Burma and North Korea: Conventional allies or nuclear partners?

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Title Burma and North Korea: Conventional allies or nuclear partners?
Author Selth, Andrew
Journal Name Australian Journal of International Affairs
Editor Andrew O'Neil
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract During the third quarter of 2009, there was a spate of reports in the news media and on the Internet accusing Burma and North Korea of engaging in a range of activities that potentially threatened regional security. It was claimed that the Naypyidaw regime had developed a close relationship with Pyongyang that included North Korea's sale to Burma of conventional weapons, assistance in the development of Burma's defence infrastructure and arms industries, and even collaboration on a nuclear weapons program. Given the lack of hard evidence, however, these reports raised more questions than they answered. Burma's nuclear status remains unknown. Another puzzle is why no government or international organisation has yet made an official statement on this particular issue, despite all the publicity it has attracted. Should it be determined that Burma does indeed have a secret nuclear weapons program, then a key question would be whether the generals are likely to be any more receptive to international concerns than they have been in the past, on other issues.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357710903544072
Volume 64
Issue Number 2
Page from 145
Page to 165
ISSN 1035-7718
Date Accessioned 2010-05-03
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/32216
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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