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Iranian Parliament Speaker to visit DPRK (Postponed)

Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, address the 3rd World Conference of Speakers of Parliament on 19 July 2010 in Geneva (Photo: Flickr/IPU Conference Page)

UPDATE

Ali Larijani’s visit to east Asia has been postponed and will be rescheduled.  CNN reports:

Ali Larijani’s trips were intended to promote parliamentary cooperation.

“The time for Larijani’s visit has changed and we will announce the new time when it is determined,” said Hijatoleslam Hossein Sobhaninya, a member of the presiding board of parliament, according to Mehr.

In May, a report compiled by a U.N. panel of experts looking into Security Council violations by North Korea found the country continues to trade banned weapons technology with several nations, including Iran.

 

Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani will visit the DPRK for three (3) days beginning on 6 September, prior to traveling to China.  ICANA reports:

Hossein Sheikholeslam, international affairs advisor to Larijani told ICANA on Saturday that the Majlis speaker will leave Tehran for Pyongyang on Sunday, September 5 and will stay there for three days.

Larijani’s two-nation tour of East Asia will also take him to Beijing where he will hold talks with Chinese parliamentary and political officials.

Sheikholeslam noted that Larijani’s tour of China and North Korea is aimed at further promotion of parliamentary cooperation and relations. He will also discuss the latest developments in the region with Chinese and DPRK officials.

News of Larijani’s visit occurred as the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung reported that the DPRK delivered simulation software and trained Iranian technicians during early 2011.  Reuters (via Jerusalem Post) reported:

The Sueddeutsche said the computer program, called Monte Carlo N-Particle Extended, or MCNPX 2.6.0., was used widely for civilian purposes but is subject to strict export controls because it can also be used to develop atomic bombs.

It is unclear how North Koreagot hold of the software.

The paper said a North Korean delegation travelled to Iran in February to train 20 Defense Ministry staff in the software.

The IAEA has voiced growing concern in the last year about possible military dimensions to Tehran’s nuclear program, saying it had received new informationincreasing such concerns.

On 21 July 2010, Larijani met SPA Chairman and CC KWP Secretary Choe Tae Bok (Choe T’ae-pok) on the sidelines of last year’s Conference of Speakers of Parliament held in Geneva.

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