456 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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Mid East Spies Race for the Hidden Clauses of US-Iranian Nuclear Package
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Middle East spy agencies are on the hunt for a 30-page secret addendum to the nuclear accord with Tehran, whose existence Washington denies to general disbelief.

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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on the offensive
Ya’alon apologizes for personally offending Kerry, but does not recant
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2014, 9:39 AM (GMT+02:00)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was forced to apologize Tuesday night, Jan. 14, for private remarks about Secretary of State John Kerry, showing how far Israel has fallen as a strategic asset for the Obama administration, compared with the new favorite. Only this week, Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said the US President was not telling the truth in stating that Iran would dismantle a key part of its nuclear program. The White House response: Never mind what the Iranians say; it’s what they do that matters – a freedom evidently denied Israel.

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What brakes has he applied to a nuclear Iran?
Obama withholds from Israel details of nuclear accord with Iran: Tehran denies dismantling its program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2014, 10:00 AM (GMT+02:00)

US Vice President Joe Biden when he met Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night, Jan. 13, refused to disclose details of agreements which the Americans claimed were reached by the six powers and Iran in their talks earlier this week on the implementation of their first-stage Geneva accord. This is reported by debkafile. This refusal signals a further sharp decline in US-Israeli strategic relations.
At the same time, Tehran contradicts the White House statement purporting an agreement for Iran to start dismantling its enrichment infrastructure on Jan. 20. 

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Barack Obama's safety belt for Iran
US and Iran “insulate” nuclear negotiations from “tensions” over Iran’s regional policy
DEBKAfile Special Report January 13, 2014, 11:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US and Iran agree to treat Tehran’s regional policies as separate from nuclear diplomacy to forestall obstacles which such opponents as Saudi Arabia and Israel may raise. Monday, Jan. 14, senior US sources admitted: “The US and Iran have sought to insulate the nuclear negotiations from the tensions over Iran’s regional policies.” On the Syrian issue, governments near and far will attend Geneva 2, but Israel is not invited, although events in next-door Syria and Lebanon directly impinge on its security. Sharon would not have taken this snub lying down.

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Vladimir Putin
Huge Russian-Iranian oil-for-goods deal worth $18bn p.a. nullifies sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report January 11, 2014, 12:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russia and Iran are about to sign an oil-for-goods transaction worth $1.5 billion a month - $18bn a year - that would substantially help lift Iran’s oil exports out of range of Western sanctions, the deterrent by which President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu set so much store. debkafile: The deal is about to be signed ahead of any accord negotiated between Iran and the world powers on its nuclear program. Tehran has thus won a Russian safety belt for playing hard to get against the West in the ongoing negotiations.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Has Iran’s Leader Revamped Nuclear Diplomacy under Military Coup Threat?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014, 12:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Ali Khamenei under threat of a military coup has hemmed President Rouhani in with hardliners to hold his hand in future nuclear negotiations with the six powers. A radical Iranian lawmaker says a nuclear weapon is necessary for the balance of terror with Israel.

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IR-2m centrifuges at Iran's enrichment plants
Iran blatantly defies five key Geneva Pact commitments - heads for nuclear arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 9, 2014, 10:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran is openly installing fast IR-2m centrifuges designed to speed uranium enrichment, and preparing even faster machines, claiming they were covered by the US-led five power recognition of Iran’s right to nuclear enrichment under the November, 2013 Geneva pact. debkafile: A follow-up meeting takes place Thursday, Nov. 9, in the face of the Iranian lawmaker Muhammad Nabavian’s revelation that Tehran can produce a bomb within two weeks - and a complete nuclear arsenal with the help of the new centrifuges. He named Israel as its target.

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The Nuclear Accord with Iran and Chemical Deal with Syria - in Gridlock
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014, 12:51 AM (GMT+02:00)

The freeze on Iran’s nuclear program, agreed in Geneva, is still in abeyance, and the destruction of Syria’s poison weapons stuck somewhere in limbo.

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Binyamin Netanyahu braces for personal US backlash on Iran
US prepares to pay Netanyahu back for Iran campaign, using Palestinian issue as bludgeon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 28, 2013, 1:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile reports: US and Israeli intelligence analysts have no doubt that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas stands in the way of a negotiated peace accord with Israel, because he is sure he can get more by diplomatic manipulation and anti-Israel propaganda. Yet the Obama administration is planning to hold Binyamin Netanyahu to blame for the impasse in the talks by depicting him as a serial denier of peace and political failure. This is intended as payback for his bid to turn Congress against Obama’s policy of détente with Iran.

