Jeffrey LewisSuper Villain Team Up

Is anything cooler than super-villains teaming up, like when Doctor Doom and Sub-Mariner settled into an uneasy alliance?

No, obviously not.

So, neither is it surprising that super-hack Con Coughlin alleges North Korea is helping Iran prepare for a nuclear test:

… North Korea had invited a team of Iranian nuclear scientists to study the results of last October’s underground test to assist Teheran’s preparations to conduct its own — possibly by the end of this year.

Boy, that is a Marvel comic just waiting to happen.

Fortunately, this remains the stuff of comic books.

Paul points to two facts that undermine Coughlin’s lurid fantasy:

(1) SECSTATE Rice said the report wasn’t “based on anything that I’ve seen …” and,

(2) A White House commissioned study “of whether North Korea might share some nuclear fuel with Iran” was “inconclusive”.


  1. doug (History)

    Not to mention the technical difficulty of actually producing a controlled, sub kiloton Pu239 weapon. And it seems extremely bizarre to assert Iran would intentionally do a “fizzle” (highly variable sub-design yield).

    Con C: “But defence officials monitoring the growing co-operation between North Korea and Iran believe the Iranians could be in a position to test fire a low-grade device — less than half a kiloton — within 12 months.”

  2. RT (History)


    Seriously, would anyone want to trust something produced by a guy named “Con”? Isn’t this the same guy who reported on super secret Iraqi nuclear advancements?

  3. scooter libido (History)

    I beg your pardon? Since when did the superhero Sub-Mariner become a “super-villain”? Who writes this blog—Aquaman?

  4. Anonymous

    In case you missed this unsubstantiated drumbeating: Peter “Huessy says officials from Iran attended the recent nuclear test and likely also attended the salvo of ballistic missile tests this summer in North Korea.”’s Plan B?: With ground troops overcommitted, Washington faces quandary in North KoreaAviation Week & Space TechnologyOctober 16, 2006

  5. duaneg (History)

    Amongst other things. Did you know that the Iraqi 45-minute WMD launch claim was actually an under-estimate? According to Con’s “sources” they could have popped them off in half-an-hour!

    Now, “there is no suggestion that Con Coughlin is dishonest in his work”. However it seems to me that one might wonder what his work actually is.

  6. jane (History)

    I like North Korea’s denial of this story, since it has so much good reputation left to be tarnished:

    “The ‘assertion is nothing but a sheer lie and fabrication intended to tarnish the image of (North Korea) by charging it with nuclear proliferation,’ the North’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.”

  7. JJ (History)

    Bill Gertz quoted Deputy MDA Director Brig. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly as saying Jan. 29 at a Marshall Institute speech that the Iranians “are working in concert with the North Koreans.”

    Whatever that means…

  8. Haninah

    God forbid any of us accuse a country that signed the NPT and then developed and tested a nuclear weapon of “nuclear proliferation.” Good catch, Jane.