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The North Korean and Iranian Nuclear Threat

Updated on March 16, 2013
North Korea's KN-08
North Korea's KN-08

Do you ever feel that the world is inching closer and closer to some sort of nuclear bomb being fired and destroying thousands of lives? As time moves on, many tend to have this in the back of their minds especially when either North Korea or Iran makes idle or real threats of using them. Of course, NK is far closer and is sharing the info with Iran regarding the nuclear bomb. It seems to be almost in tandem. When NK develops some sort of capacity, the technology is then transferred to Iran to copy.

They must have a plan. They must intend to use them at some point. It only takes one from each country to put the world economy and governments into a whirlwind of cascading events, all for the worse.

The North Korean now has a mobile nuclear launcher, the KN-08. I am sure the Iranians are not far behind. The road-mobile KN-08 is more of a threat than the Taepodong-2 because the missiles can be moved around covertly and are much more difficult to detect and target than the static-launched Taepodong-2. They could hide in caves. South Korea's nuclear arsenal is on high alert after NK has cancelled the 1953 Korean War treaty. They think if NK attacks it will be after the U.S.-SK military exercises, which end March 21. If North Korea makes a nuclear attack, retaliation can come from U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Okinawa or Guam also, or from ships off the Korean coast. The tractor that carries the three stage ICBM was made in China and modified by the North. The rocket is probably based on the 1990's Russian SS-N-6 and probably has similar capabilities.

Now, Iran's weapons largely come from Russia, then copied or modified. But their nuclear capabilities are mostly tied to North Korea. Most of Iran's long range missiles were originally North Korean and or Russian\Chinese. If Iran builds more nuclear plants to create nuclear fuel, as they claim they are, Iran will have a bomb by this time 2014 or sooner, unless Israel's redline occurs by this summer. If this occurs, the Mideast could go into flames when Israel attacks Iran to destroy the bomb manufacturing.

This will spark a cascade of events that North Korea could join in by attacking South Korea in some manner. We know Iran does not have the nuclear bomb, but are we sure that NK doesn't? Even a dirty nuclear bomb can create a severe disaster and reaction (even without a rocket).

The dilemma for the world is how to prevent the nightmare. So far, nobody has a solution. It seems like it will come to pass, someday.


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      point2make 4 years ago

      Good hub. Your conclusions are solid. Iran does not possess a weapon...yet but they are very close. North Korea does have, according to intelligence estimates, four tactical nuclear weapons and they do have a delivery system which may not be inter-continental at this time but soon will be. These weapons are intended to be political more than tactical battlefield weapons. These two nations want to "join the club" and take their rightful place, as they see it, on the world stage. Of course they are underestimating just how precarious and dangerous their positions are. In my opinion neither country is interested in national suicide so a political option is still possible, however, Israel will respond to the threat of national extermination as any other nation would. If that happens then all bets are off.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      I can't argue with the discussion.

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      Rufus 4 years ago


      The thousands of nuclear weapons owned by the U.S., Russia, and China have actually managed to keep peace through the principle of mutually assured destruction. Wackos in Iran and N. Korea could very well be the first first to utilize a nuclear weapon in war since WW2. Iran has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map and the N. Koreans are just fanatical nuts. It's bad enough that the Indians and Pakis have nukes, this will be far worse.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      The big difference is, when they are actually threatening to use them..North Korea and Iran have both verbally threatened other countries with them...

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      What about other countries who already have thousands of nuclear weapons? What about USA, Russia, China etc etc......

      If the big bosses have nuclear weapons, others have no other option than following them, I think.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Good article..It maybe, that Iran and North Korea are planning to use them at the same time, Thinking that if one doesn't work the other will... Rather they have one or not, I think we have to take any threat seriously. Voting up and sharing..