Iran and North Korea agree to cooperate in science, technology

  • Iran and North Korea have signed an agreement to cooperate in science and technology, according to Iranian media reports.

    The two nations are set to work in the fields of information technology, engineering, biotechnology, renewable energy, the environment, sustainable development of agriculture and food technology, according to Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA).

    The agreement was signed by Farhad Daneshjoo, Iran's Minister for Science, Research and Technology, and North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun.

    Following the announcement, ILNA quoted Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying: "The Islamic Republic of Iran and North Korea have common enemies, because the arrogant powers do not accept independent states.”

    North Korea has shared close ties with Iran in the past. Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables from 2010 revealed that U.S. officials believe Iran had acquired ballistic missile parts from North Korea.