WikiLeak bombshell: Iran has advanced missiles in its arsenal (N Korea and Russia complicit)

Posted on November 29, 2010

November 28, 2010

The second round of WikiLeak documents has been made public, presenting an unprecedented glimpse into the world of high-stakes intrigue and backroom deal making by global powers.

One of the most alarming secrets to be revealed is that Iran is in possession of missiles far more advanced than anything Washington has publicly acknowledged. Nineteen of the missiles, which are based on a Russian design, were acquired from North Korea, according to one WikiLeaks document.

These missiles have the capability to reach targets in Western Europe and Moscow. Their range far exceeds that of Iran’s previously known ballistic missiles, which can travel approximately 1,200 miles—far enough to strike targets in the Middle East, such as Israel, and parts of Eastern Europe

The most frightening aspect of this most recent round of leaks is that the missile, known as the BM-25, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Many experts remain confident that Iran’s capacity to arm such missiles is still far off, though authorities believe the terrorist regime has long striven to achieve that milestone.

The reports also indicate that Iran has access to the blueprints for designing and building a new class of more powerful rocket engines.

The documents confirm suspicions advanced as early as 2006 that North Korea had sold missiles to Iran. The going assumption was that isolated components had made their way to Iran, but not complete missiles, with their huge thrusters. Now we all know better.

In the light of these revelations, it seems incumbent on the Obama administration to double down on its efforts to force Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment efforts. As recently as November 8, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates claimed that sanctions against Iran were having the desired impact and dismissed the idea that “only a credible military threat can get Iran to take the actions that it needs to, to end its nuclear weapons program.” It will be interesting to hear the Secretary’s reaction to these latest revelations.

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