Map locating Hwadaeri in North Korea â€” the site of the countryâ€™s first nuclear weapons test.
Telegraph: N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing
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 Teheran’s nuclear scientists.
Flap previously reported the presence of Iran military representatives during North Korea’s July 2006 short and medium range missile tests and aborted test of the Taepodong 2 missile – an ICBM capable of reaching the United States.
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 Teheran’s preparations to conduct its own â€” 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.
Flap reported at the time that Iranian nuclear scientists were present at the North Korean nuclear test.
So, now this more revealing expose of the threat of a joint Iran-North Korea program to develop nuclear tipped ICBM missiles.
This is an ALARMING development of the Iran Nuclear Crisis. And how do you think Israel is handling this news?
Intelligence estimates vary about how long it could take Teheran to produce a nuclear warhead. But defence officials monitoring the growing co-operation between North Korea and Iran believe the Iranians could be in a position to test fire a low-grade device â€” less than half a kiloton â€” within 12 months.
The precise location of the Iranian test site is unknown, but is likely to be located in a mountainous region where it is difficult for spy satellites to pick up any unusual activity.
Teheran successfully concealed the existence of several key nuclear sites â€” including the controversial Natanz uranium enrichment complex â€” until their locations were disclosed by Iranian dissidents three years ago.
Western intelligence agencies have reported an increase in the number of North Korean and Iranian scientists travelling between the two countries.
The increased co-operation on nuclear issues began last November when a team of Iranian nuclear scientists met their North Korean counterparts to study the technical and political implications of Pyongyang’s nuclear test.
The Iranians are reported to have been encouraged by the fact that no punitive action was taken against North Korea, despite the international outcry that greeted the underground firing.
This has persuaded the Iranian regime to press ahead with its own nuclear programme with the aim of testing a low-grade device, which would be difficult for international inspectors to detect.
The “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” is imminent. As the United States bolsters its military resources including 21,000 plus more troops and an additional AirCraft Carrier Strike Group it is not too difficult to conclude that these resources may be meant to militarily eliminate Iran’s nuclear program and/or additional Iranian military infrastructure.
The United States is incapable of inflicting “serious damage” on Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, as a second U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed toward the Gulf as a warning from Washington for Iran to back down in its attempts to dominate the region.
“U.S. rhetoric against Iran has not increased,” Ahmadinejad said. “In 2003, they openly threatened to attack Iran. Now they have indirectly made such threats.”
He spoke with confidence over Iran’s ability to withstand a strike. “The United States is unable to inflict serious damage on Iran,” the president said. He also noted, “They (U.S.) are not really in a position to carry out this action (of attacking Iran). I believe there are many wise people in the United States who would not let it happen.”
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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.