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Secret Services Say Iran is Trying to Assemble a Nuclear Missile
UK Guardian ^ | 1-4-06 | Ian Cobain and Ian Traynor

Posted on 01/03/2006 5:54:28 PM PST by Gribbles141

Document seen by Guardian details web of front companies and middlemen

The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes. Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a new ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes.

The 55-page intelligence assessment, dated July 1 2005, draws upon material gathered by British, French, German and Belgian agencies and has been used to brief European government ministers and to warn leading industrialists of the need for vigilance when exporting equipment or expertise to so-called rogue states. It concludes that Syria and Pakistan have also been buying technology and chemicals needed to develop rocket programmes and to enrich uranium. It outlines the role played by Russia in the escalating Middle East arms build-up, and examines the part that dozens of Chinese front companies have played in North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

The leak of the intelligence report may signal a growing frustration at Iran's refusal to bow to western demands that it abandon its programme to produce fuel for a Russian-built nuclear reactor due to come on stream this year. The assessment declares that Iran has developed an extensive web of front companies, official bodies, academic institutes and middlemen dedicated to obtaining - in western Europe and the former Soviet Union - the expertise, training, and equipment for nuclear programmes, missile development, and biological and chemical weapons arsenals. "In addition to sensitive goods, Iran continues intensively to seek the technology and know-how for military applications of all kinds," it says.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: axisofappeasement; axisofevil; eurabia; iran; irannukes; loosenukes; nuclear; wmd; wot

1 posted on 01/03/2006 5:54:32 PM PST by Gribbles141
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To: Gribbles141
I did not need a secret report to tell me that. I even know where that nuclear missile will be aimed. Israel.
2 posted on 01/03/2006 5:58:32 PM PST by Ninian Dryhope ("Bush lied, people dyed. Their fingers." The inestimable Mark Steyn)
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To: Gribbles141

The Iranians are just embracing the PC Multi-cultural mantra: "We can learn soooooooooo much from other cultures!"


3 posted on 01/03/2006 5:58:41 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Gribbles141

> Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a new ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes.

And, typically of the Europeans, there will be somebody fool enough to sell them the parts. Maybe Austrians: like they did with the Steyr sniper rifles. No problem arming one's enemy, so long as there's a healthy margin to be made.


4 posted on 01/03/2006 5:59:11 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: Gribbles141

And I wonder when the head of the U.N. jetted over to Iran to let them know we are coming???? Someone should take that pencil necked 2 faced idiot into a dark alley....


5 posted on 01/03/2006 6:01:29 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: Gribbles141

Duh.

Guess it's time for the UN to break out the big guns - a strongly worded memo should do the trick.


6 posted on 01/03/2006 6:05:31 PM PST by wvobiwan (It's OUR Net! If you don't like it keep your stanky routers off it!)
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To: Gribbles141

Paging Joe Wilson. Paging Joe Wilson. Please pick up the white flag courtesy phone. Urgent message from your wife.


7 posted on 01/03/2006 6:06:12 PM PST by allen08gop ("Woman is the most powerful magnet in the universe... and all men are cheap metal!")
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To: Gribbles141

Gosh, I wonder if Mohamed ElBaradei knows about this!


8 posted on 01/03/2006 6:13:05 PM PST by RedRover
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To: wvobiwan

Nuked missile ready for launch.

Ignition! Lift off! Malfunction! OHHHHH Shite!

Tehran blows.


9 posted on 01/03/2006 6:15:39 PM PST by plangent
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To: Gribbles141
Where's Hans Blix when you really need him? Oh, wait...


10 posted on 01/03/2006 6:19:33 PM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: TADSLOS

Hans Brix?


11 posted on 01/03/2006 6:36:13 PM PST by SICSEMPERTYRANNUS ("Our responses to terrorist acts should make the world gasp." - When Devils Walk the Earth)
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To: Gribbles141
The next generation of the Shahab ("shooting star" in Persian) should be capable of reaching Austria and Italy.

