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Julie Bishops North Korean Blind Spot- Iran the source of finance and technology transfer


Shortly before North Koreas escalation in testing commenced, it was reported that North Korea’s second in charge spent 10 days in Iran.


The Turnbull government rightly condemns Kim Jong Un and his North Korean regime for their testing of nuclear weaponry, the firing of ballistic missiles, and their continued endeavours to have the ability to deliver a nuclear device as far as the shores of the US and Australia via a long range ballistic missile.


However, the Turnbull government and in particular Foreign Minister Julie Bishop refuse to acknowledge the continuing actions of North Korea’s partner Iran in bringing the world to the brink of nuclear confrontation.


The US under Obama and Trump, as well as Britain, German and France have all condemned Iranian ballistic firings in the last 12 months.

Only Australia, with Julie Bishop at the helm, has been silent.


Enhanced sanctions supported by Bishop and Turnbull will not affect Iran and therefore will be at least partially ineffectual.

Australia should re-join the rest of the world in denouncing Iran’s ballistic missile threats and its intimate help with the North Korean regime.

In an online news service J Wire I recently detailed Julie Bishops failure to condemn Iran for is ballistic missile firings and their ongoing support for North Korea.


CNBC on the 15th May 2017 reported that a Former CIA agent said Iran was aiding North Korea as new missile test emboldens Pyongyang.


The Congressional Research Service has a report from 2010  ‘North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Development and Diplomacy’ p. 21-22 that notes a number of instances of cooperation before 2010 (reciprocal visits and data sharing) which indicate a direct collaborative relationship between the two countries;


“Additionally, since the early 1990s, a body of reports has accumulated pointing to a significant collaborative North Korean-Iranian nuclear relationship inside Iran, with North Korea’s principal interlocutor being the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Some of these reports cite the Central Intelligence Agency, Western intelligence sources and documents (some probably European), and foreign intelligence officials as sources of information. Other cited sources are European and German defence officials. High ranking Israeli government officials have been cited”.


On 5 November 2010, the UN also noted in a report presented to the UNSC ‘Letter dated 12 May 2010 from the Panel of Experts established pursuant to resolution 1874 (2009) addressed to the President of the Security Council’ that while there were no specific instances presented to the relevant UN committee, there were indications of North Korea’s continued involvement in the nuclear and ballistic missile activities of Iran. See below;


No official allegations have been presented to the Committee since the adoption of resolution 1718 (2006) concerning the provision of proscribed nuclear-related or ballistic missile-related items, technology or know-how to or from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Nevertheless, the Panel of Experts has reviewed several government assessments, reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency, research papers and media reports indicating continuing involvement of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in nuclear and ballistic missile-related activities in certain countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Syrian Arab Republic and Myanmar.

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