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  • Iran's Nuclear Program - Deal Or No Deal?

    11/24/2013 6:28:16 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 2 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/24/13 | LD Jackson
    News coming out of Geneva and Washington, D.C. tells us of a major breakthrough regarding Iran's nuclear program. According to what we are being told by the Obama administration and the Iranians, a deal has been reached to make sure Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. As can be expected, the Obama administration is touting the agreement, saying it cuts off the most likely paths Iran would take, if it wanted to acquire a nuclear weapon. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his nation of the agreement on national television, saying the world has recognized Iran's nuclear rights. Israel...
  • Former IDF intel chief: US coming around to an Israeli strike on Iran

    08/07/2013 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 8/7/2013 | HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    US opposition to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear program may be softening, a former head of IDF intelligence said Wednesday. “The American stance on an Israeli strike against Iran has changed dramatically recently,” said Amos Yadlin, who served as chief of the IDF’s Intelligence Directorate from 2006 to 2010. “In 2012 the [Americans'] red light was as red as it can get, the brightest red,” Yadlin said in an interview with Army Radio Wednesday morning. “But the music I’m hearing lately from Washington says, ‘If this is truly an overriding Israeli security interest, and you think you want to...
  • Why is impoverished Egypt seeking a nuclear program?

    04/25/2013 8:57:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/25/2013 | By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Why is Morsi committing to an investment of billions of dollars when it is embroiled in economic crisis that is fueling unrest in an already explosive political environment? Earlier this week, Egypt announced that it is seeking Russian assistance to revive its nuclear program. Why is the government of Mohamed Morsi committing itself to an investment of billions of dollars when it is embroiled in economic crisis that is fueling unrest in an already explosive political environment? It seems to be a move by the Muslim Brotherhood-led government to solidify the country’s position as a regional power, as well as...
  • Ahmadinejad meets with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrahkan

    09/26/2012 2:39:23 PM PDT · by yoe · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 26, 2012 | Caroline May
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with the Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan and other religious leaders Tuesday, according to an English translation of the Iranian president’s webpage posted Wednesday. In a picture of the Tuesday evening meeting, Farrakhan — known for making brutally (anti-Semitic assertions), and calling President Obama a (“murderer”) for the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi — is seen smiling as he sits at a table with the Iranian president.<-p> According to Ahmadinejad’s webpage, the night before his address to the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad, Farrakhan and seven other leaders of “Abrahamic religions” listened to the...
  • Experts: Only US can destroy Iran's nuke program (Israel lacks the capability)

    09/19/2012 5:03:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/19/2012
    The United States is the only country that can carry out a successful, preventative military strike against Iran's nuclear program, according to a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a well-regarded Washington-based think tank. According to the study published in September, only the United States has the capacity to both deliver the explosive payloads needed in the initial strike and effectively carry out follow-up strikes based on continued near-real-time intelligence. "The US would be the only country that has the air power, support capability, and mix of sea‐air forces in the Gulf to continue a sustained...
  • With Friends Like These…

    04/01/2012 5:29:35 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://noisyroom.net ^ | 4.1.12 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Reports from American Intelligence are being leaked to the public to put pressure on Israel to keep them from attacking Iran. Israel and Azerbaijan have struck a 1.6 billion dollar drone and defense deal, supposedly giving Israel access to their bases if they attack Iran. This means the Israelis would not have to refuel if they do attack and that is a game changer. Last Thursday, Ambassador John Bolton, being the straight shooter he is, laid it out succinctly on Fox News. He accused this administration of leaking information deliberately to deter Israel from defending herself. He was responding to...
  • US indicts Iranian nabbed in Philippines over nuke export plot

    07/13/2012 8:45:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    ABS CBN (Reuters) ^ | 07/14/2012
    A US federal grand jury has indicted two men, one from Iran and the other from China, on charges of conspiring to send materials from the United States to Iran for the purpose of enriching uranium, the US Justice Department said on Friday. Using a Chinese company as a go-between to avoid trade sanctions, the men tried for three years to obtain US materials, such as high-strength steel, that could be used in an Iranian nuclear program, the department said. Iranian citizen Parviz Khaki was arrested in May in the Philippines, while the other man, Zongcheng Yi of China, remains...
  • Iran’s Nuclear Project (Michael Rubin)

