Israel says ‘denuclearized’ Korean peninsula helpful versus Iran

Source: Israel says ‘denuclearized’ Korean peninsula helpful versus Iran – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Intelligence Minister Israel Katz: “We have the evidence” of Iranian-North Korean missile cooperation.

BY REUTERS
 APRIL 28, 2018 03:03

Israel says 'denuclearized' Korean peninsula helpful versus Iran

 A concrete border is seen as a South Korean soldier stands guard at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea July 19, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

NEW YORK – Friday’s historic pledge by the leaders of the two Koreas to work to denuclearize the Korean peninsula should give US President Donald Trump a stronger hand to renegotiate the treaty curtailing Iran’s nuclear program, Israel’s intelligence minister said.

Israel Katz, who runs both the Intelligence and Transportation ministries, spoke in a Reuters interview after North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to work for a “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula at a summit meeting in Seoul.

Such a development, should it come to fruition, could have a larger impact of minimizing the threat of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, Katz said.

The 2015 Iran Nuclear agreement, which Israel’s government vehemently opposed, is in danger of unraveling should US President Donald Trump decide by May 12 to restore US economic sanctions against Iran.

Trump has called the accord the worst deal ever negotiated and threatened to reimpose the US penalties unless Britain, France and Germany can fix its “flaws.” The deal lifted economic sanctions on Iran in return for curbing its nuclear program.

“He (Trump) will have more power against Iran now and maybe to convince the European Union not to be the weak link in the coalition,” Katz said.

“I think it will be very good if the North Koreans will finish and go out of the nuclear business and capabilities. It will also be good to our region, because there is a connection,” he said.

Katz said the connection between Iran and North Korea pertains to missile technology.

“Yes, I think there is cooperation as it belongs to developing the ballistic missiles. And we have the evidence,” he said.

“We have a lot of evidence,” Katz added, shrugging his shoulders without elaborating.

Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France, which all struck the accord with Iran and the United States, see the deal as the best way to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

During his state visit earlier this week with Trump in Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the US not to abandon the deal and said a new package of terms was being prepared with Britain and Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a one-day working visit with Trump on Friday, where she was careful to praise Trump’s progress on North Korea.

“I think that now we have to be very tough with Iran,” said Katz, who wants to succeed Netanyahu as Israel’s next prime minister.

REGIONAL CONFLICTS

While Iran’s nuclear capabilities are curtailed for the time being, Katz reiterated that Israel would remain vigilant in seeking to curb Tehran’s increased activities in Syria.

On April 9, an air strike killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps members at a Syrian base. Tehran blamed Israel and vowed unspecified retaliation, drawing Israeli counter-threats to broaden attacks on Iranian military assets in Syria.

The Israelis have said their strikes aim to prevent Iran’s garrison in Syria from entrenching itself deeper in support of President Bashar al-Assad and linking with Hezbollah in Lebanon to form a broad front against them.

“Iranians don’t have to be in Syria. It is not to say we are going to attack every Iranian soldier in Syria, but bases, military bases, and munitions bases, and sophisticated missiles and other things like that? Yes,” he said.

Russia, a key ally of Assad, has said it would provide advanced weapons to Syria. Israel is concerned that might include the S-300 surface-to-air missile system, which military analysts say would improve Russia’s ability to control air space in Syria.

“They are talking about to supply advanced missiles, but they didn’t say the words S-300,” Katz said.

“Personally, it is hard for me to believe that Putin will give them the S-300,” he said. “Because this is his main card that he is holding now in the discussions with Israel … If he will give them the S-300, about what can he talk about with us afterward?

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5 Comments on “Israel says ‘denuclearized’ Korean peninsula helpful versus Iran”

  1. joopklepzeiker Says:

    North Korea promised to halt its development of nuclear weapons under the Agreed Framework, negotiated with U.S. president Bill Clinton and signed in 1994. Building on Nordpolitik, South Korea began to engage with the North as part of its Sunshine Policy.[70][7

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea

    Kim and Moon have agreed to stop all hostile acts over “land, sea, and air,”
    which can lead to military tensions and clashes. Beginning on May 1,
    all the loudspeaker propaganda the two countries have been blaring at
    each other will be suspended. Broadcasting equipment will also be
    dismantled.

    In addition, the two sides have agreed to stop flying
    propaganda leaflets across the border. They also agreed to take steps to
    defuse somewhat frequent clashes around their western maritime border
    by designating the area as a “peace zone.” Safe operation of fishermen from both countries will also be guaranteed.

    This is a BIG win for fat boy .

    South and North Korea affirmed their shared objective of
    achieving a nuclear-free Korean peninsula through complete
    denuclearization,” reads the declaration signed by the leaders of the two countries, as quoted by Yonhap.

    “There will be no more war on the Korean peninsula, and a new age of peace has opened,” the document reads.
    It does not list specific measures on how the peninsula will be rid of
    nuclear weapons. However, North Korea has previously used the term “denuclearization” to say it can disarm only when the US withdraws its 28,500 troops from South Korea.

    Smart play by China and fat boy.

    That unified Korea is of the table , it won’t happen !
    That is what this peace process is all about , fat boy wins , he got official and recognized a country .
    This is a bad signal to the world.
    Being a horrible dictator and blackmailer pays of !

    fat boy keeps talking and talking in this
    “peace” process till Trump is gone, and Trump is not able to do anything about it
    , and all can change with a new USA administration.

    Trump is outwitted BIG time .

    • wingate Says:

      Im afraid you are right, Joop…
      This fish stinks pretty much…
      Didnt we hear “Peace in our time ” once before….?
      It was WW2 that followed.

      • joopklepzeiker Says:

        There is nothing about the Unification of the Korean Peninsula.
        It are just words about intentions, this can going on for ever .
        Fat boy is on the winning side .
        That happens when you are trying to make peace with horrible scumbags .
        Here the full text of the intentions, a worthless peace of paper .

        https://www.wagingpeace.org/panmunjeom-declaration/
        or
        https://www.firstpost.com/world/full-text-panmunjeom-declaration-for-peace-prosperity-and-unification-of-the-korean-peninsula-4448135.html

        Is it possible that Trump is back stabbed by SK ?

      • joopklepzeiker Says:

        Accomplishments of scumbag fat boy in this “peace ” process so far

        1) he is now recognized as statesman instead of a scumbag
        2) a no attack agreement and demilitarizing .
        3) no more SK propaganda to NK, and no more NK propaganda to SK
        4) Fat boy bought himself endless time while talking (peace)
        5) he got established that NK is a independent country , unification is of the table

        What did we got back ?
        NOTHING else that a worthless peace of paper full of intentions

      • joopklepzeiker Says:

        The mad mullahs in iran are smiling now !
        This will make the iranian problem only bigger they will dig deeper into the sand .
        If Trump have not the will or the possibility to take out little rocket man, how can he take out a lot more powerful Iran.

        This is trumps second BIG mistake in the foreign (geo) politics .
        He is a good man but it seems that this game is a bridge to far for him.
        I had high hopes about him, still have but it is getting more difficult with this failures .

        Trump, the first president to call a tyrannical dictator, “honorable”.


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