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Israel rejects US proposal for nuclear Iran
Major Israel-US rift over Washington plan to let Tehran continue enriching uranium with sanctions relief
DEBKAfile Special Report November 7, 2013, 10:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel voiced early Thursday, Nov. 7, its utter opposition to the new proposal the US plans to put before the two-day Geneva conference opening later in the day on Iran’s nuclear program. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, when he met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jerusalem Wednesday, bitterly accused the Obama administration of yielding to the Russian-backed Iranian position. Should Tehran renege on the deal, the US proposal leaves it with the capacity for enriching enough weapons-grade uranium in 10 days to build several nuclear weapons.

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Avigdor Lieberman gives up thanks at Western Wall
Will new-old Foreign Minister Lieberman join Netanyahu's talks with Putin in Moscow?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2013, 11:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

Avigdor Lieberman’s unanimous acquittal by a Jerusalem court on charges of fraud and breach of trust, Wednesday, Nov. 6 - and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s instantaneous welcome of his ally’s return to government - dovetail neatly with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of talks with the Israeli prime minister in Moscow on Nov. 20.  Lieberman is due to be sworn into his old post as foreign minister. An invitation for Lieberman to join Netanyahu would be significant in terms of Israel’s foreign policy posture and internal political balance.

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Putin and Netanyahu last met in Sochi in May
Moscow announces Netanyahu to meet Putin in two weeks – as Kerry lands in Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2013, 9:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

Shortly before US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Jerusalem Tuesday night, Nov. 5, the Russian president’s office announced a short working visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would take place on Nov. 20 for talks with President Vladimir Putin. debkafile: Netanyahu has determined to explore the route trodden by Saudi Arabia, Gulf Emirates and Egypt, who - feeling let down by the Obama administration’s decision to pull out of the Middle East and conerned by its outreach to Iran - turned to Moscow for closer ties.

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Iran's heavy water plant at Arak
Mystery explosion at Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2013, 2:10 PM (GMT+02:00)

A mysterious blast which last week struck the heavy water reactor under construction at Arak in western Iran is revealed here for the first time by debkafile’s exclusive sources. They estimate it occurred in the coolant containers and pressure gauges attached to the reactor’s core during preparations for a test. The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but it is believed heavy enough to indefinitely delay the reactor’s operation. Iranian nuclear experts are looking at four possible causes, including sabotage and a virus in the computers operating its systems.

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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, 11:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

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, 9:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 9:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

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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Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani
Obama plans to Spring His Nuclear Accord with Iran as a Surprise
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Obama, while pretending to be dissatisfied with Iran’s nuclear concessions, accelerates the wording of a draft nuclear deal with Iran via Russia and prepares to spring it on the world as a big surprise.

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Iran's foreign minister and deputy at Geneva
Obama tells Tehran to come back with a better proposal
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly October 22, 2013, 1:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

Contrary to the upbeat hype trumpeted by the US, British and Iranian media, Washington has quietly told Tehran through their regular backdoor lines that the “proposals” put to last week’s Geneva conference were too meager for further nuclear diplomacy. “Go back and start from scratch,” was the message. DEBKA Weekly’s next issue out Friday has the next chapter of the unpublished top-level US-Iran dialogue and its impact on the Middle East - as well as revelations on plans for Bashar Assad’s ouster bandied between Washington, Moscow and Riyadh.
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Will US free frozen Iranian assets?
Obama’s potential release of $12bn of frozen Iranian assets would be followed by $35 billion from Europe
DEBKAfile Special Report October 18, 2013, 6:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran stands to gain access to nearly $50 billion if the Obama administration decides to free up $12 billion of  frozen Iranian assets in the US, inevitably followed by Europe’s release of another $35 billion. The White House was reported Friday, Oct. 18 to be weighing this plan as a means, debkafile reports, to ease sanctions, without asking Congress to repeal or amend sanctions laws. This plan would fly in the face of calls by Congress and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for harsher measures against Iran after failed diplomacy in Geneva.

