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Axis of Nuclear Evil?
Axis of Nuclear Evil? - Jerusalem Prayer TeamPresident George W. Bush was widely mocked and ridiculed in 2002 for referring to Iran and North Korea as two members of a three-country "axis of evil” that promoted terrorism worldwide.

In his State of the Union address to the nation just four months after the September 11 terror attacks, Bush said:

"North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens. Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people’s hope for freedom. States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger.”

Fast forward 11 years and few would mock Bush’s assessment. North Korea’s nuclear missiles threaten U.S. allies in Asia, while Iran is moving full-speed ahead toward developing its own nuclear weapons. In addition, Iran and North Korea have begun working together more closely in some scientific endeavors that cause raised eyebrows and grave concern for the West and Israel.

Last September, the two nations signed a scientific-cooperation pact that U.S. officials said could advance the nuclear and missile programs of both countries. "Any ‘scientific cooperation’ between Iran and North Korea is potentially a source of real concern to us, and we’ll have to follow it closely,” said one senior U.S. official.

Both American and Israeli officials are concerned North Korea could share with Iran the technologies it has developed to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and attach it to a medium-range missile. Tehran was reportedly experimenting with such technology in the early 2000s but suspended the work in 2003. Now, with North Korea as its teacher, that work may be ready to resume.

The latest agreement –signed last September – also comes at a time when Tehran is closer to producing enough enriched nuclear fuel for a bomb. Obama administration officials say they’re concerned that the two military allies will seek to use the new agreement to advance their nuclear capabilities, just as they have done to jointly developed their missile systems.

According to Iranian state media, the agreement doesn’t specify cooperation with North Korea on developing nuclear technologies. However, it does include the establishment of joint laboratories, exchanges of Iranian and North Korean scientists, and cooperative transfers in the energy and information technology sectors.

Military cooperation between Iran and North Korea began during Iran’s eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, when Pyongyang supplied light arms and artillery during an international arms embargo against the Islamic Republic. Since then – according to U.S. and United Nations officials – North Korea has functioned as a primary supplier of missile components to Tehran, and Iran’s medium-range Shahab-3 missile is based on the design of North Korea’s Nodong-1.

Officials also worry that North Korea could provide Iran with a range of supplies for its nuclear program, including uranium ore, centrifuge machines and enriched uranium. And, perhaps, the missiles needed to delivery such a nuclear payload.

Iranian nuclear scientists were also present at a North Korean missile launch, in March, 2012, according to South Korea’s state news agency. It reported that a dozen Iranian nuclear experts witnessed the failed rocket launch. An anonymous diplomatic source told the newspaper, "The Iranians undoubtedly were there to observe the missile launch and receive test data from North Korea.” Subsequent North Korean missile launches have also been reportedly witnessed by Iranian scientists, although those reports haven’t been independently confirmed.

The axis of evil defined by George W. Bush could ultimately turn into an axis of nuclear evil as cooperation between North Korea and Iran continues. Not only could Iran learn the technologies, they could also purchase a turnkey nuclear system that is ready to go without any further development on their part. Either way, such a turn of events would pose a grave threat to Israel, forcing them to take action against Iran, which in turn could ignite a regional conflict.  

To read the original Wall Street Journal article, click here.

To read the second Wall Street Journal article, click here.

To read the original Haaretz article, click here.

To read President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address, click here.

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