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  • Thinking About the Unthinkable: An Israel-Iran Nuclear War

    09/04/2015 10:56:52 AM PDT · by Ghost of SVR4 · 75 replies
    AmericanThinker ^ | August 23, 2015 | John Bosma
    ...Israel needs to impart a powerful, disorganizing shock to the Iranian regime that accomplishes realistic military objectives: digging out its expensive underground enrichment plants, destroying its Arak plutonium reactor and maybe Bushehr in the bargain, killing its bomb and missile professionals, scientists and technicians, IRGC bases, its oil production sites, oil export terminals and the leaders of the regime where they can be found. ...its initial strike must move very fast and be conclusive within 1-2 hours, like the Israeli air attack opening the 1967 Six-Day War. The goal is to so stun the regime that Israel controls the first...
  • Key Nuclear Installations Missing from Iran Deal (bomb could be built in weeks)

    07/15/2015 8:13:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    INN ^ | 7/15/2015, 11:32 AM | Ari Yashar
    As experts got a chance to examine the details of the 159-page Iran nuclear deal signed Tuesday, they warned that it ignores various key aspects of the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, and that the lifting of arms sanctions may pave Iran’s path to nuclear-capable missiles. A glaring omission is seen in the absolute lack of any reference to the highly covert Parchin military base located southeast of Tehran, which is suspected of being the center of Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Iran has admitted to testing exploding bridge wire nuclear detonators at...
  • Russia to Start Construction On New Iranian Nuke Plant

    06/01/2015 12:07:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 1:48 pm | Adam Kredo
    Earthquake hits near Iran’s current nuke plant Russia announced on Monday that it would start construction this year on a second nuclear plant in Iran, according to regional reports. Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation made the announcement early on Monday, stating that it will begin building a second nuclear power plant in Iran’s southern region later this year, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency. Meanwhile, an earthquake struck Monday morning near the site of Iran’s current nuclear power plant in Bushehr, near where the second plant will be built. Iranian media outlets reported the quake as hitting a...
  • Egyptian Host to Israel: 'Put Trust in God and Bomb Iran'

    04/14/2015 5:24:45 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies ^ | April 13, 2015
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to raise the red flag over the Iranian nuclear deal this weekend, while getting some unexpected support from a neighbor. "In the last few days, Iran has shown again why it can't be trusted," Netanyahu said in a videotaped statement in English. Meanwhile, Egyptian TV personality Tawfik Okasha called Netanyahu "our dear friend" and suggested Israel take out the Bushehr Nuclear Reactor. "Put your trust in God and bomb it," Okasha said. "We are with you and if you need fuel for the jets, we will give it to you." That's...
  • Iran Announces Second Nuclear Reactor

    12/02/2013 9:34:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies ^ | 12/2/13 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to “forge ahead” with Iran’s nuclear enrichment program over the weekend and announced the upcoming construction of a second nuclear reactor in the province of Bushehr. snip Rouhani praised the Bushehr nuclear plant, which is not covered under the recently unveiled nuclear deal, in separate remarks over the weekend.
  • 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Near Iran Nuclear Plant Kills 7, Injures At Least 30

    11/28/2013 12:03:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2013 | Pamela Engel
    A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has hit Borazjan, Iran, about 35 miles from the country's sole nuclear power plant, Agence France Presse reports. Seven people are dead and 30 injured, according to Iran's state news agency. AFP reports that neighboring countries have often expressed concern about Iran's Russian-built reactor and risk of radioactive leaks if an earthquake hits. In 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that scientists and nuclear watchdog organizations were concerned about the possibility of a Chernobyl-like accident at the plant. Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist for global security program the Union of Concerned Scientists, told the newspaper: "We...
  • Moscow transfers full control of Bushehr nuclear reactor to Iran

    09/25/2013 2:25:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies ^ | September 24, 2013
    NICOSIA — Iran has gained full control of its first nuclear energy reactor. Officials said the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization was granted full responsibility for the 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactor at Bushehr. The officials said the transfer was completed in a ceremony on Sept. 23 attended by officials from Russia’s Rosatom, which oversaw the construction of Bushehr and pledged to provide fuel for the reactor for at least a decade. “But for another two years it will be under Russian guarantee and a number of Russian experts will remain in place to give advice and technical assistance,” IAEO director-general Ali...
  • U.S. offers to help Iran after deadly quake

