Sunday, March 29, 2009


AFP via Gateway Pundit

Iranian missile experts in N. Korea

TOKYO (AFP) — A group of Iranian missile experts is in North Korea to help Pyongyang prepare for a rocket launch, Japan's Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Sunday.

North Korea has said it will launch a communications satellite over northern Japan between April 4 and 8, and the report said the 15-strong Iranian delegation had been in the country since the beginning of this month.

It includes senior officials with Iranian rocket and satellite producer Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, the daily said, quoting unnamed sources.

The Iranians brought a letter from their President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il stressing the importance of cooperating on space technology, it added.

The United States and its Asian allies suspect North Korea is using the launch as a cover for a long-range missile test.

North Korea and Iran have both come under international pressure over their nuclear activities and are reported to maintain close ties on missile technology.


Epaminondas said...

Who do you think is paying for the NorK's missile program?

Anonymous said...

I thought it was all the NorK's starving subjects who were paying for it by patriotically fasting for the benefit of the dear leader's nuke ambitions.

Gosh, I guess those sanctions didn't do much damage to the Iranian economy if they have enough scratch to develop their own program AND pay for NorK's, too.

And I wonder if this changes Gate's opinion about the amount of enriched uranium Iran has?

I thought the NorK's had fuel but crummy guidance systems; and, of course now we know Iran has decent guidance systems.

Hey - the buddy system!!

There's a heartwarming example of international cooperation if I've ever seen one. . .