Iran’s , earliest this week, attempt to launch a cruise missile from a “midget” submarine made the Pentagon officials to see more evidence of North Korean influence in the Islamic Republic – with intelligence reports saying the submarine was based on a Pyongyang design, the same type that sank a South Korean warship in 2010.
The Pentagon said that Iran’s ballistic missile in January tested was based on a North Korean design.
Iran’s last summer missile was again similar to a North Korean Musudan, the most advanced missile Pyongyang has successful tested to date.
“In the past, we would see things in North Korea and they would show up in Iran. In some recent years, we’ve seen some small things appear in Iran first and then show up in North Korea and so that raises the question of whether trade — which started off as North Korea to Iran — has started to reverse,” Lewis added.
The Yono-class submarine was only deployed by two countries-North Korea and Iran.Midget subs operate in shallow waters where they can hide. The North Ambushed in shallow water, Korean midget sub that sank a 290-foot South Korean warship in 2010 — killing over 40 sailors
Any kind of sinking involvement was denied by North Korea.
the Islamic Republic attempted to launch a new type of ballistic missile using North Korean technology, according to multiple intelligence officials
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