    04/10/2013 2:46:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:28pm BST | Steve Holland
    The White House, at odds with Iran over its nuclear program, offered on Wednesday to help Tehran grapple with a deadly earthquake in southern Iran. The powerful 6.3 magnitude quake struck close to Iran’s only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two small villages, Iranian media reported. …
  • 'Devastating' earthquake strikes near Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant

    04/09/2013 6:37:43 AM PDT · by John W · 38 replies ^ | April 9, 2013 | Alastair Jamieson and John Newland
    A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck about 60 miles southeast of the Iranian coastal city of Bushehr, where the country's only nuclear power station is located, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Tuesday. Initial reports suggested the nuclear plant has not been affected, but the southern province where the quake struck is vast and remote and details were not immediately clear.
  • US-Iranian nuclear talks fail. Iran has plutonium for 24 Nagasaki-type bombs

    12/15/2012 8:56:12 AM PST · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    Debka ^ | December 15, 2012
    The secret, one-on-one nuclear negotiations President Barack Obama launched with Iran have run into a blank wall. A senior Iranian team member, Mostafa Dolatyar, said Friday, Dec. 14 in New Delhi that the diplomatic process for solving the nuclear issue with Iran was in effect going nowhere, because the demand that Tehran halt its 20-percent enrichment of uranium “doesn’t make sense.” He went on to say: “They [the world powers] have made certain connections with purely technical issues and something purely political. In so far as this is the mentality and this is the approach from 5 + 1 (the...
  • Alarm In Tehran & Moscow Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor’s Near-Explosion

    12/02/2012 7:38:52 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 1, 2012, 13:13
    Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down for fear of an explosion. Saturday Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed the cause of its malfunction: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” Moscow sources report this information came from a source in the office of Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian nuclear energy authority Rosatom, which supervised the construction of Iran’s first atomic reactor at Bushehr. According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when...
  • Iran ready to double nuclear work in bunker: IAEA

    11/16/2012 4:30:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/12 | Fredrik Dahl | Reuters
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground plant after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a U.N. report said, a move likely to increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course. It also showed that Iran's stockpile of its most sensitive nuclear material - which could relatively quickly be processed further to bomb-grade uranium - had grown and was getting closer to an amount that could be sufficient for a nuclear weapon. The latest quarterly International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran came 10 days after the re-election of U.S....
  • US Attack On Iran Could Cause Tens-Of-Thousands Of Civilian Casualties

    10/05/2012 1:15:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | ober | Robert Johnson
    The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble written by Khosrow B. Semnani, and published by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah has concluded a strike would include four sites and irradiate up to 100,000 Iranian citizens and soldiers. The four locations include: Isfahan: The Nuclear Technology/Research Center in Esfahan (ENTC) is supposed to be the main location of the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Semnani predicts 1,000 workers here will be killed, and up to 70,000 casualties in the surrounding areas from toxic plumes: 71,000 Natanz: One-hundred miles north of Isfhahan, this location has been in use for about 12 years and...
  • TRR: Peaceniks Discover Big Boy Rules

    07/08/2011 11:26:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Robbins Report (The Washington Times) ^ | July 7, 2011 | James S. Robbins
    Give the good ship Juliano some props -- literally. The Swedish-flagged craft was in the Greek port of Piraeus as part of a flotilla seeking to challenge Israel’s naval security cordon around Gaza when, according to flotilla organizers, “hostile divers destroyed the [ship’s] propeller house and cut the propeller shaft.” It seems that someone one-upped the peaceniks’ attempt to create an international incident. They should count themselves lucky no-one was hurt. Last year nine demonstrators were killed when they attacked Israeli naval commandos boarding the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara. And there are more direct responses in more serious cases. In...
  • Five Russian scientists who helped Iran with nuclear secrets killed in plane crash

