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Iran’s Fordo uranium enrichment plant was now “complete”!

Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground site after installing all the centrifuges it was built for,

IRAN is Ready! Iran’s Fordo uranium enrichment plant is now “complete”.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog also said that Iran’s stockpile of its most sensitive nuclear material, which could relatively quickly be used to make atomic arms, had grown and is getting closer to an amount that could be sufficient for a bomb.

The IAEA said on Friday that the installation of equipment at Iran’s Fordo uranium enrichment plant was now “complete”.

The agency report reiterated its regular statement that it was “unable … to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities”.

It also said that activities spotted by satellite at the Parchin military base, where the IAEA says it has evidence of possible past nuclear weapons research work, meant that any verification there would be “seriously undermined”.

Iran denies working, or ever having worked, on a nuclear weapon and says all its atomic activities are peaceful.

Weapons-grade uranium

If Iran uses the new machinery at Fordo to enrich uranium to purities of 20 per cent, technically not far from the level needed for a bomb, production could increase from 15 kilos per month now to about 45 kilos, a source familiar with the matter said.

Experts say that about 250 kilos of 20-per cent uranium is needed to convert into enough 90-per cent material for one nuclear weapon.

Deciding to “break out” and enrich to this level would however quickly be detected by the IAEA.

Making a bomb also requires a whole range of other activities.

“Iran remains years, not months away from having a workable nuclear arsenal if it were to choose to pursue that capability,” analyst Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association said.

John Large, a nuclear analyst, told Al Jazeera that the IAEA report comes at a very sensitive time.

“What is interesting is that the IAEA actually published this report now, when the geo-political situation is so sensitive. It is not experts like me or Western politicians that we should be concerned about, but Israel’s interpretation of the Iranian moves that is the real problem here.

“The Israelis may well see the advancement of missile technology that now the Gaza Strip is firing at them…  the ones that reached Tel Aviv have been made in Iran and they could use that as a political excuse (to attack Iran).”

‘Ready for feeding’

Since its last report in August, Iran has installed about 640 new centrifuges – machines that enrich uranium gas by spinning it at supersonic speeds – at Fordo, and a further 700 are “ready for feeding”, the IAEA report said.

No new centrifuges were put into operation since the last report, however, it said.

The report also indicated that Iran had converted about 40 per cent of its around 230 kilos of 20-per cent uranium into a form for use in a research reactor, making it much harder to convert for use in a weapon.

Many in the international community worry that by the time Fordo is fully up and running, Iran will be producing far more 20-per cent-enriched uranium than Iran’s civilian nuclear activities can conceivably need.

Iran “appears to be calibrating the progress so as not to make huge advances at once that could spark a crisis,” Mark Fitzpatrick from the International Institute for Strategic Studies think-tank in London told the AFP news agency.

“The situation might be likened to the frog in the hot pot, with the temperature being turned up only slowly,” he said.
Sanctions
Because of worries about Iran’s aims, the UN Security Council has passed six resolutions calling on Tehran to suspend all enrichment, including to lower levels, passing four rounds of sanctions.

Western nations have imposed additional sanctions that this year have begun to hit the Iranian economy hard.

Israel, the Middle East’s sole, if undeclared, nuclear-weapons state, has refused to rule out military action to stop Iran also getting the bomb. Fordo is dug into a mountainside and therefore difficult to bomb.

A nuclear bomb needs more than uranium, and exactly a year ago the IAEA released a major report setting out a large body of what it called “overall, credible” evidence suggesting activity in other areas – at least until 2003 and possibly since – including at Parchin.

Twelve months on, and despite a string of fruitless meetings in Vienna and Tehran, Iran continues to reject the findings in that report, dismissing them as forgeries provided by foreign intelligence services.

In September, the head of Iran’s atomic agency, in a speech at the IAEA’s annual meeting of all member states, accused the UN body of being infiltrated by saboteurs and “terrorists”.

A senior figure familiar with the situation said on Friday that as a result of Fereydoon Abbasi Davani’s comments, IAEA inspectors in Iran were working under an “atmosphere of intimidation”.

IAEA head Yukiya Amano expressed guarded optimism on Sunday that the next meeting, set for December 13 in the Iranian capital, would be more productive.

