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  • U.S. Sees Greater North Korea Nuclear Threat

    12/02/2010 4:20:46 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 3, 2010 | Jay Solomon
    VIENNA—The Obama administration told the United Nations nuclear watchdog that North Korea likely has built more than one uranium-enrichment facility, significantly raising the proliferation threat posed by the secretive communist state. U.S. and European officials are pressing the International Atomic Energy Agency to better scrutinize Pyongyang's potential role in sharing its nuclear technologies with third countries. But the U.N. agency's ability to monitor Pyongyang is limited: North Korea kicked out the IAEA's inspectors in 2009. The IAEA already is investigating evidence that North Korea transferred a nearly operational nuclear reactor to Syria, which Israeli jets subsequently destroyed in 2007. U.S....
  • A Really Bad Start

    12/03/2010 7:37:40 AM PST · by bsaunders · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | December 3, 2010 | B. Saunders
    President Obama has claimed that the Start nuclear disarmament treaty that he negotiated with the Russians is a solid treaty in the best interest of the United States. I would have to question the validity of this claim as the White House is pushing the lame duck Senate to quickly ratify the Start Treaty without the usual in depth studies usually given treaties with such deep and far reaching consequences. Sometime these consequences will not be realized for years, possibly decades, well after the time that changes or precautions could have better prepared and addressed the affects on our national...
  • Seoul rules out redeployment of US nuclear weapons

    11/27/2010 8:26:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/24/2010 | Defense Talk
    South Korea's defence ministry Tuesday ruled out the redeployment of US nuclear weapons on its soil as a deterrent to North Korea, a day after its minister had raised the prospect. "Redeploying US tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea would cross the line set by the policy of denuclearising the Korean peninsula," Deputy Defence Minister Chang Kwang-Il told reporters. "We've not considered redeploying US tactical nuclear weapons and there has been no consultation with the US over the issue," he was quoted as saying by a ministry spokesman. The Pentagon also said Monday that the United States has no immediate...
  • APNewsBreak: UN: Iran enrichment was stopped

    11/23/2010 10:03:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | November 23, 2010 | | Associated Press
    VIENNA – The U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran temporarily stopped enriching uranium earlier this month for unspecified reasons. The finding is contained in a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency released Tuesday to the U.N. Security Council and the 35 IAEA board member nations. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the restricted report.
  • MAUREEN DOWD: Nuking the White House

    11/20/2010 4:52:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 20, 2010 | Maureen Dowd
    You know you’re in trouble when you need Henry Kissinger to vouch for you. But there was the one formerly known as “The One” sitting at a table with a bunch of old, white, Republican dudes, choosing the most abstruse issue on the agenda for his moment to Man Up. With Republicans treating the president like a dirt sandwich and Democrats begging the president to throw a knuckle sandwich, Obama drew his line in the sand on telemetry. The Start arms treaty used to be a chance for American presidents to stare down the Russians. Now it’s a chance for...
  • 'Stuxnet specifically targeted Iranian nuclear program' (New Details Revealed)

    11/20/2010 8:21:03 AM PST · by mojito · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/20/2010 | Staff
    The German computer security expert who first reported that the Stuxnet worm was designed to attack targets in Iran said the virus specifically attacked the country's nuclear program, in a report posted Friday. In his analysis, Ralph Langner said Stuxnet contained two distinct "digital warheads," specifically designed to attack military targets: Uranium enrichment plants and the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Langner said that the portion of the worm that targeted Uranium enrichment plants manipulated the speeds of mechanical parts in the enrichment process, which would ultimately "result in cracking the rotor, thereby destroying the centrifuge." He said the strategic importance...
  • Why Germany Won't Give Up Its Nukes

    11/15/2010 7:05:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/15/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Despite the end of the Cold War, and the dismantling of over 25,000 nuclear weapons, NATO still maintains a stock of nuclear bombs in Europe. These are American weapons, to be used by NATO allies with U.S. permission. They are not covered by START (the strategic nuclear disarmament treaty) because they are not strategic, they are local, or "theater" weapons. NATO would like to negotiate a disarmament treaty to cover such non-strategic nukes, but to get the Russians to do that, it helps if there are some nukes under NATO control. Like with START, a treaty covering non-strategic weapons would...
  • Obama says START treaty remains 'top priority'

