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Sunday, October 15, 2006


Middle East Newsline is reporting that North Korea conducted a series of missile launches that were intended to test a nuclear command and control system for Iran.
Western intelligence analysts said the North Korean missile launches on July 4 and 5 did not seem connected to Pyongyang's ballistic missile program. The analysts pointed to the aborted flight of the Taepo Dong-2, meant to have a range of up to 5,000 kilometers.

Instead, the North Korean launch of seven missiles appeared designed to demonstrate a command and control system. The analysts pointed to the presence of at least 11 senior Iranian engineers at the launch pad at Taepo Dong.

"The development of Taepo Dong-2 is conducted jointly with Iran, and it is possible China's technology is used in the development of the Taepo Dong-2 engine," South Korea's Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security said.
One of the biggest concerns about both North Korea and Iran is the possibility likelihood that they will export their nuclear technologies to other countries and to terror groups. The fact that they are already cooperating is an ominous development.

Meanwhile, the UN discusses sanctions only and rules out military action, while Israel's governing trio of Olmert, Peretz and Livni fiddles.


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