Furthermore, if Iran actually cared about wiping out Israel, they would have done it long ago when they had huge stockpiles of chemical weapons.
Iran follows the desire of the Mullahs to stay in power. I agree with your take on North Korea. I just don't see any historical evidence to suggest that either would risk their own lives for a single attack on America that would easily be stopped and be met with the end of their Regimes.In the case of Iran, the theocracy is simpling following what they perceive to be the will of their god. North Korea is a rogue state that needs revenue. Weapons sales are one of the primary sources of revenue for the DPRK. They will sell their hardware to any one with cold hard cash.
Possible, but is far cheaper and reliable then building a missile that will get destroyed by a stealth bomber strike prior to launch. We keep tabs on the entire planet. And to think we'd totally miss a massive billion dollar program and set up a ICBM is pretty insulting to the CIA and NSA. We can't do this to Russia simply because they have too many weapons. Remember in the 70s and 80s we knew where virtually all of their launch facilities were, including the mobile ones, largely because the Soviets were too stupid and built launch sites with specially designed wide turns to accommodate the launch carriers. Not too bright them Russians. And we tapped their undersea communication systems. What kind of idiot puts a "No Fishing" sign right above a classified undersea com line?Smugglers might be intercepted. If America doesn't have missile defenses then inaccurate ICBMs and nukes called "City Busters" can be used.
Missile defense is a joke. We need to secure our borders first.