by Caroline B. Glick
Less than two years ago, on September 6, 2007, the IAF destroyed a North Korean-built plutonium production facility at
This past March the Swiss daily *Neue Zuercher Zeitung* reported that Iranian defector Ali Reza Asghari, who before his March 2007 defection to the US served as a general in Iran's Revolutionary Guards and as deputy defense minister, divulged that Iran paid for the North Korean facility. Teheran viewed the installation in
It can be assumed that Iranian personnel were present in
Moreover, it wouldn't be far-fetched to think that
Aside from their chronological proximity, the main reason it makes sense to assume that
Responding Monday to
Beyond its impact on
For instance, when the US reacted to North Korea's 2006 nuclear and ICBM tests by reinstating the six-party talks in the hopes of appeasing Pyongyang, Iran learned that by exhibiting an interest in engaging the US on its uranium enrichment program it could gain valuable time. Just as North Korea was able to dissipate Washington's resolve to take action against it while buying time to advance its program still further through the six-party talks, so Iran, by seemingly agreeing to a framework for discussing its uranium enrichment program, has been able to keep the US and Europe at bay for the past several years.
The Obama administration's impotent response to
This point was brought home clearly by both Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's immediate verbal response to the North Korean nuclear test on Monday and by
Of course it is not simply the administration's policy towards
During his press briefing with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last Monday, Obama said the
On the surface, all of this seems to indicate that the Obama administration may be willing to actually do something to prevent
Beyond Obama's timeline, over the past week, two other developments made it apparent that regardless of what Iran does, the Obama administration will not revise its policy of placing its Middle East emphasis on weakening Israel rather than on stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. First, last Friday *Yediot Ahronot* reported that at a recent lecture in Washington, US Lt. General Keith Dayton, who is responsible for training Palestinian military forces in Jordan stated outright that if Israel does not surrender Judea and Samaria within two years, the Palestinian forces he and his fellow American officers are now training at a cost of more than $300 million will begin killing Israelis.
Even more unsettling than
Four days after
What was most notable about the meeting was its timing. By holding the meeting the day after
All of this of course is music to the mullahs' ears. Between
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in
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