488 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
Moshe Yaalon and Martin Dempsey
Dempsey’s Mission: Squash Israel’s Return to a Military Option for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey was given the task of deterring Israel from reverting to its plans for a unilateral strike on Iran’s nuclear program. After camvassing Israeli leaders and generals, he left without clear answers.

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Gen. Martin Dempsey meets Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Dempsey claims Israel satisfied the US will use military option against Iran. DEBKAfile: Israel doesn’t say this
DEBKAfile Special Report April 2, 2014

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey left Israel on April 2 saying its leaders were now satisfied the US was capable of using a military option against Iran. debkafile: The Israeli officials he met did not confirm this, or the “broad Israel-US agreement” on how to deal with the Iranian threat. Dempsey’s remark that the US “will use a military option if the Iranians choose to stray off the diplomatic path,” confirmed that nothing had changed. More about this in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday. To subscribe, click here.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Khamenei Opts to Copycat Putin and Defy the 5+1 Powers over Iran’s Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014

Khamenei has concluded that Iran can stand up to the 5+1 powers and survive sanctions for the sake of keeping its nuclear program running without curtailment.

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CIA Headquarters at Langley, Va.
Chief of CIA division for spying on Iran is suspended over internal mutiny
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014

The CIA's chief of Iran operations, Jonathan Bank, 46, was sent home on paid leave over an “open rebellion” in his department, US, Russian and Iranian media reported Tuesday, March 18. debkafile: This places in doubt the credibility of US President Barack Obama’s assurances to Israel and the Arabian Gulf leaders that they have nothing to fear from US-Iranian rapprochement. Washington, they were told, was fully abreast of Iran’s nuclear activities and would know in good time if Khamenei gave the order to build a nuclear weapon.

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Obama Couldn’t Prevent Saudi-Pakistan Nuclear Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014

Pakistan refused to heed Obama’s demands to back of its nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis will be more flexible on non-nuclear issues like Syria in order to repair the fraught relations with Washington.

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Iran's heavy water reactor under construction at Arak
Nuclear talks open with Iran and three unattainable US pledges to Israel re Fordo, Arak, enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2014

The six powers and Iran sat down in Geneva Tuesday, Feb. 18 for talks on a final, comprehensive resolution of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. But first, the Obama administration gave the Israeli government three pledges. debkafile: The US would insist on the shutdown of the Fordo enrichment plant; the Arak reactor’s conversion to a light water plant; and a cap on 5-percent enrichment. They all face Tehran's certain rejection. Binyamin Netanyahu can only try for a ceiling on centrifuges when he meets Barack Obama on March 3.

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US at nuclear odds with Pakistan
US asks Pakistan to halt nuclear transfer to Saudis in respect of talks with Iran
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 18, 2014

Trapped in a paradox, the Obama administration asks Pakistan to hold back its nuclear arms transfer to Saudi Arabia to avoid upsetting the six-power nuclear talks with Iran. This is hugely ironic. Washington seeks to curb the nuclear race triggered by its own acquiescence to Iran’s price for diplomacy – recognizing its right to enrich uranium. The Pakistani-Saudi nuclear deal is one outcome of Obama’s inconsistent regional policies. Islamabad’s response is revealed in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday, along with striking developments on Iran, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and al Qaeda.  Don't miss this exciting issue. Subscribe here to DEBKA Weekly.

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John Kerry and Barack Obama
Obama Reserved on Kerry’s Iranian, Syrian, Israeli-Palestinian Enterprises
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014

The White House is qualifying its support for Kerry’s diplomacy for Iran, Syria and Middle East peacemaking, finding it too decisive for Obama.

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Wendy Sherman
Wendy Sherman’s Slip Bared Obama’s Game: To Dump Iranian Nuclear Diplomacy on Next President
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014

By a slip of the tongue, Wendy Sherman gave away Obama’s game which is to drag Iranian nuclear diplomacy on for two years and hand the hot potato to his successor.

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John Kerry
Like Helium Balloons, Kerry's Initiatives Soar High - But Don’t Come down to Earth
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014

The delegation to Geneva 2 representing Bashar Assad holds most of the levers and will make sure that there is no resolution suggesting his removal. Iran denies accepting any dismantling of its nuclear infrastructure, and Kerry misses a visit to Israel and the Palestinians.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Fight for President Rouhani’s Ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are going all out to unseat President Rouhani and if this can’t be done than to sabotage nuclear diplomacy with the West and block any further concessions.