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The Geneva Nuclear Accord Is on Its Way to a Slow Death
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2013, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

The post-Geneva elation has faded into pessimism and skepticism in Washington and Tehran where the hardline opposition threatens to extinguish nuclear diplomacy.

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Iran's second space monkey mission
Iran returns second space monkey to earth, stages crisis in nuclear talks
DEBKAfile Special Report December 14, 2013, 2:21 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Hassan Rouhani announced Saturday, Dec. 14, that Iran had launched a monkey into space and brought it back to earth safely aboard a home-made bio-capsule. debkafile: This confirmed that Iran's missiles can reach any point on earth - notwithstanding its commitments under the Geneva accord signed last month. By marching out of the Vienna conference Friday – in response to new US sanctions - the Iranian delegation  left the entire accord up in the air before details of its implementation were settled, or a date set for a nuclear freeze.

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Barack Obama at Saban Forum
Obama: Iran must shut Fordo, give up making centrifuges. Palestinians must accept framework deal
DEBKAfile Special Report December 7, 2013, 11:09 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama addressed the Iranian nuclear and Palestinian issues in terms sympathetic to the Israeli case at the Saban annual forum in Washington Saturday, Dec. 7. On the final accord with Iran, he spoke of constraints to ensure Iran was prevented from attaining a nuclear weapon. The Palestinians must accept that the current talks with Israel will produce, at best, a framework accord without full details. It would also omit the Gaza Strip and provide for a transition period before a final settlement.

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Michael Hayden
Will Netanyahu Go for a Military Strike Now that Iran Is a Nuclear Threshold State?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

After failing to prevent Iran becoming a nuclear threshold state, Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu has practically run out of options.

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Super-Stuxnet in the making
Tehran: Mossad and Saudi intelligence are designing super-Stuxnet to destroy Iran’s nuclear program
DEBKAfile Special Report December 3, 2013, 9:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency “reveals” that Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Mossad are “co-conspiring to produce a computer worm more destructive than the Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.” It claims that Saudi intelligence director Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and Israel’s Mossad chief Tamir Pardo met in Vienna to decide on the virus attack on Nov. 24, shortly after the six world powers signed their first interim nuclear agreement with Iran in Geneva, and that a week earlier, Prince Bandar visited Israel secretly with French President Francois Hollande.  

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Binyamin Netanyahu's nuclear depiction caricatured
Former CIA, AMAN chiefs: Iran is a nuclear threshold state and can no longer be stopped
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2013, 10:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

In New York and Tel Aviv, former CIA director Gen. Michael Haden and ex-chief of AMAN, Gen. (ret) Amos Yadlin, offered the same opinion.  Both said Sunday, Dec. 1, that Iran has attained the status of a nuclear threshold state, able to build several nuclear bombs in a matter of weeks. By this diagnosis, they indicted their respective governments for failing to stop this happening. Hayden on the Geneva accord: “We need to negotiate hitting the delete button.” Yadlin: "Iran is a step before breakout to a bomb. This is unfortunate but true.”

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Pakistan's nuclear-capable Hatf IX short-range ballistic missile
Enough enriched uranium in Iran for 4 nuclear weapons. N-Bomb awaits Saudis in Pakistan
DEBKAfile Special Report November 30, 2013, 11:38 AM (GMT+02:00)

When the Geneva accord was signed on Nov. 24, Iran had already amassed enough enriched uranium for four nuclear bombs, and the Saudis stood ready to collect an atom bomb from a Pakistani shelf. In his phone call to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama proposed tighter US intelligence oversight for verifying Iran’s compliance with its commitments and pass its findings to Israel for further analysis. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif threatened to boycott the technical discussions if Israelis were co-opted – even indirectly.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
US Makes Iran Strategic Partner in Six World Zones – from Indian Ocean to Palestine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US is showering Iran with perks even before it takes the first step toward implementing its interim nuclear deal with the six powers.

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Gen. Mohammad-Ali Jaafari
Revolutionary Guards’ Schemes for Wrecking Geneva Deal, Ousting Rouhani and Zarif
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

The IRGC has big plans to wreck the nuclear deal and oust its proponents President Hassan Rouhani and Javad Zarif.

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Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah
Obama Prepares 15 “Prizes” to Cool Tempers in Riyadh and Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

Obama offers Riyadh some major policy reversals on Egypt, Syria and Libya to gain King Abdullah’s cooperation.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama’s Diplomacy Blamed for Letting Iran Reach the Nuclear Threshold
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel is unlikely to be mollified by the package offered by Obama for its cooperation, not forgetting that his diplomacy gave Iran space and time to reach the nuclear threshold.

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