    06/23/2011 6:07:36 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 33 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 23rd June 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Five Russian scientists who died in a plane crash on Tuesday had been helping Iran with nuclear secrets, it has been revealed. They were among 45 killed when the plane's lights failed in heavy fog and careered into a motorway before bursting into flames - leading conspiracy theorists to believe it was a deliberate plot to kill the nuclear experts. Russian security sources confirmed that the dead scientists worked at the controversial Bushehr nuclear plant on the Iranian Persian Gulf.
  • Iranian nuclear power plant operational within weeks: Russian diplomat

    05/12/2011 6:37:28 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    People's Daily ^ | May 13, 2011
    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday said that Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant will be operational within weeks, according to the Itar-Tass news agency. "We are keeping up with the schedule, which was adjusted by request of Iranian partners. I can confirm that it (the full operation) is a matter of few weeks," Ryabkov was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Russia's Atomic Energy Agency Rosatom confirmed that Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has supplied 30 tons of fuel for refueling the reactor at the Bushehr plant. Citing a Rosatom spokesman, Interfax said the fuel was to be loaded into...
  • Iran nuclear plant operating at low level: reports

    05/10/2011 4:48:46 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 10, 2011 7:10am EDT | Steve Gutterman; Editing by Michael Roddy
    (Reuters) - Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station has begun operating at a low level in a crucial step toward bringing it online, the Russian company that built the plant said on Tuesday. The reactor near the Persian Gulf was brought to the "minimum controllable level of power" on Sunday, state-run RIA reported, citing the state company Atomstroyexport.
  • Iran reloads fuel into Bushehr n-plant IANS India Private Limited

    04/08/2011 2:06:53 PM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    Moscow, April 8 (IANS) Iran Friday began reloading nuclear fuel into the reactor of its Bushehr power plant, Xinhua reported. The refuelling is being carried out after a series of checks completed on the plant, said Russian state-run contractor Atomstroyexport, which is carrying out the task. 'On April 8, 2011, loading of fuel into the core began at Bushehr,' the company said in a statement, adding all operations are being carried out as per schedule agreed with Iran. ... The construction of the plant started in 1975 by German companies. However, the work was halted after the US imposed an...
  • Bushehr Setbacks Trigger Iranian Nuclear-Safety Concerns(Persian Chernobyl?)

    03/06/2011 6:00:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Payvand ^ | 03/04/11
    03/04/11 Bushehr Setbacks Trigger Iranian Nuclear-Safety Concerns By Robert Tait, RFE/RL Repeated delays in the opening of a showpiece Iranian nuclear reactor are triggering concerns over Tehran's ability to safely run a civilian nuclear-power plant without the risk of a catastrophic accident, analysts say. The worries have been provoked by latest setback to hit the Bushehr plant where -- according to a report published last week on Iran's nuclear activities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) -- engineers are being forced to remove 163 fuel rods. Russia's state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom -- whose scientists have helped to build...
  • Russians Say Damaged Cooling Pump Is Cause of Delay in Starting Iranian Reactor

    03/01/2011 8:50:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NYT ^ | 02/28/11 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    February 28, 2011 Russians Say Damaged Cooling Pump Is Cause of Delay in Starting Iranian Reactor By WILLIAM J. BROAD Russia on Monday explained why fuel is being removed from a nuclear reactor in Iran, delaying plans to start up the giant plant this month. The Russian account, the first official rationale, came after experts last week offered theories of the failure ranging from a startup glitch to foul play. In a statement, Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, which is building the reactor in Bushehr, Iran, said it found damage to one of the reactor’s four main cooling pumps....
  • IAEA says Iran's Bushehr delays were caused by pump

    02/28/2011 1:20:57 PM PST · by libstripper · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 28, 2011 | Reuters
    Tehran reportedly told IAEA that mechanical issue forced it to remove fuel from nuclear reactor; expert calls it a "serious problem."
  • Signs of serious trouble at Iran's nuclear reactor

    02/26/2011 4:23:09 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 41 replies
    Guardian ^ | February 26, 2011 | Julian Borger
    Today, Iran confirmed a UN report that it will have to remove the uranium fuel rod assemblies from the reactor core, a significant setback. The reactor has been under construction since the Shah's era in the 1970's. The fuel assemblies were finally introduced into the reactor four months ago and it was meant to start producing electricity in January, but that deadline was missed. Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Tehran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the ISNA news agency that the fuel was being removed on Russian advice: Based on Russia's request to run tests and technical measures, the...
  • Iran's Nuclear Program Suffers Major Setback

