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  • It’s No ‘Potemkin’ Nuclear Enrichment Plant

    02/27/2012 7:55:50 AM PST · by nuconvert
    AEI/ IranTracker ^ | Feb. 22, 2012 | Maseh Zarif
    An unnamed senior U.S. official responded to a report that Iran is building out the Fordow enrichment plant by describing the facility “as a ‘Potemkin’ plant, a façade that could not operate and was under close watch by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” according to NBC News. That characterization is grossly misleading. Iran has accelerated its uranium enrichment activities at the Fordow facility, the once covert site buried into a small mountain outside of Qom, since the last IAEA report that detailed the regime’s weaponization work. It began producing uranium enriched to 20 percent there earlier this year, according to...
  • Israel, Kurdish fighters destroyed Iran nuclear facility, email released by WikiLeaks claims

    02/27/2012 7:49:45 AM PST · by Heuristic Hiker · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz (via Drudge) ^ | Feb. 27, 2012 | By Anshel Pfeffer and Ron Ben-Tovim
    In one of the emails from November 2011, Startfor officials discuss the explosion at an Iranian missile base near Tehran and quote a source who "was asked what he thought of reports that the Israelis were preparing a military offensive against Iran. Response: I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago." One company analyst responded dismissively to the possibility of an Israeli attack having already taken place, asking: "How and when did the Israelis destroy the infra on the ground?"
  • The Iranian Nuclear Program: Timelines, Data, and Estimates

    02/27/2012 7:47:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 2+ views
    AEI / IranTracker ^ | Maseh Zarif
    Key Findings -excerpt- •We assess that Iran, continuing to operate PFEP and FFEP under the current conditions described by the International Atomic Energy Agency, will have 85 kilograms of uranium enriched up to 20% in April 2012. This amount will be enough for Iran to produce 15 kg of weapons-grade uranium for one bomb within 3 months using the more-efficient interconnected cascades installed at FFEP for the final enrichment step to 90%. A more immediate breakout scenario, in which Iran races to produce additional material enriched to 20% at FEP and then enriches to 90% there in its operational centrifuges,...
  • America's Iranian self-deception

    02/27/2012 7:34:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 4+ views
    AEI/WSJ ^ | February 27, 2012 | Frederick W. Kagan, Maseh Zarif
    Americans are being played for fools by Iran—and fooling themselves. There is no case to be made that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. There is no evidence that Iran's decision-makers are willing to stop the nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions or anything else. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Friday that it has made no progress in its negotiations with Iran and that Iran continues to accelerate its enrichment operations, which are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and agreements with the IAEA. Yet the policy discussion in the U.S. is confused. Former...
  • Lieberman to Iran: Negotiate or expect strike

    02/25/2012 6:57:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | February 25, 2012
    Sen. Joe Lieberman is leading a congressional move to push U.S. policy toward a more belligerent stance against Iran by urging President Obama to take action to "prevent the Iranian government from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability." The key policy change would shift the U.S. objective from preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons to that of preventing Iran from having the "capability" to make the weapons. The resolution is sponsored by Lieberman, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., and signed onto by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and 28 other senators.
  • New IAEA report shows Iran expands nuclear enrichment at Natanz

    02/24/2012 5:03:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    A new UN atomic watchdog agency report raises concerns about Iran's rapid expansion of enrichment activities, as well as its continued foot-dragging in refusing to answer questions about suspected military dimensions of its nuclear program. But the new assessment also hinted at possible technical problems Iran is experiencing, nuclear experts said
  • Iran’s Terrible Rationality (Deterrence may not work with Theocrats in control)

    02/24/2012 6:03:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2012 | Rich Lowry
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, thinks that Iran is a “rational actor.” He is indisputably correct. Iran has, quite rationally, concluded that if it spins thousands of centrifuges to enrich enough uranium, it will soon have the bomb. Just as rationally, it believes it can string the West along. Then there is its airtight chain of cause and effect in the alleged plot against the Saudi ambassador to the United States: If it hired a Mexican drug gang, and that gang blew up a Washington, D.C., restaurant, and the Saudi ambassador was dining there...
  • New Israeli Sub Spotted in German Shipyard

