The N. Korea/ Iran Nuclear Connection Fraud

The wingnuts are all in a tizzy about some German news article alleging that North Korea carried out a nuclear test for Iran.

As with the Niger uranium story that helped underpin the Iraq war, it is all hype and there is nothing to it.

Adam Cathcart has carefully traced the story to its origins.

The speculation was indulged in, in an opinion piece by a former German defense ministry official, Hans Rühle. He was active in the 1980s.

But, you say, maybe his information comes from German Defense Ministry sources?

No. It is speculation based on speculation in a journal article in the February issue of Nature magazine.

And to where do the footnotes go?

An unpublished paper by Swedish researchers, which will come out in April, and the exact text of which is unavailable.

So, to conclude:

The entire story is based on speculation and innuendo.

It is third hand.

We can’t even see the exact source.

There is no particular reason to think that the Swedish researchers know more about this subject than the 16 US intelligence agencies who have assessed with confidence that Iran has no nuclear weapons program, or than the International Atomic Energy Agency. We don’t even know exactly what the Swedes said.

Beware wingnuts citing articles in languages they do not know.

I’m not alleging that Ruhle or his sources are engaging in fraud, just that it is fraudulent to misrepresent their speculations as fact. However, Ruehle has a history of making wild accusations on Iran that have not been borne out.

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  1. But can we trust the Swedes or might they be poodles of the CIA and/or the Dept of Justice(?)? As Julian or Bradley might say “Beware”.

  2. There’s a lot of nacht und nebel, if not smoke and mirrors.

    Why are the Iranians using U-235? Requires thousands of centrifuges. Using Plutonium is faster and easier, can be created in small reactors from U-238, chemically separated. Either there is a reason the Iranians have pursued this approach, or could it be a maskirovka? India, N. Korea and Pakistan went the plutonium route, then later, U-235, which is not as efficient.

  3. Way to go Adam and Sino-NK. None of the information passed the normal snicker tests, but until folks started digging in native languages it was just a hunch. Spot on: it is possible, but highly unlikely for a couple of researchers to find what at least 16 intel agencies have not yet found. So the next questions: who would want such information to come out? and why now? Time for Missouri-like questions, “Show me”.

  4. This story has been peddled by Reza Khalili, a fraudster, con man, and darling of the extreme “bomb Iran” crowd. He claims he worked for the CIA and was a member of the Revolutionary Guard.

  5. Dear Professor Cole

    The Syrian Chemical Weaposns story was out doing the rounds a couple of weeks ago.

    Are these indicators of an oncoming propaganda surge?

    Watch out for the dodgy dossier and the Iranian submarines in the Hudson river.

  6. In the age of you tube and digital video we can all keep a good record of the shallow and ambitious shills dutifully broadcasting this reprocessed garbage from their assorted media perches as if it were absolute fact. At some point in the future we may not see them prosecuted, but they could possibly be ambushed and exposed with this kind of material.

  7. I’ve often heard the not so fringe right call “wingnuts”, a description I wouldn’t dispute. Interestingly, here in Richmond, there is a group of off the map anarchists that self identifies as “wingnuts”, a description with which I wholeheartedly agree. There have even been negotiations between the two to form a common front. They’re motto?

    Wingnuts of the world, Unite!

  8. Debkafiles has attempted to keep this pot bubbling along with a fluff-piece that contains this claim:
    “In late April, Tehran shipped to Pyongyang a large quantity of uranium enriched to 20+ percent – apparently for use in the May test.”

    Clearly the story is nonsense, because every report from the IAEA confirms that there has been no diversion of enriched uranium from either Natanz or Fordow, which are the only two places in Iran that this stuff could have come from.

    And if Iran has “secret” facilities to make “illicit” 20% uranium then is simply doesn’t **need** to use North Korea, because (clearly) it can do what it wants on its own soil without the IAEA – or anyone else – being any the wiser.

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