    11/14/2010 10:27:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/12/2010 | Associat Press
    President Barack Obama, capping a far-flung Asian trip of mixed results, assured Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday that getting the Senate to ratify the START nuclear weapons treaty is a "top priority" of his administration. "I reiterated my commitment to getting the START treaty done during the lame-duck session," Obama said, noting that Congress returns next week for its postelection session. In talks with Medvedev on the sidelines of the summit of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Obama also reiterated his support for bringing Russia into the World Trade Organization, calling Russia "an excellent partner." His bilateral talks with...
  • Obama Upbeat After 10-Day Asia Trip

    11/14/2010 2:31:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    President Barack Obama on Sunday hailed the prospect of a new settlement freeze in the disputed West Bank as a promising step toward peace, urging Israelis and Palestinians to get back into serious negotiations quickly. An upbeat president also pledged to return to the basic principles that drove his thinking when he first came to the White House, including sticking to a more bipartisan tone and better explaining his decisions to the American people. He spoke of moving from an "obsessive focus" on policy and making changes to his approach after a humbling midterm election. "The fact that we are...
  • Cairo worries as IAEA probes enriched uranium find (Egypt's Secret Nuclear Weapons Program)

    11/14/2010 10:35:42 AM PST · by mojito · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/13/2010 | Unattributed
    VIENNA — Egypt fears being grouped with the likes of Iran and Syria if a UN investigation into traces of highly enriched uranium found in the country isn't brought to a swift end, according to what officials describe as a confidential report from the country's nuclear agency. The particles — enriched close to the levels required to arm nuclear missiles — have been under investigation since being detected by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2007 and 2008. Egypt, a US ally in the Middle East, has said the particles originated from abroad and were inadvertently imported, but the agency...
  • Security Council finally gets experts report saying NKorea is exporting banned nuke technology

    11/11/2010 6:00:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Canadian Press via Google ^ | 11/11/2010 | Canadian Press via Google
    A report by U.N. experts saying North Korea is exporting banned nuclear and missile technology to Iran, Syria and Myanmar has been sent to the Security Council after China dropped its objections, U.N. diplomats said Wednesday. The findings by the seven-member panel monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea were first reported by The Associated Press in May. The panel's report was submitted to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Pyongyang in early May but China, a close ally of North Korea, blocked its transmission to the full 15-member council, diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because...
  • Air Force command brings focus to nuclear enterprise

    Over the past 15 months, Air Force officials have built from scratch a model new command that will sustain and modernize U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile wings and the nuclear-capable bomber fleet, said the general who leads the new command. "Some people have likened that to trying to build an airplane while actually having to fly it," Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz told a group of defense reporters here Nov. 9. "And at times, it has seemed like that to us."
  • NATO to keep nuclear weapons

    11/09/2010 11:24:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/8/2010 | Defense Talk
    NATO leaders are unlikely to agree to reduce the defense organization's tactical nuclear stockpiles when they meet later this month, defense officials said Saturday. The leaders are to meet in Lisbon on November 19-20 to map out the future of the 61-year-old alliance. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will also attend the talks expected to touch on missile defense. The nuclear arsenal across Europe remains a source of friction with Russia and within NATO -- with Germany, Poland and Sweden calling for a greater NATO commitment to nuclear disarmament resisted by France and the United States. But a revised mission statement...
  • Obama Wants His New START Treaty Right Now!

    11/05/2010 8:36:49 AM PDT · by mojitojoe · 47 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/5/2010 | Frank Gaffney
    President Obama served notice on the newly elected Senators and the constituents who voted for them on Tuesday: He does not want them to have a say in one of the most important national security issues of the day – the strategic arms reduction accord Team Obama negotiated with the Russians earlier this year, known as the “New START” Treaty. Instead, Mr. Obama wants only yesterday’s Senate to determine the fate of an agreement that will slash U.S. nuclear forces in a way that will reduce them to numbers of deployed nuclear weapons vastly inferior to those the Russians will...
  • Israel Military Intelligence Chief Warns Iran Has 1 Nuclear Bomb

