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  • The Ally From Hell (Pakistan)

    11/13/2011 2:39:57 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 2011 (print) | JEFFREY GOLDBERG and MARC AMBINDER
    SHORTLY AFTER AMERICAN NAVY SEALs raided the Pakistani city of Abbottabad in May and killed Osama bin Laden, General Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistani chief of army staff, spoke with Khalid Kidwai, the retired lieutenant general in charge of securing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Kidwai, who commands a security apparatus called the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), had been expecting Kayani’s call. General Kayani, the most powerful man in a country that has only a simulacrum of civilian leadership, had been busy in the tense days that followed the bin Laden raid: he had to assure his American funders (U.S. taxpayers provide more...
  • Israel may launch strike on Iran as soon as next month to prevent development of nukes

    11/10/2011 7:31:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/2011 | Tim Shipman
    Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon as soon as Christmas, intelligence chiefs have warned. A report by a UN watchdog into Iran’s nuclear ambitions ‘completely discredits’ the Islamic nation’s protestations of innocence, according to Foreign Secretary William Hague. The International Atomic Energy Agency found that Iran is developing a nuclear test facility, nuclear detonators and computer modelling for a nuclear warhead that would fit on an existing missile. Sources say the understanding at the top of the British Government is that Israel will attempt to strike against the nuclear sites ‘sooner rather than later’...
  • Obama: What Iranian nuclear weapons program?

    11/08/2011 5:05:43 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 8 replies
    American.com ^ | 11-8-11 | Danielle Pletka
    Here’s what the IAEA had to say today about an Iranian nuclear weapons program: The information indicates that Iran has carried out the following activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device: • Efforts, some successful, to procure nuclear related and dual use equipment and materials by military related individuals and entities (Annex, Sections C.1 and C.2); • Efforts to develop undeclared pathways for the production of nuclear material (Annex, Section C.3); • The acquisition of nuclear weapons development information and documentation from a clandestine nuclear supply network (Annex, Section C.4); and • Work on the...
  • UN: Some secret Iran work 'specific to nuclear weapons'

    11/08/2011 1:12:00 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | 11/08/11 | msnbc.com staff and news service reports
    VIENNA — Iran is suspected of conducting secret experiments whose sole purpose can only be the development of nuclear weapons, the U.N. nuclear atomic energy agency said for the first time in a report released Tuesday. While some of the suspected secret nuclear work can have peaceful purposes, "others are specific to nuclear weapons," according to the report by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. A 13-page attachment to the report details intelligence and IAEA research that shows Tehran working on all aspects of research toward making a nuclear weapon, including fitting a warhead onto a missile. "Iran," the report...
  • Why Obama Might Save Israel From Nuclear Iran: Jeffrey Goldberg

    11/08/2011 6:21:48 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 36 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11-8-11 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    The International Atomic Energy Agency is set to release a report today offering further proof that the Iranian regime is bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. No intelligence is entirely dispositive, but the evidence on hand about Iran's nuclear activities, even before the release of the latest report, is fairly persuasive, and the IAEA isn't known to be a den of neoconservative war-plotting. It isn't interested in giving Israel a pretext for a preemptive attack on Iran unless it has to. The question now is what Israel -- or the U.S. -- will do about it. The Israeli case for preemption...
  • Pakistan keeping nukes on the move in unescorted delivery vans to prevent US first-strike

    11/04/2011 5:51:41 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Times ^ | November 4, 2011 | MARK THOMPSO
    Instead of moving nuclear material in armored, well-defended convoys, the [Pakistani government] prefers to move material by subterfuge, in civilian-style vehicles without noticeable defenses, in the regular flow of traffic…according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, the Pakistanis have begun using this low-security method to transfer not merely the “de-mated” component nuclear parts but “mated” nuclear weapons. Western nuclear experts have feared that Pakistan is building small, “tactical” nuclear weapons for quick deployment on the battlefield. In fact, not only is Pakistan building these devices, it is also now moving them over roads. What this means, in essence, is this:...
  • Iran Is On The Verge of Getting The Bomb: It Is Time For President Barack Obama To Act