If the stakes for world peace weren't so high I'd genuinely love to throw the whole thing to the EU with a "Negotiate this, guys, and call us when Tehran can hit New York." With sad regards to my friends in Europe, yes, that's what decades of incessant anti-Americanism have brought, and yes, a lot of Americans and not all of them conservatives, really do feel that way.

By then Iran will also be able to hit Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. I mention those countries in particular because they've all lost people supporting us in Iraq. So, for that matter, has Spain, its pullout and its current government of backstabbing Socialist twits despite. And others who have sent people include the Czech Republic, Armenia, Macedonia, Estonia, and Norway. So before we go through the "Europeans hate us" mantra we'd better remember that it's only the ones with the biggest mouths.

12 posted on 01/03/2006 6:37:52 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
Frankly if the promise not to hit the Brits, Italy, at least North of Naples, and Poland I say let them shoot a couple. Might get Germany, France, Spain and their buddies off their rears ......
13 posted on 01/03/2006 6:45:00 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (I will not support evil just because "It's the Law.")
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To: Gribbles141
Along with this breakig news, this just in: Terrorists are invading Iraq, film at 11!!
14 posted on 01/03/2006 6:48:52 PM PST by rodguy911 (Support Able Danger and Lt.Col Shaffer,Condi Rice/VP in 08--)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
And, typically of the Europeans, there will be somebody fool enough to sell them the parts. Maybe Austrians: like they did with the Steyr sniper rifles. No problem arming one's enemy, so long as there's a healthy margin to be made.

I'm thinking France and Germany. They are the biggest whores of hypocrisy when it comes to arming our enemies.

15 posted on 01/03/2006 6:56:34 PM PST by ottersnot ( You can't spell Liberal without L, I, E.)
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To: Gribbles141

It's time to repeal some laws, send in Delta Force, off the guy, leave no evidence, and claim complete ignorance.


16 posted on 01/03/2006 6:57:18 PM PST by putupjob
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To: Gribbles141

Star Wars anyone?

I see a US Congressional resolution coming soon: If Iran nukes another country, the entire country of Iran will be incinerated. And if Iran attempts to nuke another country and we shoot it down, Iran will be incinerated with every megaton in our arsenal that Jimmy Carter wanted to eliminate.


17 posted on 01/03/2006 7:09:41 PM PST by H.Akston (It's all about property rights)
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To: Gribbles141
the Shahab ("shooting star" in Persian)

Imagine all the satellites, guiding our anti-missile missiles launched from Iraq.

18 posted on 01/03/2006 7:21:44 PM PST by H.Akston (It's all about property rights)
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To: Gribbles141
Dear Iran,

Never ever threaten with nuclear weapons a nation with dozens or thousands of them.

It would be a stupid thing to do. Bluster is a silly foundation on which to build a credible threat.

19 posted on 01/03/2006 7:25:07 PM PST by Publius6961 (The IQ of California voters is about 420........... .............cumulatively)
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To: Gribbles141

I read stuff like this and it makes me even more sick to death of the Old Media and the libs crying about NSA spying. They need to let President Bush do his job and stop whining and crying over every little thing.


20 posted on 01/03/2006 7:27:10 PM PST by sydbas
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To: putupjob

Who knows - a little US mission might one day enable Iran to have a litte nuclear mishap with their new toy. Wouldn't that be a shame. If they got their design from the Russians - that would be explanation enough. One day the remains of Chernobyl reactor #4 might be a safer place to be than Iran.


21 posted on 01/03/2006 7:29:18 PM PST by H.Akston (It's all about property rights)
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To: H.Akston
Wrong. I sometimes get very tired of the "Kill them all let God sort it out" attitude which appears here whenever serious questions of foreign policy come up.

The overwhelming majority (80%) of Iranians are pro-American and anti-Mullah.

There will be a blocade of Iran, with (until the NYT discloses it) a covert war by the intelligence and special forces services of several countries (US, UK, Austrailia to be sure, but also Saudia Arabia, Kuwait and the Gulf States - the Israelis need not apply - their presence would be harmful) to overthrow the Mullahs and install a "democratic" (non-Mullah gov't).