    02/22/2012 9:00:00 PM PST · by gandalftb · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 2012-02-22 | Bi Mingxin
    The latest Dolphin-class submarine to be delivered to Israel by year-end was recently seen in Germany's northern Kiel shipyard, according to local media. The 68-meter-long craft, the largest produced in Germany since World War II, is said to be one of the world's most advanced craft of its kind and can launch nuclear weapons, according to foreign sources. The diesel-electric powered submarine is currently said to be undergoing tests by shipbuilders Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) , and will join three other such German-built craft already in Israel's fleet, Ma'ariv noted.
  • Iran defiant as U.N. nuclear talks fail

    02/22/2012 10:02:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:42pm EST | Fredrik Dahl and Parisa Hafezi
    The U.N. nuclear watchdog ended its latest mission to Iran after talks on Tehran's suspected secret atomic weapons research failed, a setback likely to increase the risk of confrontation with the West. The United States criticized Iran on Wednesday over the failure of the International Atomic Energy Agency's latest mission, saying it again showed Tehran's refusal to abide by its international obligations over its nuclear program. Expressing defiance, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran's nuclear policies would not change despite mounting international pressure against what the West says are Iran's plans to obtain nuclear bombs. "With God's help, and...
  • Iran Moves Warplanes to Protect Nuclear Sites

    02/22/2012 2:32:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/2/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    Iran announced Monday it had deployed warplanes and missiles in an ‘exercise' to protect its nuclear sites from attack. Tehran also warned it could cut oil exports to more European Union nations unless sanctions were lifted. On Sunday, Iran cut oil sales to Britain and France. French foreign minister Alain Juppe responded by mocking Iran, saying Tehran's threats "made one smile." He added that Iran was "very creative" in its attempts to "provoke" its fellow nations. The European Union had already voted to halt imports of Iranian crude oil as of 1 July 2001. The EU has also imposed heavy...
  • Iran stops oil sales to British and French firms (Islamic domination)

    02/19/2012 2:29:50 PM PST · by Milagros · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 19, 2012
    TEHRAN | Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:32pm EST TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has stopped selling crude to British and French companies, the oil ministry said on Sunday, in a retaliatory measure against fresh EU sanctions on the Islamic state's lifeblood, oil.
  • Got Nukes?

    02/18/2012 8:59:54 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 18th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    In another effort to divert attention from the President’s abysmal record heading into this election year the White House threw out another hand grenade to distract any scrutiny. The Obama Administration announced that it’s considering drastic reductions to America’s nuclear arsenal. According to several news outlets, the Administration is planning to cut the total number of nuclear warheads by 80%. The current START pact calls for the United States to reduce their inventory to 1,550 deployable warheads by 2018. Now the administration plans to ask the Russians to reduce the inventory to 300 to 400 warheads leaving the two largest...
  • US officials believe Iran sanctions will fail, making military action likely (October Surprise)

    02/18/2012 5:39:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies · 1+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | February 17, 2012 | Chris McGreal
    Officials in key parts of the Obama administration are increasingly convinced that sanctions will not deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear programme, and believe that the US will be left with no option but to launch an attack on Iran or watch Israel do so. The president has made clear in public, and in private to Israel, that he is determined to give sufficient time for recent measures, such as the financial blockade and the looming European oil embargo, to bite deeper into Iran's already battered economy before retreating from its principal strategy to pressure Tehran. ......................................................... But other official...
  • As concerns over Iran’s nuclear program escalate, Obama sends national security adviser to Israel

