Iranian officials were on hand to observe the failure of a North Korean long-range missile test, which ended in national shame as the missile disintegrated over the ocean.
The Jerusalem Post reports:
A dozen Iranian officials traveled to North Korea to observe the country’s rocket launch, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Monday, quoting a diplomatic source.
The much hyped long-range rocket launch ended in failure on Friday. According to U.S. and South Korean officials the rocket crashed into the sea a few minutes after send-off. Pyongyang had defied international pressure from the United States, the United Nations, and others to push ahead with the launch timed to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the deceased founder of the state, and to coincide with the ascent to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un.
The diplomatic source told Yonhap that the Iranians from the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) arrived in North Korea a couple of weeks earlier, “undoubtedly there to observe the missile launch and receive test data,” from the country.