480 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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Omani Defense Minister M. Al Busaidiat
Obama softens on nuclear Iran: Keep components, just promise not to weaponise them
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 18, 2013

President Barack Obama has only one demand of Tehran: “Iran would have to demonstrate its own seriousness by agreement not to weaponise nuclear power,” he said Wednesday, Sept. 18. He thus took at his word Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who declared the day before: “We are against nuclear weapons. And when we say no one should have nuclear weapons, we definitely do not pursue it ourselves either.” debkafile: This exchange was choreographed in advance, leaving Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu behind US steps and in the dark.

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Kerry briefs Netanyahu on Syria chemical deal
Obama pushes Syrian chemical diplomacy for a nuclear Iran – overriding Israel’s concerns
DEBKAfile Special Report September 15, 2013

US President Barack Obama did not wait for the Kerry-Lavrov agreement of Saturday, Sept. 14, to demonstrate its feasibility for the eradication of Syria’s chemical weapons. He jumped in the next day to tell Tehran over ABC that “there’s the potential for diplomatic solutions to arms standoffs.” In Jerusalem, Secretary Kerry tried to defend the agreement against critics. Prime Minister Netanyahu insisted that diplomacy “must be coupled with a credible military threat." debkafile: The Obama administration won’t let Israel’s concerns slow its diplomatic momentum either on Syria or Iran.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
The Obama-Putin Deal Saves the Assad Regime, Drops Syrian Opposition in Limbo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013

DEBKA Weekly exclusively reveals the high points of the Obama-Putin-Iranian deal for Syria’s chemical weapons and its extrapolation for Iran’s nuclear program. While Obama agrees to starve the rebels of military support, he accepts massive Russian arms supplies to the Syrian army.

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Barack Obama
Was a Clandestine Foreign Hand Behind the Chemical Outrage in Damascus?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013

President Obama believes that the recipe for forcing Syrian ruler, Bashar Assad to relinquish his weapons of destruction will work just as well for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, compelling him to give up the enriched uranium Tehran has accumulated for building a nuclear bomb.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Standing Aside on Syria Stripped Israel of Leverage against a Nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013

Binyamin Netanyahu has been forced to face the fact that the new round of US-Russian-Iranian diplomacy for Syria has finally put paid to any plans he might still have after four wasted years to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

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Hassan Rouhani
Rouhani Buys from Obama an Easy Ride on Iran's Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013

Rouhani has appointed a hardliner to head of the national security council which controls Iran’s posture in nuclear negotiations with world powers.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Obama-Putin deal didn’t stop at chemical Syria: US eases sanctions on nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 11, 2013

After Iranian president Hassan Rouhani made the UN Assembly the stage for resumed nuclear talks, the US began lifting sanctions. debkafile discloses a US-Russian-Iranian deal is already in the bag following three weeks of secret trilateral exchanges for an agreed formula for defusing the Syrian chemical weapons issue without military force to provide the key to progress in direct nuclear talks between the US and Iran. Details of the deals they struck will be revealed for the first time in the next issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday, Sept. 13.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya'alon
Israel, Saudis Fear Obama's "Soft Blow" for Syria May Be Precedent for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013

Israelis and Saudis are concerned Obama will treat nuclear Iran as leniently as chemical Syria.

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Hassan Rouhani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Khamenei’s Hard Nuclear Line Prevails, Rouhani Shuns Direct Talks with Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013

Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani is building a pro-reform government on domestic affairs but adheres to the supreme leader’s hard line on nuclear and foreign policy.

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Still at cross-purposes on nuclear Iran
Barring the IDF, Netanyahu’s last resort against possible Obama détente with Iran is US Congress
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 7, 2013

A senior Israeli official commented Tuesday, Aug. 6, that Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear program on its own without American back-up – albeit less effectively than with the US – meaning the destruction of key components but not the entire program. debkafile: Israel is starting to accept that President Barack Obama’s balking at military action in Syria applies equally to Iran. Netanyahu is counting on winning the US Congress around to Israel’s case as his last resort against Obama’s policy. So for now, Iran’s nuclear program can run without interference.
 

