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Monday, October 17, 2005 

Iran Gets Long Range Missiles, From N. Korea, Through Russia (Uh-Oh)

( Telegraph) 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.

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.

This raises so many questions we cannot even get into them all. But to me, the first couple that need to be answered are:

A.) Does this have anything to do with Russia’s (and China’s) resistance to Iran being referred to the UN Security Council?
B.) How does this play into the fears of Iran gaining nuclear technology?
C.) North Korea working with Iran through Russia brings up a global level conspiracy that directly violates the logic that North Korea is abiding by its treaties, Iran seeks nuclear power for only peaceful energy, and Russia is an innocent player. Will the naysayers still think the US is just being paranoid war-mongers?

Chinese curse: May You Live In Interesting Times