454 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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Kim Jong-Un with his generals
Iran lines up behind North Korea, warns the US of “great losses”
DEBKAfile Special Report April 5, 2013, 7:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran’s intercession in the Korean crisis on the side of its ally in Pyongyang was predictable, even while the US preferred to ignore their close interrelations.  And so, on Friday, April 5, Deputy Chief of Iran's Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri stepped forward to point the finger at the US, saying: “The time for Washington’s bullying and extortion is long past.” His words came at the very moment that Iranian intransigence brought  the latest six-power meeting on its nuclear program to its customary dead end.

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Yukiya Amano
The US-European Ship of Fools on a Nuclear Iran Stays Afloat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013, 12:42 AM (GMT+02:00)

Washington’s insistence that Iran has slowed down nuclear progress out of political motivations impelled the IAEA chief Yukiya Amano to offer proof that Iran is secretly continuing to develop nuclear weapons.

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Iran red line disappears under the red carpet
Obama, Netanyahu grant Iran another three months’ grace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013, 9:34 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama persuaded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in their talks in Jerusalem this week to give Tehran three more months to work through nuclear diplomacy with the P5+1 group of world powers, debkafile discloses. This grace period expires after Iran’s June 24 presidential election, although military action against its nuclear sites may not necessarily follow the next day. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, however, warned Thursday, March 21, that if attacked, “the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

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Barack Obama and Mahmoud Abbas
No Major Peace Initiative – Only Small Steps
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013, 1:50 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama pledges to extend the US military assistance program for Israel for another decade when it expires in 2017. Netanyahu said he would not order an attack on Iran without first consulting with Washington.

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Obama's Israel visit starts with good cheer
Obama and Netanyahu agree: No Israeli strike on Iran without US assent
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2013, 11:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

On Day One of his visit to Israel, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu put to rest their long dispute over an Israeli strike on Iran. In principle, Israel had the right to independently defend itself, they acknowledged, but in practice would not exercise this principle without first consulting with Washington. The president reciprocated with a pledge of expanded military aid to Israel. Both deferred military intervention in the Syrian civil conflict – even for containing its expansion into chemical warfare.

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US President Barack Obama starts 50-hour visit to Israel
Obama, Netanyahu face wide differences on nuclear Iran, chemical Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2013, 1:14 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama was greeted on his arrival in Israel midday Wednesday, March 20 with unprecedented ceremonial honors and fanfare. However, the omens augured major differences with his hosts. In the 48 hours before his arrival, Syria for the first time bombed targets inside Lebanon and fired a chemical warhead at Aleppo. While Israel is acutely concerned by this escalation just across its frontiers, the Obama administration withheld a practical response. The two governments are also divided on the handling of Iran’s nuclear program.

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USS Ronald Reagan
Tehran Wonders: Does the Removal of US Carriers Portend Israel’s “One-Night Operation?”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013, 9:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

The departure of the last US aircraft carrier has vanished from the Persian Gulf leaves Tehran suspicious of a feint to cover an impending attack. A carrier would be an easier target for retaliation than a US base.

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"We're coming" to Israel
Obama’s Israel visit is on - to sweeten pill of nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 9, 2013, 7:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Western optimism on Iran’s nuclear program comes from three major US concessions in Kazakhstan to which Israel strongly objects: Fordo stays open, 20-percent uranium enrichment continues and low-grade Iranian uranium stocks will not leave the country. One Israeli official summed this up for debkafile as “a huge Iranian success and total defeat for Israel.” Significantly, former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin commented that an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “a one-night operation.”

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Moshe Ya’alon
Israel Gets a New Defense Minister after Obama Folds on a nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013, 9:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Feeling betrayed by the US concessions to Iran at Kazakhstan, Binyamin Netanyahu appoints new defense minister for leading potential solo strike to preempt a nuclear Iran.

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Barack Obama
US Puts Iran’s Nuclear Program and other Crises on Hold
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013, 9:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Obama pins his hopes on a free hand for Moscow and Tehran on Syria paying off in a recipe for Iran’s nuclear program. Jerusalem, Dubai and Riyadh see more dangerous US castles in the air.

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Iran's FM Ali Akbar Salehi comes out ahead of nuclear talks with world powers
Washington sets stage for Israel’s back-off from demand to shut Fordo
DEBKAfile Special Report March 1, 2013, 6:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Grave concern was voiced in Jerusalem over the upbeat Western-Iranian accounts issuing Thursday, Feb. 28 about the “positive and “constructive” six-power talks with Iran ending in Almati, Kazakhstan Wednesday. debkafile: In contrast to Israel’s categorical resistance to the continued operation of the underground plant at Fordo, the US delegation proposed keeping it open except for suspending 20-percent uranium enrichment. Washington is seen as trying to lighten the Iranian cloud hanging over President Barack Obama’s talks in Israel on March 20.

