Iran is in the last stages of construction of a nuclear test site in the Kavir Lut desert between Tehran and its eastern border with Afghanistan.
The work is managed by the Iranian experts who were invited to attend North Korea’s nuclear test this year. Two diplomats attached to the UN nuclear watchdog agency in Vienna confirmed July 18 that Iran now has the means to test a weapon within six months.
As recently as July 9, DEBKAfile’s military sources reported that the US, Europe, and even the Binyamin Netanyahu government, appear to have adopted the same strategy for North Korea and Iran. It is a combination of harsh oral rebukes coupled with a refusal to address North Korea’s violations and Iran’s race for a nuclear bomb in any practical way, even though sanctions are clearly of no effect at all.
A blind eye is equally turned to the close collaboration between Pyongyang and Tehran on their missile and nuclear development programs.The two rogue states are also clearly in tune on their nuclear diplomacy and timetables.
Source: The DEBKAfile’s