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July 4, 2006

Iranian Missle Engineers Visited North Korea To Gather Info On Taepodong-2 Missle Launce

Topics: Iran

How did we all miss this? And Iran wanted to collect information (on the equipments) in order to determine whether to purchase them from China?

(Tokyo = Yonhap News) Shin Ji-hong correspondent = Ten Iranian missile engineers recently visited N. Korea, and the purpose of their visit is apparently to join the launch preparation for the long-range Taepodong-2 missile, according to Sankei Shimbun (of N. Korea) quoting U.S. government figures and military sources on N. Korea.
According to the sources, the (Iranian) delegation to N. Korea are made up of senior engineers for missile development at Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and they went into N. Korea via Beijing.

Their immediate mission could be to verify the capability of missile equipments which N. Korea imported from China. Apparently, Iran wanted to collect information (on the equipments) in order to determine whether to purchase them from China.

In particular, the sources said there are possibilities that N. Korea and Iran had discussions on the joint project for missile's liquid fuels.

It is backed up by the analysis of Western military experts that the two countries, with China's help, have been jointly developing a turbo pump which injects fuel into Taepodong-2.

North Korean missile technology has improved, and US intelligence believes it has already sold some of that technology to Iran. A North Korea capable of exporting nuclear weapons, as well as the means to deliver them, is a terrifying prospect. Delivering the technology to Ahmadinejad and the mullahs in Iran is even more terrifying.

Posted by Richard at July 4, 2006 12:12 PM



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