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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 NEWS.com ^ | 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
    www.nationmultimedia.com ^ | 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: http://treas.gov/press/releases/tg46.htm 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 · 109 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...
  • Facing Down Iran (old but relevant)- Mark Steyn

    09/25/2009 7:07:28 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies · 722+ views
    city journal ^ | 4-1-2006 | Mark Steyn
    Our lives depend on it. Most Westerners read the map of the world like a Broadway marquee: north is top of the bill—America, Britain, Europe, Russia—and the rest dribbles away into a mass of supporting players punctuated by occasional Star Guests: India, China, Australia. Everyone else gets rounded up into groups: “Africa,” “Asia,” “Latin America.”
  • Venezuela seeking uranium with Iran's help

    09/25/2009 3:55:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 48 replies · 2,734+ views
    AP via Google ^ | September 25. 2009 | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    <p>CARACAS, Venezuela — Iran is helping to detect uranium deposits in Venezuela and initial evaluations suggest reserves are significant, President Hugo Chavez's government said Friday.</p> <p>Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz said Iran has been assisting Venezuela with geophysical survey flights and geochemical analysis of the deposits, and that evaluations "indicate the existence of uranium in western parts of the country and in Santa Elena de Uairen," in southeastern Bolivar state.</p>
  • Venezuela seeking uranium with Iran's help (what the heck will he do now?)

    09/25/2009 4:53:10 PM PDT · by Americaneedsyoou · 16 replies · 934+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 10/25/09 | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    . Venezuela – Iran is helping to detect uranium deposits in Venezuela and initial evaluations suggest reserves are significant, President Hugo Chavez's government said Friday. Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz said Iran has been assisting Venezuela with geophysical survey flights and geochemical analysis of the deposits, and that evaluations "indicate the existence of uranium in western parts of the country and in Santa Elena de Uairen," in southeastern Bolivar state. "We could have important reserves of uranium," Sanz told reporters upon arrival on Venezuela's Margarita Island for a weekend Africa-South America summit. He added that efforts to certify the reserves could...
  • Iran Denounced Over Secret Nuclear Plant

    09/25/2009 1:40:46 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies · 998+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 25, 2009 | By HENRY J. PULIZZI, JONATHAN WEISMAN, DAVID CRAWFORD and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    A week ahead of crunch talks on Iran's nuclear program, the leaders of the U.S., France and the U.K. on Friday accused Tehran of building a covert uranium enrichment facility, a development they said directly challenges the world's non-proliferation rules. Later in the day, Iran publicly confirmed and strongly defended the nuclear fuel facility. Speaking at an overflowing news conference in New York Friday afternoon, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country has complied with rules of the U.N. nuclear agency that requires Tehran inform it of any new enrichment facility six months before any such facility becomes operational, the...
  • Obama knew of Iran plant before U.N. assembly

    09/25/2009 10:22:46 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 17 replies · 801+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    The Obama administration reportedly knew about the second secret Iranian uranium enrichment program prior to the United Nations meeting, yet the president chose to say nothing about the revelation, either during his address to the General Assembly or yesterday, when he chaired a Security Council session. Since the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama has maintained his determination to engage in direct negotiations with Iran over the Iranian nuclear program. A meeting between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany is scheduled for Oct. 1 in Geneva....
  • UN body urges Israel to allow nuclear inspection

    09/18/2009 8:20:55 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 38 replies · 1,652+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 17:32 18/09/2009 | Reuters
    The United Nations nuclear assembly voted on Friday to urge Israel to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and place all atomic sites under the world body's inspections, in a surprise victory for Arab states. The resolution, passed narrowly for the first time in nearly two decades, expresses concern about "Israeli nuclear capabilities" and calls on the International Atomic Energy Agency chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, to work on the issue. The Middle East resolution, sponsored by Arab states, was backed by 49 votes to 45 against in a floor vote at the IAEA's annual member states conference. The vote split along...
  • Taking count of Obama's 'czars,' lawmakers rise up - Grumbling grows over proliferation of 'czars'

    09/17/2009 8:55:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 780+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/17/09 | Joe Markman
    Reporting from Washington - President Obama's appointment of "czars," or policy coordinators, is drawing new fire from lawmakers in both parties. The most prominent complaint is that Obama, by using his own authority to name people to these policy jobs, is circumventing the role of the Senate in considering and confirming important nominations to the president's administration. In a letter to the president this week, Sen. Susan Collins (R- Maine) and five other Republican lawmakers criticized the administration for encroaching on Congress' authority in establishing what it said were too many far-reaching czars. Collins identified 18 positions created by Obama...
  • A.Q. Khan still poses proliferation risk, US warns

