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Jan 25, 2007

Iran and North Korea’s Nuclear Cooperation

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, nuclear weapons

From The Daily Telegraph:

North Korea is helping Iran to prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last year.

Under the terms of a new understanding between the two countries, the North Koreans have agreed to share all the data and information they received from their successful test last October with Tehran’s nuclear scientists.

North Korea provoked an international outcry when it successfully fired a bomb at a secret underground location and Western intelligence officials are convinced that Iran is working on its own weapons programme.

A senior European defence official told The Daily Telegraph that North Korea had invited a team of Iranian nuclear scientists to study the results of last October’s underground test to assist Tehran’s preparations to conduct its own — possibly by the end of this year.

There were unconfirmed reports at the time of the Korean firing that an Iranian team was present. Iranian military advisers regularly visit North Korea to participate in missile tests.

Now the long-standing military co-operation between the countries has been extended to nuclear issues.

Worrisome. If Iran develops nuclear weapons, there could be a war.

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  • randpost on January 26, 2007 7:10 am

    It would decrease the risk of war.

  • Michael Anissimov on January 26, 2007 1:30 pm

    No, because Iran would still be vulnerable to attack without a developed nuclear program. The time after a first-stage nuclear test would be riskiest for Iran, as another commenter pointed out.

  • Tom McCabe on February 2, 2007 6:48 pm

    This kind of thing comes out every few days now; it’s always conveniently unsourced and heavily loaded with weasel words. It’s the exact same thing we saw in the lead-up to war with Iraq- “Saddam has WMD”, “Saddam sought uranium from Niger”, “Saddam in cahoots with Osama”, “Saddam killed 150,000 Kurds”, “Saddam planned 9/11″, et cetera ad nauseam.

    Oh, and if anyone on this board is between the ages of 18 and 35 and is a citizen or permanent resident of the US, you’re now eligible to be drafted (a draft would almost certainly be required in the event of war with Iran, as Iran has four times Iraq’s population and our military is stretched already).

  • John max on October 28, 2007 1:37 pm

    God bless them!