    11/08/2011 1:47:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    NRO ^ | Nov. 8, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    -Excerpt- The IAEA’s findings are not only an indictment of Iran, however. They also reveal the fundamental corruption of Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian diplomat who was the IAEA’s director general from December 1997 to November 2009. While his job was to administer a technocratic agency, ElBaradei repeatedly intervened to distort the inspectors’ findings. Rather than confront the Islamic Republic on its cheating, he coached Iranian officials on their public diplomacy. He also repeatedly ignored mounting evidence of secret Iranian facilities until these were publicly exposed by other means. -excerpt- The IAEA report should also embarrass Thomas Fingar, Vann H. Van...
  • US denies killing Iran nuclear scientist with magnetic bomb

    01/11/2012 10:52:59 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 32 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1/11/2012
    Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET: The Obama administration is denying any role in the killing of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said the U.S. "had absolutely nothing to do" with Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's death and the U.S. condemns "all acts of violence, including acts of violence like what is being reported today." Published at 9:46 am ET: Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and wounding two people on Wednesday, a semiofficial...
  • Iran offers 'full supervision' of nuclear program (Provided Sanctions are Lifted)

    09/06/2011 6:32:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/06/2011 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's nuclear chief on Monday proposed to allow the U.N. nuclear watchdog "full supervision" of its nuclear activities for five years provided that sanctions against Tehran are lifted, but the official did not give details of his offer. The United Nations has imposed four rounds of Security Council sanctions over Tehran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials for an atomic bomb. Iran's nuclear program is already subject to routine IAEA inspections. IAEA cameras monitor Iran's nuclear activities. including its contentious uranium enrichment sites. Vice President Fereidoun...
  • Iran's president fires foreign minister

    12/13/2010 9:36:56 AM PST · by shove_it · 6 replies
    Yahoo via AP ^ | 13 Dec 2010 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's president abruptly fired his foreign minister Monday and named the nuclear chief as acting top diplomat, the latest sign of a rift at the top levels of the Islamic theocracy as the country faces intense pressure from the West over its nuclear program. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave no explanation for the change in a brief statement on his website. But the fired diplomat, Manouchehr Mottaki, is seen as close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. And the president may be aiming to install a figure more personally loyal to himself as Tehran resumes critical talks with...
  • Five Options for Dealing with Iran

    06/14/2010 8:27:41 AM PDT · by hopeisnotaforeignpolicy.org · 6 replies · 213+ views
    hopeisnotaforeignpolicy.org ^ | June 14, 2010 | Tom Skypek
    It appears to be just a matter of time before Iran possesses an operational nuclear weapons capability. While the United Nations Security Council recently passed its fourth round of sanctions against Iran, if history is any guide, it is unlikely that this sanctions package will be any more effective than the previous three. Each of these sanctions packages have failed to achieve their stated objective of stopping Iran’s production of nuclear fuel. The options for stopping Iran are dwindling–as is time. There are, in fact, no attractive options for U.S. policymakers. These include: (1) accept a nuclear-armed Iran, (2) continue...
  • Report: Iran Smuggling German-Made Nuclear Equipment Via Dubai

    06/06/2010 6:46:00 AM PDT · by edpc · 9 replies · 397+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 6 June 2010 | Haaretz Service
    Iran has been able to smuggle advanced technological equipment to its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz via a complex smuggling route based in Dubai, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday. According to the report, an Iranian company has purchased control systems from one of Germany's leading electronic manufacturers. The deal was negotiated with a Dubai trading company, which in turn sold Iran a range of electronic equipment for use at its enrichment facility, the British website reported. The report comes amid growing concerns that though Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful aims, Tehran is in fact working toward...
  • Iran picks new enrichment site