    02/26/2011 3:29:28 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 13 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | February 26, 2011 | Associated Press
    TEHRAN, Iran -- In a major setback to Iran's nuclear program, technicians will have to unload fuel from the country's first atomic power plant because of an unspecified safety concern, a senior government official said. The vague explanation raised questions about whether the mysterious computer worm known as Stuxnet might have caused more damage at the Bushehr plant than previously acknowledged. Other explanations are possible for unloading the fuel rods from the reactor core of the newly completed plant, including routine technical difficulties. While the exact reason behind the fuel's removal is unclear, the admission is seen as a major...
  • In setback, Iran to unload fuel from nuclear plant

    02/26/2011 11:47:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/26/11 | Ali Akbar Dareini - AP
    TEHRAN, Iran – In a major setback to Iran's nuclear program, technicians will have to unload fuel from the country's first atomic power plant because of an unspecified safety concern, a senior government official said. The vague explanation raised questions about whether the mysterious computer worm known as Stuxnet might have caused more damage at the Bushehr plant than previously acknowledged. Other explanations are possible for unloading the fuel rods from the reactor core of the newly completed plant, including routine technical difficulties.
  • Feds spy on reporter in leak probe [NYT leak on Iran Stuxnet]

    02/26/2011 8:53:22 AM PST · by Brilliant · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | February 24, 2011 | Josh Gerstein
    Federal investigators trying to find out who leaked information about a CIA attempt to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program obtained a New York Times reporter’s three private credit reports, examined his personal bank records and obtained information about his phone calls and travel, according to a new court filing. The scope and intrusiveness of the government’s efforts to uncover reporter James Risen’s sources surfaced Thursday in the criminal case of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer facing federal criminal charges for allegedly disclosing classified information. Sterling is accused of giving Risen details about what Risen describes as the CIA’s plan to...
  • Iran nuclear plans: Bushehr fuel to be unloaded

    02/26/2011 3:13:43 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/25/11 | BBC News
    Iran has confirmed it is having to remove nuclear fuel from the reactor at the Bushehr power plant, the latest in a series of delays to hit the project. On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had new information on "possible military dimensions" to Iran's nuclear plans, which Iran says are purely peaceful. The IAEA will supervise the unloading of fuel from Bushehr, Iran's nuclear envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh said. Iran began the Bushehr project in 1976. Iran's Fars news agency says the fuel is being removed for "technical reasons". The fuel at Bushehr is being provided...
  • Iran unloading fuel from Bushehr reactor

    02/26/2011 7:00:57 AM PST · by fightinJAG · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 26, 2011 | Staff
    CNN) -- In a possible setback to its nuclear program, Iran is unloading fuel assemblies from the reactor at a plant already plagued by delays, according to a report issued Friday by the global nuclear watchdog agency. The Russian-built plant in the Persian Gulf city Bushehr was expected to produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity and was considered a showcase for nuclear power to be used for civilian purposes in Iran. It was supposed to be operational by the first quarter of this year. Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), however, said the fuel removal was temporary. "Upon...
  • Iran suffers major setback at nuclear plant

    02/26/2011 4:03:46 AM PST · by John W · 14 replies
    The New York Times via MSNBC ^ | February 26, 2011 | WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
    Iran told atomic inspectors this week that it had run into a serious problem at a newly completed nuclear reactor that was supposed to start feeding electricity into the national grid this month, raising questions about whether the trouble was sabotage, a startup problem, or possibly the beginning of the project’s end. In a report on Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran told inspectors on Wednesday that it was planning to unload nuclear fuel from its Bushehr reactor — the sign of a major upset. For years, Tehran has hailed the reactor as a showcase of its peaceful...
  • Iran holds defence drills at nuclear plants: commander

