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    Iran, N. Korea Sign Science Deal

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, shakes hands with the president of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-nam, during an official welcoming ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Kim Yong-nam attended the Nonaligned Movement summit in Tehran on Thursday and Friday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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    It’s a meeting of the minds of the worst kind: Iran and North Korea signed an agreement on Saturday that states the two countries will cooperate in matters of science, including research, the sharing of labs, and student exchanges. Iran’s supreme leader cited “common enemies” as the reason for the agreement. The joint venture encompasses the fields of technology (including biotech and food technology), engineering, renewable energy, the environment, and sustainable agriculture. Iran’s vice president has also expressed interest in closer economic ties with North Korea.

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