December 1, 2010

IT TAKES A POTEMKIN VILLAGE TO SCARE THE RIGHT:

Experts question North Korea-Iran missile link from WikiLeaks document release (John Pomfret and Walter Pincus, 12/01/10, Washington Post)

On Oct. 10, to celebrate its 65th anniversary as a one-party state, North Korea unveiled a new missile in the type of military parade that for decades has been a hallmark of authoritarian regimes. The North Koreans call the missile the Musudan.

The Musudan is now playing a starring role in reports this week prompted by WikiLeaks' release of U.S. diplomatic cables. One of the documents says that Iran has obtained 19 of the missiles from North Korea, prompting news reports suggesting that the Islamic republic can hit targets in Western Europe and deep into Russia - farther than Iran's existing missiles can strike.

The problem, however, is that there is no indication that the Musudan, also known as the BM-25, is operational or that it has ever been tested. Iran has never publicly displayed the missiles, according to experts and a senior U.S. intelligence official, some of whom doubt the missiles were ever transferred to Iran. Experts who analyzed Oct. 10 photographs of the Musudan said it appeared to be a mock-up.


What can it matter that the missiles don't work when folks don't care that the Norks don't even have nukes?

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2010 3:18 PM
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