    09/02/2009 1:58:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 744+ views
    (AFP) via DAWN.com ^ | Wednesday, 02 Sep, 2009 | 06:30 AM PST | n/a
    PAKISTAN SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON: The United States warned Tuesday that reputed Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who has regained freedom of movement in Pakistan, still risks spreading his nuclear weapons know-how. It stopped short of criticizing its ally in the war on terror but recalled that Washington has long raised with Islamabad its fears about Khan, who five years ago admitted leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya." SNIPPET: "David Albright, a former UN weapons inspector and nuclear specialist, told AFP that ‘it is a mistake’ to remove restrictions on a man who cannot be ‘trusted.’He said there is...
  • Report: Iran nuclear program may have 'military dimensions'

    08/28/2009 12:37:32 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 15 replies · 757+ views
    Haaretz ^ | August 28, 2009 | Yossi Melman
    A new report commissioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency says that Iran's nuclear energy program may contain "military dimensions." In other words, the report states that Iran may be working towards acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. The report was issued just prior to the annual meeting of IAEA member states which is scheduled to convene next month in Vienna. A senior Iranian envoy angrily denounced the assessment as "fabrication," insisting his country has gone out of its way to be transparent and cooperative. The report alleges that Iran is refusing the agency's repeated requests for explanations and documentation over...
  • Pakistan court lifts restrictions on nuclear proliferation "godfather" A.Q. Khan

    08/28/2009 8:48:03 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 2 replies · 375+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08/28/09 | Foreign Staff and Agencies in Islamabad
    "His lawyer said a court had ordered the government to lift police restrictions on the scientist who is alleged to have spread nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya. The ruling in the case of Abdul Qadeer Khan could stir alarm in the United States, which still regards him as a proliferation risk." ""It is excellent and heart warming and very gratifying,"" Mr Khan said. "I think the people who have been involved in playing mischief with me will get the message and allow me live a peaceful, private life as a citizen.""
  • The US may have no nuclear trade with India

    08/21/2009 11:25:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 1,395+ views
    Rediff.com,India ^ | August 21, 2009 | T P Sreenivasan
    The US may have no nuclear trade with India August 21, 2009 13:05 IST Lucrative nuclear trade with India, including supplies of reactors, was among the obvious reasons for the Bush administration to think in terms of offering India a special dispensation for full civilian nuclear co-operation. Varying assessments of the massive increase in jobs in the United States on account of the expected trade in equipment were made. These projections went a long way in vetting the appetite of the industrial sector in the United States and in aggravating the suspicions in the non-proliferation lobbies. The enthusiasm for the...
  • India Searches Detained North Korean Ship For Nuclear Materials

    08/10/2009 11:52:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 1,023+ views
    INO ^ | 08/10/09
    India Searches Detained North Korean Ship For Nuclear Materials 8 hours ago (RTTNews) - Indian scientists and police on Monday carried out extensive search operations for nuclear materials on board a North Korean ship, which India seized last week, said officials on Monday. Indian officials said that they have not found any nuclear material in the search operations so far, but added that the North Korean vessel would be released only after the experts are satisfied there is nothing wrong with the consignment. According to Indian officials, the North Korean vessel appeared to be carrying a consignment of sugar. They...
  • Sanctions Unlikely to Stop Iran's Nuclear Quest

    08/10/2009 7:15:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 666+ views
    time.com ^ | August 10, 2009 | Tony Karon
    Unless Iran responds positively to President Obama's offer of talks on its nuclear program by next month, it could face what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls "crippling sanctions." That was the message from Administration officials touring the Middle East in recent weeks. And it's backed by congressional moves to pass legislation aimed at choking off the gasoline imports on which Iran relies for almost a third of its consumption, by punishing third-country suppliers. It sounds impressive and, for an undiversified economy like Iran's, potentially calamitous. But a number of Iran analysts are skeptical that new sanctions will break the...
  • Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Qadhafi: Libya Was on the Brink of Producing a Nuclear Bomb

    08/10/2009 7:01:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1,198+ views
    Note: Includes a video. Special Dispatch - No. 2479 August 10, 2009 Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Qadhafi: Libya Was on the Brink of Producing a Nuclear Bomb Following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi, which aired on Al-Sa'a TV on July 15, 2009: To view this clip on MEMRITV, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2185.htm .
  • It&#8217;s time to give up on Iran and North Korea

    08/02/2009 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 832+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-02-09 | Scott Malensek
    President Obama is worthy of admiration for his efforts to improve relations with America's adversaries Iran, North Korea and a few others. But for most of those states, it's time to give it up, and the Obama administration appears to realize that. I agree. There's no point in trying carrots or stick diplomacy with Iran or North Korea. Diplomacy has failed. I do wonder, however, how the writer plans to deal w NKorea's nukes and Iran's nukes+terrorist ties? Just live with it, and wait for something to go wrong/hope that "sane" people like Kim and Ahmadinejad can be trusted w...
  • N.Korea 'helping Myanmar build nuclear plant': report (to have nuke in 5 yrs)

