Burma Working on Nuclear Weapon in Secret Jungle Site

Witnesses say they've seen secret facility, missiles: WikiLeaks reveal
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2010 7:45 AM CST
Burma Working on Nuclear Weapon in Secret Jungle Site
Myanmar soldiers march during ceremonies Saturday, March 27, 2010, marking the 65th anniversary Armed Forces Day in Naypitaw, Myanmar.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

(Newser) – Burma may be building nuclear weapons, according to some of WikiLeaks’ State Department cables. A Burmese officer told US diplomats that he’d seen North Korean technicians helping to build “a concrete-reinforced underground facility,” where surface-to-air missiles were being assembled, the Guardian reports. Another witness said he’d seen suspicious cargo coming into Rangoon by ship, according to a cable dated January 2004.

Another cable notes that work on the site seemed at an early stage, and haphazard. Rumors of a Burmese nuclear weapons program have been swirling since 2002, and the country is openly pursuing a civilian reactor with help from Russia. But a 2009 cable reveals that a Burmese official recently let slip to an Australian ambassador that the Russian deal was just for “software, training,” while the country worked with North Korea on “hardware.” (Read more Myanmar stories.)

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