Myanmar: Country not working on nuclear arms

AP News
Posted: Sep 21, 2011 5:49 PM
Myanmar: Country not working on nuclear arms

A senior Myanmar envoy says his country doesn't have the financial means to develop nuclear weapons and supports global nonproliferation.

There has been speculation that Myanmar may be secretly working on such weapons, with the U.S. warning two years ago of possible nuclear technology transfers to the secretive military-ruled nation from North Korea.

But Tin Win told an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting Wednesday that his country "is in no position to consider the production and use of nuclear weapons and does not have the economic strength to do so."

The Myanmar representative to the IAEA also said that his nation "is a firm supporter of ... a nuclear weapon-free world."