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  • Der Spiegel: Siemens supports Iran's nuke efforts

    12/12/2009 10:17:09 PM PST · by Cindy · 21 replies · 1,313+ views
    YNET ^ | 12.12.09, 22:37 / Israel News | Sarah Stricker
    Der Spiegel: Siemens supports Iran’s nuke efforts German magazine reports customs officials seize goods meant for Iran’s nuclear program Sarah Stricker Published: 12.12.09, 22:37 / Israel News Is Siemens helping Iran? German customs officials intercepted a Siemens shipment of compressors on its way to Iran, Der Spiegel reported Saturday. According to the German magazine, the compressors sent by Siemens are worth an estimated 16 million Euros and were apparently meant to be used as part of Iran's nuclear program. The German government is now weighing its next moves vis-ŕ-vis Siemens, which has apparently violated international commerce regulations. However, a Treasury...
  • North Korean plane impounded, tons of weapons seized

    12/12/2009 11:46:23 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 1,388+ views ^ | 12/11/09 | Staff
    Five Eastern European men were detained and their plane was impounded and grounded at Don Muang Airport on Saturday after it was found loaded with tons of war weapons. Government Spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn declined to reveal where the plane was from and its its destination, saying Thai authorities are investigating the five men reportedly from Belarus and Kazakhstan. A TV footage showed military trucks believed to be loaded with the confiscated weapons left Don Muang Airport. The footage also showed the grounded plane. Thai TV reported that the weapons were transferred in the military trucks to a depot in Nakhon...
  • 'Iran can now produce nuclear bomb'

    12/07/2009 6:31:07 PM PST · by Flavius · 14 replies · 801+ views
    jp[ post ^ | 12/7/09 | By JPOST.COM STAFF
    Iran now has the technical capability to build a nuclear bomb and the only thing separating it from the bomb is the decision to go ahead and build one, said Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence's research division, on Monday.
  • North Korean Arms Exports Continue

    11/30/2009 10:56:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 364+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/26/2009 | The Strategy Page
    A UN investigation has concluded that North Korea is continuing to export weapons, and using the hard currency obtained to import luxury items for the ruling elite of the communist police state. The UN report detailed North Korean use of false documents and the switching of cargo containers to different ships to throw off investigators. The North Koreans have also had to come up with a large array of subterfuges to get around growing restrictions on their use of the international banking system. The North Koreans are still getting the weapons out, and the money back. But they are increasingly...
  • Iran will reduce its cooperation with IAEA

    11/27/2009 4:04:17 AM PST · by maquiladora · 41 replies · 2,801+ views
    DPA ^ | Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:58:20 GMT
    Vienna - Iran will limit its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in reaction to a resolution the organization passed censuring the Islamic Republic, the country's ambassador at the IAEA said in Vienna on Friday. Iran will limit its cooperation to a legally mandated minimum and stop granting voluntary access to nuclear sites, Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said. "This is the minimum consequence," he said, without elaborating on further steps Tehran might take. The IAEA Board of Governors earlier Friday censured Iran for secretly building a new enrichment plant, calling for Iran to halt construction and answer open...
  • Shortage Slows a Program to Detect Nuclear Bombs-(fantastic)

    11/22/2009 8:46:55 PM PST · by Flavius · 19 replies · 1,212+ views
    nytimes ^ | November 22, 2009 | By MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Department of Homeland Security has spent $230 million to develop better technology for detecting smuggled nuclear bombs but has had to stop deploying the new machines because the United States has run out of a crucial raw material, experts say.
  • Get ready to bomb Iran: It's the last best chance for peace

    11/19/2009 7:38:43 PM PST · by Abakumov · 18 replies · 1,703+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2009 | Editorial
    Representatives from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are scheduled to meet today in Brussels to discuss future steps to dissuade Iran from developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons. Our message to the world leaders: If you want peace, prepare for war.
  • Post-Saddam Iraq demands right to nuclear power

