North Korean missiles and Iran

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The website China Confidential reports that the North Korean missile tests in early July are regarded in North Korea as successful, implying that the Taepodong missiles were destroyed intentionally, after proving their lift—off and guidance capability. According to the report, the tests were paid for and conducted for Iran.

US, Japanese, and Israeli analysts believe the Iranian contingent——which traveled to North Korea via Beijing——included scientists, technicians, and 10 or more Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers, including members of the elite Partisans of the Mahdi group. Sources say the Iranians paid for the tests and were keen to observe the results as Tehran's strategic and tactical missile system was built by North Koreans, using Chinese designs. Iran's Islamist leadership is apparently convinced that the US intends to attack it——directly or through Israel.

Sources say the Iranians and their North Korean hosts were satisfied with the test results. Contrary to media reports, the exercise was successful.

The report includes a very chilling graphic, apparently of a North Korean poster celebrating an attack on the United States.

We don't know how long it will be, but we do know with reasonable certainty that Iran is on a path to obtain a nuclear stockpile and an intercontinental delivery system. We also know that Iran's president believes in an apocalyptic end times scenario, withi his lifetime.

Which brings us a lot closer to contemplating the underlying question: them or us?

Thomas Lifson   7 23 06

The website China Confidential reports that the North Korean missile tests in early July are regarded in North Korea as successful, implying that the Taepodong missiles were destroyed intentionally, after proving their lift—off and guidance capability. According to the report, the tests were paid for and conducted for Iran.

US, Japanese, and Israeli analysts believe the Iranian contingent——which traveled to North Korea via Beijing——included scientists, technicians, and 10 or more Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers, including members of the elite Partisans of the Mahdi group. Sources say the Iranians paid for the tests and were keen to observe the results as Tehran's strategic and tactical missile system was built by North Koreans, using Chinese designs. Iran's Islamist leadership is apparently convinced that the US intends to attack it——directly or through Israel.

Sources say the Iranians and their North Korean hosts were satisfied with the test results. Contrary to media reports, the exercise was successful.

The report includes a very chilling graphic, apparently of a North Korean poster celebrating an attack on the United States.

We don't know how long it will be, but we do know with reasonable certainty that Iran is on a path to obtain a nuclear stockpile and an intercontinental delivery system. We also know that Iran's president believes in an apocalyptic end times scenario, withi his lifetime.

Which brings us a lot closer to contemplating the underlying question: them or us?

Thomas Lifson   7 23 06