Andrew Selth continues his regular stream of important Burma-related posts over at the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter. This time he takes on the thorny issue of Burma-North Korea defence ties. His focus is the potential proliferation of “Scud-type short range ballistic missiles” (SRBMs).

His conclusion is worth quoting in full:

As with so many aspects of Burma’s security, there is very little hard evidence on which to base assessments. And analysis of this problem is complicated, as always, by rumours, unsubstantiated claims, speculative news reports and propaganda. Even so, the chances of Burma one day acquiring or manufacturing SRBMs seem to be greater than those of Naypyidaw producing a nuclear weapon.

That makes another reason to monitor security developments in Burma closely.