Thursday, November 11, 2004

The Iranian Missile Program

The Center for Defense Information released a report on the progress of the Iranian missile program, which has been somewhat lost amidst all of the attention devoted to the regime's quest for nuclear weapons.

It is certainly worth a read and contains a link to a chart that shows the flight paths of the various missiles.

What stands out when you look at the list is that it is the same countries over and over selling or transferring missiles and missile technology to the Iranians. The countries include...China, Russia, North Korea, Libya and Syria.

It is really no surprise that Libya and Syria took part in these transfers over the past decade, though it now appears that both have changed their tune. North Korea makes most of its cash from selling weapons, so it is likely they will continue to do so.

In the case of Russia and China, both of these states have continued to sell all types of military technology to rogue states throughout the world.

Its a disturbing pattern to continually find two members of the Security Council engaging in this behavior. Actually, its three. France just has not been selling to Iran lately.