    11/03/2011 2:23:22 PM PDT · by drewh · 48 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8:28PM GMT 03 Nov 2011 | By Con Coughlin
    When Mr Obama was handed unequivocal evidence in the autumn of 2009 that Iran was building a second nuclear enrichment facility at Qom, he preferred to take a soft approach. The inevitable new round of sanctions was implemented, but no meaningful action was taken to curtail Iran’s obsession with developing nuclear weapons. As we know from the 1930s, appeasement achieves little when it comes to confronting a determined foe for whom the normal laws of international conduct do not apply. And next week, the full extent of Iran’s duplicity will be laid bare, with the publication of the latest International...
  • Japan's leaders must face country's 'latent' possession of nuclear weapons(Rokkasho plant)

    10/31/2011 2:50:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Mainichi ^ | 10/28/11
    Japan's leaders must face country's 'latent' possession of nuclear weapons In the 27 years since the application for the construction of a reprocessing plant was lodged with Rokkasho, the village has undergone tremendous change. Massive cranes have been brought in, and hefty structures have gone up one after another. Nuclear money has brought wealth to the village, making its per capita income the highest of any municipality in Aomori Prefecture. Despite some twists and turns, the national project was getting closer to becoming a reality. There's a little "secret" to the reprocessing plant, however. On July 17, 1988, Japan implemented...
  • US's most powerful nuclear bomb being dismantled

    10/25/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT · by Scythian · 58 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/25/2011
    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War. The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns...
  • Iranian Bushehr Nuclear Plant Comes Online – World Survives

    09/15/2011 12:05:51 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 11 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | 15/09/2011 | John C.K. Daly
    On 12 September Iran brought its first nuclear power plant in Bushehr online, connecting it to the country's electrical grid. Iranian officials at the opening ceremony said that the 1,000 megawatt plant has begun generating electricity at 40 percent of its capacity and will reach full capacity by the year’s end following further testing. Quite aside from demonstrating Iran’s touching post-Fukushima faith in nuclear energy despite being a seismically active country, Bushehr represents a Rorschach test of sorts for all the fears and anxieties in the Middle East, in which everyone looking at the facility has his preconceptions reaffirmed. “Axis...
  • 'No Need' for Iranian Nuclear arms: Ahmadinejad (If Ever There Was A Need For A Barf Alert)

    09/14/2011 8:52:17 PM PDT · by lbryce · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Space War ^ | September 13, 2011 | Staff
    ranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted on Tuesday that his country has "no need" for nuclear weapons, amid new concerns from an international atomic watchdog group about Tehran's atomic ambitions. "We do not need nuclear weapons and we do not accept that," Ahmadinejad told the NBC television "Today Show" program. "We are against that," he said. He made his remarks as the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meets in Vienna this week to discuss, among other matters, Iran's nuclear activities, which many in the West suspect are aimed at developing atomic weapons. The IAEA, which is meeting at...
  • Why did Japan surrender? (Historian argues Soviet Declaration, Not A-Bomb)

    08/19/2011 2:21:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 156 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/7/2011 | Gareth Cook
    What ended World War II? For nearly seven decades, the American public has accepted one version of the events that led to Japan’s surrender. By the middle of 1945, the war in Europe was over, and it was clear that the Japanese could hold no reasonable hope of victory. After years of grueling battle, fighting island to island across the Pacific, Japan’s Navy and Air Force were all but destroyed. The production of materiel was faltering, completely overmatched by American industry, and the Japanese people were starving. A full-scale invasion of Japan itself would mean hundreds of thousands of dead...
  • Talks between US, NKorea end

    07/29/2011 12:32:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 2:40 PM EDT | ANITA SNOW
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two days of exploratory talks between the U.S. and North Korea have ended, and North Korea's top envoy is describing them as "constructive and businesslike." Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, emerged from the meeting Friday afternoon following two days of discussions with U.S. Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, the Obama administration's top envoy on North Korean affairs.
  • Two Events --A Hack and Stuxnet-- Are there any Solutions?

