Iran sends 15 to North Korea for launch


Missile experts from Iran are in North Korea to help Pyongyang prepare for a rocket launch, according to reports.

Amid increasing global concern over the launch, which the US and its allies consider to be illegal, Japan's Sankei Shimbun newspaper claimed today that a 15-strong delegation from Tehran has been in the country advising the North Koreans since the beginning of March.

The experts include senior officials from the Iranian rocket and satellite producer Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, the newspaper said.

The Iranians brought a letter from President Ahmadinejad to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il stressing the importance of co-operating on space technology, it added.


The launch is a violation of a UN resolution and Iran's embrace of the launch should put that country in violation also. It is already under UN sanctions and this should be added to the reasons for further sanctions.


  1. Maybe it's time to relax restrictions of Japanese defense and armaments. We certainly can't shield them from here any more.

    I think also a Japan with a larger share of GNP going to Defense would relieve our troubled economy which has to shelter the entire free world.


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