492 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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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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North Korea tested Iranian warhead or “dirty bomb” in 2010 for $55m
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2012

German and Japanese intelligence sources Monday, March 5, confirmed to debkafile that Western intelligence had known for 11 months that North Korea had carried out at least one covert underground nuclear test in 2010 on an Iranian radioactive bomb or nuclear warhead. Shortly after the first test in April, a large team of Iranian nuclear experts arrived in Pyongyang to prepare the second one in May, after which Iran transferred to the North Korean nuclear energy commission the sum of $55 million.

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Barack Obama addresses AIPAC convention
Obama to AIPAC: Diplomatic pressure will bring Tehran to the right decision
DEBKAfile Special Report March 4, 2012

US President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres in addressing the opening of the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC convention in Washington, Sunday, March 4, condemned a nuclear Iran as a threat to the US, Israel and the world. President Obama urged the efficacy of diplomacy backed by pressure since “Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon” and there was still time for Iran’s leaders to make the right decision. debkafile: Iran has used this policy to accelerate its nuclear program as never before.

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Binaymin Netanyahu's dilemma
Adamant Obama confronts Netanyahu with a lone decision on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2012

Expectations that the meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday, March 5, will produce accord on how and when to stop Iran going nuclear are likely to prove unfounded, say debkafile’s sources. Obama was always dead against pursuing military action before sanctions and negotiations ran their course. Now he also wants to show Israel the limits of its influence in Washington. He will leave Netanyahu with a lone decision on how to deal with the prospect of an Iranian nuclear bomb.
 

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Obama cautions against “a premature attack” on Iran, rejects red lines
DEBKAfile Special Report March 2, 2012

In an interview to The Atlantic Friday, March 2, US President Barack Obama held to the line that “Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon” and cautioned against a “premature attack” on the Islamic Republic. debkafile: This assessment is certainly not shared by Israel and ignored its call for red lines to warn Iran it will be attacked if it takes its nuclear weapons program beyond them. Neither did the president mention the advanced stage of the shielding of Iran’s nuclear facilities in bunkers.

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Last-ditch bid fails to bridge US-Israeli differences
Pentagon prepares “aerial refueling” for Israeli planes striking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2012

In a significant policy U-turn on Iran, anonymous Pentagon officials disclosed Thursday, March 1, that “military options being prepared start with providing refueling for Israeli planes and include attacking the pillars of the clerical regime.” This was the first Washington reference to possible joint US-Israeli military action against Iran.  Israel earlier called on the US to set red lines for Iran’s nuclear projects and to spell out military contingencies instead of the worn-out “all options are on the table” mantra.

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How real is this scenario?
US and Israel update Iran intelligence for Obama-Netanyahu summit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2012

US and Israeli government officials joined forces in their recent talks in their two capitals for a reevaluation of their pooled intelligence on the state of the Iranian nuclear weapon program. Their conclusions will be presented to President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at their White House meeting March 5. In Tehran, reports like the AP claim that Israel might be allowed to use US bases in the region from which to attack Iran are treated as part of the US-Israeli campaign of deception.
 

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