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Iran's heavy water plant at Arak
What will Chuck Hagel do about Iran's plutonium production at Arak?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 27, 2013, 6:38 AM (GMT+02:00)

UK Premier David Cameron has been pushing US, French and Israeli leaders to accept that an Iranian nuclear bomb capacity is too real to stop and sanctions are futile. Publication of an active Iranian plutonium bomb plan Tuesday, Feb. 26, was aimed at selling the Cameron contention to incoming US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the day of his endorsement. Equally, rumors of Hassan Nasrallah’s terminal cancer – vehemently denied by Hizballah – will not put a spoke in Russian-Iranian plans for Syria.

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Yes we are close...
Obama and Netanyahu aid Khamenei’s campaign for Iran’s next president
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2013, 11:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

The White House was unmoved by the IAEA finding that Iran had installed 180 advanced centrifuges at Natanz to speed enrichment and commented Thursday, Feb. 21 that “a diplomatic solution is still possible” for Iran’s nuclear program. debkafile: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is calling in a debt from the US president: He respected Barack’s Obama’s campaign for reelection and gave up Iran’s “October surprise. Now he expects the US president not to upset his push to get his handpicked choice elected as Iran’s next president.

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From a British blog
US plan for UN to endorse Khamenei’s fatwa? Shock in Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Special Report February 17, 2013, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

The North Korean test of a “miniature nuclear device” capability, combined with Iran’s ability to launch a capsule with a monkey payload into orbit, add up to their having achieved a nuclear warhead capacity through shared technology. Officials in Jerusalem were dismayed to discover that, instead of cutting this menace short, members of President Barack Obama’s circle were studying a bizarre plan to appease Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by seeking UN Security Council endorsement for his nuclear fatwa.

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Is This the Revolutionary Guards’ Carpe Diem for a Coup in Tehran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2013, 1:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

Revolutionary Guards and army chiefs are weighing a military takeover in Tehran to end the ferocious infighting within the regime and prevent Ahmadinejad stirring up trouble to get his candidate elected in the June presidential vote.

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Herman Nackaerts
Khamenei’s Notice: No Nuclear Dialogue until Oil and Bank Sanctions Are Lifted
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2013, 1:13 AM (GMT+02:00)

No one is listening to Ali Khamenei when he says there will be no substantial nuclear negotiations until sanctions are lifted on oil revenues and banks. Iran is furnishing the Assad regime with $1 bn per month in aid despite sanctions.

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Ben Zygier-Alon as a serving IDF soldier
The dark labyrinth of straw companies in which Ben Zygier worked
DEBKAfile Special Report February 14, 2013, 1:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

In the murky world of double agents, no one can be sure who serves whom at any given time. Some straw companies also serve many spymasters - whether as their operating method or out of greed.  Ben Zygier-Alon’s mission has not been revealed, but some leaks suggest he may have been mixed up in this kind of vortex and, instead of jumping out, decided on his own bat to follow through all the way to a certain objective, so sealing his fate and possibly betraying his own masters.

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DEBKAfile: North Korea N-bomb test sites attended by Iranians
North Korea and Iran – partners in nuclear and missile programs
DEBKAfile Special Report February 12, 2013, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

US and Israel are aware that the North Korean nuclear test carried out Tuesday, Feb. 12, brings Iran that much closer to conducting a test of its own. Shortly before the test, Ahmadinejad’s boast that Iran will soon place a satellite in orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers - and Tehran’s claim to have sent a monkey into space – highlight the longstanding division of labor and pooling of knowledge between North Korea and Iran: the former focusing on nuclear armament and the latter on long-range missiles to deliver it.

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US-Europe missile shield - flawed
US withdrawal from Europe-based missile shield will impact Israel’s defense
DEBKAfile Special Report February 11, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

A secret US Pentagon study “casts doubt on whether the multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe can ever protect the US from Iranian ballistic missiles...” Clearly, the missile shield against Iran, which aroused ire in Moscow, is about to fall under the axe of US defense budget cuts. debkafile: Scrapping it will leave Israel and Turkey undefended against Iranian missile attack. But if Tehran can put a satellite in orbit of 36,000 kilometers above earth, as Ahmadinejad boasts, America is just as exposed.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama Decides to Take on Iran’s Nuclear Program and Its Damascus-Hizballah Axis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama’s preoccupation with Iran and Syria was signaled by his green light for Israel’s air strike in Syria and the announcement of his coming visit to Israel for consultation with Binyamin Netanyahu on those subjects, leaving the peace process with the Palestinians for a later date. This change of ...

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