Friday, March 27, 2009

Will Iranians Observe North Korean Missile Test?

China Confidential analysts say North Korea has probably invited a delegation of Iranian VIPs, including military and intelligence officers, scientists and technicians, to observe its upcoming, long-range rocket launch.

The Stalinist and Islamist states have been collaborating on ballistic missile development for about 25 years. With money and equipment provided by Iran, North Korea has developed missiles and exported missile-related technologies to Pakistan. The rocket that Iran used to launch its first satellite on February 2 was based on North Korean missile technology.

North Koreans were on hand for Iranian test-firings of ship-to-shore missiles, which proved the practicality of using cargo ships to attack coastal cities, military bases, and other land-based targets.