Pentagon Seeks to Link Iran, North Korea Citing ‘Similar Looking’ Missiles

Pentagon Seeks to Link Iran, North Korea Citing ‘Similar Looking’ Missiles | Non-nuclear missiles aren’t restricted by nuclear deals

Every failed missile test or official warning by North Korean state media against attacking them is a new excuse for the US to offer loud condemnations and new threats, and while the US also likes to threaten Iran, they really haven’t had much in thew way of excuses for doing so in recent weeks.

Pentagon officials are looking to resolve that with testimony to Congress claiming that Iranian missiles look suspiciously similar to North Korean missiles. They don’t offer any proof, of course, that this means anything about them having a common origin, but this is clearly the connection Congress is meant to make.

The attempts at “sort of” connections continued throughout the testimony, with officials citing a North Korean submarine missile launch and noting that Iran is also working on the idea of firing missiles from submarines. Attempts to ratchet up the tensions didn’t stop there.

Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris even had the gall to complain that neither Iran nor North Korea were impacted by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in developing shorter range ballistic missiles. Neither is a signatory to the treaty in the first place, of course, and perhaps even more importantly, the missiles in question aren’t even accused of being nuclear in nature.

Still, the Pentagon has been angling for more money for its wars long enough to know that making things about “nuclear” threats is a way to sell Congress on almost anything, and complaining about Iran not complying with a nuclear treaty, even though the missiles in question are non-nuclear and Iran was never a signatory¬† to it in the first place, is always going to play well.

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  • Andrew_Nichols

    More shameless stuff and another indication that the media so keen to find fake news in every other utterance from a Trump official just parrot BS whenever it’s military lies from the same lot.

  • Neuromancer

    Both countries’ missiles have pointy tops and fins.

    • Tecumseh1768

      Wait, the Russian missiles have pointy tip and fins. And our missiles have pointy tips and fins. This can only mean one thing……the Russians have infiltrated our missiles! SEND MONEY!

  • john

    This is the administration that had difficulty counting the number of people on inauguration day? Those people were more or less literally on their front lawn!
    But on this matter they are certain and we should trust them? It could be true but… so what?

  • wars r u.s.

    Iran and North Korea are on the same planet so of course they’re in cahoots together. When in doubt, make s**t up.

  • unam_sanctum

    North Korea used to supply the Iranians missiles in the 1980s, right ?

  • John_Smith001

    If there is no connection this might push them together, and even if there is do all alliances have to be approved by Washington/Tel Aviv?