Pentagon Claims Iran and North Korean Working Together on Ballistic Missiles to Reach U.S.

June 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency is sounding an alarm on the combined ballistic missile capabilities of Iran and North Korea, as Congress is considering adding more funds to the nation’s missile defense programs. Army Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly put in an appearance on Capitol Hill on Thursday, to brief lawmakers on the very real threat of missiles reaching the shores of the U.S.

General O’Reilly, referring from a report prepared by the U.S. Air Force’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center, described to lawmakers, the long standing cooperation between Iran and North Korea in sharing ballistic missile technology.

“They are sharing know-how on avionics, propulsion and materials, among other things,” O’Reilly said. Iran’s Shahab missiles are thought to be based on technology obtained from North Korea.

Both countries have shown the capability to fire missiles with a stable ignition and launch a second stage, which poses a threat to Israel and the United States. Iran’s recent test-firing of a solid-fuel rocket, exhibited a range of 1,200, miles, which could hit Israel and U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf.

General O’Reilly predicts that Iran could produce a long-range ballistic missile that could reach the U.S. in 6 years and that North Korea’s Taepodong 2, redesigned as a ballistic missile, could reach U.S. shores with a nuclear payload.

President Obama reduced the missile defense budget by about $1.2 billion from last year’s budget, and the agency is making its case for more funds.

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5 Responses to “Pentagon Claims Iran and North Korean Working Together on Ballistic Missiles to Reach U.S.”

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  2. Old Man Dotes on June 12th, 2009 11:15 am

    ” Iran’s recent test-firing of a solid-fuel rocket, exhibited a range of 1,200…”

    1200 what? Miles? Kilometers? Feet? Light-years? Obviously the assumption is miles or KM, but there is a huge difference between those two measures.

  3. Old Man Dotes on June 12th, 2009 11:17 am

    Also, why are you allowing ADDINGINFO.COM to spam your comments space? It’s getting hugely annoying; they keep repeating the same text you’ve already posted in the blog.

  4. olivia on June 12th, 2009 11:29 am

    Don’t worry, Dotes, they aren’t spamming. They are linking the story to their own blog/site. It repeats the text because it is the intro it gives for the link itself.

  5. Bear on June 12th, 2009 11:35 am

    It should have read 1,200 miles! Thanks for spotting!!

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