TEL AVIV (Dec. 20)
Within a year, Iran will have the capability to fire long-range North Korean-made “Nordong” missiles at Israel, according to the head of Israel Air Force Intelligence.
The official, identified as “Col. A.” in an article in the current issue of the Air Force Journal, said the missiles presently can carry conventional high-explosive warheads, but in the future they can be fitted with chemical or nuclear warheads.
“Iran is undoubtedly trying to purchase the capability to produce such chemical and nuclear warheads,” Col. A wrote. “We know that Iran is making great efforts to develop its aircraft and missiles so that they can directly threaten Israel.”
The intelligence official also wrote that Iran and Syria were cooperating in the purchase of long-range North Korean-made Scud-C missiles, which can present a direct threat to Israel’s civilian population in the event of war.
The official indicated that Syria has not been able to buy advanced surface-to-air SA10 and SA11 missiles — a top government priority — apparently because of the country’s dire economic condition.