(SCOTSMAN) - North Korea has sent a message of solidarity to Iran amid suspicions that it boasted of having nuclear weapons to raise the stakes while United States attention is focused on Iran’s nuclear program.
North Korea declared yesterday for the first time it possessed nuclear weapons and pulled out from talks on its weapons program, saying it needed a defence against a hostile US.
The North Korea’s official news agency said officials had sent messages of congratulations to Tehran on the 26th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution.
Iran - North Korea relations are described as being positive by official news agencies of the two countries. Diplomatic relations picked up following the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and the establishment of the Islamic Republic. Iran and North Korea pledge cooperation in educational, scientific, and cultural spheres.
North Korea was one of few countries on the Iranian side during the Iran–Iraq War.