Documents Reveal China's Role in Shipments of Missile Parts to Iran
(...as well as Most ARABS' attitude towards IRAN...and even though it's True -- WE'RE not supposed to Believe it...)
c Arab leaders are quoted in cables calling Iranian leaders "liars" and expressing grave fears of the Iranian nuclear program as well as the country's penetration throughout the region.
More than 250,000 classified State Department cables made public on Sunday reveal that China was urged to stop shipments through Beijing of missile parts from North Korea to Iran, and that Saudi Arabia's monarch urged the United States to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
On the North Korea-Iran missile trade, a 2007 report labeled "secret" said the Bush administration demanded that China block shipments of missile parts to Iran from North Korea, in violation of U.N. sanctions.
"We have identified a large number of shipments beginning late last year  of what are probably ballistic-missile-related items that have transited Beijing, and we would like to share further information on these shipments," the cable said.
The November 2007 cable from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice instructs the U.S. ambassador in Beijing to "raise at the highest level possible" U.S. concern about continued shipments of ballistic missile parts from Pyongyang to Tehran that transit China.
"We now have information that the goods will be shipped on November 4 and insist on a substantive response from China to this information," the cable said, citing intelligence reports that "10 air shipments of jet vanes have transited Beijing thus far" and calling for action to "make the Beijing airport a less hospitable transfer point."
Chinese Embassy spokesman Wang Baodong said earlier this month that China has abided by sanctions on North Korea.
Regarding Saudi Arabia's King Abudullah's urging military action against Iran, an April 2008 cable stated that Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador "recalled the King's frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program. 'He told you to cut off the head of the snake.' "
c Iran purchased a cache of 19 BM-25 missiles from North Korea, according to a Feb. 24, 2010, cable, according to the New York Times. The missiles will give Iran the capability to strike capitals throughout Europe.
"The metaphor most commonly deployed by Jordanian officials when discussing Iran is of an octopus whose tentacles reach out insidiously to manipulate, foment, and undermine the best laid plans of the West and regional moderates," stated a cable from Amman, while another report from Cairo said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "has a visceral hatred for the Islamic Republic" and "did not oppose our talking with the Iranians, as long as 'you don't believe a word they say.' "
The prime minister of the Gulf state of Qatar characterizes his country's relationship with Iran as one in which "they lie to us, and we lie to them."
A cable from June of the last year, meanwhile, said that in a meeting with a congressional delegation, [Israeli Defense Minister Ehud] Barak "estimated a window between 6 and 18 months from now in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable. After that, he said, any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage."