Nuclear-armed North Korea is helping Iran with its ballistic missile program. The ironically named Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is also helping Iran with its nuclear program. Are we really to believe the collaboration on these two projects is a coincidence? “‘N. Korea supplied Iran with nuclear computer software’,” from Reuters, August 24:
BERLIN – North Korea has supplied Iran with a computer program as part of intensified cooperation that could help Tehran build nuclear weapons, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing Western intelligence sources.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said North Korea had in the spring delivered software, originally developed in the United States, that could simulate neutron flows.
Such calculations, linked to identifying a chain reaction, are vital in the construction of reactors and also in the development of nuclear explosives.
With the help of the program, Iran could gain important knowledge of how to construct nuclear weapons, according to the Munich newspaper, which quoted no individual source.
A confidential UN report earlier this year said North Korea and Iran appeared to have been regularly exchanging ballistic missile technology in violation of UN sanctions.
Geographical distance and a shared hatred of America, along with North Korea’s desperate poverty, are major reasons that the relationship works. If they were neighbors, the countries’ respective ideologies would demand each other’s annihilation.
On Tuesday, an Iranian envoy said a senior UN nuclear watchdog official visited all of Iran’s main atomic sites during a rare five-day tour last week, saying this showed Tehran’s “100 percent transparency and openness.”
But a Western diplomat in Vienna said the trip of Herman Nackaerts, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to Iran “did nothing to lay to rest key concerns” about Tehran’s nuclear programme.
“The Iranians proudly showed off many nuclear activities (that Iran carries out) in defiance of UN sanctions … but stonewalled the IAEA on the scale and scope of the possible military dimensions of their program,” the diplomat said.
The Sueddeutsche said the computer program, called Monte Carlo N-Particle Extended, or MCNPX 2.6.0., was used widely for civilian purposes but is subject to strict export controls because it can also be used to develop atomic bombs.
It is unclear how North Korea got hold of the software.
The paper said a North Korean delegation travelled to Iran in February to train 20 Defense Ministry staff in the software.
Not an energy or commerce-related ministry, but defense.
The IAEA has voiced growing concern in the last year about possible military dimensions to Tehran’s nuclear program, saying it had received new information increasing such concerns….