488 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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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Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani
Obama plans to Spring His Nuclear Accord with Iran as a Surprise
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013

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

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 DEBKA Weekly’s next issue out Friday has the next chapter of the unpublished top-level US-Iran dialogue and its impact on the Middle East - as well as revelations on plans for Bashar Assad’s ouster bandied between Washington, Moscow and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

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

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

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

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

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

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 – an edict devoid of religious value. debkafile: This ploy was meant to make the powers accept Khamenei’s standing as a world leader. The Obama administration had not yet relayed a word to Binyamin Netanyahu from Geneva.

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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

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

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

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

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

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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Binyamin Netanyahu
Did Obama Promise to Leap to the Defense of Israel’s Nuclear Program?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2013

Vladimir Putin has begun pressing the case for divesting the Middle East of WMD and co-opting Barack Obama to the cause. He says Israel is so technologically advanced that it doesn’t need nuclear arms

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Barack Obama, Hassan Rouhani, Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin
Obama and Putin Tout Iran’s Supposed Willingness to Start Mending Fences with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2013

Obama and Putin are trying to convince Netanyahu to drop his drive against their nuclear deal by convincing him that it will open the door to a reconciliation between Iran and Israel. He is not convinced.

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Sergei Kiriyenko
Who Orchestrates America’s Iran Policy? Some say it’s Sergei Kiriyenko, Rosatom Director
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013

Putin has devised a complex game of diplomatic ping pong for pushing through understandings with Obama first to resolve the Syrian chemical crisis and currently to settle the nuclear controversy with Iran. DEBKA Weekly reveals how it works.

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Binyamin Netanyahu revives military option
Israel and Saudi Arabia are coordinating policies to counter US détente with Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report October 2, 2013

Associates of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, Oct. 2, leaked word to the media that Israel was in contact with Saudi and Gulf representatives to align their policies for offsetting President Barack Obama’s advancing rapprochement with Iran and any US easing-up on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. These exchanges include recent visits to Israel of high-ranking Gulf officials and will extend to joint lobbying efforts in the US Congress to overrule Obama administration’s outreach to Tehran. This leak signals a widening of the breach between Israel and the US president.

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Netanyahu-Obama White House encounter
No showdown, but Obama and Netanyahu did not bridge gaps on Iran’s nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 30, 2013

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s get-together at the White House Monday, Sept. 30 turned into an amicable joust over their differences on how to handle Iran’s nuclear program.  Obama did not endorse Netanyahu’s demands that Iran completely dismantle its military nuclear program, halt uranium enrichment and face tougher sanctions if its nuclear development continues while international negotiations are afoot. As a friendly gesture, Obama did agree not to remove any options from the table, including the military one, for preventing a nuclear Iran.

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A chemical weapons store
Russia, Iran, Damascus may crank up border tensions to weaken Netanyahu’s hand in America
DEBKAfile Special Report September 29, 2013

Western military sources predict an upsurge of tension this week along Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon, timed for Binyamin Netanyahu’s White House meeting with President Barack Obama Monday, Sept. 30, and his address to the UN General Assembly the next day, Oct. 1. Moscow, Tehran and Damascus may exploit Israel’s weak moment after being pushed out in the cold by the Obama administration’s pursuit of new relations with Tehran, by provoking Israel into a military response and presenting it as the neighborhood warmonger and disrupter of US-Russian diplomacy. 

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