12/10/2011 - Iranian Regime Seeks North Korea's Help To Activate Ballistic Missiles
Breaking News: Iranian regime calls on North Korean missile experts to help with activation of their ballistic missiles. North Koreans stand in alert mode to activate six DF-31 ballistic missiles on Iranian soil.
After years of heavy concentration on the development of long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has practically failed to produce the weapon while incurring significant and irreversible costs. The first long-range missile contract took place with China providing IRGC with a fleet of eleven 3000-kilometer-range DF-3A missiles. However, in 2009 while entangled with growing tensions between Iran and the international community and the loss of legitimacy at home, just as with many of its military or non-military issues, IRGC entered into ‘special’ talks with China that led to an $11-billion-dollar contract for Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles and 40-ton DF-31 missiles with 7000-kilometer range and the capacity to carry nuclear warheads.
Based on the terms of the contract, China accepted the responsibility for designing certain missiles and the training of Iranian experts, as well as the transportation of fleet consisting of six Ballistic missiles, six activation units and forty explosive containers and the delivery of the ready-to-assemble components to the IRGC who will in turn montage them in their military industry. The explosive containers were meant for a time when the missile-building process had reached a point where the use of these explosives alone would be deemed sufficient.
The missiles were delivered in late 2010, yet much of IRGC’s attempts at operating the enormous fleet, proved to be an exercise in futility. Moreover, as the tensions over Iran’s nuclear program began to mount, the Chinese announced their inability to further aid Iran in its military activity “unless” the Iranians find a way of circumventing the sanctions and paying them several billion dollars.
It is noteworthy however, that these particular ballistic missiles, which were built in 1960’s in Russia, have consistently experienced technical problems-- specifically two major flaws. First of all, they were designed and built before the era of precision in satellite surveillance, and are only mobile up until their installation. Therefore, once installed on the launching platform ( which often takes three days to accomplish) they cannot be moved, and are hence easily and quickly detectable by satellite radars.
Secondly, it is their solid fuel and new components added over time which make the main trigger system incompatible with standard design and the missile’s electronic apparatus, which is the reason why countries such as Russia and China have systematically removed these missiles from their military system. It has been reported that to date at least six missile explosions similar to the recent incident in Tehran’s military base have occurred in China. Interestingly enough, China has long since corrected the technical problems in these missiles and moved on to the more modern and sophisticated continental-range missiles.
Based on reports by Green Experts of Iran, to repair the core technical problems with the fleet of missiles, a delegation of Chinese and North Korean experts traveled to Iran nine months ago and agreed that, in exchange for $7 billion, it will deliver to Iran the necessary hardware as well as the installation technology and training via North Koreans-- who are not bound by the same diplomatic and military obligations that restrict China-Iran relations. In addition, North Koreans and Iranian Revolutionary Guards agreed to set up a joint base in order to expand their mutual activities. The initial part of Iran-Korea contract is set to cost approximately $3 billion.
Based on the contract, North Korea has agreed to develop and enhance Iran’s fleet of missiles and, in collaboration with China, to provide services necessary to protect the missiles from possible attacks and possible replication and reproduction of them. They have also agreed to be present in Iran and activate the missiles at times of crisis. Following the recent explosions in Tehran’s military missile base, the mounting tensions between the international community and Iran, and the state of alert called for all military units, there was a meeting between the North Korean officials and commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards calling for the North Korean missile experts to be stationed in Iran and stand by ready to install and activate the DF-31 ballistic missiles in Iran, by December 10, 2011. CNN
First source: http://www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org/Alert_threat.aspx?news_id=3717
Second source: CNN iReport
Iranian Regime Seeks North Korea's Help To Activate
Posted December 10, 2011 Tehran, Iran
CNN PRODUCER NOTE: (The following is a translation of a report by Green Correspondents of Iran. A link to the Farsi-language original can be found below)
Breaking News: Iranian regime calls on North Korean missile experts to help with activation of their ballistic missiles.
North Koreans stand in alert mode to activate six DF-31 ballistic missiles on Iranian soil.