455 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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Hassan Rouhani
Rouhani Buys from Obama an Easy Ride on Iran's Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

Rouhani has appointed a hardliner to head of the national security council which controls Iran’s posture in nuclear negotiations with world powers.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Obama-Putin deal didn’t stop at chemical Syria: US eases sanctions on nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 11, 2013, 11:59 AM (GMT+02:00)

After Iranian president Hassan Rouhani made the UN Assembly the stage for resumed nuclear talks, the US began lifting sanctions. debkafile discloses a US-Russian-Iranian deal is already in the bag following three weeks of secret trilateral exchanges for an agreed formula for defusing the Syrian chemical weapons issue without military force to provide the key to progress in direct nuclear talks between the US and Iran. Details of the deals they struck will be revealed for the first time in the next issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday, Sept. 13.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya'alon
Israel, Saudis Fear Obama's "Soft Blow" for Syria May Be Precedent for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israelis and Saudis are concerned Obama will treat nuclear Iran as leniently as chemical Syria.

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Hassan Rouhani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Khamenei’s Hard Nuclear Line Prevails, Rouhani Shuns Direct Talks with Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013, 12:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani is building a pro-reform government on domestic affairs but adheres to the supreme leader’s hard line on nuclear and foreign policy.

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Still at cross-purposes on nuclear Iran
Barring the IDF, Netanyahu’s last resort against possible Obama détente with Iran is US Congress
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 7, 2013, 12:43 PM (GMT+02:00)

A senior Israeli official commented Tuesday, Aug. 6, that Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear program on its own without American back-up – albeit less effectively than with the US – meaning the destruction of key components but not the entire program. debkafile: Israel is starting to accept that President Barack Obama’s balking at military action in Syria applies equally to Iran. Netanyahu is counting on winning the US Congress around to Israel’s case as his last resort against Obama’s policy. So for now, Iran’s nuclear program can run without interference.
 

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Hassan Rouhani
Rouhani Will Keep Faith with Hardline Khameini and Stick to Iran‘s Nuclear Drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Important US figures have taken great pains to portray the incoming Iranian president Hasan Rouhani as a moderate, who is anxious to repair relations with the US. His new cabinet will upset their hopes.

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Saeb Erekat, John Kerry and Tzipi Livni
The Real Israeli-Palestinian Track - Indirect and Blanketed in Total Secrecy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

John Kerry has undertaken two impossible goals: Reaching a final-status accord in nine months of Israel-Palestinian negotiations and holding them in total secrecy.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Moscow & Tehran Won’t Let US Climb atop Kerry’s Peace Plan to High Ground in the Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)

For lack of a credible US military presence in the Middle East, Moscow and Tehran feel free to impede the progress of Kerry’s plan to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

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Obama and Ashton put their heads together
Obama uses EU to confront Israel with tough interlinked choices: borders or nuclear-armed Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 17, 2013, 12:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

To avoid a head-on clash with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama set loose the Europeans in full cry against Jerusalem and its policies, by timing their new guidelines with John Kerry’s arrival in Amman. EU foreign affairs executive Catherine Ashton chairs the international negotiating forum with Iran. And so, the EU, with backing from Washington, gives Tehran a broad wink that a fresh round of nuclear diplomacy is worth their while now that Israel is on the run in the settlements-cum-borders dispute.

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Another Sunni Bloc Takes Shape, This One Centering on Saudi Arabia and Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia and UAE who aided the Egyptian putsch plan to use it as a lever for a new Sunni bloc. King Abdullah wants Bashar Assad’s ouster at the top of its agenda.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani
US-Iranian Nuclear Talks Launched Secretly Ahead of Rouhani Election
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US and Iran embarked on secret direct nuclear negotiations a week before Hassan Rouhani was elected Iranian president. Obama has agreed to let Iran’s nuclear program go forward up to a point just short of assembling a bomb. Saudi Arabia and Israel are furious.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Lavrov: Iran agrees to halt 20-percent uranium enrichment. West must lift sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report June 18, 2013, 6:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran confirms it is prepared to halt enrichment of 20-percent uranium, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reported Tuesday, June 18. He urged Western nations to reciprocate by lifting sanctions. debkafile: It was not clear whether this is a temporary or absolute stoppage - or a dodge for getting sanctions eased to help the new Iranian president find his economic feet. Jerusalem was not convinced by Lavrov’s arguments because Iran has accumulated enough low-grade 5.3 percent uranium for rapid conversion to 20 percent.

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Hassan Rouhani is elected Iranian President
Iran’s new, democratically elected president faces battle with Guards on nuclear issue
DEBKAfile Special Report June 15, 2013, 10:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei views Hassan Rouhani’s election as president as the opening for a more flexible approach on Iran’s nuclear controversy with the West. debkafile: Rouhani’s first task will be to draft a detailed plan setting boundaries for Iranian concessions to obtain the partial lifting of sanctions and restore the flow of oil revenues to the country’s empty coffers. This will bring the president-elect head on head with the Revolutionary Guards, who are already rumored in Tehran to be plotting his removal by a military putsch.

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Khamenei Asks Israel Its Terms for Calling off Nuclear Strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

The request to Binyamin Netanyahu from Ali Khamenei was routed through Barack Obama. Its outcome was a flood of harsh US sanctions and Washington’s nod for a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran.

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Obama’s New National Security Team Can’t Dodge the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama’s new appointees, Susan Rice, National Security adviser, and Samantha Power, ambassador to the UN, favored US intervention in Libya but not Syria. They prefer to help the president achieve his pivot to Asia, but neither al Qaeda nor Iran will give them the chance.

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Tehran Shops for North Korean Nuclear Warheads
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran has crafted a web of subterfuge for obtaining from China the cash for buying the finished nuclear bombs and for concealing their transport to Iran by supertankers.

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Saeed Jalili
Saeed Jalili is the Supreme Leader’s Favorite for President
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalilee is the supreme leader’s favorite for president in the June 14 election, appreciating his hard line on Iran’s nuclear program – except that he is short of administrative experience for rescuing a collapsing economy.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran and Assad slide past US and Israeli red lines – nuclear and chemical
DEBKAfile Special Report April 23, 2013, 7:13 PM (GMT+02:00)

Red lines have been flattened by Iran’s rapid progress toward a nuclear weapon and by Bashar Assad’s mockery, backed by Tehran, of US President Barack Obama’s warning that “proof of chemical weapons use would be a game changer.” Two Israeli ex-intelligence chiefs Tuesday, April 23 underlined Israel-US differences.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Why Is Israel Talking again about a Solo Strike on Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s leaders are again talking about a unilateral strike on Iran after discovering that contrary to US reports, its nuclear program has picked up speed and after watching the tame US handling of the Korean crisis.

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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Yaalon plans to restructure the IDF as small, self-contained armies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2013, 6:58 PM (GMT+02:00)

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon wants America as partner if at all possible for attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. But if Washington declines and Iran is on the verge of acquiring an operational nuclear arsenal – most probably this year - Israel must go it alone. He plans to do away with the classical divisions, brigades and professional corps like artillery and tanks which characterize a conventional army, and replace them with small, self-contained, armies capable of operating independently under their own air and artillery cover.

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