The real issue is where North Korea is getting the materials to make the bomb.
On February 12, North Korea announced that it had successfully carried out its third underground nuclear test.
Following the announcement, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV news channel reportedly claimed that an Iranian expert had been present at the site of nuclear test.
Iranian scientists were “likely present” during North Korea’s recent nuclear test, according to Japan’s Kyodo News.
“Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, is believed to have travelled to North Korea to observe its third nuclear test last week, according to western intelligence sources,” reports the Sunday Times of London.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi very rarely leaves Iranian soil due to fear that Israel’s Mossad will make an attempt on his life, following an alleged pattern of previous assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.
The Iranian Government denied categorically that one of its nuclear scientists were present in the detonation last week of an atomic device in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
On February 15, Reuters reported that the P5+1 are set to offer easing of Iran’s sanctions barring trade in gold and other precious metals in Kazakhstan talks and in return ask Iran to shut down its Fordo nuclear facility.
The US alleges that Iran is using its close economic ties with Venezuela to establish a military presence in Latin America.
“The atomic bomb appears to have been made compact enough to be placed on a missile,” a Japanese source reportedly said.
According to Western assessments, the capacity to assemble a nuclear warhead that can be delivered via Shahab missile technology is one of the last remaining obstacles to an Iranian nuclear strike capability.
Experts say Iran already has enough enriched uranium for several weapons if it is further enriched. Last week, Tehran showed off new-generation centrifuges that can enrich uranium four to five times faster than its present working model.
Based on data provided by Global Information System/Defense & Foreign Affairs, the report states outright that Iran provided scientists and equipment, as well as money, to the North Koreans.
The first North Korean nuclear weapons demonstration was on Oct. 9, 2006
The North Koreans had effectively tested its weapons and proven their design in the May 1998 Chagai-I series of tests by Pakistan, so the North Korean tests — particularly the February 12, 2013, test, were to prove Iranian weapon design efficacy.
However, given the commonality of the payload “nipple” on the Iranian and North Korean missiles, it seems likely that the nuclear weapon design tested would be the baseline system for both countries.
The latest North Korean nuclear test indicates that North Korea has two separate and relatively successful nuclear weapons tracks: one plutonium and the other enriched uranium.