512 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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Clashing UAE, Israeli and Iranian Military Maneuvers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2012

 

Iran was rattled by the United Arab Emirates air force war games over the Strait of Hormuz in conjunction with the US and France and Israel’s maneuvers in the Mediterranean. Its rejoinder was a maneuver of its own to practice offensive special operations raids for the first time.

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IR-2 centrifuge
Iran to expand 20-pc uranium enrichment at Fordo with new centrifuges
DEBKAfile Special Report May 17, 2012

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned Thursday 17, that a nuclear Iran would change the whole Middle East landscape and “we must do something to block” what he called “a catastrophe.” The impending agreement would permit Iran “to deceive the world” and continuing building a nuclear bomb. Western diplomatic sources disclose that Iran has moved this process forward by starting in mid-negotiations to instal new centrifuge cascades at Fordo to double or triple near-weapons grade enriched uranium production.

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Malek Ashtar University: Nuclear bomb project HQ
More than 60 nuclear experts at work building Iranian nuclear bomb
DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2012

The 60 Iranian experts employed by 11 different Iranian agencies controlled by the Iranian Defense Ministry (under the IRGC) were revealed by names and addresses Saturday, May 12, by the opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) in the first ever detailed exposure of a highly secret, central Iranian organization working on building a nuclear weapon. debkafile: Through the secret US-Iranian track, Khamenei told Barack Obama that Fordow will not be shut down. Jerusalem: The evolving US-Iran deal is “bad for Israel.”

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran Bargains for Regional Partnership through Secret Track with US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2012

 

Iran’s latest proposals contain a couple of concessions but are essentially a bargaining vehicle for using its clandestine dialogue with the US for acceptance of its nuclear program in one form another but equally important recognition as America’s respected regional partner.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz
Is Netanyahu’s New Government Set for an Iranian Surprise?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2012

 

Binyamin Netanyahu, freed from the shackles of an election campaign, is more empowered by his new expanded coalition tackling Iran’s nuclear threat by military measures. The Obama administration must think up new devices for holding him down.

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Barack Obama and Denis McDonough
The Gap between US and Israeli Iran Assessments Clearly Defined
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2012

 

While US officials are upbeat about the prospects of Tehran’s willingness to strike a deal on its nuclear aspirations, Israel sees Iran forging ahead with the concealment of its suspect nuclear sites in “zones of immunity.”

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Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu at their last meeting
Washington: Netanyahu is here to stay, so is Israel's military option on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2012

The unity government which Binyamin Netanyahu formed Tuesday May 8, is not just the broadest coalition ever to govern Israel, but also the first with three former chiefs of staff who are fully capable of directing an attack on Iran.  It was this feature which caught Washington’s attention as the first reports of Netanyahu’s stunning U-turn away from an early election filtered through. All the same, US sources expect the new government to give Obama a few months’ space before a decision on Iran.
 

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Barack Obama
New Iranian proposals in secret dialogue with US
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 8, 2012

Continuing our exclusive blow-by-blow reporting since March on the backdoor nuclear negotiations between Washington and Tehran, the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday revealed that Iran has put together a new package of proposals ahead of the next formal session between Iran and the Six Powers in Baghdad on May 23. They affect its nuclear program and aim to test Barack Obama’s willingness for a strategic partnership in the Persian Gulf region.
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Francois Hollande, new President of France
Change of French presidents weakens Western front against nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 7, 2012

Two stalwarts of the Western confrontation against a nuclear-armed Iran suffered election defeats this week: Nicolas Sarkozy was swept out of the Elysee by the Socialist leader Francois Hollande Sunday, May 6. Three days earlier, the two parties forming UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s government coalition were trounced in local elections across Britain.  Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who faces an election in four months, never imagined he would so soon be left on shifting sands against the Iranian nuclear threat.

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North Korean nuclear-capable BM-25 missiles sold to Iran
Iran readies secret salt desert bunkers for clandestine nuclear facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2012

Iran has transferred nuclear weapon-making installations to secret Dasht e-Kavir (Great Salt Desert) sites, including nuclear-capable ballistic missile plants, debkafile reports. This prompted Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s prediction that Iran is on the way to a capability for building a nuclear bomb in 60 days. To keep the desert installations out of sight, Tehran is bidding to stop IAEA inspections altogether after Parchin. Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are fighting to keep Israel’s military option on the table against political rivals at home.

