DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
An Iranian scientist who defected last week over lax safety at his country’s nuclear sites reports that the Bushehr reactor is too faulty to last more than 18 months and mysterious illnesses are spreading through Isfahan from four nuclear facilities. Fearing the reactor might explode, Russian experts summoned from Moscow temporarily removed the fuel rods. According to Russian estimates, an explosion might have caused one million Iranian deaths and injured hundreds of thousands of radiation victims in Persian Gulf countries.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2012, 1:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down in mid-October for fear of an explosion. Saturday, Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed why: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” debkafile: Russian experts estimated that a Bushehr explosion had the potential for causing a million Iranian deaths and hundreds of thousands of radiation victims in Iran and across the Persian Gulf emirates.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2011, 12:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
The three scientists who planned, designed, built and operated Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr died Tuesday night, June 20, when a Rusaero flight from Moscow crashed at Petrozavodsk in northwest Russia. debkafile reveals they were among the 44 passengers killed. Their loss is a blow to Russia's atomic reactor and energy industries because of their expertise in synchronizing different nuclear systems. Some intelligence sources say that Bushehr's amalgam of systems made it vulnerable to the Stuxnet virus two years ago.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2011, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi and Kuwait officials have warned the US that if Iran activates its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr in May as planned, there is a good chance it will blow up and the entire Gulf region suffer a nuclear disaster on the scale of the misfortune at Japan's Fukushima thereby exposing millions to radiation contamination. In recent Saudi-US talks on the acute crisis in their relations, King Abdullah demanded immediate action by Washington to stop the Iranian plant going on line.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2011, 3:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi-US disagreements have solidified for the first time in King Abdullah's decision to put their policy arguments behind him and go for action independent of the US. His first move was to freeze his $60 billion arms purchases from America. His second: to encourage the Yemeni ruler to defy Washington. The blow to American pockets as well as prestige is disastrous: For decades, Saudi Arabia has been the top buyer of American military hardware
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011, 12:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
Stuxnet is admitted for the first time as having attacked five Iranian targets. The admission has stirred up more trouble between Moscow and Tehran who are playing the blame game over the delay in activating the Bushehr nuclear reactor.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2011, 12:33 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran's atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Jan. 29 that the Bushehr nuclear power plant would be connected to the national grid on April 9. He "forgot" about Tehran's promise to fully activate its first nuclear reactor Tuesday, Jan. 25. debkafile's sources reveal that, Iran's hand was held back at the last minute by Russia's nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko. He warned Stuxnet was back and activating the reactor could trigger a nuclear catastrophe costing millions of lives.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2011, 10:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Islamic regime in Tehran suffers the ignominy of keeping its first nuclear reactor shut down at Bushehr for fear of the lurking Stuxnet. Russia asks NATO to investigate the dangerous malworm for fear of a Chernobyl-scale atomic catastrophe.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2010, 12:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow has used the Bushehr nuclear reactor to showcase its nuclear wares. Egypt is lining up with Gulf emirates for Russian nuclear reactors like Iran's as its ties with Washington weaken and Iran's nuclear weapons program contiues to forge ahead - albeit with unforeseen holdups.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 8, 2010, 10:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iran is secretly moving some of its most sensitive nuclear research facilities and materials from Tehran and the Arak heavy water plant to huge storage areas around the new nuclear reactor at Bushehr, along with advanced missiles from the southern province of Khuzestan, debkafile discloses.
The fueling of the reactor since inaugurated Aug. 21 makes the location safe from air or missile attack for fear of environmental radiation. Tehran is exploiting this advantage.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly August 24, 2010, 9:40 AM (GMT+02:00)
How did US President Barack Obama come to misjudge the cost of assenting to the start-up of Iran's first nuclear reactor? In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed how Iran swiftly cashed this blank check in terms of boosting its nuclear bomb program and regional standing whereas Binyamin Netanyahu was left watching his policies vis-à-vis Iran and the Arab go into the red.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2010, 7:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is misleading his ministers by presenting the direct talks opening with the Palestinians on Sept. 2 as a diplomatic victory. He has omitted to disclose that the Obama administration has reneged on the secret deals for paving the way to the talks. One part was US non-reaction to the Bushehr reactor start-up, another to refrain from twisting Israel's arms in negotiations with the Palestinians.The White House is standing by neither.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2010, 6:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Two mysterious incidents are reported by debkafile in the run-up to the fueling-up of Iran's first nuclear reactor Saturday, Aug. 21. Tuesday, an Iranian F4 Phantom fighter jet was claimed by Tehran to have crashed 6 kilometers north of the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran. debkafile's military sources report it was shot down by Russian-made TOR-M1 air-missile defense batteries guarding the reactor. Aug.1, three unidentified drones slammed into its dome killing five people.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 16, 2010, 9:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin decided it was safe to go ahead and load Iran's first nuclear reactor with fuel on Aug. 21 - effectively making it active - after the US and Israel did not seem troubled by the prospect of the reactor going on stream, debkafile reports. Either the two governments had been caught flatfooted, he figured, or come to terms with Iran's capacity to produce weapons-grade plutonium.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 14, 2010, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
Sudden word from Moscow and Tehran on Aug. 11 that Russia will activate Iran's first nuclear power reactor on Aug. 21 by loading the fuel has caused a major flap in Israel in view of its military aspects.DEBKA reports: Only last week, Russian leaders assured Washington that it would not go on line this year.
Former Bush adviser John Bolton commented that once the rods are in, Israel can no longer attack this reactor because of spreading radiation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2010, 10:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow and Tehran have announced that the nuclear reactor Russia is building Iran at Bushehr has completed all its test-runs and will be up and running in early September - ahead of schedule.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 10, 2010, 10:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
In addition to developing a "third generation" centrifuge for speeding up uranium enrichment, Iran is close to activating its Bushehr nuclear reactor and completing its Arak heavy water plant - both providing easy access to weapons-grade plutonium for smaller, lighter and more easily deliverable nuclear warheads. Plentiful new uranium deposits have also been discovered in central