Clinton Voices Concern Over Burma-N. Korea Arms Links

Secretary of state will push ASEAN for tough enforcement of N.Korea sanctions
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 4:49 PM CDT
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton answers questions from reporters during a press conference at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, Pool)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is concerned about possible military cooperation between Myanmar and North Korea, the New York Times reports. In Thailand on the eve of the ASEAN conference, the secretary of state told her hosts that their country would be particularly vulnerable to a pernicious relationship between the two dictatorships. Clinton hopes to shore up support for tough enforcement of the sanctions in the latest UN resolution against North Korea.

The US military recently tracked a North Korean vessel headed to Myanmar on suspicion of arms trafficking until the ship reversed course. Besides conventional weapons, North Korea is also suspected of assisting Myanmar with efforts to develop a nuclear program. Photos taken by Burmese dissidents show networks of tunnels on the outskirts of Myanmar’s capital reportedly built by North Korean engineers.