10 Dec 2010

Latest leaked cable fuels Myanmar nuclear fears

9:40 pm on 10 December 2010

Secret United States diplomatic cables released by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks indicate Myanmar may be building missile and nuclear sites in remote locations with support from North Korea.

The documents cite witnesses who say North Korean workers are helping Myanmar, also known as Burma, to construct an underground bunker in a remote jungle.

The ABC reports the leaked cable is not a total surprise. A recent documentary showed photographs of what was said to be nuclear weapon bunkers.

Now, a cable from the US embassy published by British newspaper The Guardian says dock workers and foreign businessmen claim to have seen evidence that an underground nuclear facility is being built in the Myanmar jungle.

One foreign businessman told the embassy that suspect materials are being shipped into the country.

A cable from 2004 also claimed up to 300 North Koreans were working on a missile project in western Myanmar.

The US cable noted that number was unlikely to be correct.