476 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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Chlorine canister for gas bomb
New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2014

On April 11, Syrian planes dropped Chinese-manufactured chlorine gas canisters rigged with explosive detonators on Kafr Zita near Hama. Since then, British and French intelligence sources report at least four such attacks against the northern towns of Idlib and Homs and the Harasta and Jobar districts outside Damascus. Assad is dropping these crippling gas bombs at the rate of one every three days, mocking the 2013 Kerry-Lavrov chemical disarmament pact. debkafile: Iran is buying Chinese chlorine in industrial quantities off the Internet from a Hangzhou-based firm.

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Secret Parchin nuclear site closed to inspectors
Salehi’s Arak “deal” – cover-up for 1,300 kg enriched uranium smuggled to Parchin for secret upgrade
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2014

Iran’s Ali Akbar Salehi’s offer Saturday, April 19, “to redesign” the controversial Arak reactor to produce one-fifth of the plutonium initially planned was a piece of misdirection. debkafile reveals that Tehran has secretly smuggled 1,300 kilos of low-grade uranium to Parchin, the military facility barred to inspectors, and installed there 1,630 banned advanced centrifuges for their rapid upgrade in secret to 20 percent enrichment. The IAEA was deceived into reporting that Iran had left itself with “substantially less of the 20-percent enriched uranium needed for a nuclear warhead.”

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Back to the Military Option for Iran’s Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014

Israel is flexing muscle, while the US and Saudi Arabia have embarked on two large-scale exercises to prepare for a possible military strike against Iran’s weapons-capable nuclear program.

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Mohammed Javad Zarif
US Wants a Quick Nuclear Accord with Iran - in Isolation from Ukraine Impasse with Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014

Washington is in a big hurry to finalize a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran to avert the military action building up around the Islamic Republic.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran’s Radicals Prepare to Block Any Negotiated Nuclear Accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014

The Revolutionary Guards plan to build Iran’s first nuclear bomb by autumn and will not allow President Rouhani to make concessions in negotiations with the six powers that may shut the program down.

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Launch of Ofek-10 spy satellite
Israeli launches spy satellite after US refusal to push for Iran’s weapons program's dismantlement
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to delay the launch of Israel’s improved Ofek 10 spy satellite Wednesday night April 9, hours after the six powers and Iran wound up another round of talks in Vienna on a comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile: Israel decided to show some muscle after the Obama administration agreed to raise Iran’s weapons program in future talks, but refused to go into any detail or promise a tough US response if Tehran continued to pretend that its weapons program is non-existent and therefore not up for negotiation.

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Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna
US races headlong for final nuclear deal with Iran - irrespective of program’s military dimension
DEBKAfile Special Report April 8, 2014

Iran and the six world powers Tuesday, April 8, kicked off negotiations in Vienna for a final and comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile reports that in its haste to start drafting the document by mid-May, the Obama administration is ignoring the military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program.  A senior Israeli security official remarked: “The Americans are ready to take Tehran’s assurance that its program is purely peaceful at face value.” The initial US-Iranian argument over the quantity of low-grade enriched uranium permissible is irrelevant given the fissile material concealed in Tehran’s weapons program.

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Arak heavy water-plutonium reactor
Russia to back Iran in nuclear talks - Moscow’s “April surprise” for Western sanctions over Ukraine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

As the Six Power group and Iran prepared for their third round of nuclear talks in Vienna next week (Tuesday-Wednesday, April 8-9), Tehran frankly admitted to exploiting the holes in the six-month interim deal they forged in Geneva last November by using advanced centrifuges and carrying on with the Arak project. This will be Moscow’s first opportunity to make good on its threat to confront the West and line up with Iran, in retaliation for Western penalties for its annexation of Crimea. Moscow and Tehran are close to a mammoth oil-for-food barter deal.

 

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Moshe Yaalon and Martin Dempsey
Dempsey’s Mission: Squash Israel’s Return to a Military Option for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey was given the task of deterring Israel from reverting to its plans for a unilateral strike on Iran’s nuclear program. After camvassing Israeli leaders and generals, he left without clear answers.