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Posted by on 11/17/2012 in Politics, The Face of Evil

 

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Irans technology has copied sophisticated U.S. Drones!

Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel

Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi, said to have more advanced drone that Hezbollah shot down by Israel

With this technology coming from the US made drones design and being copied by the Iraneans they have the same capability as the US. This solidifies their prowess and ability to strike Isarel. 

defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi,

Iran has drones with much more advanced technology than the drone was shot down by Hezbollah earlier this month when he entered Israeli airspace, reported the Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.

“Today the Islamic Republic has available drone technology far more advanced than that Hezbollah forces sent to the airspace of the Zionist regime (Israel),” Vahidi said, quoted by IRNA news agency.

“Undoubtedly, the technology in the drone Hezbollah (Lebanese Shiite group) … was not the latest technology from Iran, “he said.

On 6 October, the Israeli Air Force shot down a drone when he had penetrated 55 kilometers into Israel and flew over the northern Negev desert in the south.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the aircraft, saying that his pieces were manufactured and assembled in Iran in Lebanon.

The Iranian news agency Mehr said the drone of Hezbollah came very close to Israel’s Dimona nuclear plant without being detected by the advanced radar systems Israelis and Americans.

For the Iranian Minister of Defense, “the power of Hezbollah shows the drone flying ‘Ayub’ in heaven exploded when hit by Israeli forces this false regime”.

The acting commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Hossein Salami, warned Israel that they “definitely” will face harsh reprisals if it attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities.

An attack on Iran will accelerate the annihilation of the Israeli regime since it lacks a strong defense strategy, military said.

The commander said Iran is more prepared than ever with military equipment and infrastructure, and emphasized that there is no vulnerability in the defense system of the country, reported the semi-official news agency ISNA .

Israel has repeatedly threatened to carry out an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, under the idea that its true purpose is military.

Salami added that Israel has engaged in a campaign of psychological warfare and in a game of political deception against the Islamic Republic, which has failed fully but has strengthened Iran’s leadership.

 
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Posted by on 10/29/2012 in Crime!

 

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Obama no ally of Israel, rebuffs Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Is this your American President speaking? May God have mercy on the United States of America for “The Face of Evil” is among you!

US President Barack Obama said during a televised interview that aired this weekend that he will block out “any noise” from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging America to intervene in an Iranian nuclear program.

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama “The face of Evil”

Speaking to 60 Minutes, President Obama acknowledged that the United States does indeed maintain friendly relations with Israel, but suggested that he would not necessarily intervene in that country’s issues if it wasn’t the best course of action for the American people. The interview was conducted by Steve Kroft and carried by CBS Sunday evening.

Responding to a question about how much pressure the United States receives from Prime Minister Netanyahu to use military force in Iran to thwart a rumored nuclear warhead procurement plan, President Obama said he understands Israel’s concerns but does not feel pressured to play by their rules.

“I have conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu all the time. And I understand and share Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence that Iran should not obtain a nuclear weapon, because it would threaten us, it would threaten Israel, and it would threaten the world and kick off a nuclear arms race,” President Obama explained.

In response to his answer, Mr. Kraft followed through and asked the president, “You’re saying, you don’t feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the middle of a campaign to try and get you to change your policy and draw a line in the sand? “You don’t feel any pressure?”

“When it comes to our national security decisions — any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out—any noise that’s out there,” President Obama said. “Now I feel an obligation, not pressure but obligation, to make sure that we’re in close consultation with the Israelis — on these issues. Because it affects them deeply. They’re one of our closest allies in the region. And we’ve got an Iranian regime that has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel’s existence.”

Despite the long-lasting relationship between the US and Israel, the two allies have failed to see eye-to-eye as of late on the Iranian issue, at least as far as to what degree intervention is warranted. The United States has already imposed serious trade sanctions on Iran and is far from on pleasant terms with them otherwise, but Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli officials have asked for President Obama to take more serious action, perhaps even putting boots on the ground.

“The world tells Israel ‘wait, there’s still time’. And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’” Netanyahu said earlier this month. “Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.” Days after that remark was made, Israel asked the White House if a meeting could be arranged between the two nation’s leaders during Mr. Netanyahu’s visit to the United Nations in New York City this week, but the Obama administration said such a sit-down wouldn’t be possible.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor that will challenge President Obama in the November elections, told 60 Minute’s that the White House’s response was a “mistake that sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends.”

