Sarkozy: North Korea to supply Iran with nuclear bomb components
In quiet contacts, French President Nicolas Sarkozy warns that North Korea is using its crisis with the South to cover up its planned transfer to Iran of nuclear weapons systems parts and extra-fast centrifuges for uranium enrichment that could help Tehran go into bomb production in the first half of 2011, DEBKAfile's intelligence sources report.
The French president has asked pro-Western Persian Gulf leaders to try and persuade President Barack Obama to take strong military action against North Korea – not just because of its aggression against the south, but to hold back Pyongyang's nuclear aid to Tehran.
In Sarkozy's opinion, Iran only agreed to meet the Six-Power representatives on December 6 for talks as a gambit to play for time until the North Korean nuclear supplements are in hand.
He told the Gulf rulers that he had been informed by highly credible sources that the items from North Korea would help Iran solve the technical problems plaguing the program and holding up its progress.
In other news coming from the Middle East:
WikiLeaks founder: Netanyahu believes expose will aid Mideast peace
Julian Assange tells Time: Netanyahu says leaders must speak in public like they do in private
That is interesting. Of all the world leaders who have been caught making 'questionable' quotes in private, this scenario doesn't apply to PM Netanyahu, who's private comments are perfectly consistent with public declarations. How refreshing.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday defended his disclosure of classified U.S. documents by singling out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an example of a world leader who believes the publications will aid global diplomacy.
"We can see the Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu coming out with a very interesting statement that leaders should speak in public like they do in private whenever they can," Assange told Time Magazine in an interview on Wednesday, days after his online whistleblower published thousands of secret diplomatic cables.
And as more leaks are revealed, we see even more vindication for Israel:
WikiLeaks cables: You can't blame Israel for mistrusting Arabs, says Qatari ruler
Israel deserves credit for seeking peace in the face of resurgent Hamas and Hezbollah, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani tells U.S. senator, according to classified dispatch.
Israelis can't be blamed for mistrusting Arabs, according to remarks by the ruler of the Arab state of Qatar released by the WikiLeaks group in the latest of a string of surprising revelations.
"The Israeli leaders need to represent the people of Israel, who themselves do not trust Arabs. The Emir said this is understandable and 'we can't blame them' because the Israelis have been 'under threat' for a long time.'
He went on to say that given the perceived victories for Hamas and Hezbollah, viewed across the Arab world as having driven Israel out of Gaza and southern Lebanon, Israelis deserved credit for still pursuing peace.
It is interesting that giving up land for mythical peace in the region is viewed as weakness and "perceived victories for Hamas and Hezbollah, viewed across the Arab world as having driven Israel out of Gaza and southern Lebanon". This is a point that receives endless debate in the west, and it is nice to see this rather obvious fact confirmed by those in the region.
Land for peace has been an absolute failure, and one of the reasons for this failure is confirmed above. Seen only as weakness by the arab states and seen as a victory by the terrorist groups - land for peace only promotes more violence in the region. We've seen confirmation of that fact in Gaza, but unfortunately the MSM turns a blind eye towards that fact - while we pretend that land for peace is a viable option.
It only serves to weaken Israel and the U.S. and it leads to more and more requests for "land for peace" in a never ending cycle. It also creates a scenario for more and more violence in the region - and that is exactly what we have seen with every such attempt.
But we ignore the facts - and the mantra continues as denial takes epic proportions. But perhaps if we say it enough, and continue to repeat the mantra, "land for peace" - it will miraculously come true.