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  • Russians helping Iran to acquire missile technology?

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on November 21st, 2005 (All posts by )

    Jonathan mentioned in a comment to this post that Iran currently is still lacking a delivery system for its nukes. Unfortunately this won’t be true for much longer:

    Former members of the Russian military have been secretly helping Iran to acquire technology needed to produce missiles capable of striking European capitals.
    The Russians are acting as go-betweens with North Korea as part of a multi-million pound deal they negotiated between Teheran and Pyongyang in 2003. It has enabled Teheran to receive regular clandestine shipments of top secret missile technology, believed to be channelled through Russia.

    Western intelligence officials believe that the technology will enable Iran to complete development of a missile with a range of 2,200 miles, capable of hitting much of Europe. It is designed to carry a 1.2-ton payload, sufficient for a basic nuclear device.

    A senior American official said Iran’s programme was “sophisticated and getting larger and more accurate. They have had very much in mind the payload needed to carry a nuclear weapon.
    “I think Putin knows what the Iranians are doing.”

    As I wrote in my previous post, Putin doesn’t seem to be concerned about the prospect of an Iran with nuclear weapons, and seems to think that any resulting crisis would be to his advantage, no matter the outcome. There is nothing anybody can do about it directly. The only way to head off the march into an incredibly bleak future will be to take out the Mullahs, among a number of other regimes. If only European governments would realize that.

     

    5 Responses to “Russians helping Iran to acquire missile technology?”

    1. genghis-k Says:

      From any point of view, military included, your proposal to take out the Mullahs, whilst having a certain simplistic attraction, doesn’t really allow for the future after the strikes (cruise-nukes-marine incursions-special forces). Your post doesn’t seem to appreciate that Iran is a very different barrel of catfish to the rag-tag bunch which formed the backbone of Saddam’s strike capability! The population, although restive, seem unwilling to remove a dictatorial religious crew from the top positions; and if the attacks don’t come along with support from within that country, the proposal to ‘take out’ the religious leaders who have the backing of the overwhelming majority of the Iranian population for most of their country’s policies, the attacks may well leave another Muslim country in ferment, with the “Great Satan” as ‘Patsy par Excellence’.
      The Europeans with their tortured dialogue have some chance, but killing a few clerics has no chance!

    2. ElamBend Says:

      As for Russian missile tech, this is an interesting development:
      [maneuverabl warheads]

      http://www.washtimes.com/national/20051120-115514-2217r.htm

    3. Sandy P Says:

      We have always been and will be the enemy until we are as miserable as the rest. Or gone.

    4. TM Lutas Says:

      If the present crew are removed, who will lead Iranian Shia? Who has the standing? Is there anybody else other than “I want a secular government” Ayatollah Sistani?

    5. Robert Schwartz Says:

      Sometimes I wonder about Putin. why is he handing weapons to a country a short chip shot from his? does he think they cannot be used against him?