Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsPentagon Seeks to Link Iran, North Korea Citing ‘Similar Looking’ Missiles
Every failed missile test or official warning by North Korean state media against attacking them is a new excuse for the US to offer loud condemnations and new threats, and while the US also likes to threaten Iran, they really haven’t had much in thew way of excuses for doing so in recent weeks.
Pentagon officials are looking to resolve that with testimony to Congress claiming that Iranian missiles look suspiciously similar to North Korean missiles. They don’t offer any proof, of course, that this means anything about them having a common origin, but this is clearly the connection Congress is meant to make.
The attempts at “sort of” connections continued throughout the testimony, with officials citing a North Korean submarine missile launch and noting that Iran is also working on the idea of firing missiles from submarines. Attempts to ratchet up the tensions didn’t stop there.
Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris even had the gall to complain that neither Iran nor North Korea were impacted by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in developing shorter range ballistic missiles. Neither is a signatory to the treaty in the first place, of course, and perhaps even more importantly, the missiles in question aren’t even accused of being nuclear in nature.
I am having an industrial-strength, John-Luc Picard face-palm moment, upon reading this, and at warp speed
Because, apparently, at the Pentagon, there is not a single solitary soul who understands the concept of form following function.
Because, given what a missile is supposed to do, it would be obvious that the Iranian and North Korean missiles would look "somewhat similar", because they were engineered to achieve the same objective, even without the sharing of technologies!!
And why in the name of Heaven would Iran be reaching out to North Korea for such technology, which the North Koreans have extensive problems with staging, and guidance?!?! I mean, come on; this is ludicrous on the face of such an accusation!!!
But this attempt to demonize an alleged link between North Korean weapons programs and Iranian weapons programs, concerns me greatly, because it signals an uptick in hostilities against both of them, potentially and ultimately leading to war.