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Hassan Rouhani
Rouhani Will Keep Faith with Hardline Khameini and Stick to Iran‘s Nuclear Drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013

Important US figures have taken great pains to portray the incoming Iranian president Hasan Rouhani as a moderate, who is anxious to repair relations with the US. His new cabinet will upset their hopes.

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Saeb Erekat, John Kerry and Tzipi Livni
The Real Israeli-Palestinian Track - Indirect and Blanketed in Total Secrecy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013

John Kerry has undertaken two impossible goals: Reaching a final-status accord in nine months of Israel-Palestinian negotiations and holding them in total secrecy.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Moscow & Tehran Won’t Let US Climb atop Kerry’s Peace Plan to High Ground in the Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013

For lack of a credible US military presence in the Middle East, Moscow and Tehran feel free to impede the progress of Kerry’s plan to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

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Obama and Ashton put their heads together
Obama uses EU to confront Israel with tough interlinked choices: borders or nuclear-armed Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 17, 2013

To avoid a head-on clash with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama set loose the Europeans in full cry against Jerusalem and its policies, by timing their new guidelines with John Kerry’s arrival in Amman. EU foreign affairs executive Catherine Ashton chairs the international negotiating forum with Iran. And so, the EU, with backing from Washington, gives Tehran a broad wink that a fresh round of nuclear diplomacy is worth their while now that Israel is on the run in the settlements-cum-borders dispute.

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Another Sunni Bloc Takes Shape, This One Centering on Saudi Arabia and Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013

Saudi Arabia and UAE who aided the Egyptian putsch plan to use it as a lever for a new Sunni bloc. King Abdullah wants Bashar Assad’s ouster at the top of its agenda.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani
US-Iranian Nuclear Talks Launched Secretly Ahead of Rouhani Election
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013

The US and Iran embarked on secret direct nuclear negotiations a week before Hassan Rouhani was elected Iranian president. Obama has agreed to let Iran’s nuclear program go forward up to a point just short of assembling a bomb. Saudi Arabia and Israel are furious.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Lavrov: Iran agrees to halt 20-percent uranium enrichment. West must lift sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report June 18, 2013

Iran confirms it is prepared to halt enrichment of 20-percent uranium, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reported Tuesday, June 18. He urged Western nations to reciprocate by lifting sanctions. debkafile: It was not clear whether this is a temporary or absolute stoppage - or a dodge for getting sanctions eased to help the new Iranian president find his economic feet. Jerusalem was not convinced by Lavrov’s arguments because Iran has accumulated enough low-grade 5.3 percent uranium for rapid conversion to 20 percent.

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Hassan Rouhani is elected Iranian President
Iran’s new, democratically elected president faces battle with Guards on nuclear issue
DEBKAfile Special Report June 15, 2013

Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei views Hassan Rouhani’s election as president as the opening for a more flexible approach on Iran’s nuclear controversy with the West. debkafile: Rouhani’s first task will be to draft a detailed plan setting boundaries for Iranian concessions to obtain the partial lifting of sanctions and restore the flow of oil revenues to the country’s empty coffers. This will bring the president-elect head on head with the Revolutionary Guards, who are already rumored in Tehran to be plotting his removal by a military putsch.

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Khamenei Asks Israel Its Terms for Calling off Nuclear Strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

The request to Binyamin Netanyahu from Ali Khamenei was routed through Barack Obama. Its outcome was a flood of harsh US sanctions and Washington’s nod for a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran.

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Obama’s New National Security Team Can’t Dodge the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

Barack Obama’s new appointees, Susan Rice, National Security adviser, and Samantha Power, ambassador to the UN, favored US intervention in Libya but not Syria. They prefer to help the president achieve his pivot to Asia, but neither al Qaeda nor Iran will give them the chance.

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