651 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Iranian president and nuclear negotiators cheered at home
Jerusalem, Riyadh stunned: Obama makes Iran 7th world power on regional issues, including Palestinians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2013

debkafile exclusive: President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have secretly consented to elevate Iran to the status of seventh world power, for signing the interim nuclear accord in Geneva on Nov. 24, living up to its obligations in the coming six months and then signing a comprehensive agreement. While demanding respect as a regional power, never in its wildest dreams did Tehran expect big power standing with a recognized authoritative role in the wider Middle East, including the Palestinian issue. Jerusalem and Riyadh are aghast.

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Oman's Sultan Qaboos in Tehran
Setting the record straight: DEBKA exposed secret Obama-Tehran track in January 2012!
DEBKAfile Special Report November 25, 2013

Certain US media suddenly this week claimed to have broken the news of a secret track used by President Barack Obama for secret negotiations with Tehran through Oman’s Sultan Qaboos.  debkafile and DEBKA Weekly in fact uncovered the Qaboos track on Aug. 26, 2013 and were on the trail of those back-channel communications as early as Jan.26, 2012 more than a year ago, when we exposed the early rendezvous US and Iranian emissaries held in secret in Baghdad. The relevant dates of our disclosures are listed below.

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Iran has hundreds of these WMDs
Seven loopholes favoring a nuclear Iran in deal signed by the world powers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 24, 2013

The first preliminary nuclear deal the six world powers (US, Russia, China, UK, France and German) signed with Iran before dawn Sunday, Nov. 24, failed to address the most suspicious elements of Iran’s nuclear program, i.e. its clandestine military elements. The expanded UN inspections were not applied, for instance, to Iran’s concealed nuclear sites - or even Parchin where Iran is suspected of testing nuclear-related explosions. Israel, the Gulf states and others therefore fear Iran’s nuclear program will continue to advance. debkafile lists seven of the most glaring loopholes.

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Barack Obama
Iran’s Pockets to Be Lined with a Hefty $49 bn by US Tip to India and China to Free Frozen Iranian Assets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2013

Iran may be able to redeem up to $49 billion from its frozen accounts in Chinese and Indian banks after Washington tipped the wink to Beijing and New Delhi.

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Arak reactor under construction for plutonium
Iran stands fast on Arak heavy water reactor for plutonium-fired nuclear weapon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 21, 2013

The Iranian team faced the six world powers in Geneva Thursday, Nov. 21, with strict orders not to give ground on the two major sticking points for a first-step deal on their nuclear program: The heavy water reactor under construction at Arak for plutonium production and Iran’s “right” to uranium enrichment. debkafile: If Tehran wins those two points, any other concessions it may offer are worthless, because Iran will be left in possession of two optional nuclear weaponizing tracks instead of one - plutonium as well as enriched uranium.

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Khamenei and Ahmadinejad nuclear buddies
Four new Iranian conditions block nuclear accord in Geneva. Putin calls Rouhani, Lavrov attacks Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report November 19, 2013

Early Tuesday, Nov. 19, the US and Russian presidents went into action for a last-ditch bid to rescue a nuclear deal between the six powers and Iran in the face of a new impediment and crisis: Four noes from Tehran. They fear the negotiating track may not survive the new crisis. debkafile note the strange paradox of two leaders, Ayatollah Khamenei and Prime Minister Netanyahu, implacable adversaries in all else, maneuvering with all their might for the same object of taking the wind out of the sails of this deal.

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IR2 centrifuges at Natanz enrichment plant
Secret Israeli document to White House shows how US strategy shortens route to Iranian nuclear weapon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 15, 2013

Thursday, Nov. 14, Israel sent the White House a confidential document outlining blow by blow how and when Iran will attain a nuclear weapon if the Obama-Kerry strategy for dealing with the issue goes through. The document was addressed to the National Security Council headed by Susan Rice, which debkafile reports takes issue with State Department policies on Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  The Israeli document illustrates in technical detail how the American proposal will shorten Iran’s route to breakout for a nuclear weapon, instead of delaying it.

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Washington Drops Military Option, Yet Khamenei Still Won’t Play Ball
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013

Barack Obama’s bid for a negotiated Iranian nuclear accord is stuck fast by the six powers’ disunity and Khamenei’s refusal to utter a word to keep the diplomatic ball rolling. Obama has even dropped his military option and offered to ease sanctions to draw him out of his silence.

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Photo op for a worthless piece of paper
Further setback to Iran nuclear diplomacy: Khamenei’s refusal to see nuclear watchdog director
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013

Nuclear watchdog Director Yukiya Amano was cold-shouldered by Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei although Foreign Minister Javad Zarif promised the Obama administration he would be received during his visit Monday, Nov. 11. That meeting was to have signaled the ayatollah’s go-ahead for continuing talks on Iran’s nuclear program after they were bogged down in Geneva. That go-ahead remains unavailable. debkafile: Tehran has accelerated nuclear enrichment; the production of centrifuges and their installation; and construction at the Arak heavy water plant.