    02/17/2012 4:17:11 PM PST · by Hunton Peck
    Yahoo ^ | 2/17/2012 | Olivier Knox
    At a crucial time in the standoff over Iran's suspect nuclear weapon, President Obama is sending his national security adviser to Israel from February 18-20 to discuss that tense showdown as well as the bloody crackdown in Syria, the White House announced Friday. Tom Donilon will meet with senior Israeli officials to discuss "a range of issues, including Iran, Syria," the White House said in a statement. The statement also noted that Donilon's visit "is the latest in a series of regular, high-level consultations between the United States and Israel, consistent with our strong bilateral partnership, and part of our...
  • US weighing steep nuclear arms cuts

    02/14/2012 4:08:40 PM PST · by rarestia · 107 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 14 Feb 2012 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, The Associated Press has learned. Even the most modest option now under consideration would be an historic and politically bold disarmament step in a presidential election year, although the plan is in line with President Barack Obama's 2009 pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons. No final decision has been made, but the administration is considering at least three options for lower total numbers of deployed strategic...
  • State Department: US to meet North Koreans in Beijing

    02/13/2012 1:18:31 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 13, 2012 | unattributed
    A U.S. envoy will hold talks with North Korea on its nuclear program in Beijing next week, the first such negotiations since the death of the nation's longtime leader Kim Jong Il. Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy on North Korea, will meet Feb. 23 with North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Monday. It will be the third round of bilateral talks since last summer, aimed at restarting six-nation aid-for-disarmament negotiations on North Korea's nuclear program. The reclusive nation pulled out of the multi-nation talks in 2009. But it will be...
  • Bombs target Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia; 2 injured

    02/13/2012 7:50:41 AM PST · by Eyes Unclouded · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, February 13, 2012 | Simon Denyer and Joel Greenberg
    NEW DELHI –The wife of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi and her driver were injured on Monday when the car they were traveling in was bombed, officials said. A second attempted bombing was defused outside the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, at about the same time. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately blamed Iran, which has vowed revenge for the recent assassinations of several scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear program. Hezbollah, which receives funding and strong support from Iran, also had promised to avenge the assassination of one...
  • Iran pledges to unveil 'big, new nuclear achievements'

    02/12/2012 9:14:56 PM PST · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2012 | Leake and Damien Gayle
    Iran's leader issued a new threat to the West yesterday – warning that his country would soon unveil ‘big new nuclear achievements’. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not elaborate on the announcement – but insisted Iran would never give up its uranium enrichment process. Western powers, including Britain and the United States, suspect the country’s nuclear programme is aimed at producing atomic weapons.
  • US Disarmament Expert: 'The Risk that Nuclear Weapons Will Be Used Is Growing'

    02/11/2012 10:21:46 PM PST · by Milagros · 24 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 02/10/2012
    Anxieties are mounting as nuclear weapons make their way into unstable regions. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, US disarmament expert Richard Burt discusses the growing risk of their use, why allowing Iran to get the bomb could trigger a Sunni-Shiite arms race and how an attack could make citizens demand a police state. [...] The problem with Iran is not that there is necessarily going to be an Israeli-Iranian nuclear conflict. In fact, I think the Israelis would probably deter the Iranians from using nuclear weapons. But the danger is that once Iran acquires these weapons, there's the potential for...
  • Report: Saudi Arabia to buy nukes if Iran tests A-bomb (From "Arab Spring" to nuclear Middle-East)

    02/10/2012 4:42:39 AM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/10/2012 | staff
    Saudia Arabia would move quickly to acquire nuclear weapons if Iran successfully tests an atomic bomb, according to a report. Citing an unidentified Saudi Arabian source, the Times newspaper in the U.K. (which operates behind a paywall) said that the kingdom would seek to buy ready-made warheads and also begin its own program to enrich weapons-grade uranium. The paper suggested that Pakistan was the country most likely to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons, saying Western officials were convinced there was an understanding between the countries to do so if the security situation in the Persian Gulf gets worse. Pakistan and...
  • EU formally adopts Iran oil embargo

    01/23/2012 3:58:49 AM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    -excerpt- Diplomats said the measures, which were adopted in Brussels by the EU's 27 foreign ministers, include an immediate embargo on new contracts for crude oil and petroleum products, while existing contracts will be allowed to run until July.
  • There goes another one