    04/19/2010 11:05:10 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 154+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-19-2010 | Associated Press
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has approved the site for a new enrichment facility Iran plans to build, his top adviser said Monday, the latest step in expanding a nuclear program that the United Nations has demanded Teheran halt. Still, in an apparent attempt to ward off a new UN sanctions, Iran's foreign minister said his country wants to hold further discussions on a nuclear fuel deal that was originally touted as a possible way to ease the standoff but has since hit a dead end. The United States and its allies are trying to rally support for new UN sanctions...
  • The Koreas' nuclear competition: South hyping energy, North pushing weapons

    04/09/2010 4:08:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 280+ views
    The World Tribune ^ | 4/9/2010 | Donald Kirk
    South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak has a special agenda when he attends the nuclear security summit in Washington next Monday and Tuesday. He'll endorse anything United States President Barack Obama proposes while assuring the skeptics that South Korea's nuclear program is all for energy, not for a hidden military purpose. With that goal in mind, South Korea was quick to endorse Obama's nuclear policy statement that specifically excludes Iran and North Korea from non-nuclear nations the U.S. would never attack with nukes. Those two miscreants, the White House explained, are "not in compliance" with the NPT, referring to the nuclear...
  • Israel to maintain ambiguity over its nuclear programme

    04/08/2010 6:41:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 261+ views
    Space War ^ | 4/07/2010 | AFP via AFP
    Israel plans to remain ambiguous over its nuclear policy, with US backing, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said on Wednesday. "This policy of ambiguity constitutes one of the pillars of Israeli national security and the Americans consider it very important," Ayalon told army radio. "There is no reason for the Americans to change their approach or for Israel to change its position," he said. For the past four decades, Israeli governments have insisted the Jewish state will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East. "This policy will continue and no pressure from any country will...
  • Obama demands Iran come clean on nuclear program

    09/25/2009 6:34:04 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 33 replies · 1,138+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 25, 2009 | Matt Spetalnick
    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Bolstered by other world powers, U.S. President Barack Obama demanded on Friday that Iran come clean about its nuclear program or face "sanctions that have bite" after the disclosure of a secret uranium enrichment plant. Issuing a stern warning to Iran at the end of a Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh, Obama pointedly declined to rule out the military option in dealing with the bitter standoff with Tehran but insisted he preferred to resolve it diplomatically. Obama stood earlier in the day with the leaders of Britain and France in accusing Iran of working in secret...
  • US asks for meeting with Syrian ambassador

    02/21/2009 4:11:04 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 329+ views
    REUTERS via YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 02.21.09, 08:10 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: "State Department spokesman says Obama administration wants to discuss concerns over Damascus' possible nuclear program, support for terror groups, adding 'there remain key differences between our two governments'" SNIPPET: "The US government has asked for a meeting with Syria's ambassador to discuss concerns including Damascus' possible nuclear program and support for groups that Washington labels as terrorists, a State Department spokesman said on Friday. The request follows a report by UN inspectors on Thursday that graphite and more uranium traces were found in samples taken from a Syrian site that Washington says was an almost built graphite nuclear reactor...
  • Dutch Intel: US To Strike Iran In Coming Weeks

    09/02/2008 1:22:18 AM PDT · by edpc · 30 replies · 314+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1 Sept 2008 | JPost.com Staff
    The Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, has called off an operation aimed at infiltrating and sabotaging Iran's weapons industry due to an assessment that a US attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is imminent, according to a report in the country's De Telegraaf newspaper on Friday. The report claimed that the Dutch operation had been "extremely successful," and had been stopped because the US military was planning to hit targets that were "connected with the Dutch espionage action." The impending air-strike on Iran was to be carried out by unmanned aircraft "within weeks," the report claimed, quoting "well placed"...
  • IRANIAN STRATEGIC VULNERABILITIES:POLICY OPTIONS TO HALT THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM

    07/24/2008 3:30:43 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public affairs ^ | July 2008 | Gen. Aharon Zevi Farkash
    Ayatollah Khomeini's heirs are breathing new life into the Islamic revolution in the hope of transforming Iran into a regional power. The Iranian revolution can only point to a single achievement in the Arab world: Hizbullah and its leader Hassan Nasrallah are keeping revolutionary fervor alive in Lebanon. This base of exported revolution is central to Iran's political-diplomatic efforts to achieve a higher status in the region and in the world. Two additional foundations of Iranian power must be added: * The Iranian nuclear program, complete with delivery systems capable of reaching targets in the Middle East and Europe. *...
  • Iran does not expect Israeli or U.S. attack

    07/19/2008 4:38:04 AM PDT · by WorthyNews · 7 replies · 159+ views
    Retuers ^ | Sat Jul 19, 2008 | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran said on Friday it did not expect an attack from Israel or the United States triggered by the long-running dispute over its nuclear programme. "The possibility of such an attack (from Israel or the U.S.) is almost zero," Mottaki said, via a translator, in an interview with Turkish broadcaster NTV during a visit to Turkey. However, when asked whether it meant Iran was ready to freeze any expansion of its nuclear programme in return for the U.N. Security Council halting further sanctions measures against it, the source said "not at all".
  • Bush's North Korea Capitulation

    04/15/2008 8:53:09 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies · 44+ views
    President George W. Bush is fond of comparing himself to Ronald Reagan. But as he meets with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Washington this week, his policy regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program looks more like something out of Bill Clinton's or Jimmy Carter's playbook. In dealing with the Soviet Union on arms control, Reagan was famous for repeating the Russian phrase, "Doveryai, no proveryai" (trust, but verify). Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev reportedly once complained to Reagan, "You use that phrase every time we meet." To which Reagan smilingly replied, "That's because I like it so much." This administration...
  • Iran may have restarted nuclear program, Cheney says

    03/19/2008 1:23:45 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 6 replies · 322+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | March 19, 2008, 11:38AM | DEB RIECHMANN
    MUSCAT, Oman — Vice President Dick Cheney retained his tough stance against Iran today and said the U.S. is uncertain if Tehran has restarted the nuclear weaponization program that a U.S. intelligence report says it halted in 2003. Speaking in Oman, a U.S.-allied Arab monarchy and neighbor of Iran's, Cheney told ABC News, "The important thing to keep in mind is the objective that we share with many of our friends in the region, and that is that a nuclear-armed Iran would be very destabilizing for the entire area." In December an intelligence report known as the National Intelligence Estimate...
  • What are Russia's four main contributions to Iran's nuclear program?

    11/22/2006 10:31:26 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies · 1,572+ views
    EdwardJayEpstein.com ^ | Edward Jay Epstein
    What are Russia's four main contributions to Iran's nuclear program? Russia, as the prime subcontractor for Iran's nuclear program, is providing: 1) Six nuclear reactors for Iran. Four are at Bushehr and two are at Akhvaz. 2) A uranium-conversion plant at Bushehr that can be used for uranium enrichment. 3) An exemption in the UN resolution on Iran. In its draft resosultion the Russians have exempted “materials, equipment, technology" used at Bushehr 1. This exemption will allow Iran to convert the lightly-enriched fuel in the light-water nuclear reactor into weapon-grade 235. It need only remove fuel rods from Bushehr, then...
  • Perry: U.S. might use force on DPRK(unless China & SK behave)

    11/05/2006 12:10:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,027+ views
    Perry: U.S. might use force on DPRK The Yomiuri Shimbun Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry warned Saturday that the United States might be forced to take military action against North Korea if China and South Korea do not agree to apply "coercive action" in urging North Korea to scrap its nuclear ambitions. At an emergency international symposium, titled "North Korean Nuclear Test and Security in East Asia," hosted by The Yomiuri Shimbun with moderator Hajime Izumi, a professor at the University of Shizuoka, Perry and three other panelists from Japan, China and South Korea expressed pessimistic views on the...
  • US speeds up North Korea attack plan

