No proof of Iran-North Korean cooperation: Russia

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Russia on Friday questioned the veracity of a leaked United Nations report alleging technological transfers between North Korea and Iran.

"As far as we know, there is no reliable evidence that Iran and North Korea are cooperating, especially regularly exchanging missile technology," foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters.

That some information from "confidential reports" become available to the media is "absolutely intolerable," he added.

"There have been several incidents when the United Nations' sanction experts have diffused false information about sanction breaches in various countries," the ministry spokesman said.

The UN experts report, parts of which have been made available to AFP, alleged that North Korea was exporting "prohibited ballistic missile-related items" to Iran.

The transfers were done via regular scheduled flights of Air Koryo and Iran Air, the countries' respective national air carriers, the report said.

Diplomatic sources have alleged that China was trying to block the report's publication.

Both Iran and North Korea have sanctions imposed against them because of their nuclear programmes.

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