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The United States faces twin crises involving nuclear proliferation, as both North Korea and Iran seem poised to barge into the global nuclear-weapons club. In this July 28, , file photo distributed by the North Korean government on. September 10, , pm. North Korea nukes came with help from Iran or. Iran is only a threshold nuclear power while North Korea, after decades of efforts starting with Soviet help in , is a nuclear weapon state.
Buttressed by a shared antipathy to the U.
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Iranian-North Korean strategic ties were further strengthened by the breakup of the Soviet Union, which had been the primary provider of subsidized oil to the DPRK. Iran expanded its oil exports to North Korea in exchange for technological assistance for its missile and nuclear programs. Encouraged by the success of Scud-B attacks during the Iran-Iraq War, Iran collaborated with North Korea throughout the s in the development and procurement of increasingly longer-range ballistic missiles.
In addition to agreeing on the purchase of Scud-Cs, the two sides agreed to convert a missile maintenance facility in eastern Iran into a production facility.
In MayIran successfully tested a Scud-C in Qom, signifying the increasing military cooperation between the two nations.
Inthe U. By the end of this decade [s], Iran could be able to assemble short-range Scud B and Scud C and medium-range No Dong ballistic missiles.
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According to Israeli intelligence estimatesNorth Korea began transferring Nodong Shahab-3 missiles to Iran by North Korea displaying what is believed to be its advanced BM advanced missile at a military parade in October The North reportedly sold to Iran 19 of these missiles, which could carry a nuclear warhead. Syria signed a scientific agreement with North Korea, in undertaking a covert nuclear reactor project provided by North Korea — destroyed by Israel in Iran signed its own deal with North Korea in ; cooperation was apparent before and after the Joint Cooperation Plan of Action was signed in The comparison stops there.
Iran recovered some financial resources with the agreement, while North Korea has endured increasingly biting sanctions. Iran is only a threshold nuclear power while North Korea, after decades of efforts starting with Soviet help inis a nuclear weapon state.
Iran is a major regional threat, as the mullahs finance and arm militias in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. Iran, as exposed by Israeli spying and previous International Atomic Energy Agency inspections, was close to the design and supplies for a nuclear weapon. The nation carried out missile sales in the past, repeatedly expecting compensation to stop the practice.
Like a jigsaw puzzle, Iran and North Korea expose gaping holes in nonproliferation policies.
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First is the permanent failure to ban development of ballistic capabilities along with nuclear weapons. The Missile Technology Control Regime is a voluntary export regime. No UN resolution on North Korea or Iraq has formally declared testing of ballistic missiles as illegal, though several pushed for a halt.
Famously, the Iran agreement did not include such a prohibition. By contrast, North Korea did sign an agreement covering missile launches, then argued that satellite launches were not included. The second gap is the time limit, to andset by the Iran agreement for high-grade nuclear enrichment. The agreement may have been the best available, but still a huge can was kicked down the road, reminiscent of the US—North Korea Geneva Agreement of The replacement plant was supposed to be built bywith verification of nuclear activities as certified by the IAEA.
Chief US negotiator Robert Gallucci is said to have privately noted that the North Korean regime would collapse by Instead, construction stopped that year with the agreement formally denounced in By then North Korea had started its nuclear-enrichment program. Formally, Iran did not demonstrably cheat on the agreement. But it has developed a massive ballistic program and presents a regional threat.
North Korea is accustomed to cheating yet presents less regional danger, except in preemptive and suicidal self-defense. Still, North Korea tested the submarine-launched ballistic missile and supplied pocket submarines to Iran that could be used against the Ormuz Straits.
The design of Iranian and North Korean conventional submarines share commonalities; Iran has the cash to develop nuclear propulsion. Successful arms-control agreements have started with limitations on missiles, going on to nuclear warheads. For example, to this day, many withdrawn US and Russian warheads remain in storage.