Speculation is mounting that North Korea is supplying missile technology to the real Islamic State, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Recent missile tests coming out of Tehran have caused the Trump administration to once again apply targeted sanctions against the regime. For its part, Iran has declared that it will continue the missile tests and that they do not violate the agreement reached with the Obama administration.
The North Korean analysis site, 38North.org, reported on the recent Iranian test, saying, “[Some analysts have ] speculated that it relies on a liquid-fueled engine originally developed by the Isayev Design Bureau for the Soviet R-27 submarine-launched ballistic missile … The ramifications of such a connection would be significant, not only because it would signify ongoing close Iranian-North Korean missile cooperation, but also because such an engine would be a foundation for Iran to develop a viable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).”
The website went on to say very forcefully that the reports of such collaboration are unconfirmed.
Fox News came out with a report in July of last year saying Iran did indeed test a BM-25 missile, built with an R-27 engine designed by Kim Jong-un’s scientists.
We have historical evidence of North Korea proliferating weapons technology to other rogue states which are enemies of the United States. The question I have is, did the Obama administration have evidence of technology transfers from Pyongyang to Tehran? And did they proceed with the Iranian “deal” anyway?
National-security enquiring minds want to know.