    London, United Kingdom (AHN) - In a final briefing before the Israeli parliament's Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, military intelligence chief Major General Amos Yadlin warned Tuesday that Iran has enough uranium to create a nuclear bomb and may create a second one if it gets more radioactive material. Yadlin stated that Iran already had commenced work on two new nuclear installations. He noted there are an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 centrifuges busy enriching uranium to levels of 20 percent. Once levels reach 90 percent, military use of the material will commence, he said. Like the West, Yadlin does not...
  • "Iran uranium supply at 30 kg" (20%)

    10/20/2010 10:18:01 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 13 replies
    Press TV, CBS, etc. ^ | Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:54PM | ZHD/HGH/MMN
    Iran currently has 30 kg (66 lb) of 20 percent-enriched uranium and has launched new exploration projects, according to the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi."We have also discovered good vein deposits at the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas and are preparing for extractions," the AEOI chief went on to add.Earlier this week, Salehi announced the launch of uranium exploration projects in the country's southern and central regions."Since launching the Bushehr nuclear power plant, we have prioritized uranium exploration to be able to answer our [fuel] needs fully and domestically," Salehi said on...
  • Chinese firms bypass sanctions on Iran, U.S. says

    10/18/2010 9:21:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2010 | John Pomfret
    The Obama administration has concluded that Chinese firms are helping Iran to improve its missile technology and develop nuclear weapons, and has asked China to stop such activity, a senior U.S. official said. During a visit to Beijing last month, a delegation led by Robert J. Einhorn, the State Department's special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, handed a "significant list" of companies and banks to their Chinese counterparts, according to the senior U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue in U.S.-Chinese relations. The official said the Obama administration thinks that the companies...
  • Why Israel Needs the Bomb

    10/18/2010 11:16:23 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/18/2010 | Mark Helprin
    Sixty-five years after Germany's campaign to exterminate the Jews, of the many countries in the world Israel is the only one repeatedly subjected to calls for its extinction. Though Pakistan and India, like Israel and the Arabs, have suffered population exchange and territorial wars, neither questions the other's right to exist. So rare and extreme is such a position that one might think the countries of Europe, so many of which cooperated in hunting down their Jews, would do more to recognize its endemic presence in the Middle East. They don't—their publics having largely accepted that, in regard to the...
  • Germany to do away with U.S. nukes?

    10/16/2010 9:52:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/7/2010 | UPI
    The German Defense Ministry has denied a newspaper report that it plans to decommission its entire fleet of Tornado jets by 2013, a move that would effectively end a nuclear weapons sharing deal with the United States. Guarded by U.S. soldiers, an estimated 22 U.S. nuclear weapons are locked away in the bunkers under the Fliegerhorst Buechel, an airbase in Rhineland-Palatinate run by the German Luftwaffe. The B-61 thermonuclear bombs, which can be dropped from low-flying jets at high speeds, signify the ultimate nuclear deterrent: They're 13 times more devastating than the bomb dropped over Hiroshima in 1945. As part...
  • U.S. Plans To Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal War Rumour

    10/16/2010 9:38:46 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 10-16-2010 | Rick Rozoff
    U.S. Plans To Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal War Rumour Politics / Pakistan Oct 16, 2010 - 10:01 AM By: Rick Rozoff Two recent news items emanating from the United States have begun to reverberate in Pakistan and give rise to speculation that growing American drone strikes and NATO helicopter attacks in that country may be the harbingers of far broader actions: Nothing less than the expansion of the West’s war in Afghanistan into Pakistan with the ultimate goal of seizing the nation’s nuclear weapons. The News International, Pakistan’s largest English-language newspaper, published a report on October 13 based on excerpts...
  • Iran, the Paper Tiger (Liberal Head in the Sand Alert)

