In a move likely to inflame suspicions in the West, Iran and North Korea signed a scientific and technological agreement on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
The agreement detailed by Iranian state television aims to establish joint scientific and technological laboraties, exchange scientific teams, and transfer technology in fields including energy, environment, information technology, agriculture and food, according to the AP.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the visit to sign the agreement by North Korea's nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, would have a "great impact on strengthening bilateral ties, expanding cooperation and boosting the anti-hegemonic front."
Both countries have claimed in the past they are united in the fight against Western powers. The accord bringing them even closer together comes in spite of United Nations criticism that Pyongyang and Tehran appear to be violating sanctions by exchanging ballistic missiles, components and technology.