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UN team unwelcome in Tehran, Mottaki whittles down overseas enrichment plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2009
Senior Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerd said Monday afternoon, Oct. 26 that the UN inspectors had carried out their mission to visit a newly-disclosed uranium enrichment plant and may leave Iran later in the day. debkafile's Iranian sources report that the nuclear watchdog team were supposed to have paid a second visit to the Fordu plant near Qom in the next two days after their first trip Sunday. So either the Iranians cut the inspectors' mission short or they were denied access to the suspected facility and aborted.
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US "mildly disappointed" with Iran for withholding reply on overseas enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2009
After France, Russia and US accepted the IAEA director's compromise plan for Iran to export three-quarters of its low-enriched uranium overseas for reprocessing as fuel Friday Oct. 23, Iranian state TV announced Tehran had opted to purchase enriched uranium overseas and not send it out for further enrichment.
Tehran waited for the three powers to approve the arrangement; then, when all eyes had switched to Iran, shot the ball back into their court.
In Washington, the State Department said it was unhappy that Iran was not ready to embrace the plan.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 418, just out Friday, examined the proposal from Iran's perspective.

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French FM: "Israel will not tolerate an Iranian bomb"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2009
French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner warned that Iran's nuclear ambitions have started a "race to confrontation" with Israel and the world's leading powers must break the deadlock before the Jewish state "reacts."
A UN nuclear watchdog team paid their first visit to the previously hidden uranium enrichment site near Qom Sunday Oct. 25 and expects to inspect the site again in the next two days.
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ElBaradei's ruse helps Iran keep on enriching uranium for a nuke
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2009
Mohammed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, pulled a rabbit out of his hat Wednesday, Oct. 21 to save the Vienna talks with Iran on the future of its enriched uranium from breaking down on its third day. He put before the US, France and Russia and Iran a draft proposal and gave them until Friday to come back with their answer.
The only officials to come smiling out of the aborted meeting were the Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalilee and his aides. But strangely enough, it was greeted with happy applause in the West.
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Iran threatens to invade Pakistan, "crushing response" for US, UK
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2009
The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafary, Monday, Oct. 19, threatened "crushing" retaliation against the US, UK and Pakistan including the invasion of its eastern neighbor. Tehran links all three to the suicide bombing attack in Sistan-Baluchistan Sunday, Oct. 18, which killed 42 people including seven senior Guards officers.
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First official probe launched against top Iranian opposition leader<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2009
The probe announced Tuesday, Oct. 13, of one of the three presidential candidates defeated in Iran's June election looks like the first step toward using the tightly-controlled process of law to persecute the top dissenters who alleged that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected in a fraudulent poll. Former Speaker Mohammed Karroubi is the first to pay the price for alleging that political detainees are subject to rape and torture.
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Tehran threatens swift retribution for suicide attack, Iranian speaker accuses Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2009
Seven high-ranking Iranian officers among the 42 people who died in a suicide bombing attack in the Sistan-Baluchi provincial town of Pisheen early Sunday, Oct. 18.
Tehran vowed swift retribution, Parliament speaker Ali Larijani accused the US, which rejected the charge of involvement.
debkafiled named one of the generals as covert commander of al Qods' clandestine foreign terror bases in the Middle East.
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Russia halts TOR-M1, S-300 air, missile defense missiles to Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 19, 2009
debkafile's military sources report that Russia's abrupt suspension of consignments of advanced Tor-M1 air defense missiles and S-300 anti-missile systems has left Tehran high and dry for effective weapons to defend itself and its nuclear facilities against attacks.
Our Iranian sources disclose that extreme frustration prompted the boasts of Revolutionary Guards Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami Sunday, Oct. 11, that Tehran's hi-tech missiles can repel any attack.
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Iran moves to impose gasoline rationing ready for showdown with US<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2009
Tehran plans to slash the supply of subsided gasoline to the public by 45 percent and ration individual purchases to 55 liters per month, down from the 100 allowed at present. This announcement Wednesday, Oct. 8, by Iranian oil minister Massoud Mirkazemi was Tehran's second step ahead of an expected showdown with the West over its nuclear program.
debkafile's Iranian sources report: Accusing the US of involvement in the disappearance of an important Iranian nuclear scientist was the first.
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Tehran accuses US in case of missing Iranian nuclear scientist
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2009
Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki charged Wednesday, Oct. 7 that Tehran had "documents that prove US interference" in the disappearance of the nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri during a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia earlier this year. He spoke after attending an Iranian cabinet meeting. Six days after meeting the six powers on its nuclear program in Geneva, Tehran appears to be preparing a new crisis. (Picture: Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki)
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Tehran opens Qom enrichment plant to inspection Oct 25 - but hides other facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 9, 2009
On Oct. 1, US president Barack Obama gave Tehran two weeks to provide International Atom Energy Agency inspectors with "unfettered access" to its second enrichment facility near Qom as the precondition for a second round of six-power talks with Iran. The IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei announced Sunday, Oct. 4, that the visit would take place on Oct. 25. He did not use the term "unfettered" or a synonym for good reason: As debkafile has reported, Iran has buried additional secret plants at the Qom underground site.
