Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a submarine earlier this week, according to a report by Fox. Pentagon officials say there is another collaborator with North Korea that is influencing them and helping them to survive: Iran.
Intelligence reports are saying the submarine was based on a North Korean design, the same type that sank a South Korean warship in 2010.
According to U.S. defense officials, Iran was attempting to launch a Jask-2 cruise missile underwater for the first time, but the launch failed. Experts have for awhile suspected North Korea and Iran are sharing expertise when it comes to their missile programs.
“The very first missiles we saw in Iran were simply copies of North Korean missiles,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a missile proliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. “Over the years, we've seen photographs of North Korean and Iranian officials in each other's countries, and we've seen all kinds of common hardware.”
Last summer, Iran launched another missile similar to a North Korean Musudan, the most advanced missile Pyongyang has successfully tested to date.
Defense analysts say North Korea's Taepodong missile looks almost identical to Iran's Shahab.
“In the past, we would see things in North Korea and they would show up in Iran. In some recent years, we've seen some small things appear in Iran first and then show up in North Korea and so that raises the question of whether trade -- which started off as North Korea to Iran -- has started to reverse,” Lewis stated.
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