Iran. If their “Death To America” chants and latest missile launches weren’t enough, we now have North Korea’s nuclear threat increasing. As a result of their recent nuclear test, our Dear Leader has “condemned” Pyongyang, however, he did not do the same with Tehran. Both of these isolationist countries are advancing their nuclear tech at an alarming rate. What I find more alarming, though, is that most major news outlets don’t even beg to question that the two nations are working together.
Let’s start with the year 2007. An article from The Daily Mail nodded at the 2002 State Of The Union speech where George Bush had said Iran and North Korea formed an “axis of evil” along with Iraq. They had, at that point in time, been seeking plans for over a decade to be a state sponsor for terrorism. Now, fast forward almost fifteen years later. Iran has been planning and making deals with North Korea for over two decades.
I sit here, being 25 years old, and I can’t help but think: in my lifetime, nothing has been done about this. And outside of the Iraq War, I’m correct.
Taking a look at Iran, what do they have that a lot of nations need? Oil. And how much oil does Iran have? According to Wikipedia, “Iran has 10% of the world’s total proven petroleum reserves. At 2006 rates of production, Iran’s oil reserves would last 98 years if no new oil was found.” 10% is a lot of oil and 98 years isn’t something to slouch over either. In the past 100 years, we went from steam and coal to solar and wind. We have transportation that can take us faster than the speed of sound and virtually every inch of land has been discovered by man. If Iran has enough oil to power all of this for another century filled with innovation, it’s only natural that they want to sell as much as they can early on, before some other kind of technology pushes oil out of the way.
In the early 2000’s, nearly every nation on Earth needs oil. There are some places on earth who actually care about their citizenry and there are those who care, more, about oil. Now, if there is a country who doesn’t care much for it’s people and instead wants to be militaristic, and use oil to power such an agenda, North Korea would be the perfect candidate. Also, when it comes to North Korea and Iran being public friends, what is a better way to show that than to sign a science and technology pact together?
It is not a coincidence that these two countries are launching successful missiles and testing bombs at the same time. Not only that, but an Israeli expert says that the recent missiles launched by North Korea, carry the “same warheads” that an Iranian missile carries. If we are to believe this expert, then the idea that Iran and North Korea are working together is not too far off.
Now, let’s look at America. We are, or were, a nation that would never make deals with terrorists. And, if I’m the president of the free world, I’m sure I would know about such friendships brewing throughout the world. Being the president, I would know that North Korea would probably commit suicide and attack us directly, making them an enemy. If I knew of another country that was befriending them or signing a technology agreement with them, I would do everything in my power to stop any ties with that nation and I would consider them an enemy, as well. This technology agreement between Iran and North Korea happened in 2012. When was the Iranian-US deal? Two to three years later! It started in 2014 but was finalized in 2015. Not ancient history, folks!
In that one “deal” alone, $150 billion went to Iran. Some of it, admitted by John Kerry himself, would be going to “terrorist” organizations. With more recent events, we can add another $1.7 billion paid in cash. That doesn’t even include the $400 million that was sent by cargo planes to the Iranian Elite. That money is being shared between the two countries and not a thing is being done about it. Instead, the “death to America” chants by both countries are only binding them closer than ever before.
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