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Saturday, November 26, 2005


Iran is making deals with North Korea. Oil and gas in exchange for help with their nuclear program. Anyone out there still want to defend Iran's desire for "peaceful" nuclear technology?

From Reuters:
BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran has offered North Korea oil and natural gas as payment for help in developing nuclear missiles, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday, citing unidentified Western intelligence sources.

A senior Iranian official traveled to the North Korean capital Pyongyang during the second week of October to make the offer, the magazine quoted the sources as saying. It was unclear what North Korea's response was, it added.

Diplomats and intelligence sources say Iran is pushing ahead with plans to enrich uranium in defiance of international pressure to stop developing sensitive nuclear technology to calm fears it is seeking nuclear weapons.

Iran insists its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful.

Iran's Shahab-3 missiles are based on North Korea's Nodong rockets and Pyongyang is Tehran's most important partner in developing missile technology, Der Spiegel said.

How long before we do something about Iran's nuclear progam? Damn, at the very least can't we stop these two from dealing with each other. Any ships headed from one to the other need to meet with a torpedo or two. Come on Israel - you did it once, do it again.


John Whiteside 11/27/2005 09:08:00 AM  

You make a very good point about Iran and North Korea here; it's actually one of the strongest arguments against the Iraq war - we've committed so much of our military force to occupying a country that didn't represent an immediate threat that we're in poor shape to deal with much more dangerous enemies such as these.

Kevin 11/27/2005 11:22:00 AM  

Hmmm, I seem to remember North Korea and Iran being threats long before the War on Terror started. If a certain previous administration had actually done something to stop North Korea rather than help Kim Jong "Mentally" Il further his nuclear weapons program, Iran might not have anyone to turn to.

John Whiteside 11/27/2005 12:30:00 PM  

Well, that solves everything, doesn't it?

Kevin 11/27/2005 12:51:00 PM  

Ahem. No arguments left?

My point was that not taking action, or worse yet appeasement has made the situation ten times more dangerous. In hindsight, we should have started the War on Terror in the 1980's; and definitely after the embassy bombings in Africa and the U.S.S. Cole.

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