    11/17/2009 12:01:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 648+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/16/2009 | Staff Writers for Space War
    Vilified as a nuclear bomb-seeking threat to world peace before the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraq now wants access to civilian nuclear power for its economic and energy needs. Science and Technology Minister Raed Fahmi, in an interview with AFP, called for the international community to lift the Saddam-era UN resolutions which still stand in its path. "Our nuclear strategy is for civilian application of atomic energy and we believe we have the right and that certain obstacles contained in Resolution 707 should be lifted," he said. "We have a clear and transparent political strategy in close...
  • A nuclear power's act of proliferation

    11/12/2009 10:31:34 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 621+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2009 | R. Jeffrey Smith & Joby Warrick
    A nuclear power's act of proliferation Accounts by controversial scientist assert China gave Pakistan enough enriched uranium in '82 to make 2 bombs By R. Jeffrey Smith and Joby Warrick Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, November 13, 2009 In 1982, a Pakistani military C-130 left the western Chinese city of Urumqi with a highly unusual cargo: enough weapons-grade uranium for two atomic bombs, according to accounts written by the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, and provided to The Washington Post. The uranium transfer in five stainless-steel boxes was part of a broad-ranging, secret nuclear deal approved...
  • Treasury Designates Companies Tied to Iran’s Bank Melli as Proliferators

    03/09/2009 12:11:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 661+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 3, 2009 TG-46 Treasury Designates Companies Tied to Iran’s Bank Melli as Proliferators Washington, DC -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated 11 companies under Executive Order 13382 for their ties to Iran's Bank Melli. E.O 13382 is an authority aimed at freezing the assets of Weapons of Mass Destruction proliferators and those who support them. Bank Melli has been designated as a proliferator by the United States, the European Union, and Australia for its role in Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Additionally, United Nations Security Council Resolution...
  • Feds move to seize 4 US mosques and NY skyscraper over alleged ties to Iranian government

    11/12/2009 2:09:09 PM PST · by VRWCTexan · 111 replies · 6,030+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov 12, 2009 | AP
    Federal prosecutors are taking steps to seize four U.S. mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization
  • APNewsBreak : Sources: Iran nuke plant 7 years old

    11/12/2009 11:07:43 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 4 replies · 538+ views
    AP ^ | November 11, 2009 | GEORGE JAHN
    VIENNA — Iran's recently revealed uranium enrichment hall is a highly fortified underground space that is a year away from completion after fitful construction that first started seven years ago, diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday. The diplomats also said that a recent inspection of the facility near the holy city of Qom by the International Atomic Energy Agency has reinforced suspicions that it could have been planned as part of a secret military nuclear program. Iran says it wants to enrich only to make atomic fuel but the West fears it could retool its program to churn out...
  • Time to accept a nuclear Iran [Delusional Alert]

    10/25/2009 1:57:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 727+ views
    Press TV (Iran) ^ | October 25, 2009 | By Anoush Maleki-Wanker
    President George W. Bush, backed by a well-known neo-con crew as well as the gang in Tel Aviv, did all he could to formulate his war-loving foreign policy to force his successor manage a third military conflict in the Middle East. President Obama, meanwhile, has toned down the rhetoric since taking office and adopted a softer language, offering a glimmer of hope for direct diplomacy with Tehran — the two states have not had any diplomatic relations since the US Embassy take over in Tehran in 1980. Soon enough, the White House will have to come to terms with the...
  • A Hitch in Iran's Nuclear Plans?