    10/12/2010 10:36:29 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/11/2010 | Roger Cohen
    ....Ahmadinejad is odious but I don’t think he’s dangerous. Some people do of course find him dangerous, especially in the Israel he gratuitously insults and threatens, and yet others — many more I’d say — find it convenient to find him dangerous.... Yes, Ahmadinejad is the bogeyman from Central Casting. One of the things there’s time for, if you’re not playing games with the Iran specter, is a serious push for an Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough that would further undermine the Iranian president. I don’t expect that, however. And here are two more predictions: Obama won’t attack Iran and nor will Israel,...
  • U.S. progressives meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    09/27/2010 11:55:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    New York, NY - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met here, September 21, with 100 leaders and representatives of anti-war, labor, alternative media and Iranian and Palestinian solidarity organizations. Among the participants were Sarah Martin, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Margaret Sarfehjooy, board member of the Minneapolis-based Women Against Military Madness, former attorney general Ramsey Clark, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Sara Flounders from the International Action Center, Brian Becker of the ANSWER coalition, Ramona Africa of the Free Mumia Coalition and Amiri Baraka, poet and activist. The meeting was called by the president of Iran with the hope that a frank and...
  • Iran’s Option In Case Of Attack On Its Nuclear Facilities

    09/27/2010 8:49:10 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Global Intelligence Report ^ | 22/09/2010 | Claude Salhani
    Sources in the Gulf region report that Iran is preparing for a possible attack by Israel and/or the United States on one or more of its nuclear production units by stockpiling arms and munitions with its proxy militias in Kuwait and Bahrain. This comes as Bahrain arrests 23 opposition leaders accused of terrorism offences and hints that Iran is behind an alleged plot to overthrow the government. SIGNIFICANCE: Bahrain's attempted coup reports should be taken seriously, as Iran knows that its best chance of fighting the US and/or Israel is by proxy. Hitting Bahrain hard would greatly upset the overall...
  • Obama vacations in the shadow of a nuclear Iran: The massive failure of Obama’s foreign policy

    08/21/2010 4:52:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 22, 2010 | Nile Gardiner
    While President Obama enjoys his sixth vacation of the year, at the exclusive playground of America’s liberal elites at Martha’s Vineyard, the United States’ most dangerous state-based adversary on the world stage is celebrating the opening of its first nuclear reactor, the Russian-built power plant at Bushehr. Although purportedly for civilian purposes, there can be no doubt that this is a huge leap forward for Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, with US officials acknowledging Iran is just “12 months from a nuclear weapon.” Earlier this week, Tehran announced it was building 10 uranium enrichment plants in protected mountain strongholds, and on...
  • U.S. Tells Israel Iran’s Nuclear Threat Is Not Imminent

    08/19/2010 6:37:34 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2010 | Mark Mazetti/David E Sanger
    The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran’s nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year — and perhaps longer — for Iran to complete what one senior official called a “dash” for a nuclear weapon, according to American officials. White House officials said they believe the assessment has dimmed the prospect that Israel would pre-emptively strike against the country’s nuclear facilities within the next year, as Israeli officials have suggested in thinly veiled threats. For years, Israeli and American officials have debated whether Iran is on an inexorable drive toward a nuclear bomb...
  • Tomorrow the World Changes

    08/19/2010 4:19:08 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 20 replies
    RT ^ | Aug 19, 2010 | BigFinn
    Russia says it will launch Iran's nuclear power plant in Bushehr next week. The Russian nuclear agency Rosatom, which is building the facility in Bushehr, announced that engineers will start loading the reactor with fuel on August 21, under strict control. A Russian delegation, headed by Rosatom Director General Sergey Kiriyenko, will attend the launch ceremony.
  • Eyes on the skies over Iran's reactor

    08/18/2010 7:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Asia Times ^ | August 10, 2010 | Marsha B Cohen
    Iran's light water nuclear power plant at Bushehr is preparing to go "live" - again. Iranian and Russian nuclear scientists and officials have announced Bushehr's reactor will soon be receiving its first shipment of nuclear fuel 36 years after construction first began on the project. This claim may be quietly fueling speculation that a military strike on Iran by Israel - or the United States - may be imminent. The Persian-language news site Mardom Salari reported on August 3 that members of the Iranian armed forces had been transferred to Bushehr to evaluate the security of the air space above...
  • Bolton: Obama won't strike Iranian nuclear reactor

    08/17/2010 9:05:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | August 17, 2010 | Dov Preminger
    Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton said he didn't see "any signs whatsoever that President Obama would make the necessary decision" to strike Iran's nuclear reactor, speaking in an interview with Israel Radio Tuesday. Bolton claimed Israel has only three days to strike before Russia "begins the fueling process for the Bushehr reactor this Friday," after which any attack would cause radioactive fallout that could reach as far as the waters of the Persian Gulf. In an interview with Fox Business Network earlier Tuesday Bolton had said the deadline was eight days, but he revised it to three...
  • US Pushes For Nuclear-Free World