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Gen. Martin Dempsey meets Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Dempsey claims Israel satisfied the US will use military option against Iran. DEBKAfile: Israel doesn’t say this
DEBKAfile Special Report April 2, 2014

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey left Israel on April 2 saying its leaders were now satisfied the US was capable of using a military option against Iran. debkafile: The Israeli officials he met did not confirm this, or the “broad Israel-US agreement” on how to deal with the Iranian threat. Dempsey’s remark that the US “will use a military option if the Iranians choose to stray off the diplomatic path,” confirmed that nothing had changed. More about this in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday. To subscribe, click here.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Khamenei Opts to Copycat Putin and Defy the 5+1 Powers over Iran’s Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014

Khamenei has concluded that Iran can stand up to the 5+1 powers and survive sanctions for the sake of keeping its nuclear program running without curtailment.

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CIA Headquarters at Langley, Va.
Chief of CIA division for spying on Iran is suspended over internal mutiny
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014

The CIA's chief of Iran operations, Jonathan Bank, 46, was sent home on paid leave over an “open rebellion” in his department, US, Russian and Iranian media reported Tuesday, March 18. debkafile: This places in doubt the credibility of US President Barack Obama’s assurances to Israel and the Arabian Gulf leaders that they have nothing to fear from US-Iranian rapprochement. Washington, they were told, was fully abreast of Iran’s nuclear activities and would know in good time if Khamenei gave the order to build a nuclear weapon.

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Obama Couldn’t Prevent Saudi-Pakistan Nuclear Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014

Pakistan refused to heed Obama’s demands to back of its nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis will be more flexible on non-nuclear issues like Syria in order to repair the fraught relations with Washington.

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Iran's heavy water reactor under construction at Arak
Nuclear talks open with Iran and three unattainable US pledges to Israel re Fordo, Arak, enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2014

The six powers and Iran sat down in Geneva Tuesday, Feb. 18 for talks on a final, comprehensive resolution of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. But first, the Obama administration gave the Israeli government three pledges. debkafile: The US would insist on the shutdown of the Fordo enrichment plant; the Arak reactor’s conversion to a light water plant; and a cap on 5-percent enrichment. They all face Tehran's certain rejection. Binyamin Netanyahu can only try for a ceiling on centrifuges when he meets Barack Obama on March 3.

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US at nuclear odds with Pakistan
US asks Pakistan to halt nuclear transfer to Saudis in respect of talks with Iran
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 18, 2014

Trapped in a paradox, the Obama administration asks Pakistan to hold back its nuclear arms transfer to Saudi Arabia to avoid upsetting the six-power nuclear talks with Iran. This is hugely ironic. Washington seeks to curb the nuclear race triggered by its own acquiescence to Iran’s price for diplomacy – recognizing its right to enrich uranium. The Pakistani-Saudi nuclear deal is one outcome of Obama’s inconsistent regional policies. Islamabad’s response is revealed in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday, along with striking developments on Iran, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and al Qaeda.  Don't miss this exciting issue. Subscribe here to DEBKA Weekly.

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John Kerry and Barack Obama
Obama Reserved on Kerry’s Iranian, Syrian, Israeli-Palestinian Enterprises
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014

The White House is qualifying its support for Kerry’s diplomacy for Iran, Syria and Middle East peacemaking, finding it too decisive for Obama.

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Wendy Sherman
Wendy Sherman’s Slip Bared Obama’s Game: To Dump Iranian Nuclear Diplomacy on Next President
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014

By a slip of the tongue, Wendy Sherman gave away Obama’s game which is to drag Iranian nuclear diplomacy on for two years and hand the hot potato to his successor.

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John Kerry
Like Helium Balloons, Kerry's Initiatives Soar High - But Don’t Come down to Earth
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014

The delegation to Geneva 2 representing Bashar Assad holds most of the levers and will make sure that there is no resolution suggesting his removal. Iran denies accepting any dismantling of its nuclear infrastructure, and Kerry misses a visit to Israel and the Palestinians.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Fight for President Rouhani’s Ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are going all out to unseat President Rouhani and if this can’t be done than to sabotage nuclear diplomacy with the West and block any further concessions.

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Who will climb down?
US warns Syria conference “fluid” over UN invitation to Iran. Crisis in US ties with Russia, Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report January 20, 2014

The Obama administration was forced Monday, Jan. 20 - the day Iran began implementing the interim nuclear accord - to put its foot down against Moscow and Tehran over UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s invitation for Iran to attend the Syria peace conference opening Wednesday. debkafile: Barack Obama and John Kerry were shocked to discover Moscow and Tehran exploiting the US outreach to them for independent steps on Syria in defiance of Washington’s conditions. They told Ban that the US would not demur for fear of upsetting the nuclear accord.  

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