    Since you're probably not a regular reader of the trade publication Nucleonics Week, let me summarize an article that appeared in its Oct. 8 issue. It reported that Iran's supply of low-enriched uranium -- the potential feedstock for nuclear bombs -- appears to have certain "impurities" that "could cause centrifuges to fail" if the Iranians try to boost it to weapons grade. Now that's interesting. The seeming breakthrough in negotiations on Oct. 1 in Geneva -- where Iran agreed to send most of its estimated 1,500 kilograms of low-enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment -- may not have been exactly...
  • Hillary Clinton Tries to Ease Nuclear Proliferation Fears

    10/14/2009 7:44:05 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 555+ views
    Politics Daily/Woman Up ^ | October 13, 2009 | Ria Misra
    Ann Curry she has no intention of recycling those "Make History!" presidential campaign buttons wasn't the only headline Hillary Clinton made this week. On Tuesday, Clinton emerged from her meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov insisting that Russia and the U.S. were united on Iran's nuclear program even though Lavrov dismissed joining the U.S. in threatening Iran with sanctions as "counterproductive" at this point. The secretary of state called the position of Russia and the United States on Iran a "very strong, united approach." Clinton said that the United States had "always looked at" potential sanctions against Iran if...
  • Iran Ready and Able to Make a Nuclear Weapon Now

    10/03/2009 7:01:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies · 1,738+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 3, 2009
    WASHINGTON – A confidential analysis by staff of the U.N. nuclear watchdog has concluded that Iran has acquired "sufficient information to be able to design and produce" an atom bomb, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The Times report was posted on its website hours after Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, arrived in Tehran for talks on a timetable for inspectors to visit a newly disclosed unfinished nuclear enrichment plant. Iran, which rejects Western charges that it is seeking to build nuclear weapons, held talks with six world powers in Geneva on Thursday. Western officials...
  • Report Says Iran Has Data to Make a Nuclear Bomb

    10/03/2009 1:21:37 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 42 replies · 3,163+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2009 | WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
    Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb. (snip) Two years ago, American intelligence agencies published a detailed report concluding that Tehran halted its efforts to design a nuclear weapon in 2003. But in recent months, Britain has joined France, Germany and Israel in disputing that conclusion, saying the work has been resumed. A senior American official said last week that the United States was now re-evaluating its 2007 conclusions. The atomic agency’s report also presents...
  • Venezuela exploring uranium deposits with Russia

    09/27/2009 3:40:10 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 8 replies · 644+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | Sept 27, 2009 | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    PORLAMAR, Venezuela – Venezuela's science and technology minister said his country is working with Russia to detect deposits of uranium but withdrew an earlier denial that the country was also working with Iran. Jesse Chacon originally denied the reports that Venezuela is receiving support from Iran to seek uranium, but clarified later Saturday that his comments were only in regard to Russia and that exploration efforts with Iran fall under the direction of Venezuela's Mining Ministry. Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz said Friday Iran is helping Venezuela to detect uranium deposits and that initial evaluations suggest reserves are significant. His announcement...
  • President Surrender Monkey’s cunning plan

    09/27/2009 12:41:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1,923+ views
    Timesonline.UK ^ | 9/27/09 | Andrew Sullivan
    The right is calling Obama weak, but his wily foreign policy is paying off The spluttering of the American right — and some European conservatives — over Barack Obama’s foreign policy reached a new level of vituperation last week. “Is Obama naive?” pondered Michael Ledeen at National Review. “I don’t think so. I think that he rather likes tyrants and dislikes America.” Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation wrote in The Daily Telegraph: “[Obama’s] appeasement of Iran, his bullying of Israel, his surrender to Moscow, his call for a nuclear-free world ... have all won him plaudits in the large...
  • 3 Wrongs Don’t Make a Right (Russia-Iran-Venezuela: corrupt mob nexus)

    09/26/2009 7:48:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1,022+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 09/17/09 | Robert R. Amsterdam
    3 Wrongs Don’t Make a Right 17 September 2009 By Robert R. Amsterdam The recent visits to Moscow and Tehran by Hugo Chavez raise a number of concerns about the deepening relations between Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The motivation behind the Russia-Iran-Venezuela alliance is often misunderstood. On the one hand, there is the narrative that these governments are pursuing national interests, seeking to deepen their security against ever-present external threats and accrue regional power. Others argue that the alliance is driven by an attempt to build an “alternative architecture” of global relations, one that is conveniently unconcerned with democracy and...