    11/03/2006 2:24:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1,285+ views
    The Age ^ | 11/03/06
    US speeds up North Korea attack plan November 3, 2006 - 6:59AM The Pentagon has stepped up contingency planning for attacks on North Korea's nuclear program, reports say. Citing defence officials who asked not to be identified, the reports said the planning included programs for striking a plutonium-reprocessing facility at Yongbyon with commando raids or precision-guided missiles. The planning, which has been under way several months, means only that US military forces would be ready if President George W Bush were to order attacks, the newspaper said. Defence officials said China's condemnation of North Korea's nuclear test and Beijing's support...
  • NYT Reporting Friday, Sources Say: U.S. Posting of Iraq Nuke Docs on Web Could Have Helped Iran

    11/02/2006 7:14:31 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 172 replies · 5,088+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | November 2, 2006
    Federal government set up Web site -- Operation Iraqi Freedom Document Portal -- to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war; detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research; a 'basic guide to building an atom bomb'... Officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency fear the information could help Iran develop nuclear arms... contain charts, diagrams, equations and lengthy narratives about bomb building that the nuclear experts say go beyond what is available elsewhere on the Internet and in other public forums... Website now shut... Developing...
  • Report: Iran has expanded nuke program

    10/27/2006 8:40:20 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 4 replies · 291+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 27, 2006, 1 hour ago | Nasser Karmi
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has doubled its capacity to enrich uranium by successfully executing the process with a second network of centrifuges, a semiofficial news agency reported Friday, sending a defiant new message to the U.N. Security Council. Council members are working on a draft resolution that would impose limited sanctions on the Islamic republic because of its refusal to cease enrichment, a process that can produce fuel for a civilian nuclear reactor or fissile material for a warhead. The Iranian Students News Agency quoted an anonymous official as saying Iran has successfully begun injecting gas into a second network...
  • Iranian leader says that Western powers' nuclear strength has decreased ten times

    10/23/2006 9:47:57 AM PDT · by boughtwithaprice · 8 replies · 557+ views
    Today the Iranian nation's (nuclear) strength is ten times stronger than it was last year at the beginning of this glorious path," Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech to a crowd in the southern city of Rey. "On the other hand, our enemy's strength has become ten times less than it was last year.
  • Katie Frets Iran Attack Bad "PR" - While Worrying Over Lack of Means to Do It

    04/10/2006 5:21:24 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 1,156+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein April 10, 2006 Reminds me of the old joke: "The food at that restaurant is absolutely terrible." "Yeah. And the portions are so small!" This morning's 'Today' generally offered criticism of a potential attack on Iran designed to disable its nuclear program, but at the same time complained we didn't have the means to carry out such a strike. UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was shown stating that the idea of a [tactical] nuclear strike on Iran "is completely nuts." NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell reported the skepticism of military experts who say "air strikes could slow Iran's...
  • Israel warns Iran over nuclear program

    02/05/2006 8:25:15 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 623+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 6 February 2006 | Mark Willacy
    Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has warned Iran will pay "a very heavy price" for defying the world over its nuclear program. Iran is no longer cooperating with the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and has barred snap inspections of its nuclear facilities. Iran says it will start enriching uranium again in retaliation for being reported to the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear activities. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed his country's referral to the Security Council as a "funny decision". He says Iran only wants to develop nuclear technology so it...
  • Israeli Hints at Preparation to Stop Iran

    01/22/2006 2:25:08 AM PST · by sangrila · 39 replies · 907+ views
    AP ^ | 1/21/2006 | Josef Federmen
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's defense minister hinted Saturday that the Jewish state is preparing for military action to stop Iran's nuclear program, but said international diplomacy must be the first course of action. "Israel will not be able to accept an Iranian nuclear capability and it must have the capability to defend itself, with all that that implies, and this we are preparing," Shaul Mofaz said. His comments at an academic conference stopped short of overtly threatening a military strike but were likely to add to growing tensions with Iran. Germany's defense minister said in an interview published Saturday that...
  • U.S. Wins Support In Iran Dispute (China, Russia Join Call to Suspend Nuclear Program)