    08/06/2010 5:51:38 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 27 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Aug 6, 2010 | Elizabeth Lee
    The Obama Administration is pushing for a nuclear-free world to prevent what happened in Japan from ever happening again.. A top Department of Defense official says the U.S. is committed to reducing nuclear weapons but will also counter any nuclear threats from terrorists. The Obama Administration says it will not be conducting underground nuclear tests or developing new nuclear warheads, because it does not want a repetition of what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Rising Speculation About Bombing Iran’s Nukes (Two non-hawks say Obama might bomb Iran)

    07/22/2010 7:23:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/22/2010 | Michael Barone
    Many years ago, I was privileged to attend a dinner with James Rowe, one of the passion-for-anonymity young aides to Franklin Roosevelt, original author of the winning strategy for Harry Truman’s 1948 campaign, and close confidant of Lyndon Johnson. Rowe described how Johnson tested insider opinion. He would call an ideologically wide range of acquaintances and ask their views on an issue of the day. Most responded as he expected. But when one or two said something he hadn’t expected, he would take notice. Maybe things weren’t going as he thought. That memory returned as I read three recent articles...
  • Russia warns Iran near nuclear weapons potential (President Dmitry Medvedev)

    07/12/2010 3:00:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/10 | Stuart Williams
    MOSCOW (AFP) – Iran is close to having the potential to build a nuclear weapon, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday in the clearest indication yet of Russian alarm over Tehran's atomic drive. "Iran is nearing the possession of the potential which in principle could be used for the creation of a nuclear weapon," Medvedev said at a meeting with Russian diplomats quoted by Russian news agencies. Russia, traditionally a diplomatic and economic ally of the Islamic republic, in the past took a milder line against Tehran than Western powers but recently noticeably hardened its position. Iran has over the...
  • Picture Obama authorizing a nuclear attack

    07/11/2010 2:45:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Scholars and Rogues ^ | July 10, 2010 | Russ Wellen
    THE DEPROLIFERATOR — Since the end of the Cold War, the circumstances under which a U.S. president might authorize the launch of nuclear weapons have changed. First, it bears mentioning that, even though he or she is always accompanied by the “nuclear football,”* a president’s ability to exercise complete command over the response to a nuclear attack has long been overrated. Back in 2004, Global Zero Co-Coordinator and President of the World Security Institute Bruce Blair wrote: . . . the president’s supporting command system is not actually geared to withhold retaliation in the event of enemy missile attack, real...
  • B61 Forever

    07/07/2010 10:22:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 7/7/2010 | Strategy Page
    When it comes to nuclear weapons, oldies are goodies. Take, for example, the American B61 nuclear device. About the same shape as a 1,000 pound (455 kg) bomb, many NATO fighter bombers were equipped (with the electronics) to use this bomb during the Cold War (and many can still do so). Some 3,200 B61s were built since it entered service in the late 1960s, and about a third of those remain available for use. Some are to be refurbished, but politicians are still debating doing this just to keep B61s good for another two decades. Without the refurb, all these...
  • Nukes for NATO

    07/01/2010 11:09:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 7/1/2010 | Rebecca Grant
    For more than 60 years, nuclear-armed fighters have been a key part of the US deterrence calculus, particularly in Europe. Indeed, providing the umbrella of "extended deterrence" to NATO nations has been a mission performed by generations of USAF air crews, maintainers, and security forces. It now appears that, before long, the iconic nuclear fighter role, performed in recent years by the F-15E and F-16, will pass to a new heavyweight—the F-35 Lightning II. As the Obama Administration sees it, nuclear weapons delivered by fighters will continue to play an important role in the nation’s international affairs. The 2010 Nuclear...
  • N. Korea says it will bolster nuclear deterrent in a 'newly developed way'

    06/28/2010 1:34:38 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/27/2010 | Chang Jae-soon and Sam Kim
    North Korea said Monday it will bolster its nuclear arsenal "in a newly developed way" to counter what it calls U.S. hostile policy and military threats toward the communist nation. The North also claimed in a separate statement that the U.S. has brought "heavy weapons" into a truce village that straddles the divided Koreas, warning of strong military action if they are not quickly withdrawn. North Korea has stepped up its fiery rhetoric against the U.S. in recent weeks after Washington sided with Seoul in condemning Pyongyang for the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March. "The recent...
  • CIA chief warns Iran could have nukes ready by 2012

