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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...