Thursday, December 5, 2013

U.S. intel: Iran financing North Korean ICBMs in exchange for technology, components

Most of this can be found in Bruce Bechtol's latest book (link below).  I think we need to better understand the Iran-north Korea relationship.

-           Iran pays North Korea for technology, components, full-up missiles, and technicians/engineers who assist them
-          Iran does not, and has not contributed either in the building of missiles for North Korea, or in the technology to do so.
-          There is no evidence to support the assessment – by anyone – that Iran is providing technology to North Korea
-          There is a plethora of evidence (including below) to prove that North Korea provides the product (technology, components, full-up missiles, and technicians/engineers who assist them) and Iran pays for it. 


Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 | Posted by
U.S. intel: Iran financing North Korean ICBMs in exchange for technology, components
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran and North Korea continue to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Officials said the intelligence community has been tracking ICBM cooperation between Pyongyang and Teheran amid the latter’s nuclear agreement with the West.

North Korea is said to have helped Iran develop its new solid-fuel Sejil missile.

The officials said Iran was financing much of the North Korean missile program in exchange for the transfer of technology, expertise and components.

“Iran could develop and test an ICBM capable of reaching the United States by 2015,” the U.S. National Air and Space Intelligence Center said.

In late October, Iran sent a delegation to North Korea as part of the development of an 80-ton rocket booster that could serve as the basis of an ICBM. The Washington Free Beacon, quoting officials, said the Iranians came from the state-owned Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, which builds intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

“The booster is believed by U.S. intelligence agencies to be intended for a new long-range missile or space launch vehicle that could be used to carry nuclear warheads, and could be exported to Iran in the future,” the online news site said.

The booster was said to serve as a thruster for what officials termed a
“super ICBM.” They said the thruster did not resemble anything in either the Iranian or North Korean arsenal.
Officials said Iran has attended virtually all intermediate- and

long-range missile tests by North Korea. They said North Korean technology
was determined to have helped Teheran complete its recent missile
development programs, including the solid-fuel Sejil.
(Continued at the link below)

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