturally entitled either to accept or reject some of the UN nuclear watchdog’s inspectors.

The prospect of the Iranians and the North Koreans teaming up to produce nuclear weapons is disturbing to say the least, but there is very little that can be done to prevent two countries from collaborating on such matters due to weak support from the UN member states to impose any sanctions with teeth, not to mention the UN’s unwillingness to enforce any sanctions it does impose.

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