N. Koreans And Burmese Building Secret Facilities in Burma, Wikileaks Cables Say
December 10, 2010
Burma (ChattahBox World News)—Speculation that Burma could be the home of new nuclear and missile facilities has heated up, with word that a new facility is under construction 300 miles northwest of Rangoon, the UK Guardian reports. A Burmese officer said that he witnessed North Korean technicians helping build an underground facility in the Burmese jungle, according to a cable from the U.S. embassy in Burma that was recently released by Wikileaks.
An expat businessman separately told the U.S. Embassy that he saw a huge reinforced steel bar being brought into Burma on a barge, and other witnesses also reported suspicious cargo being brought into the area. These reports fuel previous rumors that Burma is building a nuclear bomb with North Korea’s help, the Guardian reports.
Burma denies that the country is involved with nuclear weapons and claims that no North Koreans are in the country, but the officer quoted in the leaked embassy cable claimed to have personally seen some North Koreans working at the construction site. All signs seem to indicate that any Burmese facility is still in the early stages, but officials are still concerned, noting the risk that Burma “could join Pakistan, North Korea, and possibly Iran in having a nuclear bomb,” the Guardian reports.