    11/14/2010 10:33:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Space Daily News ^ | 11/12/2010 | AFP via Space Daily News
    Iran has conducted defence drills at its sensitive nuclear facilities, a senior commander told media on Sunday, adding that fresh aerial war games will be launched across the country next week. "This year, we carried out tactical drills which resembled real combat in Fordo, Tehran, Natanz, Bushehr and Isfahan," where the country's nuclear plants are located, the Mehr news agency quoted Ahmad Mighani as saying. Mighani did not specify when exactly the exercises were conducted.
  • Israel To Iran: Time’s Up

    10/06/2010 10:48:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    The JewishWeek ^ | October 5, 2010
    Finance minister calls for naval blockade within two to six months. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz called Monday for a naval blockade of Iran within two to six months, saying sanctions have failed to convince the Islamic republic to abandon its nuclear weapons program. “We’ll need more than talk and sanctions,” Steinitz told a meeting here of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. “It’s high time the West and the United States gave Iran a deadline to change its behavior. … We need a clear deadline for Iran to become open for inspection otherwise the ramifications should be...
  • Iran nuclear plant hit by two-month delay: official

    09/29/2010 7:45:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    TEHRAN — Iran's atomic chief said on Wednesday that the country's first nuclear power plant will be ready to generate electricity by January -- two months later than announced. Ali Akbar Salehi said that the process of placing fuel rods at the Bushehr facility, built by Russia, would be completed by the "middle of" the Iranian month of Aban, around November 7, the state television's website reported. "Two or three months from then, the electricity generated by the plant will be connected to the grid," said Salehi, chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation. Iran began loading the Russian-supplied fuel rods...
  • Stuxnet worm assault on Iranian nuclear facilities' computers may be Western cyber attack

    09/27/2010 11:13:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies
    nydailynews ^ | September 27th 2010, | Ethan Sacks
    Iran is going nuclear over a malicious computer worm targeting the country's atomic energy facilities. The Stuxnet worm has targeted not only Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant -- scheduled to go online in a matter of weeks -- but also the personal computers of the government's nuclear officials, the country's national news agency reports. Iran has not yet publically pointed blame to the West, but several Internet security experts publicly stated that they suspect that a hostile government such as the U.S. or Israel may be behind the cyberattack. "This would not be easy for a normal group to put together,"...
  • Computer super-virus 'targeted Iranian nuclear power station' but who made it?

    09/24/2010 10:51:26 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 24, 2010 | Niall Firth
    The world’s first cyber ‘super weapon’ may have been designed to attack a nuclear power station in Iran, experts believe. A computer virus called Stuxnet has been described as the most sophisticated 'worm' ever created and has already infected more than 45,000 networks worldwide. A 'worm' is a type of computer virus that can reproduce by sending copies of itself to any PC that is connected to the infected machine. Now internet security experts fear that Stuxnet, which was first detected in June, is the first 'worm' specifically created to target real-world infrastructure such as power stations and water plants....
  • Cracks in the Iranian Monolith--Opposition is spreading in the streets, prisons, and the military.

    08/23/2010 8:34:14 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 24, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    The Iranian regime loves to boast of its military strength, international clout and hold on domestic power. Much of this is accepted by outside experts, but in fact the regime is in trouble. Iran's leaders have lost legitimacy in the eyes of the people, are unable to manage the country's many problems, face a growing opposition, .... A few weeks ago, according to official and private reports, the Iranian air force shot down three drones near the southwestern city of Bushehr, where a Russian-supplied nuclear reactor has just started up. When the Revolutionary Guards inspected the debris, they expected to...
  • Hey, the CIA promised

    08/21/2010 1:22:19 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | Aug 21, 2010 | Editors
    Iran today effectively kick-starts opera tions of its Bushehr nuclear reactor -- a move hard-liners tout as defiance of President Obama's sanctions regime. This follows Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi's announcement yesterday that Iran has test-fired a new ballistic missile with advanced targeting capabilities. Yet despite it all, Washington reportedly has "assured" Israel that Iran is at least one year away from completing a "breakout" in uranium conversion into weapons-grade fissionable material. The point appears to be to delay pre-emptive Israeli military action against Iranian nuclear facilities until Obama can sweet-talk Tehran out of its bomb. Good luck with that --...
  • Israel says Iranian reactor use 'totally unacceptable'

