T]he most worrisome news to come out the diplo doc dump is that North Korea secretly gave Iran 19 powerful missiles with a range of 2,000 miles. The missiles, known as the BM-25, are modified from Russian R-27s, which were submarine-based missiles carrying nuclear weapons. â€œIf fired from Iran,â€ the New York Times notes, a missile with that range could â€œlet its warheads reach targets as far away as Western Europe, including Berlin.â€ The BM-25, unveiled in a North Korean military parade last month, may be North Koreaâ€™s longest-range missile yet. Aresâ€™ David A. Fulgham observed that its design â€œis showing second-stage and nose-cone design characteristics associated with Iranâ€™s Shahab 3 missile,â€ indicating growing missile ties between the two rogue states.
No wonder why European leaders are suddenly so keen on missile defense.