DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014, 12:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
Ali Khamenei under threat of a military coup has hemmed President Rouhani in with hardliners to hold his hand in future nuclear negotiations with the six powers. A radical Iranian lawmaker says a nuclear weapon is necessary for the balance of terror with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2013, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)
The post-Geneva elation has faded into pessimism and skepticism in Washington and Tehran where the hardline opposition threatens to extinguish nuclear diplomacy.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 14, 2013, 11:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iranian hardliners urge pushing Barack Obama harder after he agreed to let Iran’s nuclear program continue, including uranium enrichment up to 20 percent purity, and is only holding out for a cap on the high-speed IR2 centrifuges. This ace, say the hardliners, could make Washington drop demands to remove enriched uranium stocks from the country. debkafile: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s four stipulations for a nuclear accord with Iran vanished on the road to Geneva, except for Secretary John Kerry’s vague comment “…we are mindful of Israel’s security needs.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2013, 1:12 AM (GMT+02:00)
A joint Obama-Putin-Khamenei draft of a partial nuclear accord will be put before the Geneva conference on Oct. 15 for approval rather than negotiation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)
Khamenei has cut short the brawl between Ahmadinejad and Speaker Larijani in the run-up to the June presidential election, by picking a bland, unassuming professor as his favorite candidate for next president.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2013, 1:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
Revolutionary Guards and army chiefs are weighing a military takeover in Tehran to end the ferocious infighting within the regime and prevent Ahmadinejad stirring up trouble to get his candidate elected in the June presidential vote.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011, 10:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
The West and Israel have no option but to admit the failure of a decade of sanctions, military threats, diplomatic penalties, cyber war and covert operations to abort Iran's drive for a nuclear bomb. Tehran has never wavered from its goal, citing the "Persian Carpet Doctrine" as its secret ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2011, 6:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the driving force behind Iran's nuclear program and most vocal of Israel's enemies, is on his last legs as president. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has stripped him of most of his powers and shut the door against his allies running for the Majlis (parliament) in March 2012. debkafile's Iranian sources: The coming men in the presidential stakes of 2013 are Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, a former nuclear negotiator with the West, and ex-foreign minister Ali Akhbar Veliyati. Both are hardliners.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 5, 2011, 1:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran's 20 percent enriched uranium production exceeds its needs. debkafile' reports that this disclosure by Iran's atomic energy agency head Fereydoon Abbas enables the program to move into the production of 60 percent grade fuel, one step before weapons grade. This progress plus the relocation to an underground location near Qom of accelerated enrichment brings forward to the spring of 2012 the potential completion of between two and four bombs and Tehran's ability to conduct a nuclear test.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2011, 10:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
Daryush Rezaee-Nejad, 35, who died Saturday, July 23, when two motorcyclists shot him in the head and throat in front of his home in Tehran, was a rising star of the new generation of Iranian nuclear scientists. debkafile's Iranian sources disclose he was attached to one of the most secret teams of Iran's nuclear program, employed by the defense ministry to construct detonators for the nuclear bomb and warhead already in advanced stages of development.