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North Korea Could Help Myanmar Obtain Nuke Tech, Expert Says

April 13, 2011 Comments off

globalsecuritynewswire

Myanmar could create systems for nuclear weapons with North Korean support, but the Southeast Asian state has yet to build such equipment, former International Atomic Energy Agency official Robert Kelley said on Monday (see GSN, April 11).

The nation possesses multiple facilities it might tap for uranium enrichment, the Yonhap News Agency quoted Kelley as saying. The enrichment process can produce civilian as well as weapons material.

The facilities incorporate German equipment, said Kelley, now a fellow with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

“When the Germans are inspecting, the factories appear to be civilian,” he said. “But Read more…

Dozens killed and injured in Burma quake: official

March 25, 2011 Comments off

smh.com

More than 60 people were killed, 90 people injured and dozens of buildings destroyed when a strong earthquake struck Burma near the Thai border, officials from both countries said today.

Tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres from the epicentre, Hanoi and parts of China during the earthquake yesterday, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) measured at magnitude 6.8.

A Burma official said dozens of people were killed in two towns close to the epicentre.

“The death toll of the quake has increased to more than 50 in Tarlay and Mine Lin townships,” said the official, who declined to be named.

“Roads are also closed. According to the information that we have, more than 130 buildings collapsed because of the quake. There might be more casualties and damage.”

Across the border, Thai authorities said a 52-year-old woman was killed in Mae Sai district after a wall in her Read more…