    08/01/2009 11:55:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 3,037+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/01/09
    N.Korea 'helping Myanmar build nuclear plant': report Sat Aug 1, 11:03 am ET SYDNEY (AFP) – North Korea is helping Myanmar build a secret nuclear reactor and plutonium extraction plant to build an atomic bomb within five years, a report said on Saturday, citing the evidence of defectors. The nuclear complex is hidden inside a mountain at Naung Laing, in Myanmar's north, and runs parallel to a civil reactor being built at another site by Russia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The revelations come just weeks after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced concerns that Pyongyang was transferring...
  • Military Monitors Potential North Korean Weapons Proliferation

    07/23/2009 4:35:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 163+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 23, 2009 – The U.S. military plays a role in the monitoring of North Korean actions that may violate a U.N. Security Council resolution that prohibits North Korea from weapons proliferation, a senior Pentagon official said here today. The United Nations has banned North Korea from exporting its weapons technology -- such as its missile expertise – to other countries. The North Korean government, which also is suspected of developing nuclear weapons, has conducted several ballistic-missile tests in recent weeks. “The United States is fulfilling its obligations,” spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters, as part of U.N. efforts...
  • Is Myanmar moving toward nuclear status?

    07/21/2009 2:04:26 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies · 1,071+ views
    AP ^ | July 20 , 2009 | DENIS D. GRAY Associated Press Writer
    BANGKOK – The recent aborted voyage of a North Korean ship, photographs of massive tunnels and a top secret meeting have raised alarm bells that one of the world's poorest nations may be aspiring to join the nuclear club — with help from its friends in Pyongyang. No one expects military-run Myanmar, also known as Burma, to obtain an atomic bomb anytime soon, but experts have the Southeast Asian nation on their radar screen. "There's suspicion that something is going on, and increasingly that cooperation with North Korea may have a nuclear undercurrent. We are very much looking into it,"...
  • North Korea Entering a New Phase:'We Are Not Interested in the U.S. Anymore'(proliferate to Africa)

    07/18/2009 3:02:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 901+ views
    Nautilus Institute ^ | 07/16/09 | Amii Abe
    "North Korea Entering a New Phase: 'We Are Not Interested in the U.S. Anymore'" By Amii Abe Introduction Six days before the DPRK conducted their recent second nuclear test, an official of the DPRK government strongly declared, "We are expanding. We will conduct nuclear tests and missile tests again, and sell our nuclear arms to other countries to achieve equal power with the U.S." As long as we understand North Korea's perspective, their provocative actions are not surprising. Rather, all of them are foreseeable. The government of the DPRK has already reached a new stage in their foreign policy strategy,...
  • 'Germany believes Iran could have nuclear bomb within 6 months'

    07/15/2009 11:04:00 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 4 replies · 658+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 15/07/2009
    Iran is capable of assembling an atomic bomb within six months, German intelligence analysts told the German weekly newsmagazine Stern. "If they want to, they will be able to set off a uranium bomb within six months," an analyst with Germany's intelligence service, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), told the magazine. Advertisement German intelligence officials told Stern believe Iran has "mastered" every stage of uranium enrichment and that they have activated enough centrifuges to produce sufficient quantities of weapons-grade uranium for at least one atomic bomb. "Nobody would have thought this possible some years ago," an intelligence official told Stern. The UN Security...
  • Why We Don't Want a Nuclear-Free World

    07/11/2009 7:38:08 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 807+ views
    WSJ ^ | JULY 11, 2009 | MELANIE KIRKPATRICK
    The former defense secretary on the U.S. deterrent and the terrorist threat. 'Nuclear weapons are used every day." So says former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, speaking last month at his office in a wooded enclave of Maclean, Va. It's a serene setting for Doomsday talk, and Mr. Schlesinger's matter-of-fact tone belies the enormity of the concepts he's explaining -- concepts that were seemingly ignored in this week's Moscow summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev. We use nuclear weapons every day, Mr. Schlesinger goes on to explain, "to deter our potential foes and provide reassurance to the allies to...
  • MOSCOW STONEWALL: STALL AT UN AIDS NORTH KOREA

    07/10/2009 2:37:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 299+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 10, 2009 | Benny Avni
    AMONG the benefits from President Obama's effort to "reset" relations with Russia, we're told, is that the Kremlin will join us in pressuring rogue nations from seeking to build nuclear weapons. But even as Obama was making nice in Moscow this week, Russian diplomats in New York have been stonewalling an effort to slap Pyongyang over its weapons proliferation. A UN committee has struggled for a month now to meet this weekend's deadline for drawing up a sanctions list on North Korea. The list is supposed to put the teeth in last month's Security Council resolution to punish Pyongyang for...
  • Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran

