On January 6, 2015, we witnessed a convergence of military showmanship by dangerous rogue nations that threaten the world, despite UN resolutions or sanctions.
North Korea and Iran are long held partners in nuclear and missile development, and are now simultaneously displaying it to the world. Will the world, or the US, react?
North Korea proudly announced January 5 they had successfully tested a Hydrogen bomb. A Hydrogen bomb is a thousand times more devastating than a plutonium nuclear bomb.
Early reports from experts say that it may be a nuclear bomb with a hydrogen isotope, rather than a full hydrogen bomb, but dangerous none the less. The size is the issue. Experts believe the bomb may have been small enough to place on a ballistic missile, putting it in range of Guam and possibly the west coast of the United States.
The UN Security Council is holding emergency meetings.
On virtually the same day as the North Korea announcement, Iran revealed a second launch site for a guided ballistic missile, violating UN resolutions.
The United States Institute of Peace reports that “Iran has the largest and most diverse ballistic missile arsenal in the middle East.” Most of Iran’s ballistic missiles were acquired from North Korea.
On October 2014 Iran did a test launch from a different location. That missile launch prompted the US, UK, Germany and France to ask the UN sanctions committee to investigate.
In a formal letter to the committee, the four nations said: “The launch of this missile clearly constitutes ‘activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons’ and is a ‘launch using ballistic missile technology'”.
The US Ambassador Samantha Powers confirmed that the medium-range ballistic missile launched was “inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.”
North Korea, also referred to as DPRK, has had a long partnership history with Iran and Syria regarding nuclear capabilities and weaponry. In September 2007 Israel bombed a plutonium nuclear reactor aiming to build fuel rods that could be converted into nuclear weapons grade plutonium. This was a project directly with the assistance of North Korea confirmed by photographs and intelligence showing North Korean scientists working in the facility.
A February 2008 report of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) stated North Korean-Iranian collaboration in nuclear warheads development at secret sites in Iran. A 2010 Congressional Research Service report stated “there also is substantial information that North Korea has engaged in collaborative programs with Iran and Syria aimed at producing nuclear weapons.” In 1997 The Middle East Review of International Affairs, warned that North Korea (DPRK) was perhaps “the most important single leak in international anti-proliferation effort, playing a destabilizing role in the Middle East.”
“Since radical Middle East regimes face arms embargoes from Western sources of military technology, and China and Russia can only supply up to a point due to international pressures, DPRK fills in the gap as an isolated regime that is by and large impervious to international pressure.”
The Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs reported the outsourcing partnership of the two nations. “Increased visits to Iran by DPRK nuclear specialists in 2003 reportedly led to a DPRK-Iranian agreement for DPRK to either initiate or accelerate work with Iranians to develop nuclear warheads that could be fitted on the DPRK Nodong missiles that DPRK and Iran were jointly developing… So despite the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate stating that Iran in 2003 had halted weaponization of its nuclear program, this was the time that Iran outsourced to DPRK for proxy development of nuclear warheads and offered oil and gas shipments as payment. “
Given the history of cooperation in weapons development between these two nations, why is the main stream media giving heavy coverage to the North Korea hydrogen bomb test and silent about the corresponding Iranian ballistic missile announcement?
Is the timing of the two on the same day a coincidence? We can bet Israel does not think so.
Israel is in range of these ballistic missiles from Iran and is well aware that Iran has not stopped their nuclear ambitions and growth. Israel also knows the dangerous relationship between Iran and North Korea.
The Obama Administration and the rest of the P5+1 that negotiated the notorious Iran Nuclear Deal must realize they have empowered both of these rogue nations by ignoring reality. Iran and North Korea have no concern of the UN Security Council or agreements they have made with the world in the past.
The UN is not doing enough and appears powerless. The US and P5+1 are feeding both North Korea and Iran’s foul intentions by ignoring their historical relationship, Iran’s terrorist behavior, and initiating the bogus Nuclear Deal. Iran has not signed it, not committed to its rules or inspections, but is still demanding all the sanctions relief.
This shows weakness by the West not only to Iran, but to North Korea as well. Given the concessions Iran received in the nuclear talks, Iran is confident there will not be consequences to their actions.
If the billions of dollars is released to Iran via the undeserved sanctions relief it is obvious where the money will go. It will feed the terrorism worldwide, Hezbollah, the ongoing missile program, and their control over Syria, Iraq and feeding the sectarian wars. And the released funds may very well go to North Korea for development of more nuclear and missile technology.
It’s time for the Administration to get its eyes off of perceived political victories and on to the larger world picture. The Secretary of State negotiates and coddles Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, while the leadership screams “Death to America” and holds American hostages. Their partner in weaponry and deceit, North Korea, is emboldened as the Middle East explodes under Iran’s leadership.
The damage being done by poor US leadership may not be reversible.
Robin Rowan 1/9/2016