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Mohammad Javad Zarif
What Was In the Highly Confidential Iranian PowerPoint Presentation?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2013, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Iranians conned the six powers attending in Geneva to negotiate a compromise deal for their nuclear program by offering a slick piece of PR in English presented by PowerPoint as a new Iranian proposal.

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Sergey Ryabkov
US and Iran Reduced to Weighing Partial Nuclear Accord after 10 American Conditions for a Deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2013, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US and Iran are weighing a partial nuclear accord having given up on a comprehensive deal – especially after the impasse at this week’s Geneva conference.

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Hashem Rafsanjani
The Radicals: No Iranian-US Reconciliation on the Wings of a Nuclear Accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2013, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iranian radicals fight tooth and nail against using a potential nuclear accord as the vehicle for rapprochement with Big Satan America.

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Abbas Araghchi leaders Iranian delegation in Geneva.
Geneva talks fail to break standoff on Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran unclear on concessions
DEBKAfile Special Report October 16, 2013, 6:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Two days of talks in Geneva between Iran, the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany ended Wednesday, Oct. 16, with little but a decision, reported by Tehran, to reconvene in the coming weeks for another attempt to break the standoff on Iran’s nuclear program. debkafile: In general, Iran appears to be willing to partially scale back uranium enrichment for immediate sanctions relief. The Western delegations were not convinced that more than partial Iranian concessions were on offer, without being defined in concrete detail.

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Iranian delegate Abbas Araghchi to Geneva nuclear talks
Iran dictates Khamenei’s “fatwa” as basis for nuclear negotiations. US fails to update Israel on Geneva talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2013, 7:56 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Iranian negotiators arrived in Geneva Tuesday, Oct. 15, armed with inflexible positions for the talks with the six powers in Geneva on their country’s nuclear program. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi insisted on the (P5+1) powers accepting the Supreme Leader’s 2006 fatwa banning the development of nuclear weapons – ...

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High-speed R2 centrifuges in Iran
US to Iran ahead of Geneva: Carry on enriching uranium, but cut down on advanced IR-2 centrifuges
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.”

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Rosatom Director Sergey Kiriyenko
Bushehr builder Kiriyenko is live wire in Obama-Khamenei backdoor dialogue. Putin gives impetus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 13, 2013, 8:35 AM (GMT+02:00)

Putin assigned Russia’s top nuclear expert, builder of Bushehr Sergei Kiriyenko, to negotiate and formulate a a secret deal on Iran’s nuclear program between the White House, the Kremlin and the office of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, debkafile reveals. He heads a team of Farsi-speaking Russian nuclear experts set up in Bushehr as President Putin’s forward staff in Iran. They were given the job of hammering out the draft for a nuclear agreement, modeled on the US-Russian Syrian chemical accord, ahead of the Geneva talks on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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A deal made at their last meeting in the White House on Sept. 30
Exclusive: Obama forewarns Netanyahu that sanctions against Iran will soon be partially lifted
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 13, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama has notified Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the partial and gradual lifting of sanctions against Iran will soon begin. Israel is the only American ally to receive prior warning of this decision - and the only one to be briefed in detail of the US-Iranian understandings, including Iran’s concessions on its nuclear program. In its latest issue, out last Friday, DEBKA Weekly divulged in detail the content of these understandings and their strategic, political and military ramifications.
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Israeli Air Force in long-range drill
Netanyahu’s show of muscle comes too late to deter a nuclear Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 11, 2013, 7:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli Air Force F-15 and F-16 fighter squadrons this week carried out exercises testing their capability to conduct missions at long ranges, as a message to Tehran that Israel’s military option against its nuclear program is alive. However, it is by now an open secret that the battle against a nuclear Iran is lost. The secret understandings President Barack Obama negotiated with Tehran are ready for endorsement at the P5+1 negotiations opening in Geneva on Oct. 15. And they leave Iran with much of its nuclear capacity in place.

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Barack Obama
Obama, Putin and Khamenei Finishing Drafting a Partial Nuclear Accord
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.

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