Pyongyang also possesses technology that would enable Iran’s uranium enrichment programme to increase its output. However concrete evidence that North Korea has supplied the Iranians with its superior equipment has not been uncovered by IISS.
The disclosure marks a disturbing escalation in the race for nuclear weapons technology by the two states which are seen to present the biggest threat to global security.
The emergence of a North Korean “comparative advantage” over Iran in uranium enrichment has caught experts by surprise. Iran has been working for 20 years on manufacturing advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium to weapons grade. However North Korea has make [sic] the breakthrough to produce advanced machines where Iran had failed.
The IISS’s fears over North Korea’s activities are widely shared by defence experts.