    01/20/2012 6:14:47 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/20/2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Oh, dear. Still another Iranian nuclear scientist has met with a fatal accident. Accidents will happen, especially in the Middle East and to Iran's nuclear scientists. What a pity. And just as the mullahs are getting closer and closer to having a nuke of their own to play with. First a lowly computer worm named Stuxnet (who deserves a Medal of Freedom) injected its mathematical self into all those centrifuges the Iranians are counting on to produce their nuclear fuel. Now their top nuclear scientists seem to be disappearing one by one in a different kind of chain reaction.
  • IAEA: Iran Failed to Clarify Nuclear Activities

    01/19/2012 4:57:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Yukiya Amano says Iran has failed to clarify its atomic development activities to the satisfaction of the United Nations nuclear watchdog body -- and now it's his job to warn the world about its possible military intentions. Amano, chief of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, said Thursday in an interview with the German-language Financial Times Deutschland an IAEA delegation will press Iran for "full cooperation" in meetings with officials in Tehran. "What we know suggests the development of nuclear weapons," FTD quoted the IAEA chief as saying "We want to check over everything that could have a military...
  • No-kidding red lines: U.S. response to an Iranian nuke may be bluster, but Israel's won't be

    01/17/2012 7:13:27 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 19 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/17/2012 | Frank J. Gaffney
    "Don't do it." That is the message American officials, from President Obama on down, are delivering to their Israeli counterparts in the hope of dissuading the Jewish state from taking a fateful step: attacking Iran to prevent the mullahs' imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons. This week, the nation's top military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey, will visit Israel to convey the same message in person. If recent reports of other U.S. demarches are any guide, the general will deliver an insistent warning that Israel must give sanctions more time to work and refrain from...
  • No-kidding red lines: U.S. response to an Iranian nuke...

    01/17/2012 6:17:17 AM PST · by arthurus · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Jan 17, 201 | Frank Gaffney
    Others point, however, to evidence that the Israelis are concealing key military movements from our intelligence assets as an indicator that they are going for it and want to keep us from interfering. At a minimum, Jerusalem would have to worry that an American administration that is holding secret negotiations with Tehran in Turkey at the level of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns would seek to curry favor with the mullahs by compromising any information it obtains about Israel's intentions.
  • Russia: Attack on Tehran is Attack on Moscow

    01/15/2012 5:42:06 AM PST · by Bobalu · 112 replies ^ | 1/15/2012 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Russia has given Iran its bear hug and warns Israel and the West that an attack on Tehran would be considered an attack on Moscow. The threat heightens the prospect of World War III in the event of a military strike on Iran. “Iran is our neighbor,” Russia's outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”
  • 'Iran warns of 'cross-border' bombing response' ( for killing scientist ")

    01/12/2012 12:41:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies ^ | 01/12/2012 15:39 | JPOST.COM STAFF AND REUTERS
    Iran's response to the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Iran Wednesday will be harsh and reach beyond borders, a website aligned with the regime in Tehran quoted a senior security source as saying Thursday. Those who gave the order for the assassination, the source was quoted by "RajaNews" as saying, "will never feel safe," adding that Iran has a cross-border, cross-regional strategy for striking back. He said that the West and Israel were behind the attacks in Iran. RELATED:Japan vows 'concrete' steps to cut Iran oil reliance Iran to UN: Condemn nuclear scientist killing Analysis: Delaying tactics The official...
  • Iran starts uranium enrichment, condemns American to death

    01/09/2012 11:31:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 9, 2012 7:56pm EST | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun enriching uranium deep inside a mountain and sentenced an American to death for spying, angering the West and undermining hopes that diplomacy could avert further sanctions or war. The start of enrichment at the Fordow bunker near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom was confirmed on Monday by an Iranian official in Tehran and by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran says its nuclear program is purely non-military but the West believes it is designed to produce nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic's decision to carry out enrichment work deep underground could eventually make it much...
  • Iran nuke work at bunker is confirmed

