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Iranian Alert - January 4, 2006 - Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile
Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.4.2006 | DoctorZin

Posted on 01/04/2006 8:52:58 PM PST by DoctorZIn

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Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile

Document seen by Guardian details web of front companies and middlemen

Ian Cobain and Ian Traynor
Wednesday January 4, 2006
The Guardian

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 ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes.

The warning came as Iran raised the stakes in its dispute with the United States and the European Union yesterday by notifying the International Atomic Energy Authority that it intended to resume nuclear fuel research next week. Tehran has refused to rule out a return to attempts at uranium enrichment, the key to the development of a nuclear weapon.

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.

But it is the detailed assessment of Iran's nuclear purchasing programme that will most most alarm western leaders, who have long refused to believe Tehran's insistence that it is not interested in developing nuclear weapons and is trying only to develop nuclear power for electricity. Governments in the west and elsewhere have also been dismayed by recent pronouncements from the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has said that Holocaust denial is a "scientific debate" and that Israel should be "wiped off the map".

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 in 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.

The document lists scores of Iranian companies and institutions involved in the arms race. It also details Tehran's growing determination to perfect a ballistic missile capable of delivering warheads far beyond its borders.

It notes that Iran harbours ambitions of developing a space programme, but is currently concentrating on upgrading and extending the range of its Shahab-3 missile, which has a range of 750 miles - capable of reaching Israel.

Iranian scientists are said to be building wind tunnels to assist in missile design, developing navigation technology, and acquiring metering and calibration technology, motion simulators and x-ray machines designed to examine rocket parts. The next generation of the Shahab ("shooting star" in Persian) should be capable of reaching Austria and Italy.

  • Iran Press News published an update on Akbar Ganji. A letter from his wife.
  • Iran Focus reported that Iran’s former President Rafsanjani warned Arab states of the Persian Gulf to stay away from contentious issues that will only provide the Big Powers with opportunities for mischief-making.”
  • CNN reported that several U.S. agents in Iran were rounded up after the CIA mistakenly revealed clues to their identities to a covert source who turned out to be a double agent.
  • Iran Mania reported that Iran is preparing to buy Chinese aircraft to equip its air fleet.
  • Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor reported on Iran's Bright Future News agency where you can learn all the latest developments regarding the 12th Imam, the Shia savior many expect to conquer the world.
  • Channel NewsAsia reported that Ahmadinejad said that Iran would not "step back" on its decision to resume nuclear fuel work.
  • Xinhua reported that France urged Iran to maintain its suspension over nuclear activities.
  • Reuters reported that the United States on Tuesday warned Iran against resuming atomic fuel research.
  • James S. Robbins, National Review Online warned us that when faced with a state pursuing an aggressive plan to achieve regional hegemony, the worst move is to seek to institutionalize the status quo.
  • Marzeporgohar published a profile on Behrouz Javid Tehrani, a story of a political prisoner.
  • BBC News reported that Pakistan is working with Tehran to help locate nine Iranian border guards who have reportedly been abducted.
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reported that Iran's Supreme Leader said: Iran should regain its ancient status as 'mother of science.'
  • Joseph Loconte, The Daily Standard published a valuable review of Fascism, Islamism, and Anti-Semitism. Well referenced.
  • Amir Taheri, New York Post countered the mainstream media's pessimism by reminding us of what the world won in 2005.
  • Malaysia Star reported that Ahmadinejad told lawmakers the foreign policy of detente adopted by his two predecessors had achieved little and reduced Iran's standing in the Islamic world.
  • Dunya Online reported that British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will visit Turkey later this month and Iran will be on the agenda.
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that Israeli military chief Dan Halutz Tuesday said Iran's nuclear program "can be destroyed."
  • reported that Kuwait plans to start exploration for natural gas in what it calls 'undisputed' parts of the offshore Dorra field.
  • Reuters reported that Iran announced on Tuesday a long-awaited shake-up at its key Oil Ministry.
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reported that a member of the Majlis said that Ahmadinejad had assessed as "positive" the global reactions to his remark on Holocaust.
  • Reuters reported that Iran said it would resume nuclear fuel research.
  • The Independent reported that a series of computer-animated adverts is reviving the image of Iran's police force and have acquired a cult following.
  • And finally, Iranian Student News Agency published photos of today's protest by the students.

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1 posted on 01/04/2006 8:53:08 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn

The 'Doomsday Clock' just ticked forward.

2 posted on 01/04/2006 8:54:25 PM PST by airborne (If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
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3 posted on 01/04/2006 8:54:29 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

Geepers! Who da thunk?

4 posted on 01/04/2006 8:59:08 PM PST by tarepeter
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To: DoctorZIn

They really don't need to. I'm sure the French will sell them several.

5 posted on 01/04/2006 8:59:29 PM PST by pissant
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To: DoctorZIn

Why is Iran so eager to have a missile that can reach Europe?

6 posted on 01/04/2006 9:09:01 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: DoctorZIn; All

Have you seen this?

7 posted on 01/04/2006 9:12:41 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! WBB lives on. Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: tarepeter

Bush's fault!

8 posted on 01/04/2006 9:12:59 PM PST by Smedley
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9 posted on 01/05/2006 1:36:35 AM PST by Khashayar (No Banana Allowed!)
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To: canuck_conservative
Why is Iran so eager to have a missile that can reach Europe?

Likely there are several reasons;

It extends their strategic threat range so European countries will be less likely to either come to the aid of Israel or allow US staging at bases in case of war...

It puts many more overseas US staging and air bases within their threat ring...

They can strike directly at The Great Satan. This sort of missile can be fired from an ocean going ship well off the US coast and reach well into our heartland with a high altitude nuclear EMP strike, which can do catastrophic damage to this country.

10 posted on 01/05/2006 6:30:42 AM PST by Gritty ("Americans cannot escape the final showdown with Islam" - Barbara Stock)
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11 posted on 01/05/2006 3:25:09 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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