Japan's Kyodo News is reporting that a diplomatic source revealed that North Korea has "agreed to supply four mini-submarines to Iran by mid-July." The source said the agreement was reached in May when North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Yong Il made a Tehran visit.
Previously, North Korea had agreed to provide mini-submarines to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Philippine Islamist terrorist group. The terrorist group reportedly had paid North Korea $1 million and still owed $1.2 million according to documents seized from the group in 2004. The submarines were never delivered, but the willingness of North Korea to do so is telling. North Korea did, however, deliver 10,000 North Korean copies of the M-16, ammunition and grenades.
At Scuba Diver Info, experienced divers discuss diving as a means for terrorism, including the use of mini-submarines such as those Iran is seeking from North Korea. Dr. Walid Phares brought up the issue of an al-Qaeda submarine threat to Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia's most important Gulf oil terminal. In a conflict, Ras Tanura would be an obvious target for Iran, as well.