Iran has adopted North Korea’s war strategy against the United States.
U.S. intelligence sources said Iran has invested in the production of North Korean command and control systems for a missile war against the United States. The sources said Iranian engineers and military officers have been training in Pyongyang to wage a nuclear war against a much stronger opponent.
“Teheran has assessed that the United States is preparing a massive strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” an intelligence source said. “The Iranians see North Korea as its only ally in any defensive effort.”
Over the last year, the sources said, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has conducted exercises in both Iran and North Korea to test nuclear war scenarios. They said about a dozen senior IRGC engineers attended the North Korean launch of the Taepo Dong-2 intermediate-range missile in July 2006. NICOSIA [MENL] — Tension has increased between the military and government in the Republic of Cyprus.
Cypriot government sources said senior officials have become alarmed over attempts by a clique of senior military commanders to determine decisions regarding the defense budget and the National Guard. The sources said some of the commanders were believed to have been receiving support from the communist Akel Party.
“Outrageous things are going on in the armed forces,” former Defense Minister Socrates Hasikos, today an opposition parliamentarian, said.
The Republic of Cyprus, an ally of Greece and which serves as a military base for Britain, France and the United States, has become a leading component in Western security. The European Union member has joined efforts to block weapons of mass destruction shipments through the Mediterranean.