Wikileaks: Iran obtained 19 advanced North Korean missiles

November 29, 2010 17:28


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Iran has obtained 19 advanced missiles from North Korea capable of hitting major cities in Western Europe and Russia, according to documents in the lastest release by Wikileaks on Monday.

The weaponry, based off a Russian design, are much stronger than anything in the Iranian arsenal, the documents dated from February 24 show.

The exposed information describes a top secret meeting between Russian and American officials. The US officials were led by Vann H. Van Diepen, a State Department non-proliferation division official who was a key participant in the 2007 assessment of Iran's nuclear capability.

The advanced propulsion systems utilized by the missiles could increase Iran's development of intercontinental.

The Russian R-27 missiles were previously used by Soviet submarines and carried nuclear warheads. The North Korean version of the weapon, the BM-25, has the capacity to carry a nuclear payload.

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