    01/16/2006 11:23:36 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies · 1,175+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, January 17, 2006 | Mary Jordan and Dafna Linzer
    LONDON, Jan. 16 -- China and Russia agreed with the United States, Britain, Germany and France on Monday that Iran must completely suspend its nuclear program, the British Foreign Office said. Although the countries failed to agree on whether Iran's case should be referred to the U.N. Security Council, the Europeans applied new pressure on the Iranian government by calling for an emergency meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency on Feb. 2. With all six nations declaring that they sought a diplomatic solution to the escalating confrontation with Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a glimmer of hope for...
  • UN 'losing patience' with Iran

    01/09/2006 2:21:49 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 58 replies · 980+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 January 2006
    UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei has said he is "losing patience" with Iran's lack of transparency about its controversial nuclear program. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Iran's decision to resume nuclear fuel research, which it announced overnight, marks a breach of its international commitments and "cannot remain without consequence". However, the European Union's current president, Austria, says it does not believe the time has come for the bloc to discuss sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Tehran's announcement that it would resume nuclear fuel research ends a two-year suspension and has sparked international concern about the nature...
  • An Attack on Iran?

    01/01/2006 3:55:27 PM PST · by anotherview · 8 replies · 358+ views
    Israel & Aliya (blog) ^ | 1 January 2006 | Caitlyn Martin
    Sunday, January 01, 2006 An Attack on Iran? Yesterday the online edition of The Jerusalem Post, Israel's English language daily newspaper, lead with the headline US planning strike against Iran. The story, which actually quotes the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, claims that NATO, rather than the United States alone, are examining prospects for such a strike. It goes on to say: According to the report, CIA Director Porter Goss, in his last visit to Turkey on December 12, requested Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide military bases to the United States in 2006 from where they would be able...
  • "Che," Iran, and the Bomb

    10/16/2005 6:29:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 505+ views
    International News Analysis Today ^ | October 13, 2005 | Toby Westerman
    Ernesto "Che" Guevara is still remembered as a dashing revolutionary thirty eight years after his death on October 8, 1967 in the Yaro ravine in Bolivia. Today, the dreams - or nightmares - of "Che" live on in the actions of Venezuela's Marxist president, Hugo Chavez, assisted by his Islamic fundamentalist and Asian Communist friends. Venezuela was once friendly to the United States and a major U.S. supplier of oil. The name of the nation is now the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in reference to 19th century liberator Simon Bolivar who advocated a united South America. Continent-wide unification of Latin...
  • Qinghai - The "Rest" of the Story - Home to More Than Avian Flu

    08/02/2005 6:46:04 PM PDT · by datura · 27 replies · 738+ views
    Recombinomics + Others ^ | 2 Aug 05 | Various
    Three Villages Razed In Qinghai After H5N1 Bird Flu Riots? Recombinomics Commentary August 2, 2005 According to the Qinghai Bulletin Board Service (BBS), the state of emergency imposed on the farming community and its surroundings in the Northwestern Qinghai City / Town of Yushu was lifted on the night of 28th July. When natives living further from the area made a trip to the farming community, they discovered that it had "vanished" together with 3 of its surrounding villages. Only some ruins, blocks from collapsed walls, remained. Apparently, the farms and villages had been flattened and there were signs that...
  • N. Korea: Senate panel eyes Japan nuke option to press China on N. Korea test

    05/20/2005 8:35:55 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 1,409+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 05/21/05 | Kohei Murayama
    Senate panel eyes Japan nuke option to press China on N. Korea test By Kohei Murayama WASHINGTON, May 20 Kyodo - U.S. policymakers should highlight Japan's possible nuclear pursuit and other security repercussions for China in pressing Beijing to stop North Korea from testing its nuclear weapons, a Senate Republican policy panel said in a recent report. ''A test in North Korea would certainly raise the prospect of a major public debate in Japan over whether to turn its latent nuclear capabilities in its civilian and space sectors into an overt nuclear weapons program,'' the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee...
  • Nuclear Ayatollahs

