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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Iran Got Nuclear-Ready Missiles from Ukraine

The Guardian reports that Ukrainian groups not affiliated with the government sold missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Iran and China. Link.
Ukrainian weapons dealers smuggled 18 nuclear-capable cruise missiles to Iran and China during former President Leonid Kuchma's administration, prosecutors said Friday. The missiles have the range to reach U.S. allies.

The Kh55 cruise missiles were smuggled out of Ukraine four years ago, the Prosecutor General's office said Friday in a statement. Prosecutors said the missiles, which have a range of 1,860 miles, were sold illegally and were not exported by Ukrainian enterprises.

Here is a question for the European diplomats negotiating with Iran to stop development of nuclear weapons. If Iran is only pursuing peaceful uses of nuclear energy and not weapons, why do they need missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads?

If Iran were to have nuclear weapons, even if it did not have the capability to deliver them, it would still be an unacceptable threat to US security, as Iran is the number one state sponsor of international terrorism. If they also were to have a delivery system that could reach some of our allies, even if they could not reach US soil itself, that should be grounds for an invasion.

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