Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance.

Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been struck on April 2, between the Five-plus-One nations and Iran, ostensibly to limit the ability of Iran to build nuclear weapons. But what are the realities? Firstly, with regard to nuclear weapons and strategic military capabilities:

  • Iran already has a small stockpile of externally-acquired nuclear weapons (from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: DPRK or North Korea).
  • Iran, working with its key ally, North Korea, has already built and detonated (on Feb. 12, 2013) a nuclear weapon of Iranian design and manufacture.
  • Iran has sufficient technology and knowledge to build nuclear weapons, regardless of the new treaty; ramp-up time to production is zero, the only question, for sustained production of weapons, is the volume of enriched material available.
  • Iran, like North Korea, has developed ballistic missiles and command and control systems to deploy nuclear weapons through to a second-strike capability.

The “deal” to curb Iranian nuclear weapons production was essentially meaningless from the standpoint of the stated exercise. Tehran has a strategic rationale for acquiring nuclear weapons which it was unlikely to relinquish as long as nuclear weapons were in the grand strategy (primarily psycho-political) matrix of the region.

In any event, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Sharif said that Tehran surrendered nothing in the deal; in substantive terms, he was correct.

Full article: Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move (World Tribune)

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