    06/28/2010 1:08:06 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 6/27/2010 | AFB via Space Daily
    Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make two weapons, which it could have prepared and ready for delivery as early as 2012, CIA director Leon Panetta warned Sunday. "We think they have enough low-enriched uranium for two weapons," Panetta told the ABC network's "This Week" program. Tehran would need a year to enrich it fully to produce a bomb and it would take "another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable," he said. Iran is under mounting international pressure over its suspect nuclear program, which the West fears masks a covert weapons...
  • Donley: Air Force Not Ready To Develop 'Minuteman IV' Follow-On ICBM

    06/25/2010 2:42:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    Inside Defense ^ | 6/23/2010 | Carlo Muñoz
    Despite an ongoing Defense Department review of potential follow-on options for the Air Force's premiere intercontinental ballistic missile program, development of a new ICBM system will not be one of those options, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said today. While the final results and subsequent recommendations from the Minuteman III ICBM review are not due for months, the service is not ready to dedicate funding or other resources toward the development of a new nuclear missile, Donley said during a breakfast in Washington. “We have already taken steps to get [the Minuteman III] to 2020; now we are focused on...
  • Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit

    06/25/2010 3:42:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies ^ | June 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 24, 2010 Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 3:08 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with my friend and partner, President Medvedev, and I want to thank him again for his leadership, especially his vision for an innovative Russia that’s modernizing its economy, including deeper economic ties between our...
  • US mulled North Korea nuclear strike in 1969: documents

    06/23/2010 8:51:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 6/24/2010 | AFP via Google News
    The United States studied a plan for a nuclear strike on North Korea in 1969 but advisers to then-president Richard Nixon concluded it was best to remain calm, declassified documents showed Wednesday. The documents, obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University, foreshadow present-day US frustration on how to handle Pyongyang following its nuclear tests and the sinking of a South Korean ship. In 1969, North Korea shot down a US spy aircraft over the Sea of Japan (East Sea), killing the 31 personnel on board. Despite US outrage, the new Nixon administration chose not to retaliate other...
  • Gates rules out idea of 'containing' nuclear-armed Iran

    06/20/2010 9:50:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 6/21/2010 | AFP via Google News
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday refused to address the notion of having to contain a nuclear armed Iran, saying US efforts were aimed at preventing it from acquiring atomic weapons. "I don't think we're prepared to even talk about containing a nuclear Iran. I think... our view still is we do not accept the idea of Iran having nuclear weapons," he said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. "And our policies and our efforts are all aimed at preventing that from happening," he said. Asked whether a military strike against Iran was preferable to it acquiring nuclear...
  • Missing Defense

    06/18/2010 7:19:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 298+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    National Security: There seems to be only one thing White House arms negotiators want more than a reduction in U.S. nuclear weapons — a reduction in U.S. missile defenses to protect us from such weapons. The Washington Times' Bill Gertz reports that U.S. diplomats are secretly negotiating with Russia to link nuclear arms reduction to limits on our anti-missile defenses. As Gertz points out, "Pro-arms-control officials within the administration dislike missile defenses, viewing them as an impediment to offensive arms agreements." Ellen Tauscher, the undersecretary of state for international security and arms control, has been talking to Moscow's deputy foreign...
  • The Bishops’ Bomb (What happens when Catholic Church leadership abandons just-war theory?)

    06/16/2010 6:48:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 290+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/16/2010 | John Andrews
    In the months preceding the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, which reshaped the principles governing the size and purpose of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was busy at work. Its Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development issued various position papers urging the administration to drastically reduce the role and size of the arsenal. Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore, previously Archbishop for the Military Services, took the message to venues ranging from a deterrence conference hosted by U.S. Strategic Command (the command responsible for nuclear-strike operations) to the Global Zero Summit in Paris. Bishop Howard...
  • 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 and the 'Freedom Recession' (Unsettling Analysis)

