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    Ties Among North Korea, Syria and Iran - a Major Security Threat

    Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen at the "Breaking the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nexus" hearing on Capitol Hill, Apr 11, 2013.(US House of Representatives).
    Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen at the "Breaking the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nexus" hearing on Capitol Hill, Apr 11, 2013.(US House of Representatives).
    Cindy Saine
    As North Korea continues to threaten the United States and its allies with nuclear attack, three U.S. House Foreign Affairs subcommittees have held a joint hearing on "Breaking the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nexus."  Lawmakers and witnesses at the hearing agreed that the growing relationship among the three governments poses broad risks to international security and nuclear non-proliferation efforts.  

    House Foreign Affairs Committee leaders detailed the triangular relationship between Iran, North Korea and Syria at a hearing in Washington.  Lawmakers said Iran has been providing arms and fighters to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army, and that North Korea and Iran have been working together on what amounts to a joint nuclear weapons program.

    Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen called on the Obama administration to get tough on the three countries’ governments.

    “History has proven that diplomatic relations with these regimes have been a waste of time," said Ros-Lehtinen. "The administration must fully and vigorously enforce sanctions against this triangle of proliferation and have a coherent and coordinated strategy to counter these threats.”

    Democratic Representative Brad Sherman said the countries’ ties do deserve attention.

    “We are dealing with three evil countries, or at least evil governments, but they are at very different stages," said Sherman.

    Sherman said the Syrian government seems to be on the verge of collapse, North Korean President Kim Jong Un seems to be focused on his own survival, and Sherman said he believes Iran poses the greatest threat to the United States.

    Former CIA Director James Woolsey also called on the Obama administration to take action against the nexus between North Korea, Iran and Syria.

    “Our primary and overall goal should be to break, literally destroy this axis, not destroy the countries but destroy the interaction between these three states," said Woolsey.

    Woolsey said the United States needs to do more to support non-Islamist opposition in Syria, and that the Obama administration should speak up more strongly against what he termed the three rogue states’ behavior.
     
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to hold talks in South Korea about the nuclear threats from North Korea.

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    by: Vinay Prasad from: India
    April 12, 2013 1:08 AM
    The above article is irrelevant. Only useless animosity, which leads nowhere.

    But where are the fraudsters and bluff masters who were propagating an attack on Iran? Just last year February, all the "pro Israel" folks were behaving as if the attack will happen any hour any second. "All options are on the table." "No options are off the table." The Iranians were expected to get scared by these proclamations. Two aircraft carriers were paraded with the hope that the kindergarten Iranians would be scared to their bones, down their pants and surrender. Or probably run away. Oil was at steady $60. Straight it went to 120. What a world scale bluff it was ! On the contrary the Iranians threatened to convert the nuclear powered aircraft carriers into a modern day Chernobyl / Fukushima in the center of Persian Gulf for the world to see.

    by: Vazu from: India
    April 12, 2013 12:42 AM
    Am amazed, you should replace Syria by pakistan, the trio of NK, Iran and Pakistan has a history with facts that even their missiles are having same technology.

    by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
    April 11, 2013 11:45 PM
    The HFAC is 100% correct in my view. The current conflict in Syria is a terrible blight on humanity; the connection to Iran is well documented in the media. The connection between Iran and NKorea are also well documented in the media. The fact that NKorea has the ability to produce and use enriched nuclear fuels is a mortal danger to all. The fact that both Iran and NKorea have used the same basic launchers to reach and place objects in space orbit, ties the entire situation into very high risk; and not just to the West and its allies, but also China and even Russia. The threat by NKorea and Iran, leave no choice for the West and its allies, to completely change the strategic defence requirements/disposition of assets on a global scale totally shifted to cover these two nations.

    A better rationalization/assessment of the risks of a one ton, or even a half a ton enriched nuclear payload, without even requiring a full detonation, under the worse case scenario, is clearly very dangerous even without the minaturization issue and full fuctionality. The HFAC is clearly fully understanding the risks and the situation, especially if the risk is centralized around the de-stabilization of the Persian Gulf.

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