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Barack Obama to NBC: "Modest" sanctions relief
Israel accuses US of deceit on nuclear deal with Iran. Geneva signing drags out as Iran ups its price
DEBKAfile Special Report November 9, 2013

The delay in signing the first interim nuclear accord with Iran in Geneva prompted the remark by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: “There is an initial draft that we do not accept… I have no certainty that we can finish up.” However, debkafile confirms that the deal cut directly between Washington and Tehran ahead of the Geneva conference will be signed at latest Saturday, Nov. 9, or Sunday -  in the face of French reservations, Israel’s fury and Tehran's opportunist bid to extort more concessions at the last minute.

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Falling-out between two allies over nuclear Iran
Geneva fallout: Iran becomes a nuclear power, followed by Saudis. Israel loses trust in Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 8, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slams the interim nuclear agreement with Iran as “burying the possibility of a peaceful final accord.” He said: “Israel is not obliged by this agreement and will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and its people’s security.” debkafile: This was a dual warning: 1) Israel has abandoned its trust in Barack Obama ever complying with his pledge to its security and will henceforth act on its own. 2) Israel may yet exercise its military option against Iran’s nuclear capability – whether openly or covertly.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
First Partial International Accord on the Iranian Nuclear Issue Awaited in Geneva
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013

Kerry’s mission was to soften Saudi and Israeli mistrust of the Obama administration’s intentions on Iran and Syria. The Israeli and Saudi leaders refused to be placated.

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How Geneva II Faded and Syria’s Big Chemicals Store Vanished
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013

Assad spirited his main chemicals stock to safety out of Al Safira to secret hiding places. Obama dropped Geneva II and handing the conference on Syria’s future over to Putin.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin
Mr Netanyahu Goes to Moscow, Reshuffles His Mid East Cards
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013

Netanyahu decides to turn to Moscow after he is convinced with Saudi rulers that Obama has decide to abdicate from Middle East affairs and leave its nations to handle their own problems with involving America.

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Assad wins another breather
Geneva II cancelled: Moscow I is the big coming event
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly November 6, 2013

How did the tensely-awaited Geneva II summit this month for a political resolution of the Syrian conflict come to be called off indefinitely? The coming DEBKA Weekly out Friday reveals what happened: President Barack Obama gave way to Vladimir Putin’s arguments that Geneva II faced too many obstacles, whereas he could guarantee better results from Moscow I. He asked for space to put the event together and set a date.
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Prince Bandar Bin Sultan
Saudi Prince Bandar Opens Anti-Obama Fronts in Egypt, Afghanistan and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013

Saudi Prince Bandar’s triple-faceted scheme for obstructing Obama’s agenda includes stirring up Iran’s minorities, deals with Taliban and an open door for Russia in Egypt.

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Vladimir Putin
Russians Boast Iran’s Acceptance of “Nuclear Restraint” Clears the Way to Final Accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013

The Kremlin believes its “nuclear restraint” deal with Tehran is a good enough basis for a final accord with the US. However, it leaves Iran with the option for reactivating its weapons program and building several atomic bombs in 10 days.

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Israeli Air Force on the ready for Iran
Braced for imminent nuclear accord with Iran, US pulls away from military option, IDF stays on the ready
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013

Israel’s high command, assuming that an American-Iranian nuclear accord is near its final stage, plans to continue preparations for a unilateral military strike on Iran’s nuclear program into 2014 – hence the IDF’s request for a supplemental NIS3.5bn (app. $1bn) defense budget this week. debkafile: The main body of the accord is complete. All the same, President Barack Obama plans to announce before Christmas that only partial agreement has been achieved and negotiations will continue - to avoid coming clean on the full scope of the deal with Tehran.

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Ayatollah Khamenei last seen Oct. 5
Mystery of missing ayatollah: Ali Khamenei’s three-week seclusion for work on nuclear deal with US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2013

Spy services have been mystified by the unusual three-week absence from public view of Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Various theories claimed he was ill or in seclusion to escape the furor in Tehran over the future of Iran’s nuclear program and relations with the United States. debkafile: Khamenei stayed home to work on the draft US-Iranian-Russian deal for resolving the Iranian nuclear issue. The accord is now in the bag. This secret will be revealed in stages - first by President Barack Obama, in the third week of December.

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Iran's US gift to Russian General
The Big Fraud: Tehran’s ScanEagle gift to Russia covered handover of secret US RQ-170 drone technology
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 25, 2013

Iranian video cameras homed in on the presentation of a replica of the US-made ScanEagle drone by Iran’s air force chief Farzad Esmayeeli to Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev,  visiting Russian air force chief, on Tuesday, Oct. 22.  debkafile: This incident, an affront to the US, will also go down as a major military intelligence fraud, because it provided cover for the discreet handover to the Russian general of a replica complete with technology of America’s most secret drone, the sophisticated RQ-170 Sentinel, a prize long coveted by Moscow.

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