    01/09/2012 7:48:55 AM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Diplomats on Monday confirmed a report that Iran has begun uranium enrichment at an underground bunker and said the news is particularly worrying because the site is being used to make material that can be upgraded more quickly for use in a nuclear weapon than the nation's main enriched stockpile.
  • Iran Begins Uranium Enrichment at New Underground Site

    01/08/2012 6:54:34 AM PST · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 8 January 2012 | Unattributed
    Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site well protected from possible airstrikes, a leading hardline newspaper reported Sunday. The announcement came as another newspaper quoted a senior commander in the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard as saying that Tehran's leadership has decided to order the closure of the strategic Strait of Hormuz if the country's oil exports are blocked. Iran is under U.N. sanctions for refusing to stop uranium enrichment -- which can produce both nuclear fuel and fissile warhead material -- and other suspected activities that the international community fears could be used to make atomic arms....
  • Allen West- Venezuelan Missiles Could Threaten South Florida

    01/07/2012 11:17:57 PM PST · by csd · 5 replies ^ | Jan 8, 2012 | The Shark Tank
    President Obama’s recent decision to drastically cut future military spending puts the United States in a weakened position vis-a-vis despot regimes and terrorist organizations who are always looking for gratuitous opportunities to attack U.S. interests, according to Congressman Allen West. West says that “there is a sense of weakness that we are conveying, and there is a window of opportunity that people like Iran are seeing.” According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, Obama’s proposed cuts to the military budget “could shrink by over 30%” in the next decade- The Administration projects outlays at 2.7% of GDP in 2021,...
  • Rand Paul: My father is misunderstood on Israel

    01/03/2012 8:24:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 49 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/4/12 | HILARY LEIILA KRIEGER
    DES MOINES, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s views on Israel and Iran have been greatly misunderstood, his son Senator Rand Paul said in a conversation with The Jerusalem Post just hours before Iowans voted in the first caucuses for the GOP nomination Tuesday night. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who like his father espouses libertarian views, said his father’s positions on the threat of a nuclear Iran are in line with those of Mossad head Tamir Pardo and other prominent Israeli figures, who he suggested has questioned the wisdom of using a military option against Iran. Pardo was quoted...
  • Santorum says he would bomb Iran nuclear sites

    01/01/2012 9:17:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 29 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | 1/1/2012
    Republican Rick Santorum says that if he's elected president, he would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities unless they were opened for international arms inspectors. Santorum says President Barack Obama hasn't done enough to prevent the Iranian government from building a nuclear weapon and has risked turning the U.S. into a "paper tiger."
  • Kim Jong Un, Secret Basketball Fanatic?

    12/21/2011 10:24:21 AM PST · by Mark Mayberry · 17 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 21/21/2011 | Mark Mayberry
    Not much is known about the heir apparent. On December 19th, North Korean state news agencies reported that Kim Jong Il had died. This event has catapulted Kim Jong Un into the seat of power and into the role of “dear leader”.So what do we really know about Kim Jong Un? According to the Washington Post, he loves Michael Jordan. Other than that? Not much. Most people assume he was born in 1983 or 1984, however, his mere existence was a moderately guarded secret until 2009 when he was named as the eventual successor to his father. As a child,...
  • Newt Gingrich suggests Ron Paul unprepared, a threat

    12/19/2011 11:16:25 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | Dec 19, 2011 | By REID J. EPSTEIN
    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Newt Gingrich saw the enemy Monday, and his name was Ron Paul. Without speaking Paul’s name, Gingrich took dead aim at the Texas congressman who’s crept up in state polls as he’s started to tumble, and is looking increasingly likely to run strong in the caucuses. Focusing on their foreign policy differences, Gingrich painted Paul as unprepared for the presidency and a threat to American safety. “I will stand apart from some of our candidates and believe we need a strong defense, we need a fairly modernized intelligence community,” Gingrich said during a five-minute opening statement. “I...
  • Federal judge: Iran shares responsibility for 9/11 terror attacks

