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January 24, 2007

N. Korea to help Iran with nuclear test

Topics: Iran

And Iran would have us believe that their interest in developing nuclear technology is peaceful?

Alarming cooperation: North Korea is helping Iran prepare a nuclear test similar to the one the Communist nation carried out some three and-a-half months ago, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the two countries have reached an agreement by which North Korea will share all the data obtained during underground nuclear testing performed last October.

A senior European defense official told the Telegraph that North Korea had invited a mission of Iranian nuclear scientists to study the test's results, in a bid to help Iran carry out its own testing, possibly by the end of 2007.

"The Iranians are working closely with the North Koreans to study the results of last year's North Korean nuclear bomb test," the defense official told the Telegraph.

"We have identified increased activity at all of Iran's nuclear facilities since the turn of the year," he added.

As former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Stanley Roth has said, "The West's failure to apply enough diplomatic pressure on North Korea to coerce it to abandon its nuclear plan has been interpreted as weakness by Iran, which continues to defy international demands that it halt its nuclear program."

Can you imagine the perception that the jihadists will be left with should we abandon Iraq? The consequences are unimaginable, and deadly.

Other coverage - Captain Ed has the same perception:

When we fail to impose tough consequences on nations that engage in the kind of defiance that Kim demonstrated last year, then other nations notice and gain courage for their own intransigence. If we want to put an end to these nuclear programs, we had better come up with something more frightening than a strongly worded letter from the UN.

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Posted by Richard at January 24, 2007 8:20 AM



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