Iran Nuclear Watch: Russians Helping with Missle Threat to Europe

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The U.K’s Telegraph News has Russians help Iran with missile threat to Europe.

Former members of the Russian military have been secretly helping Iran to acquire technology needed to produce missiles capable of striking European capitals.

The Russians are acting as go-betweens with North Korea as part of a multi-million pound deal they negotiated between Teheran and Pyongyang in 2003. It has enabled Teheran to receive regular clandestine shipments of top secret missile technology, believed to be channelled through Russia.

Wonderful!

North Korea teaming up with rogue Russian military and the Iranians.

Flap supposes this was the rationale for Coni Rice’s recent trip to Russia.

Looks like U.N. Security action agaisnt Iran if they do not drop their nuclear enrichment program…… or face unilatreral American, British and/or Israeli military action.

Western intelligence officials believe that the technology will enable Iran to complete development of a missile with a range of 2,200 miles, capable of hitting much of Europe. It is designed to carry a 1.2-ton payload, sufficient for a basic nuclear device.

The revelation raises the stakes in the confrontation between Iran’s Islamic regime and the West – led by the United States and European countries including Britain.

Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, clashed with Russian officials over Iran’s nuclear programme during a visit to Moscow yesterday, saying that Teheran must fulfil its obligations under the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.

She was later expected to urge President Vladimir Putin to back a referral of Iran to the United Nations Security Council.

Clandestine services must be working overtime here.

The President has the troops and other assets in the area so Iran will capitulate or face military action.

A senior American official said Iran’s programme was “sophisticated and getting larger and more accurate. They have had very much in mind the payload needed to carry a nuclear weapon.

“I think Putin knows what the Iranians are doing.”

Iran is believed to be hiding its weapons development behind its nuclear power programme, for which it receives Russian support, and has refused to suspend uranium enrichment or to allow full UN inspections.

John Bolton, the US ambassador to the UN, told BBC2’s Newsnight that Iran was “determined to get nuclear weapons deliverable on ballistic missiles it can then use to intimidate not only its own region but possibly to supply to terrorists”.

Iran’s longest-range missile is the Shahab 3, which, with an 800-mile range, could hit Israel. The North Korean deal will allow the Iranian missile to reach targets far into Europe – including Rome, Berlin, and much of France.

North Korea has developed a missile, the Taepo Dong 2, that could reach America’s west coast, based on the submarine-launched Soviet SSN6. Modifications allow it to be fired from a land-based transporter and this technology is being smuggled to Teheran with Russian help.

Russians have provided production facilities, diagrams and operating instruction so the missile can be built in Iran. Liquid propellant has been shipped to Iran. Russian specialists have also been sent to Iran to help development of its Shahab 5 missile project, which the Iranians hope to have operational by the end of the decade.

A threat to America’s European allies is NOT acceptable.

BTW SDI deployment in Alaska has minimized the North Korea threat of first or a terrorist/rogue strike agaisnt America’s West Coast. Moreover, the North Koreans know that President Bush would not hesitate to ‘NUKE” them back to the stone age.

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North Korea Harvesting More Plutonium for Nuclear Weapons

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In an alarming development, North Korea announced today that it i had taken steps that could allow it to harvest more plutonium for atomic bombs and that it would bolster its arsenal. The Christian Science Monitor has the story here.

And the Christian Science Monitor has an analysis piece here:

North Korea announced Wednesday that it had completed removing spent nuclear fuel rods from a reactor at its main nuclear complex, reports The Associated Press.

The procedure would allow the secretive, totalitarian state to obtain weapons-grade plutonium that could be used to build a nuclear bomb and it is the “the communist state’s latest provocation amid a deadlock in disarmament talks,” says AP.

The step comes after South Korean officials confirmed last month that the Yongbyon reactor was shut down, which would allow the rods to be removed and be reprocessed to extract weapons-grade plutonium. The North didn’t specifically say Wednesday it would take such a step.

Western nuclear experts say that reprocessing 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods could yield enough plutonium to make between five to eight nuclear bombs. Should North Korea test a nuclear weapon, it would “alter the strategic balance in Northeast Asia,” reports Reuters.

However, questions remain as to whether North Korea is bluffing, and whether its leaders have decided that demonstrating their nuclear capacities would serve their purposes better than continued ambiguity about them, reports The New York Times. Intelligence analysts examining satellite imagery of North Korean actions at its nuclear site have yet to reach a consensus as to exactly what is going on.

Read the rest here.

The patience of the United States is exhausted.

How long will it be before the B-2’s are flying from Guam to take out these nuclear facilities?

Update #1

Seoul’s Defense Ministry said that the missile North Korea fired last week is an upgraded version of Russia’s SS-21, marking its first official confirmation of North Korea’s missile launch.

Read the story here.

The Huffington Post has the story and comments section here.

So, now, North Korea has the nuclear material and warheads, then add the delivery capability.

Out of time, Mr. President, either they stand down or a pre-emptive strike on their nuclear and missle manufacturing facilitites is indicated.

North Korea Warned

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The White House today warned North Korea:

The White House said Saturday that the United States had a “robust deterrent capability” in the face of worries that North Korea might be planning to test a nuclear weapon.

“We do have concerns about North Korea,” the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, told reporters during President Bush’s visit to Latvia. “It is shared by our partners in the region. North Korea would only further isolate itself if it took such a provocative step.”

Mr. McClellan urged North Korea to return to the six-party talks with the United States, South Korea, China, Japan and Russia, which have been stalled for almost a year, with recent efforts to restart them showing little progress.

North Korea said in February that it had nuclear weapons.

On Thursday and Friday, United States officials said that there had been construction and other events that would be consistent with preparations for a nuclear test.

Flap will be surprised if the United States allows a nuclear test.

Be prepared for B-2’s to be launched from Guam carrying bunker buster conventional and nuclear bombs.

George Bush’s patience is wearing thin.