It has long been my view that Hezbollah and Hamas are backed and Iran, which is in turn backed by Russia, China and North Korea. The West is not simply facing radical Islam. I believe it is facing a growing alliance of militant Islam and the socialist and “former” socialist bloc.
Reuters carried this interesting piece yesterday from Seoul. Hat Tip Jihad Watch
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has been working closely with Iran to develop its long-range ballistic missiles, possibly using Chinese technology, and is building large bases to prepare for their deployment, a South Korean state-run think tank said.
Communist North Korea is also building new sites near the Demilitarized Zone border for short-range missiles and is deploying missiles with improved precision that can strike most of Japan, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) said in a report.
“The development of Taepodong-2 is conducted jointly with Iran, and it is possible China’s technology is used in the development of the Taepodong-2 engine,” said the IFANS report, which Reuters obtained on Thursday.
The collaboration is part of an international network, including Pakistan, that made it possible for the impoverished North to develop and deploy missiles despite scarce resources and limited testing, the study said.
Christopher Hill, the top U.S. envoy to talks on the North’s nuclear program, said last month one or more Iranians watched the North’s missile launch, deepening concerns about the ties between two countries with troubling nuclear capabilities.
The Taepodong-2 is the product of joint efforts with Tehran, coinciding with Iran’s development of the Shehab-5 and 6, and “it is highly possible that design and technology from China, which has an arms trade with Iran, were used“, the report said.