Could the North Korean Nuclear Test be a Game Changer for Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program?

At 10 AM Local time (6PM ET in the US) North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test at the Punggye-ri, underground test site in the east of the hermit state. The blasted registered 5.1 on the Richter scale recorded by seismographic agencies in China, South Korea, Japan and the US Geological Service, effectively a mini-earthquake. The North Korea news agency declared that it was the test of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, which met with both skepticism, yet concerns from China, Russia, US, UK and especially the UN. According to a Guardian report:

Pyongyang said the test and was “self-defense against the US having numerous and humongous nuclear weapons”. In a TV announcement it also said the test went “perfectly”. But what does this mean within the context of the deteriorating global balance of power?

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North Korea Gets Ready to Test Missile-Type Nuclear Warheads

On April 4th, Ri Tong-il, North Korea’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, announced Pyongyang’s threat to “carry out a new form of nuclear test”, the fourth, according to some accounts (the fifth according to FreedmanReport proprietary sources). The timetable was uncertain, although the proximity of the announcement to President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia hardly seemed accidental.

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Jerry Gordon: Has Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons in North Korea?


Suspected North Korean nuclear center at Nyongbyon
Source: CTV News

By Jerry Gordon for New English Review, March 2014

What if Iran already had more than a dozen nuclear bombs and successfully tested a device deep underground? Moreover, what if that information had been shared with Secretary John Kerry, who chose not to disclose it to the other members of the P5+1 delegation? Continue reading

A Friendlier Iran? Or Have They Just Moved Their Nukes to North Korea?

After years of intransigence and unwillingness to even consider abandoning its nuclear program, Iran has suddenly become amenable to what appears to be real negotiations and an apparent readiness to compromise. The change was dramatic. Although still firing off occasional tirades against the West in general and Israel in particular, Iran is now allowing daily inspections of some of its nuclear facilities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

The sudden shift in Iranian policy has raised eyebrows among those who still consider Iran’s nuclear program to be a major threat to peace in the Middle East. What could have caused this turnabout in Iranian tactics? New and stunning information from highly credible sources in the US and Asia may help to explain this striking change. Continue reading