    07/12/2011 4:07:58 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies
    Amagines ^ | 07/12/2011 | STEPHEN BRYEN
    Two "events" caught my attention today. One was something that just happened; the other was more about the infamous Stuxnet worm. I am not sure I have good answers to both these events, but I have some ideas, and I think we need to think together about solutions. Let's start with the event that just happened. According to Information Week, "Hacktivist group AntiSec started the week with yet another intrusion on a government contractor, this time targeting Booz Allen Hamilton and posting what it claims are 90,000 military email addresses and passwords from the contractor online." I took a look...
  • Former PPG Manager Charged with Illegal Export To Pakistan Reactor

    07/09/2011 11:13:25 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    U.S. Department of Justice ^ | Friday, July 8, 2011 | Ronald C. Machen Jr.
    Xun Wang, a former Managing Director of PPG Paints Trading, has been indicted on a charge of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Export Administration Regulations.She is accused of exporting and reexporting high-performance epoxy coatings to the Chashma 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Pakistan.She is a Chinese national and lawful permanent resident of the United States.In 2006, PPG sought an export license for the shipments of coatings to Chashma II. The Department of Commerce denied that license application. Following that denial, Wang and her co-conspirators agreed upon a scheme to export and reexport the high-performance...
  • Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns

    06/29/2011 7:48:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | June 29, 2011 | Jason Burke
    A senior Saudi Arabian diplomat and member of the ruling royal family has raised the spectre of nuclear conflict in the Middle East if Iran comes close to developing a nuclear weapon. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to Washington, warned senior Nato military officials that the existence of such a device "would compel Saudi Arabia … to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences". He did not state explicitly what these policies would be, but a senior official in Riyadh who is close to the prince said yesterday his message was...
  • A do-or-die moment (Israel stands alone at greatest peril since 67' war)

    06/17/2011 12:56:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 75 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/17/2011 | Caroline Glick
    As was the case in May 1967, when the combined Arab armies gathered with the express purpose of wiping the Jewish state off the map – today again, Israel is alone at its hour of greatest peril. Every day, major stories come out of the Middle East. And behind each of these stories are major developments that deserve of our attention and, more often than not, our intense concern. Just this week, major stories have come out of Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen and Pakistan that are all deeply disconcerting.
  • 'Iran successfully launches satellite into orbit'

    06/15/2011 1:55:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/15/2011 | Yaakov Katz
    Iran increased its presence in space on Wednesday with the successful launch of a new satellite. Israel is concerned that Iran’s space program is cover for the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could one day carry nuclear warheads. Iran's Arabic language al-Alam television reported that a satellite called Rasad 1 – “Observation” in Farsi – was launched aboard an improved satellite launch vehicle and will be used for transmitting images and weather forecasts. The Rasad 1 is the second satellite Iran has launched into space. In February 2009, Iran launched the Omid – “Hope” in Farsi - satellite...
  • Good news: Iran now offers a missile umbrella to fellow Muslim nations; UPDATE

    06/14/2011 8:36:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 14, 2011 | J.E. Dyer
    Of course this was going to happen (h/t: “Reza Khalili”). The whole point of having theater missiles, for Iran, is being able to engage in deterrence. What Iran will protect under the missile umbrella is not peace, harmony, and light, but the nation-torturing activities of the paramilitary Qods Force and Iranian-backed terrorists like Hezbollah and Hamas. This move puts Iran in the aspiring-nuclear-power category of the former USSR and China – not that of Britain, France, India, Pakistan, or North Korea. Iran is still in the “aspiring” stage, but has already revealed the scope of her ambitions for deterrence. The...
  • Report: Iran Has Acquired Nuclear-Capable Warheads

    06/01/2011 5:59:04 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 12 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/1/11 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Keep in mind that this is not a confirmed report but is from FoxNews. It also comes as the possibility of Iran having enough highly-enriched uranium for the bomb may still be low. However, when a report this serious comes from a reputable news source, it must be taken seriously. The news comes from an Iranian dissident group and may be part of a multi-national attempt to build nuclear warheads. This comes from a former CIA spy that could be part of a very, very interesting chapter in Iranian nuclear history. This also comes after Iranian threats of a mystery...