    07/04/2009 10:01:56 PM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 141 replies · 7,714+ views
    The Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv and Sarah Baxter
    The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites. Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility. The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials. “The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their...
  • Nixon administration pressured Israel on nukes

    06/29/2009 5:49:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 299+ views
    YNet News ^ | 6-29-09
    Documents released by Nixon Library show US tried to pressure Israel to sign Nonproliferation Treaty. 'If Israel elects to go the nuclear route it would cause a fundamental change in the US-Israeli relationship,' says unsigned memo, including 'our long-standing concern for Israel's security' Associated Press Published: 06.25.09, 22:23 / Israel News Inside the Nixon administration four decades ago, American officials weighed options to pressure Israel to declare that it had a nuclear weapons program. US officials concluded Israel was "actively working to improve its capability to produce nuclear weapons on short notice." In an unsigned National Security Council memo, prepared...
  • McCain's Right: Board The Kang Nam

    06/23/2009 5:13:54 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 33 replies · 933+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 23, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Defense: The former presidential candidate argues the U.S. should stop and board the North Korean ship if we know it carries banned cargo. Some say it would be an act of war. So is firing missiles at Hawaii.Some say it would be an act of war. So was the naval blockade of Cuba in October 1962 in a confrontation with an infinitely more dangerous foe. Sometimes it's just necessary to exert military pressure to call someone's bluff and nip a growing threat in the bud. The U.S. Navy is tracking a North Korean ship under new U.N. resolution 1874 that...
  • ElBaradei Believes Iran Wants Nuclear Weapons Capability

    06/17/2009 7:54:16 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 18 replies · 502+ views
    GSN ^ | Wednesday, June 17, 2009
    International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei yesterday said it was his "gut feeling" that Iran was pursuing the capability to build nuclear weapons if it chose to do so, the New York Times reported (see GSN, June 16). The United States and its allies have expressed concern that Iran's uranium enrichment program could support nuclear-weapon development, but the Middle Eastern state has described its nuclear intentions as strictly peaceful. “It is my gut feeling that Iran would like to have the technology to enable it to have nuclear weapons,” ElBaradei told the BBC. “They want to send a message...
  • Obama, South Korean Leader Unite Against North Korean Threats

    06/16/2009 10:15:34 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 6 replies · 375+ views
    Fox News / Politics ^ | 06/16/2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Tuesday that a nuclear-armed North Korea poses a "grave threat" to the world, and he vowed to end a cycle of allowing Pyongyang to create crises and then be rewarded with incentives to back down. "This is a pattern they've come to expect," Obama said. "We are going to break that pattern." Standing alongside South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in the White House Rose Garden, Obama said they agreed that a new U.N. resolution seeking to halt North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles must be fully enforced. The U.N. did not authorize...
  • Bush told Blair of 'going beyond Iraq'

    10/14/2005 7:19:22 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 30 replies · 1,090+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 10/15.05 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    George Bush told Tony Blair shortly before the invasion of Iraq that he intended to target other countries, including Saudi Arabia, which, he implied, planned to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Mr Bush said he "wanted to go beyond Iraq in dealing with WMD proliferation, mentioning in particular Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan," according to a note of a telephone conversation between the two men on January 30 2003. The note is quoted in the US edition, published next week, of Lawless World, America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules, by the British international lawyer Philippe...
  • NKorea warns of nuclear war amid rising tensions

    06/14/2009 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 11 replies · 693+ views
    MyWay.com ^ | 6/14/2009 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    North Korea's communist regime has warned of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula while vowing to step up its atomic bomb-making program in defiance of new U.N. sanctions. The North's defiance presents a growing diplomatic headache for President Barack Obama as he prepares for talks Tuesday with his South Korean counterpart on the North's missile and nuclear programs. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told security-related ministers during an unscheduled meeting Sunday to "resolutely and squarely" cope with the North's latest threat, his office said. Lee is to leave for the U.S. on Monday morning. A commentary Sunday in the...
  • SKorea braces for 3rd nuclear test by North Korea

    06/12/2009 4:03:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 582+ views
    AP ^ | 06/12/09 | KWANG-TAE KIM
    SKorea braces for 3rd nuclear test by North Korea By KWANG-TAE KIM, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 12, 3:52 am ET SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea was bracing for a possible third nuclear test by the North, which a U.S. official said was likely despite looming U.N. sanctions on the communist state for its previous test in May. Given the North's track record of provocative behavior and defiance of the United Nations, "common sense" would dictate that it is preparing for another nuclear test, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae told reporters Friday. He said the test was...