    08/21/2010 2:25:52 PM PDT · by GVnana · 35 replies
    After US says Bushehr reactor not a proliferation risk, Israeli Foreign Ministry says country that 'so blatantly violates UN resolutions, IAEA decisions should not enjoy fruits of using nuclear energy' Israel on Saturday denounced Iran's fueling up of its first nuclear power plant as "totally unacceptable" and called for more international pressure to force Tehran to cease any uranium enrichment. Israel, widely assumed to be the only Middle East country to have nuclear weapons, has said a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence, raising concerns Israel could attack Iran's nuclear sites. After Iran begins fueling first nuclear...
  • Ahmadinejad vows global response if Iran attacked

    08/21/2010 2:33:28 PM PDT · by GVnana · 35 replies
    Israel News via DrudgeReport ^ | 8/22/2010 | Roee Nahmias and agencies
    After Iran begins fueling first nuclear reactor, president says 'Zionist entity knows Iran an indestructible bulwark,' adding Tehran's response to any strike will be 'hard and painful.' US: Bushehr reactor not a proliferation risk As Iranian and Russian engineers began loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant on Saturday, Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised a global response if his country is attacked, in an interview with Qatari daily Al-Sharq. "Our options will have no limits... They will touch the entire planet," he said Saturday in response to a question about Tehran's reaction in the event of such an...

    08/21/2010 12:34:24 AM PDT · by Cindy · 37 replies
    (AP) via YNET ^ | 08.21.10, 09:13 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: "State television showed live pictures of Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi and his Russian counterpart looking on at what appeared to be a fuel rod suspended from the ceiling. "The beginning of the first stage of the physical start-up has taken place," said Sergei Novikov, spokesman for Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom." SNIPPET: "Russia, which helped finish building the plant..."
  • Fueling of Iran's nuclear plant begins

    08/20/2010 11:54:11 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Press TV ^ | Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:18AM
    Iran has begun loading its first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr with fuel in an effort to provide the country with nuclear-generated electricity. Nuclear fuel is being transferred to the Bushehr reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and senior officials from Iran and Russia. The Russian-completed plant is finally being launched after years of delay. 163 fuel rods are to be transferred to the core of the plant. The fueling comes after head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency Director Sergei Kiriyenko...
  • Iran broadcasts missile launch on state television

    08/20/2010 8:25:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/20/2010
    Ahmad Vahidi’s announcement comes a day before Iran is scheduled to launch its Russian-built first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr. Television images showed the sand coloured Qiam (Rising) blasting into the air from a desert terrain, amid chants of “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest). The words “Ya Mahdi” were written on the side of the missile, referring to Imam Mahdi, one of the 12 imams of Shiite Islam, who disappeared as a boy and whom the faithful believe will return one day to bring redemption to mankind. Mr Vahidi, who was speaking during Friday prayers...
  • Air Crash Near Bushehr, Drones Slam Into Reactor Dome

    08/17/2010 3:26:52 PM PDT · by dselig · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Debkafiles ^ | August 17, 2010, 6:08 PM
    Two mysterious incidents are reported in the run-up to the fueling up of Iran's first nuclear reactor Saturday, Aug. 21 Tuesday, Aug. 17, an Iranian F4 Phantom fighter jet was claimed by Tehran to have crashed 6 kilometers north of the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran. Military sources report it was shot down by Russian-made TOR-M1 air-missile defense batteries guarding the reactor. A local government official Gholam Reza Keshtkar said the pilot and co-pilot ejected from the plane before it crashed and were rushed to hospital. The TOR-M1 is designed to intercept planes or missiles coming in at medium...
  • Report: IDF Attacks Targets in South, Central Gaza Strip

    08/17/2010 2:47:35 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    YNET ^ | 08.17.10, 23:45 / Israel News | Ali Waked
    NOTE: THIS IS THE NEW ISRAEL-RELATED THREAD Note The following news brief is a quote: Report: IDF attacks targets in south, central Gaza Strip Published: 08.17.10, 23:45 / Israel News Palestinians reported that the IDF had fired towards open ground in Khan Younis and attacked the smuggling tunnels in the south of the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported. Two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded Tuesday morning from shells fired into the western Negev. (Ali Waked)
  • Enemies shocked over Bushehr plant startup schedule: envoy (Iranian ambassador to Moscow)

