Casual dismissal of nuclear threats by Iran and North Korea to America and our allies, Israel in particular, will be a huge mistake.
Collaborative military nuclear weapon development and delivery alliances between the two rogue partners date back decades, with unambiguously dangerous implications.
This month Tehran launched a long-range nuclear-capable missile brandishing a quotation from the late Ayatollah Khomeini written in Hebrew declaring that “Israel must be wiped off the face of the Earth.”
That same month, Pyongyang fired two ballistic missiles from its northern shore to targets more than 300 miles away. That occurred two days after they released a photo of Kim Jong Un with what was claimed to be a mock-up of a miniaturized nuclear warhead.
Although Iran’s missile launches violated the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 in connection with the deal which “called upon” Iran not to build or test nuclear-capable missiles for eight years, Russia, which wields a veto, wishes to give them a pass.
As their ambassador Vitaly Churkin explained last week, “A call is different from a ban because you cannot violate a call.”
And as for North Korea, White House press secretary Josh Ernest announced that President Obama signed an executive order last week imposing new sanctions in response to the miscreant regime's latest nuclear and ballistic missile tests which “will allow the U.S. to implement sanctions unanimously agreed to by the U.N. Security Council.”
Yup, he’s referring to those same U.N. Security Council and U.S. warnings that North Korea ignored still once again when they launched two more missiles last Friday.
In response to joint U.S.-South Korea annual drills, North Korea’s National Defense Commission threatened an “all-out offensive” with “pre-emptive” nuclear strikes against “U.S. imperialist aggressor forces” based in the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S. mainland.
The statement said “If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment.”
Their state-run news outlet DPRK also claimed that North Korea could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb much larger than the one developed by the Soviet Union. Citing a nuclear scientist named Cho Hyong Il, the report said “If this H-bomb were to be mounted on an intercontinental missile and fall on Manhattan in New York City, all the people there would be killed immediately and the city would burn down to ashes.”
These events occurred only one month after Kin Jong Un’s regime conducted its fourth nuclear test (which they claimed to be a hydrogen bomb) and also launched a three-stage rocket into space. Last December they are believed to have conducted a successful submarine missile test.
Iran and North Korea are known to have worked together on nuclear and missile technology since at least 1993. Included are exchange visitations of nuclear and rocket scientists and $500 million in Iranian financing for North Korea’s nuclear program in return for nuclear technology.
Kim Yong Nam, a high-level North Korean official, has met with top-echelon Iranian counterparts, and both governments have explicitly admitted working together against the U.S.
Senior Editor Bill Gertz reported in the Washington Free Beacon that Kim Jong Un's regime even had the temerity to supply missile components to Iran “during recent nuclear talks,” which violated U.N. “sanctions on both countries, according to U.S. intelligence officials.” Gertz went on to say that details of those shipments “were included in Obama’s daily intelligence briefings” but were kept secret from the U.N.
Joint North Korea-Iran armament intentions couldn’t either be clearer or more menacing.
An Iranian state television program released a video showing an underground tunnel filled with missiles and launchers as stated for use if and when “enemies make a mistake.”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Aerospace Division Cmdr. Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh described the display as “a sample” of many such tunnels, over 500 yards deep, within mountains spread out all over the country.
He pledged that Iran would begin deploying a new “advanced generation” of long-range missiles this year, warning that they will “erupt like a volcano from the depth of the Earth.”
The White House has taken a position that such violations will have no effect upon the Iran nuclear pact, essentially arguing that we should simply lower our expectations.
As Obama said last August, “We have no illusions about the Iranian government . . . Iran supports terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. It supports proxy groups that threaten our interests and the interests of allies, including proxy groups who killed our troops in Iraq. They try to destabilize our Gulf partners.”
Then he added the old Alfred E. Neuman “What . . . me worry?” consolation that this is really nothing new, stating “But Iran has been engaged in these activities for decades.”
OK, I admit it. I still worry.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of “Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom”(2015) and “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax” (2012). Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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