    05/13/2005 3:13:18 PM PDT · by anotherview · 7 replies · 728+ views
    Yediot Ahranot ^ | 14 April 2005 | Yaron London
    Yaron London Nuclear ayatollahs Does Israel have an answer for Iranian nuclear aspirations? "The State of Israel's establishment is the most terrible event in history…one nuclear bomb is enough to destroy it." (Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, 2001.) "The cancerous growth called Israel must be uprooted from the area," (Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a recent speech.) For 18 years now, Iran has been surreptitiously striving to acquire nuclear weapons. Initially, experts thought Iran's objective was to counterbalance the Iraqi nuclear threat. However, now that Saddam's Iraq has been obliterated, there can be no doubt the Iranians aspire...
  • Panel's Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons

    03/28/2005 10:22:36 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 7 replies · 1,244+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 29, 2005 | DAVID E. SANGER and SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON, March 28 - The final report of a presidential commission studying American intelligence failures regarding illicit weapons includes a searing critique of how the C.I.A. and other agencies never properly assessed Saddam Hussein's political maneuverings or the possibility that he no longer had weapon stockpiles, according to officials who have seen the report's executive summary. The report also proposes broad changes in the sharing of information among intelligence agencies that go well beyond the legislation passed by Congress late last year that set up a director of national intelligence to coordinate action among all 15 agencies. Those recommendations are...
  • The Threat From South Africa

    03/16/2005 11:08:41 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 736+ views
    AIM ^ | March 16, 2005 | Cliff Kincaid
    President Bush has issued a statement on "Ten Years of Democracy in South Africa," conveniently ignoring the fact that South African President Thabo Mbeki is a Marxist who has surrounded himself with followers of radical Islam. The other curious omission is that while the president complimented "South Africa's commitment to progress at home and around the world," evidence is emerging that South Africa has played a role in nuclear weapons proliferation, including to Iran. The evidence is contained in a hot new book, Iran's Nuclear Option: Tehran's Quest for the Atom Bomb, by journalist Al Venter. Some people forget that...
  • Bush Warns Iran After Uranium Processing Reports

    11/20/2004 12:45:19 PM PST · by everitt12 · 27 replies · 657+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | Nov 20 | David Morgan
    SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) on Saturday warned Iran of growing international concern over reports that Tehran is preparing large amounts of uranium for an enrichment process that can be used to make nuclear weapons. "This is a very serious matter. The world knows it's a serious matter and we're working together to solve this matter," Bush told reporters during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Santiago. The two leaders were in Chile for a summit hosted by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (news - web sites) forum.
  • Israel bides its time on Iran

    10/23/2004 7:22:59 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 204+ views
    Aisian Times Online LTD ^ | October 23, 2004 | Harinder Mishra,Additional Reporting by Safa Haeri
    JERUSALEM - While Israel is at daggers drawn with Iran, its preoccupation with its daunting domestic concerns that are tearing apart the Jewish population and the non-conducive international environment are likely to deter it from the earlier posturing of carrying out a preemptive strike to foil the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions. The indications here suggest that Jerusalem instead would prefer sticking to its already-launched diplomatic initiatives that it sees as "working" and carry out a military offensive only as a last resort. While there was no dearth of rhetoric when Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met with his French counterpart, Michel...
  • Rice: We'll Stop Iran's Nuke Program

    08/08/2004 7:13:34 PM PDT · by wolicy_ponk · 30 replies · 2,644+ views
    NewsMax (AP) ^ | Aug 8, 2004 | William C. Mann
    WASHINGTON - With Iran stepping up its nuclear program, a top White House aide said Sunday the world finally is "worried and suspicious" over the Iranians' intentions and is determined not to let Tehran produce a nuclear weapon. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice also said the Bush administration sees a new international willingness to act against Iran's nuclear program. She credited the changed attitude to the Americans' insistence that Iran's effort put the world in peril.
  • Dubya: Mr. Multilateral (Serious SGO under the radar)

