Wednesday, September 16, 2015
CIA Director John Brennan acknowledges worried by Iran-North Korea nuclear ties.
CIA Director John Brennan acknowledges worried by Iran-North Korea nuclear ties. (NCRI).
The Iran nuclear deal is silent on an issue that the CIA and proliferation experts are concerned about: that Tehran may outsource parts of its nuclear and missiles program to the secretive regime in North Korea, which on Tuesday committed itself to producing more fuel for nuclear bombs, The Washington Times reported on Wednesday.
CIA Director John Brennan acknowledged Tuesday his agency is monitoring whether the regime in Iran may try to assist its clandestine nuclear program with help from another rogue state such as North Korea, or by colluding with Pyongyang toward the secret purchase and transfer of nuclear weapons for Tehran.
“We have to make sure that we’re doing whatever we can to uncover anything,” Mr. Brennan told a group of reporters in Austin, Texas. “I’m not saying that something is afoot at all — what I’m saying is that we need to be attuned to all of the potential pathways to acquiring different types of [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities.”
Experts say the deal worked out by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry carries no known prohibition against North Korea performing the Iranian regime’s nuclear arms research, paid out of the $100 billion to $150 billion the deal frees up in Iranian assets.
While there is heated debate over the extent of collusion between Iran and North Korea, evidence of collaboration has piled up for years in public source information even as the Obama administration and the U.S. intelligence community remain mum about such reports.
According to The Washington Times, Mr. Niksch testified that the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the largest opposition group to the hard-line Islamic state, reported that a delegation of North Korean missile and nuke experts visited Iran last May, the third such tour this year.
“Iranian money appears to be the lubricant for North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs,” he said. “The Iran nuclear agreement will increase Iran’s wealth considerably as U.N. economic sanctions are lifted and Iran receives at least $50 billion from the United States in frozen assets.”
The Washington Times reported on September 4 that the NCRI has released a new report claiming Iran's regime has been working with North Korean experts to deceive U.N. nuclear inspectors visiting suspect sites in Iran.
"Iran's clerical regime has been working on ways to conceal the military dimensions of its nuclear projects from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for some time and sought the advice and expertise of North Korean consultants to do so, according to the report from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)," The Washington Times said.
The Washington Times said the NCRI is seen to have "deep sources inside Iran's nuclear community and its members are credited with having made game-changing revelations about Tehran's activities in the past."
"According to the latest report, a number of North Korean officials have set up shop in Tehran and remain there even after the signing of the nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and major world powers on July 14."
"The North Korean visitors 'have expertise in ballistic missile and nuclear work areas, particularly in the field of warheads and missile guidance,' the report reads."
"'Over the past two years the North Korean teams have been sharing their experiences and tactics necessary for preventing access to military nuclear sites,' NCRI added."
"The North Koreans reportedly instructed their Iranian counterparts on how to deny IAEA inspectors access to their nuclear sites and advised them to build tunnels and underground nuclear sites."
"Their presence in Tehran has been kept secret with the help of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps."
"The nuclear experts work in a guarded office building at the Hemmat complex and are transported to and from work in tinted-glass vehicles escorted by members of the terrorist-affiliated Quds force."
"In addition, the six-man North Korean team reportedly collaborates with Nouri Industries, which builds warheads for Shabab and Ghadr missiles. Nouri also works closely with a subdivision of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, also known by its Farsi acronym SPND." Read the full story here.