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Who will climb down?
US warns Syria conference “fluid” over UN invitation to Iran. Crisis in US ties with Russia, Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report January 20, 2014

The Obama administration was forced Monday, Jan. 20 - the day Iran began implementing the interim nuclear accord - to put its foot down against Moscow and Tehran over UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s invitation for Iran to attend the Syria peace conference opening Wednesday. debkafile: Barack Obama and John Kerry were shocked to discover Moscow and Tehran exploiting the US outreach to them for independent steps on Syria in defiance of Washington’s conditions. They told Ban that the US would not demur for fear of upsetting the nuclear accord.  

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Mid East Spies Race for the Hidden Clauses of US-Iranian Nuclear Package
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014

Middle East spy agencies are on the hunt for a 30-page secret addendum to the nuclear accord with Tehran, whose existence Washington denies to general disbelief.

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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on the offensive
Ya’alon apologizes for personally offending Kerry, but does not recant
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2014

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was forced to apologize Tuesday night, Jan. 14, for private remarks about Secretary of State John Kerry, showing how far Israel has fallen as a strategic asset for the Obama administration, compared with the new favorite. Only this week, Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said the US President was not telling the truth in stating that Iran would dismantle a key part of its nuclear program. The White House response: Never mind what the Iranians say; it’s what they do that matters – a freedom evidently denied Israel.

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What brakes has he applied to a nuclear Iran?
Obama withholds from Israel details of nuclear accord with Iran: Tehran denies dismantling its program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2014

US Vice President Joe Biden when he met Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night, Jan. 13, refused to disclose details of agreements which the Americans claimed were reached by the six powers and Iran in their talks earlier this week on the implementation of their first-stage Geneva accord. This is reported by debkafile. This refusal signals a further sharp decline in US-Israeli strategic relations.
At the same time, Tehran contradicts the White House statement purporting an agreement for Iran to start dismantling its enrichment infrastructure on Jan. 20. 

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Barack Obama's safety belt for Iran
US and Iran “insulate” nuclear negotiations from “tensions” over Iran’s regional policy
DEBKAfile Special Report January 13, 2014

The US and Iran agree to treat Tehran’s regional policies as separate from nuclear diplomacy to forestall obstacles which such opponents as Saudi Arabia and Israel may raise. Monday, Jan. 14, senior US sources admitted: “The US and Iran have sought to insulate the nuclear negotiations from the tensions over Iran’s regional policies.” On the Syrian issue, governments near and far will attend Geneva 2, but Israel is not invited, although events in next-door Syria and Lebanon directly impinge on its security. Sharon would not have taken this snub lying down.

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Vladimir Putin
Huge Russian-Iranian oil-for-goods deal worth $18bn p.a. nullifies sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report January 11, 2014

Russia and Iran are about to sign an oil-for-goods transaction worth $1.5 billion a month - $18bn a year - that would substantially help lift Iran’s oil exports out of range of Western sanctions, the deterrent by which President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu set so much store. debkafile: The deal is about to be signed ahead of any accord negotiated between Iran and the world powers on its nuclear program. Tehran has thus won a Russian safety belt for playing hard to get against the West in the ongoing negotiations.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Has Iran’s Leader Revamped Nuclear Diplomacy under Military Coup Threat?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014

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.

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IR-2m centrifuges at Iran's enrichment plants
Iran blatantly defies five key Geneva Pact commitments - heads for nuclear arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 9, 2014

Tehran is openly installing fast IR-2m centrifuges designed to speed uranium enrichment, and preparing even faster machines, claiming they were covered by the US-led five power recognition of Iran’s right to nuclear enrichment under the November, 2013 Geneva pact. debkafile: A follow-up meeting takes place Thursday, Nov. 9, in the face of the Iranian lawmaker Muhammad Nabavian’s revelation that Tehran can produce a bomb within two weeks - and a complete nuclear arsenal with the help of the new centrifuges. He named Israel as its target.

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The Nuclear Accord with Iran and Chemical Deal with Syria - in Gridlock
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

The freeze on Iran’s nuclear program, agreed in Geneva, is still in abeyance, and the destruction of Syria’s poison weapons stuck somewhere in limbo.

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