    07/28/2004 8:44:20 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 57 replies · 2,059+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | July 29, 2004 | Bryan Preston
    It is playing a key role in curbing and caging North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. It played a key role in disarming Libya, discovering and rolling up the Pakistani A.Q. Khan nuclear smuggling network, and has become a framework for international military and police exercises organized by the United States. Its membership includes most of the world's largest economic powers, most of the world's largest military powers, and most of the most influential states on earth. The United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Netherlands, France, Australia and Germany are among its 15 member states, and it is one...
  • US warns NKorea to stop exporting dangerous weapons or face world action

    03/13/2004 4:58:51 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 21 replies · 376+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Friday, March 12, 2004 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States warned North Korea that it would face action from the international community if it does not stop exporting dangerous weapons and other illegal activities. "If North Korea will not act, it will find the United States, its allies and other partners equally prepared to respond with measures that ensure North Korea cannot threaten our countries or international stability," said Mitchell Reiss, the department's director of policy planning. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, one of Washington's leading repositories of expertise on East Asia, Reiss said the United States was taking steps to enforce its laws...
  • 'Oil aid likely' if North Korea freezes nuclear program

    02/22/2004 5:48:23 AM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 117+ views
    The Straights Times ^ | Februari 22 2004
    TOKYO - Russia, China and South Korea may supply oil to North Korea if it agrees to freeze its nuclear programme and admit inspectors, a Japanese newspaper said yesterday ahead of six-way talks on the issue next week. Quoting a South Korean government source, the Asahi Shimbun said in its late edition that supplying oil was part of a three-stage strategy developed by Beijing and Seoul ahead of the talks. The first stage would involve North Korea agreeing to a complete, irreversible and verifiable dismantling of its nuclear weapons. In return, the other five nations at the talks would provide...
  • Bin Laden met nuke scientists -- 'Nuclear bazaar' story out of Pakistan gets more bizarre

    02/08/2004 9:48:09 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 100 replies · 3,011+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 2.8.2004 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – As the Pakistani nuclear proliferation story widens, U.S. intelligence officials say top atomic scientists from that country met with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar in Afghanistan. Two former senior Pakistani nuclear scientists who were based in the Afghan town of Kandahar met Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden several times before the fall of the Taliban. They were later detained and questioned on their return to Pakistan. Last week, after it became clear that Pakistan was the center of what has become known internationally as the "nuclear bazaar," President Pervez Musharraf agreed to pardon nuclear scientist Abdul...
  • Nuke Experts Detained/Pakistan probes 2 scientists' ties to Taliban

    10/26/2001 2:26:14 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 349+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 10/26/01 | RICHARD WHITBY
    wo of Pakistan's top atomic scientists were grilled yesterday about possible contacts with Afghanistan's Taliban rulers amid reports Osama Bin Laden had obtained nuclear material. Sultan Bashiru-Din Mehmood, one of the founders of the country's nuclear program, was detained Tuesday in Lahore, Interior Ministry officials said on condition of anonymity. They said Abdul Majid, a scientist who worked with Mehmood at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, also was being held. "The investigation has nothing to do with the nuclear program," said Rashid Qureshi, a Pakistani military spokesman. However, the Interior Ministry officials said the men were questioned about possible links ...
  • Iran says brokers helped its nuclear programme

    01/14/2004 9:49:42 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 169+ views
    The Times of India ^ | January 14 2004 | AFP
    ISLAMABAD : A top Iranian official said Iran sought no help from foreign scientists for its nuclear programme but that five brokers helped buy equipment on the international market, state media reported. "No scientist from any other country has helped in this regard," visiting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsin Aminzadeh was quoted as telling reporters here by the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). Referring to Iran's talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Aminzadeh said Iran only gave the global nuclear watchdog information about five individuals -- three Europeans and two from this region - who helped Iran...