Xinhua recently published an article criticizing Western media for making up stories about an Iran-North Korea joint effort to build long range nuclear missiles. The article referred to the London based Telegraph, which on July 21, 2011, reported on a study done by the British think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Xinhua said that IISS suggested that the two aforementioned nations are jointly developing nuclear missiles. Also mentioned in the Xinhua report were a report from the Israeli Jerusalem Post and suggestions made by U.S. think tank Rand. Reuters also reported on some “guess work” by the South Korean Defense Minister on the same effort. The Xinhua article downplayed the situation and suggested that it will be too hard for these two nations to come up with a usable intercontinental missile platform any time soon, although it is possible they may have “some kind of cooperation."
Xinhua, July 29, 2011
Telegraph, July 21, 2011