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Iran expands its far-flung sanctions-busting network <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2009
Iran has posted hundreds of agents in world ports to organize clandestine supplies through third countries of items subject to UN or US sanctions present or future. These items range from nuclear components to refined petroleum products. Dubai and the Ras al-Khaimah of the United Arab Emirates are two such ports. Malaysia, Hong Kong and Venezuela are willing helpers. So too is China. Canada sets up blocking mechanism.
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Iran loses its only AWACS as Ahmadinejad threatens the world
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2009
Up above a big military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as Iranian president declared Iran's armed forces would "chop off the hands" of any power daring to attack his country, two air force jets collided in mid-air. One was Iran's only airborne warning and control system (AWACS) for coordinating long-distance aerial operations, debkafile's military and Iranian sources disclose.
The disaster was a serious blow for Iran, leaving its air force and air and missile defenses without "electronic eyes" for surveillance of the skies around its borders.

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Too late to stop Tehran, Obama tries to prevent an Israeli strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2009
US president Barack Obama Saturday, Sept. 26, threatened Iran with confrontation over the secrecy surrounding its nuclear capabilities. He did not rule out military options although he preferred diplomacy.
Tehran is clearly confident enough of America's ability to hold Israel back from striking its nuclear sites to stay defiant and evasive about its nuclear misdeeds.
debkafile's Special Analysis below uncovers the reality behind the talk.
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Iran flexes missile muscles, is unfazed by big power demands
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2009
Iran tested two surface-to-surface missiles, the Shehab 3 and Sejil Monday, Sept. 28. In Washington, the administration warned the Six-Power talks opening in Geneva Thursday would demand international inspectors be allowed immediate and full access to personnel who designed and built Iran's underground enrichment plant near Qom. According to debkafile's Iranian sources, Tehran will not only reject the demand but place any discussion of its nuclear activities firmly out of bounds, heartened by the US defense secretary Robert Gates's latest comment and one other new development.
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US, French, UK leaders say Iran must abandon nuclear weapons program by year's end - or face sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2009
In a dramatic joint appearance in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 25, Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy and prime minister Gordon Brown accused Iran of concealing a second uranium enrichment plant near Qom for years from international inspection. Taking time out from the G20 summit, they went on live television to declare their willingness for a concerted effort to stop Iran attaining nuclear weapons by the end of 2009.
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Iran admits second uranium enrichment plant, overturning Western weapon-fuel estimates
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 28, 2009
Diplomats attached to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA disclosed Friday, Sept. 25, an Iranian letter to its director Mohamed ElBaradei admitting the existence of a second uranium enrichment plant in addition to Natanz.
The letter coincided with US president Barack Obama's statement when he opened the G20 summit in Pittsburgh accusing Iran of building a secret underground plant to manufacture nuclear fuel, which he said had been hidden for years from international inspectors.
The disclosure follows the revelation by Iranian dissident exiles in Paris Thursday that Iran was developing detonators for setting off a nuclear bomb.
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Ahmadinejad's diatribe against US and Israel countered by Russian openness to sanctions<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2009
The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinjad's excessive oratory, matched by the shuffle of Western delegations led by the US leaving the UN General Assembly chamber, have been a typical feature of every new UN General Assembly session in the last three years. This time, his attacks on the US and Israel were not less inflammatory, but they were countered by the new Russian willingness to consider sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program in president Dmitry Medvedev's conversation between US president Barack Obama.
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Prominent Iranian reformist who alleged rape in prisons faces arrest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2009
debkafile's Iranian sources report: Buoyed up by its success in maneuvering the Obama administration into acceptaing dialogue with Tehran - regardless of its harsh crackdown on dissenters and refusal to discuss its nuclear program - the Islamic regime is again turning the screw on the opposition.
Those sources reveal that a warrant was signed Saturday, Sept. 11, for the arrest of the prominent Hojat-ol-Eslam Medhi Karroubi, one of the three losers in Iran's presidential election of June 12 which triggered massive street protests alleging massive vote-rigging.
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Washington accuses Iran of attaining nuclear weapon capability
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2009
Timed to follow on the delivery of Tehran's response to the big powers' offer of nuclear talks, US intelligence agencies informed the New York Times Thursday, Sept. 10, that "Iran has created enough nuclear fuel to make a rapid, if risky spring for a nuclear weapon."
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