We DO have a certain experience doing this in Latin America...

22 posted on 01/03/2006 7:33:42 PM PST by Philistone (Turning lead into gold...)
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To: H.Akston

"Iran will be incinerated with every megaton in our arsenal that Jimmy Carter wanted to eliminate."


Not to go off-topic, but naming a nuclear-missile-carrying submarine the USS Jimmy Carter is the height of irony, don't you think? Hell, use it for your above military action to really "come full circle"!!


23 posted on 01/03/2006 7:36:37 PM PST by Blzbba ("Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart" - Ashe, Housewares)
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To: Gribbles141

I thought the Europeans were going to handle Iran their way, in comparison to how Bush handled Iraq.

Iraq is now a democracy and Iran is building nukes. The French and Germans sure showed Bush a thing or two.


24 posted on 01/03/2006 7:40:53 PM PST by joonbug
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To: windcliff

If Iran wants a nuclear missile so bad, can't we send them one via "air mail".


25 posted on 01/04/2006 1:57:27 AM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Gribbles141

Here we go again. Is this intelligence trustworthy?


26 posted on 01/04/2006 1:59:43 AM PST by Pro-Bush (We protect Korea's border better than our own!)
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To: Pro-Bush
Is this intelligence trustworthy?

What intelligence?

27 posted on 01/04/2006 2:14:47 AM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.)
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To: Blzbba
"come full circle"!!

That's all the USS Carter will be able to do. The rudder is welded solid so the ship can only go left.

28 posted on 01/04/2006 2:17:03 AM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.)
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To: ottersnot
I'm thinking France and Germany. They are the biggest whores of hypocrisy when it comes to arming our enemies.

Pakistan, Syria and N. Korea.

29 posted on 01/04/2006 2:18:51 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: ASA Vet

Well, we can't afford to lose another Powell.


30 posted on 01/04/2006 2:20:37 AM PST by Pro-Bush (We protect Korea's border better than our own!)
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To: SICSEMPERTYRANNUS

Yeah, that's the plick.


31 posted on 01/04/2006 3:28:14 AM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: Pro-Bush

Me Oui.....Of course it is!
We are sub-contracting it to the Belgians and the French for Gods sake!
The Dems will love it


32 posted on 01/04/2006 5:33:00 AM PST by colonialhk (sooprize sooprize sooprize)
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To: ASA Vet

"That's all the USS Carter will be able to do. The rudder is welded solid so the ship can only go left."


Now that's funny!


33 posted on 01/04/2006 6:11:12 AM PST by Blzbba ("Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart" - Ashe, Housewares)
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To: Ninian Dryhope

"I did not need a secret report to tell me that. I even know where that nuclear missile will be aimed. Israel."

Not necessarily. It could also be used to blackmail Europe to increase their support of the Palestinians. It could also be used to ensure that Europe stays on the sidelines in a future Arab/Israeli war. For example, denying US landing rights to military aircraft we might use to support Israel.


34 posted on 01/04/2006 6:17:15 AM PST by DugwayDuke (Stupidity can be a self-correcting problem.)
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To: Gribbles141

Luckily, the assembly instructions are written in Korean...

35 posted on 01/04/2006 6:37:18 AM PST by Jonah Hex ("Life's a beta, then you die." - overheard in City of Villains)
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To: Gribbles141

i wonder if the guardian has handed over ALL the material???Knowing where they stand


36 posted on 01/04/2006 6:44:19 AM PST by rang1995 (They will love us when we win)
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To: Gribbles141

USS Ronald Reagan Battle group sails today--HEAR that Mullahs


37 posted on 01/04/2006 6:45:54 AM PST by rang1995 (They will love us when we win)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

LOL I wish.


38 posted on 01/04/2006 7:56:26 AM PST by windcliff
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To: Gribbles141
>Iran is Trying to Assemble a Nuclear Missile

Yes! They're almost done!
Now, they've just got hitch up
the payload to it!

39 posted on 01/04/2006 7:59:44 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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