    12/16/2011 12:11:33 PM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/16/11 | Kenneth Timmerman
    NEW YORK — In an historic hearing in the federal courthouse in Manhattan on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels said he planned to issue a ruling in the coming days declaring that Iran shares in the responsibility for the 9/11 terror attacks. “The extensive record submitted to this court, including fact witnesses and expert testimony, is satisfactory to this court,” Judge Daniels said. The court “accepts as true” the various allegations of the plaintiffs and their experts, he declared, and “will issue an order” in the coming days that Iran bears legal responsibility for providing “material support” to...
  • Report: Syria arms missiles with chemical warheads

    The Syrian regime, which has endured nine months of civil unrest spurred by the Arab Spring as it swept across the Middle East, has armed its medium-range missile arsenal with chemical warheads. According to a report published by the Sabah daily Sunday, Damascus armed 600 one-ton chemical warheads to use in the event of a foreign military intervention. Furthermore, President Bashar al-Assad ordered the deployment of 21 missile launchers along its border with Turkey. Syria’s medium-range missiles that can be equipped with chemical warheads have a range of up to 1,300 kilometers and would include the southern and central provinces...
  • Satellite Images Suggest Something Happened at Iranian Nuclear Facility -- But

    12/10/2011 3:52:32 AM PST · by nuconvert · 59 replies
    Fox ^ | December 09, 2011 | Amy Kellogg
    The first clear pictures of Iran’s nuclear site near Isfahan have been published and analyzed following an explosion at or near the site on Nov. 28, and they provide another piece of the puzzle. But what happened there remains a mystery. -excerpt- ISIS analysts who looked at the images from Isfahan said there had been a dramatic change in the landscape around a tunnel leading down to a storage facility on the periphery of the uranium conversion site. Several structures above that storage facility, which had been there for 15 years and stood intact as recently as August, are gone....
  • A second Iranian nuclear facility has exploded, as diplomatic tensions rise

    12/02/2011 1:11:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11/30/2011 | Sheera Frenkel
    AN IRANIAN nuclear facility has been hit by a huge explosion, the second such blast in a month, prompting speculation that Tehran's military and atomic sites are under attack. Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran. The images clearly showed billowing smoke and destruction, negating Iranian claims yesterday that no such explosion had taken place. Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was...
  • The Secret Sauce In Iran

    11/25/2011 2:29:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | Nov. 21, 2011
    November 21, 2011: South Korean intelligence has revealed that there are several hundred North Korean scientists, engineers and technicians working in Iran's nuclear weapons program. The North Koreans work at ten locations, and are regularly rotated back to North Korea and replaced. Such a North Korean presence has long been known, but was believed to be for the ballistic missile program. Now, there are accusations of extensive North Korean help with Iran's nuclear weapons program. Earlier this month, the UN IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) issued a report that accused Iran of having a nuclear weapons program. The report provided...
  • Exclusive: U.S. to sanction Iran's petrochemical industry

    11/18/2011 7:52:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov.18, 2011 | Arshad Mohammed
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to sanction Iran's petrochemical industry, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, seeking to raise pressure on Tehran after fresh allegations it may be pursuing nuclear weapons. The sources said Washington wanted to send a strong signal after the U.N. nuclear watchdog issued a November 8 report saying Iran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be secretly carrying out related research. The sources, who said the sanctions could be unveiled as early as Monday, said the Washington wanted to find a way to bar foreign companies...
  • Reading IAEA in Tehran

    11/18/2011 2:42:30 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Nov. 21, 2011 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    -excerpt- Iranians have never regarded clerics​—​except perhaps the most accomplished scholars​—​as ever being above sin. They are lawyers who, as the great poet Hafez famously remarked, “don’t practice in private what they preach in public.” excerpt- Khamenei’s nuclear fatwa was not to be taken seriously. It was meant partly for Western consumption. More important, it reflected the surreal Islam-vs.-the-West theater that is a never-ending spectacle in the Islamic Republic. America unleashed the atom bomb in war; the Islamic Republic wouldn’t do such a thing. The West is overflowing with homosexuals; in Iran, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad informed the students of...
  • Source: Hundreds of N. Korean nuclear and missile experts working in Iran

