478 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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Mohsen Rezaie, his master's voice
Iran ducks away from nuclear talks. Moscow: Mid East at boiling point
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2012

Tehran is seeking a postponement of the nuclear negotiations with world powers set for April 13-14 in Istanbul, debkafile’s Iranian sources report. Washington and Jerusalem see Iran’s maneuvers as guided by two objectives: Having the venue removed from Istanbul and buying a couple more months before the diplomatic crunch - and so delaying any military option that Israel or possibly America may choose to exercise if last-chance diplomacy fails.  Russian rhetoric targets the US military and naval buildup around Iran.

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Hillary Clinton chats with Saudi King Abdullah
By securing Assad and its alliance, Iran gains upper hand for nuclear talks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 31, 2012

Iran, Syria and Hizballah are celebrating Assad’s victory over the 12-month uprising against him and counting the advantages it confers on Tehran against the US and Saudi Arabia. The Iran-Syria-Hizballlah axis is now successfully shored up against the Obama administration’s strategy of isolation and sanctions for squeezing Iran into making concessions at the nuclear negotiations in two weeks.  Both are fading. It also serves as a warning to those Israelis who advocate passing the buck for preempting a nuclear Iran to Washington.

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Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan
Same Obama Message for Putin and Khamenei: Give Me Space
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2012

 

The US President has tacitly indicated to the Iranian leader that if elected to a second term he will have more room for maneuver and a freer hand for pursuing policies agreed in their back-channel dialogue. So please, Iranian officials, speak more kindly about America.

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Moshe Ya’alon
A Stuxnet Mutation Goes Underground to Strike Iran’s Nuclear Facility at Fordow
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2012

A chance comment by Israeli Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon suggested that a full-blown cyber attack by a mutated form of Stuxnet was at work again in Iran – this time deep underground in the uranium enrichment plant buried in a Fordow bunker near Qom.

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No comment from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Wikileaks claims Netanyahu was a Stratfor source, disclosed 2 Iranian nukes on missiles in 2009
DEBKAfile Special Report March 28, 2012

Wikileaks Wednesday, March 28 published mails indicating that Binyamin Netanyahu may have been a source ol the US Stratfor research site. Its Vice President for intelligence Fred Burton claimed in e-mails he was in contact with Netanyahu from May 2007 up until 2010 after he became Prime Minister. One e-mail said that in Dec. 2009, “BB” told him Iran has “two nukes on missiles ready to go.” The Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem has not commented on the publication.

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Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan get together
Obama’s back-channel to Tehran bypasses allies Erdogan and Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 24, 2012

US President Barack Obama sits down with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Seoul, South Korea Sunday, March 25. Earlier, Obama gave the Turkish leader - and Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu too - a lesson in political expediency: March 20, Washington awarded 11 nations exemptions from new US financial sanctions against Iran. The downscaling of sanctions caught Israel by surprise and angered Turkey, most of all as the outcome of unknown secret US-Iranian talks.

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Iran’s $40 billion Transfers to Chinese Banks Sidestep Financial Isolation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2012

 

China and Pakistan are profiting hugely from sanctions-busting financial services to Iran, while Russia, India and Turkey also help cushion Tehran against the depredations of sanctions.

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Qaboos bin Said Al Said
No Practical Results from Secret Diplomacy with Washington Expected in Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2012

 

While the Obama administration is pleased with the progress of secret diplomacy with Iran, Supreme Leader Khamenei does not expect practical results despite Iranian concessions on its nuclear program.

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Saudi Ras Tanura oil export terminal
Iran threatens Hormuz and world oil supply after trade links cutoff
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2012

Ali Falahian, Iran’s senior spokesman on sanctions, said Sunday, March 18: “I suggest that the West take seriously our threat to close the Strait of Hormuz.” This was Tehran’s first response to the SWIFT decision to sever ties with Iranian banks.
Four US and French nuclear aircraft carriers and a dozen or more minesweepers stand by on both sides of the Strait of Hormuz, through which 17 percent of the world’s daily oil supply passes, and Israeli naval vessels are deployed in the Red Sea.

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Bashar Assad
Assad’s Success Gives Russia the Edge over the US in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

 

Russia like Iran was the prime helper and is the prime beneficiary of Bashar Assad’s success in crushing the armed revolt against him and gives Vladimir kudos at the start of his presidency. His foreign minister Sergey Lavrov was enabled to call the shots for the 22-member Arab League.

