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US Hits Back at Iranian Missiles in UN ahead of New Advanced Rocket Test

March 16, 2016 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Is Iran building  intercontinental missiles for nuclear warheads? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Is Iran building intercontinental missiles for nuclear warheads? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The United States is warning that Iran is poised to launch a more advanced rocket than ever before—with applications to technology used for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that strike far away from Iranian soil. An American official, speaking with CNN, told the news network that Iran could fire a three-stage rocket carrying a satellite at any time. The potential test is compared to one North Korea performed earlier in the year.

Based on a previous CNN report about the range on the rocket fired by North Korean, a similar rocket for Iran would put Paris and London in range and be well on the way to reaching the US. Earlier this week, the US struck back at Iran diplomatically following the last round of missile tests by broaching the subject at the United Nations. And the US is arguing that Iran is acting in “defiance” of the UN resolution that codified the nuclear deal signed last year. … Continue Reading

Iran Aimed to Hack US Finances, NY Dam During Nuke Talks

Did the US know Iran was hacking American institutions while negotiating the nuclear deal? US flag. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Did the US know Iran was hacking American institutions while negotiating the nuclear deal? US flag. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Hackers on a mission from the Iranian government hacked into the back office systems of a New York dam and were cyber-probing American financial institutions roughly two years ago—just as the Iranian government was negotiating a nuclear deal with the US and other world powers. The report from CNN on the situation further said that the US is planning to publicly “name and shame” Iran for the cyber attacks. It also noted the US didn’t take much time to determine that Iran was behind the hacks.

CNN further reported that the US is escalating their efforts to counter Iran in the cyber world, where the Islamic Republic’s activities are growing. While the dam cyber incident didn’t touch the operational systems—which could have led to a cyber-terror attack—the situation nonetheless raised concerns. … Continue Reading

Israeli Leader Says World Must Respond to Any Iran Nuke Violations

January 17, 2016 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

While Iran’s nuclear sanctions have been lifted after they reportedly completed their initial requirements under the nuclear deal with the major world powers, they should still be closely monitored and held accountable for any efforts to build nuclear weapons. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in comments released by his office that the world powers and the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency “must closely monitor activity at Iran’s nuclear installations and other sites in order to verify that it is not continuing to develop nuclear weapons in secret.”

The Israeli leader warned that “unless there is an appropriate response to each violation, Iran will understand that it can continue to develop nuclear weapons, undermine regional stability and spread terrorism.” … Continue Reading

UN Report Says Iran Worked on Nuclear Weapons Until 2009

December 2, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Iran’s nuclear program has been further uncovered by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency in a new report, and it confirms that Iran was conducting “activities” relevant to nuclear weapons until 2009. The New York Times said the report, published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is ultimately inconclusive about Iran’s nuclear program—possibly because Iran failed to fully answer all questions posed to them.

This led Israel to argue the investigation should not stop there. “Unless and until the investigation is completed, the world will not know the full extent of Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program and where it stands today,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments released by his office. However, The New York Times report implied this would likely wrap up the Iranian nuclear investigation, as the release of the report is a key part of the nuclear deal signed with major world powers earlier this year. … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Celebrates Iran Deal Victory Early, before Vote

September 9, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
The Obama administration is standing on the opposite side of Israel on Iran. Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

The Obama administration is standing on the opposite side of Israel on Iran. Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

The Obama Administration displayed full confidence that the Iran nuclear deal would survive a vote by the US legislature by celebrating their victory early, before a vote has even been held. US Secretary of State John Kerry, in comments with US Senator Dick Durbin released by the State Department on Wednesday, promoted the support of 42 Democrat senators for the controversial deal. That number is high enough to prevent opponents from creating the super-majority in the 100-member US Senate that is needed to override the deal.

The Iran deal has plenty of opponents, including members of Obama’s own Democrat party. However, it appears that that won’t matter in the end. While its theoretically possible that things could change in an actual vote, Kerry celebrated the public support from the 42 senators in one of those rare situations in which getting less than half the vote is still good enough. But that doesn’t make the deal a good one for Israel. … Continue Reading

Israel: Iran Deal Allows Infrastructure Only Necessary for Nuclear Weapons

Netanyahu is vocal in challenging Iran nuclear deal. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Netanyahu is vocal in challenging Iran nuclear deal. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Israel is not opposed to Iran having nuclear power—as long as its for civilian use only. But the nuclear deal with Iran being debated among leaders in Washington will give Iran much more capability than that, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The deal with Iran allows it to keep and expand a formidable nuclear infrastructure that is completely unnecessary for civilian nuclear purposes, but is entirely necessary for the production of nuclear weapons,” said the Israeli leader Saturday evening.

In comments released by his office from a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Netanyahu said that within 13 years, the deal will give Iran “the ability to make as many centrifuges as they want, enrich as much uranium as they want to whatever level that they want.” … Continue Reading

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