 

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A Second F-22 Raptor Squadron for Gulf Base opposite Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2012

 

The US military buildup around Iran goes far beyond a cautionary demonstration for Iran to give up its nuclear weapon program. As well as the second lot of Raptors for the Gulf, military might is pouring into the two strategic islands of Masirah and Socotra.

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Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi
The Tradeoff: US Eases Nuclear Demands for Iran’s Cooperation in Afghanistan and Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2012

 

Iran is satisfied that Washington has made substantial concessions on its nuclear program and more can be squeezed persuaded for the sake of Tehran’s assistance for resolving the crises in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Ehud Barak: first to campaign for election.
Israeli politicians scramble for posts ahead of an election date
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2012

The government has tabled a bill for dissolving the Knesset. The date is still not confirmed, but would-be candidates for seats at the post-election cabinet table are lining up.  Defense Minister Ehud Barak launched his bid to carry on in defense at a news conference Wednesday, May 2. Other bidders, on the assumption that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will head the next government, aim to cut Likud’s current right-wing and religious partners out of his coalition and push Likud into a centrist role.

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Yuval Diskin ex-Shin Bet director
Ex-Shin Bet chief runs down Netanyahu and Barak as war leaders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 28, 2012

Yuval Diskin has a point about an Israeli attack’s potential for halting Iran’s race for a nuclear bomb – but not when he argues it would accelerate that race. Without an Israeli attack Tehran doubled the pace of its nuclear development in the past year. It is important to examine the ex-Shin Bet’s motives for echoing left-wing rhetoric against current Israeli leaders - especially as most Israeli left-of-center parties and protest groups are funded by foreign political interests.

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USAF F-22s deployed to Persian Gulf
US military drills Day One after strike on Iran, deploys F-22s to Gulf
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2012

US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US/Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, debkafile reports. Advanced US stealth F-22 fighter bombers were also transferred to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. Washington is thinking of attacking core elements of Iran’s nuclear program to weaken its hand in negotiations. 

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Benjamin Netanyahu
The War Operation against Iran May Be Just Weeks off
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

 

Because Israel received no answers from Washington about concessions Obama had made to Tehran in secret talks, and because Israel believes that Iran’s bomb-building capability will outrun progress in negotiations, Israel intelligence advise bringing forward the date for a military strike to stop Iran in its nuclear tracks.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran Plots a Low-Grade Nuclear Attack Which Israel Must Forestall
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

Israel’s war preparations are based on the estimate that by the end of 2012, Iran will be able to produce a crude nuclear device as well as a dirty bomb. It calculates as high the risk that Tehran will decide to use those devices for war against Israel in the short term and not wait until it has complete nuclear warhead ready for a ballistic missile.

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Nouri al-Maliki and Ayatollah Al Khamenei
Iran to US: You Went along with Our Nuclear Program. How about Our N-Bomb too?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

 

By dragging the Iranian nuclear issues onto the hazardous ground of theological polemic on the value of Shiite fatwas, Obama has added to Israel’s mistrust and appalled the Arab world’s Sunni rulers and peoples, especially in the Gulf and Egypt, who accuse him of pro-Shiite bias which is also reflected in Syria and other places. Iran’s appetite for concessions remains insatiable.

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Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz meets top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey in Washington
Gantz: IDF and other armies ready to strike Iran’s nuclear capabilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu acted Thursday, April 26, to correct the damaging impression of divided and conflicting perceptions of the Iranian nuclear threat left by statements delivered in the last two days by himself and Defense Minster Ehud Barak. Israel’s chief of staff Gen. Benny Gantz rallied to the task. He commented Thursday that “other countries have readied their armed forces for a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear sites to keep Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

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Some fear they've missed the boat.
As Israeli leaders wrangle over Iran, a new US spy agency will deal with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2012

Israel’s prime minister and defense minister were harshly criticized on the eve of Israel’s 64th Independence Day for too much speechifying and no real action against a nuclear Iran. In contrast, the US finally acted, creating a new Pentagon spy agency against the Islamic Republic. The Israeli street has stopped listening to its leaders intoning that Iran will not be permitted to acquire a nuclear weapon. Some military and intelligence sources believe Israel and the US have missed the boat for stopping it, especially concerning a dirty bomb.
 

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