    06/11/2010 12:56:42 PM PDT · by mojito · 1 replies · 231+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/11/2010 | Fouad Ajami
    Three decades ago, before his final flight to exile, the Shah of Iran had drawn a line: He would not fire on his people. He was a king, he said, and not a dictator. The army had not yet cracked; there were loyalists keen to make a stand against the revolutionary upheaval. But the man at the center of the storm had boarded a plane, with his immediate family, in search of a country that would have him. It's impossible to fathom such a principled retreat by today's "Supreme Leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his vast apparatus of repression and...
  • White House works to ease Iran proposal in Congress (The Enemy in the Oval Office)

    06/11/2010 8:48:29 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies · 305+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/11/2010 | Paul Richter
    The Obama administration, which labored for months to impose tough new United Nations sanctions against Iran, now is pushing in the opposite direction against Congress as it crafts U.S. sanctions that the White House fears may go too far. ....the administration fears that the legislation also could damage relations with Europe, Russia and China, all of whom cooperated with U.S. efforts on the U.N. sanctions. To avoid that possibility, the administration wants authority to waive U.S. punishment against companies from countries that have cooperated on Iran.
  • Gates: Nuclear Weapons Would Make Iran Less Secure

    06/11/2010 2:20:34 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 380+ views (AMERICAN FORCS PRESS SERVICE) ^ | LONDON, June 8, 2010 | By John D. Banusiewicz
    Note: The following text is a quote: Gates: Nuclear Weapons Would Make Iran Less Secure By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service LONDON, June 8, 2010 – If Iran were to succeed in acquiring nuclear weapons, the subsequent chain of events would make that country less secure, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. During a news conference, both Gates and British Defense Secretary Liam Fox expressed confidence that the United Nations Security Council soon will pass a new resolution imposing sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program and that more unilateral sanctions could follow from countries concerned...
  • Israel Invites The World To Revolt! (Left wants Israel to disarm)[Giant Barf Alert]

    06/05/2010 7:22:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 519+ views
    Counter Currents ^ | June 5, 2010 | Kourosh Ziabari
    Over the past 60 years, the racist regime of Israel has been continually scoffing the international community under the cover of "deliberate ambiguity" to develop one of the most perilous nuclear arsenals in the world. According to the Federation of American Scientists, Israel possesses more than 200 nuclear warheads which are simply adequate to evaporate the whole world in a matter of moments. Israel which is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and one of the three non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has blatantly rejected the appeal of the 189 signatories of the NPT, including...
  • 'Armageddon scenario': Iran could give nukes to Hamas, Hizbullah

    06/05/2010 1:29:49 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 612+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 6/5/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Iran could provide nuclear weapons to Hamas and Hizbullah for a nonconventional attack on Israel, according to a chilling scenario presented in a new report. "Furthermore, even a minimal nuclear capability would enable Hizbullah and Hamas to conduct ongoing low-level attacks — even severe ones — against Israel, in the confidence that Israel would be deterred from massive retaliation. This would require a declared capability, or at least a strongly suspected one." Freilich, a former member of Israel's National Security Council, said Hamas or Hizbullah could smuggle a bomb into Israel through ships, airlines or an unmanned aerial vehicle. Other...
  • Report: Myanmar seeking nuclear weapons

    06/03/2010 11:57:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 432+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 4, 2010 | DENIS D. GRAY
    BANGKOK (AP) -- Documents smuggled out of Myanmar by an army defector indicate its military regime is trying to develop nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, and North Korea is probably assisting the program, an expatriate media group said Friday. The Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma said the defector had been involved in the nuclear program and smuggled out extensive files and photographs describing experiments with uranium and specialized equipment needed to build a nuclear reactor and develop enrichment capabilities.
  • US concerned over Myanmar's military ties with North Korea

    06/03/2010 11:12:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 238+ views
    Times of India ^ | Times of India
    The United States is concerned over Myanmar's "growing military ties" with North Korea and will work to ensure a UN ban on arm exports from Pyongyang is enforced, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday. US defense secretary Robert Gates's press secretary said the United States was closely monitoring Myanmar's cooperation with North Korea in light of UN Security Council resolutions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or nuclear technology. "We are concerned with growing military ties with the DPRK (North Korea) and are following it closely to ensure that the multiple UNSCRs (UN Security Council resolutions) are enforced," press secretary Geoff...