    08/17/2010 3:40:15 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 7 replies
    mehrnews ^ | Aug. 16
    TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (MNA) -- Iran’s ambassador to Moscow has stated that Russia’s announcement that the Bushehr nuclear power plant will be loaded with nuclear fuel next week caught the enemies off guard. “The news report about the loading of the Bushehr plant with nuclear fuel was so unexpected that it confused the enemies of this project and prompted them to issue irrelevant and illogical statements,” Ambassador Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told the Fars News Agency on Monday. He made the remarks in response to John R. Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who told Fox News on Friday...
  • Just in Time for Ramadan: Iran Goes Nuclear

    08/16/2010 8:40:15 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 3 replies ^ | 8/16/10 | Joy Tiz
    Joy Tiz ©2010 Putin’s Russia has at long last stopped the dawdling and is ready to load fuel into Iran’s Bushehr plant. Just in time for Ramadan! Cynical types may suggest it has something to do with the current leadership in Washington: "Russian officials did not say why they had decided to move ahead with loading fuel into the Bushehr plant now. But the move could have been triggered in part by Moscow’s desire show the Iranians it can act independently from Washington after its decision to support the fourth set of U.N. sanctions in June and its continued refusal...
  • Flap in Jerusalem over Aug. 21 activation of Iran's first reactor

    08/14/2010 7:37:13 PM PDT · by Errant · 14 replies
    The DEBKA File ^ | August 14, 2010 | DEBKAfile Special Report
    The sudden announcement in Moscow and Tehran on Aug. 11 that Russia is set to activate Iran's first nuclear power reactor by loading the fuel on Aug. 21 has caused a major flap in Israel in view of the military aspects of the plant. debkafile's military sources report that only last week, high Israeli officials asked Washington for clarifications on the latest intelligence information that Moscow had decided to finally activate the Bushehr reactor after innumerable delays. The White House called the Kremlin and was assured that President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minster Vladimir Putin stood by their pledge to...
  • Iran Reactor to be Fueled Aug 21: Russia Will Load Fuel Into Nuclear Reactor at Bushehr

    08/13/2010 2:31:22 PM PDT · by dselig · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/13/2010 13:40
    Russia has announced that it will start loading uranium fuel into the nuclear reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power station in Iran on August 21, a spokesman for Russia's state atomic cooperation reportedly told Reuters Friday. According to the report, the spokesperson was quoted as saying that the addition of fuel will be crucial to initiating the country's first nuclear reactor. The United States has called for Russia to delay the startup until Iran proves that it's not developing nuclear weapons.Novikov said that Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko will travel to Bushehr in southern Iran for the Aug. 21 ceremony, which...
  • Iran 1st Nuclear Power Plant To Launch Aug 21 - Russia

    08/13/2010 2:21:26 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 28 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 13-08-10 0849GMT
    MOSCOW (AFP)--Iran's first nuclear power plant, being built by Russia in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr, will formally launch on Aug. 21, a spokesman for the Russian atomic agency told AFP on Friday.

    06/10/2010 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 363+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET ^ | Published: 06.10.10, 22:20 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Moscow was in talks on building further nuclear power plants in Iran — a step that, if followed through, would rile the West — in addition to the Bushehr site, due to open in August after years of delay. Lavrov’s statement came just hours after Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the new UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program did not oblige Moscow to scrap a controversial deal to deliver surface-to-air missiles to Tehran.”

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Bushehr reactor set to open in July, five years behind schedule

    03/28/2010 10:44:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 357+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 3/26/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    Russia has pledged to open Iran's first nuclear energy reactor within a few months. Officials said Iran's nuclear reactor at Bushehr would begin operations in the summer of 2010. They said Iran and Russia have agreed to the launch of the 1,000 megawatt facility, constructed by the state-owned Atomstroyexport, in July. "July is the start of the phase for the physical launch," Atomstroyexport official Vladimir Pavlov said. In a briefing on March 18, Pavlov, responsible for construction of Bushehr, said Atomstroyexport has concluded all assembly and installation. He said he did not envision any technical obstacles. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir...