Iran And North Korea Working On New ICBM Rocket Launcher


President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are mighty proud of the deal they struck with Iran last week after Kerry jetted off to Geneva to push it through. I heard that Obama asked Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to lay off on the criticism of the deal, but I can’t see Netanyahu doing that after reading news like this:

As we shutter our ICBM squadrons and destroy our silos, Iran and North Korea are working on technology to deliver nukes Pyongyang already has and Tehran is a few centrifuge rotations from acquiring.

As Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon reports, groups of technicians from the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), a unit in charge of building Iran’s liquid-fueled missiles, have made repeated trips to North Korea during the past several months, including as recently as late October, to work on a new 80-ton rocket booster being developed by the North Koreans,

That booster is believed to be the foundation for a new heavy-lift missile with intercontinental range and capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. It would be far more capable than Pyongyang’s Taepodong or Iran’s Shahab missile series.

The booster was described by one official as a thruster for a “super ICBM” or a heavy-lift space launcher. “It is completely new from what they have done so far,” he added.

The blog 38 North, part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, disclosed last month that satellite photos showed an expansion at a North Korean launch site for a larger rocket.

New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is moving ahead with major construction projects at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri.

Read the whole thing. Funny, I don’t recall hearing Obama running on a foreign policy platform of removing sanctions on Iran and allowing them and their deranged North Korean allies to develop nuclear weapons programs.

Good grief, it’s one thing to be suicidal, quite another to take the rest of the world down with you.

Mark Steyn and Zero Hedge have some related reading, not that either will set your mind at ease.