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Israel Uses Gaza Clash to Drill Cyber Warfare, New Intelligence Systems
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

Israel used the Gaza missile war to test and improve three new systems. The brief campaign occasioned the most extensive cyber war Israel has ever conducted, as well giving a new intelligence command and control system its first field test and marking out the many gaps in the big cities' defenses against missile attack.
 

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MPR-500 made by Israel's Military Industries
Israel develops its own bunker buster
DEBKAfile Special Report March 13, 2012

Israel has developed an improved precision, bunker-burrowing weapon which Israeli Military Industries (IMI) unveiled on March 6 at peak US-Israel friction over a strike against Iran. The 500-pound MPR-500 is an electro-optical bomb that can penetrate double-reinforced concrete walls or floors without breaking apart.  “The lethality, precision… and relatively low weight of the new weapon,” say its manufacturers, “enable its use against multiple targets in a single pass.”  The MPR-500 bridges a gap between the US 250-pound US GBU-39 and the 5,000-pound GBU-28 super-bunker buster.

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Model of a nuclear bomb
Obama projects an Israel visit in July: before or after an attack on Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 9, 2012

Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu gave President Obama breathing-space for a decision on the timing of an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, debkafile reports. The US president’s possible July visit to Israel will aim to boost his bid for re-election, depending on such imponderables as whether it comes before or after this attack and who ends up staging it.  Meir Dagan, ex-Mossad chief claims there is still time for diplomacy because Tehran (whose leaders are sworn to destroy Israel and forging ahead with their nuclear program) are rational.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama Estimates July-August, Netanyahu Projects Early May
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2012

Obama and Netanyahu narrowed the gap between their timetables for attacking Iran to three months – between May and August. In July they meet again – possibly in Israel - for another shared intelligence update and reassessment.

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Barack Obama
Iran Will Have to Meet 7 Provisos to Keep Nuclear Talks Afloat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2012

Obama plans to confront Iran with seven conditions for keeping nuclear negotiations with the big powers going – from the word go. One is to sign NPT protocols authorizing spot IAEA inspections of suspicious site. Since no one expects Tehran comply, the military option will soon be back on the table.

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Barack Obama
Will the US and Israel Strike Iran Separately or Together?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2012

 

Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu have both appointed trusted commanders to take charge of preparations for their respective attacks on Iran: Adm. William McRaven, head of US Special Operations Command-SOCOM and Israel’s Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan. Whether they led joint operations or act separately depends on the still absent US-Israeli accord on a timetable.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
A Slogan Born of Lingering Distrust of America’s Intentions on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2012

 

The slogan “Israel must be master of its fate” was born of the intelligence reaching Binyamin Netanyahu that Washington had promised Tehran to restrain Israel from an attack on its nuclear sites behind his back. At that point he resolved not to give Obama a heads-up on a coming strike.

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US President and Israeli Prime Minister in a lighter moment
First report: Obama, Netanyahu draw closer on Iran attack
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 8, 2012

Only on DEBKA-Net-Weekly: In the latest edition out Friday, find out what the US President and the Israeli Prime Minister really said to each other and the measure of understanding they reached with regard to military action against Iran this year. We can reveal in which areas they agreed on separate US and Israel steps for the common purpose of cutting down Iran’s nuclear weapon capability and in which they will work in harness. Timetables are the key.

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US GBU-31 bunker buster bomb
US bunker-busters, aerial refueling for Israel alongside diplomacy for Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 6, 2012

American sources disclosed Tuesday March 6, that President Barack Obama had decided to supply Israel with weapons systems suitable for long-range military operations and strikes against fortified underground targets. They include four KC-35 aerial refueling aircraft, doubling the number already in the Israeli Air Force inventory, and GBU-31 Direct Attack Munition-JDAMs, which serve US bombers especially those based on aircraft carriers. Also reported was the Six Powers offer to Tehran to resume negotiations on its nuclear program.
 

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A grim Binyamin Netanyahu on Iranian threat.
Netanyahu to Obama: We can’t wait much longer, Iran has not one but ten Fordows
DEBKAfile Special Report March 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu brought 14,000 pro-Israel lobby cheering delegates to their feet repeatedly when he pledged Monday night, March 5, “Never again would our people have to live in the shadow of annihilation.” debkafile: At the White House earlier, Obama admitted the Fordow underground plant could no longer be destroyed by bombs or missiles, only stifled by blocking its vents. Netanyahu: Iran already has ten Fordows. "We can’t wait much longer" to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear tool of terror.

 

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