Iran May Be Keeping Elements Of Nuclear Program In Syria, North Korea — Nuclear By Proxy

Iran May Be Keeping Elements Of Nuclear Program In Syria, North Korea  — Nuclear By Proxy

     Not all of Iran’s nuclear program are located inside the country; but instead, some critical parts of the program may well be located in North Korea and Syria.  That’s the assertion made by The Israeli Project, a pro-Israeli, Washington D.C. based advocacy group.  The group claims that Iran “has dispersed its nuclear assets to North Korea and Syria.  Even if everything goes right [the interim nuclear deal] in slowing Iran’s nuclear work on Iranian soil….the deal wouldn’t touch all of the places and ways Iran is attempting to develop a nuclear weapon.”  The report makes the claim that as much as 50 tons of enriched uranium, may have been taken to Syria, deep in the Qalamoun region, near the town of Qusayr territory, controlled by The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Force (Quds) Force; and, Iran’s proxy — the Lebanon-based Hizballah group”.  “Iran is also using North Korea as storage for uranium stockpiles, and the necessary missiles to be used as delivery methods for nuclear warheads,” according to Ali Alfoneh and Reuel Marc Gerecht, of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.  The two claim that “Iran is using North Korean territory; and, other reports have indicated that Iran has ballistic ,missiles stationed in that country.”  

   There is probably more than an element of truth to these assertions, though the claim that Iran may have moved 50 tons of enriched uranium to Syria is pretty far-fetched.  The Der Spiegel story on this issue a few weeks back, was substantially discredited by numerous experts in the region.  Nonetheless, Iranian nuclear scientists attended most, if not all of the North Korean underground nuclear tests — thus, in a sense — allowing Iran to test ‘their’ nuclear weapons by proxy.  The Iranians also know that attempt to smuggle nuclear material back into Iran is not without risk; and, is one of the main reasons for going underground and building secret facilities — so that critical nuclear equipment and materials don’t have to be moved from abroad into the country.  V/R, RCP

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