    11/13/2011 4:54:46 PM PST · by Just4Him · 18 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 11/13/2011 | Kim Kwang-tae
    SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- Hundreds of North Korean nuclear and missile experts have been collaborating with their Iranian counterparts in more than 10 locations across the Islamic state, a diplomatic source said Sunday. The revelation lends credence to long-held suspicions that North Korea was helping Iran with a secret nuclear and missile program. It also represents a new security challenge to the international community as it seeks to curb the nuclear ambitions of Pyongyang and Tehran, and thwart trading of nuclear and missile technology. North Korea has long been suspected of being behind nuclear and missile proliferation in Iran,...
  • Conventional War Against Iran Is Not Feasible

    11/13/2011 1:17:21 PM PST · by yup2394871293 · 51 replies
    Big Peace (Breitbart) ^ | 11/13/11 | Kerry Patton
    The International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to release a report about Iran’s nuclear program this week. Many nuclear experts and diplomats expect the worst. Israel is getting sketchy, and rumored plans of military operations against the Shiite state are increasing—operations vehemently opposed by Russia. Iran’s recent foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador on U.S. soil exemplifies Iranian defiance against the United States and our ally Saudi Arabia. Their continued influence in Iraq sparks grave concerns among many Iraqi citizens. The Arab Spring uprisings induced by Iranian proxies haunts many Middle Eastern nations. The list of reasons to engage...
  • Paul says president needs to get congressional approval before attacking Iran

    11/13/2011 5:15:53 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 111 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 12, 2011 | Will Rahn
    Ron Paul, the outspoken libertarian congressman and Republican presidential candidate from Texas, disagreed with his fellow GOP hopefuls on the issue of Iranian nuclear weapons at the CBS/National Journal debate on Saturday. While Paul refused to rule out the possibility of war with Iran, he insisted a war would not be worthwhile and that the president should go to Congress before launching any military action. “The only way you would do that is you would have to go to the Congress,” he said. “We as commander in chief aren’t making the decision to go to war. The old fashioned way,...
  • Too Much, Too Little, Too Late: IAEA Finally Points Finger At Iran

    11/10/2011 11:20:07 AM PST · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 9 NOV 2011 | Unattributed
    This week the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency released a 15-page report which essentially amounts to a “smoking gun” that Iran is working to build nuclear weapons. All of this comes as no surprise to sober Americans, Israelis and other Westerners. Only fringe politicos have been in denial as to Iran’s sinister intentions for its nuclear program. Nevertheless, those in the West who have denied the true nature of Iran’s nuclear program have served the Ayatollahs’ purpose as “Useful Idiots” for years.
  • 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’...
  • 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...
  • Seeing Green in Red China (Flashback)

    11/06/2011 6:34:04 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 1 replies ^ | December 3, 2005 | Herman Cain
    President Bush's recent visit to China caused numerous political pundits and investment experts to declare that the Chinese economy will soon surpass our own. They cited the Chinese economy's rapid growth, increasing foreign investment and large workforce, willing to do the jobs of Americans at a fraction of the labor cost. China's government and economy, however, are still communist and state-controlled. While the pundits and experts like to look only at the green, they would be wise to see China for the red nation it remains. China will not become the next economic superpower, because free market competition and a...
  • Sources: Iran Already Has Nuclear Arms

    11/06/2011 1:25:39 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 22 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/6/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Some pretty distressing news is hitting the airwaves. Tensions have continued to rise due to Iran's nuclear program. Leaked information has indicated that Israel is considering a strike on Iran, and so is the United States and United Kingdom. For all of this news, some could be disinformation meant to confuse the Iranian clerics. However, there may be some grains of truth to the idea that Iran is nearing a nuclear weapon. However, there is even worse information coming from multiple sources. Unfortunately, according to both Israeli and Iranian defection sources, the Islamic Republic may already have nuclear arms. Both...