 
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Posted by on 09/25/2012 in Politics, The Face of Evil

 

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Iran in war exercise Makes threat on the International Community!

Iran has detailed plans to destroy with its missiles 35 U.S. Air Force bases in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Central Asia if attacked, said Gen. Amir Ali Hayizadeh, Aerospace Force Commander of the IRGC.

“We have taken steps to attack those bases and deploy missiles to destroy all in the first minutes of an attack (enemy Iran),” he said today in comments broadcast Hayizadeh local agency Fars.

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Hayizadeh was speaking, in which he expressed Iran’s plans for an eventual U.S. attack against its territory, following a three-day maneuvers in which the IRGC have tried various types of domestically manufactured missiles.

The special command of the military defense of the Iranian Islamic revolution, said the United States “has 35 bases around Iran,” adding that “all are within reach of our missiles, as well as the land occupied Palestine (Israel).”

He said the missile maneuvers were aimed at today ending and destroy the hypothetical replica of U.S. bases in the region and said it had been a success. For its part, the website of the Guardians of the Revolution, Sepah News , reported today that, in the maneuvers, they had fired missiles such as “Persian Gulf” against anti-ship marine white, with the support of fighter aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Yesterday, the guardians of the Revolution said that they had destroyed seven hypothetical bases of “forces outside the region” in aerial maneuvers and missiles with a range of up to one thousand 300 kilometers. ground-ground missiles fired during maneuvers of the Revolutionary Guards were of different types and 300, 500, 800 and 300 thousand km range, although the overall Hayizadeh insisted that the country has missiles in excess of 2, 000 kilometers, according to local agency Mehr.

 Iranian authorities have reiterated that the territory of Israel and vessels and U.S. bases in areas of the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Central Asia are within reach of its missiles and can attack those targets if they suffer an attack.

Iran is under UN sanctions, and U.S. and EU, for its nuclear program and Washington and Tel Avil have threatened to attack if not stop Iranian nuclear activities, to which Tehran has said that, in that case, give a response “overwhelming” and could close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

While some countries, the United States at the head, suspect Iran’s nuclear program has a spring arms designed to make nuclear weapons, Tehran says is purely civilian and peaceful, according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Yesterday in his weekly press conference, the spokesman of Foreign Ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast said these maneuvers and the message of the exercises is that “Iran has full authority and the preparation necessary to establish security in the Persian Gulf and oil traffic in the Strait of Hormuz.

President of the Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy of Iran’s parliament, Alaedin Boroujerdi said Tehran considers the presence of foreign forces in the “detrimental” to the safety and added that the missile maneuvers demonstrate the ability of Iran to maintain stability in the area.

 
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Posted by on 07/05/2012 in Civil Unrest, Politics, Terroism

 

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USA and cyber-warfare; yes or no?

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Cyber attacks against foreign nations
Cyber attacks against foreign nations

The assumption that the US has the technological know-how to cripple a competing nation has always been just that: an assumption. In a recent sit-down interviews, however, a former spy chief confirmed that America has already waged cyber attacks.

Mike McConnell, the former director of national intelligence at the National Security Agency under George W Bush, tells Reuters this week that cyber war is more than a distant possibility. According to the current vice chairman at Booz Allen Hamilton, the US has already launched attacks on the computer networks of other nations.

McConnell did not add any input as to what countries have been hit with American cyber warfare in the past, but he did confirm that the US has already used the ability. When asked by Reuters if the United States had the capability to destroy the computer system of an adversary, McConnell responded “Yes.” When asked if it worked, he confirmed “yes” as well.

“Do we have the ability to attack, degrade or destroy? Sure. If you do that, what are the consequences? That is the question,” added McConnell.

Although the former spy chief neglected to name any countries that have been the target of American attacks, the US is believed by some to be the culprit behind a virus that targeted computer systems in Iran in 2010. Stuxnet, an advanced computer worm discovered in June of that year, impacted the computers used in conjunction with Iran’s nuclear program. In a January 2011 article in the New York Times, an American nuclear intelligence expert speaking on condition of anonymity said that the Israelis were behind Stuxnet, placing the blame on one of America’s most important allies. The expert adds in the article that Israel did indeed work hand-in-hand with the US in perfect Stuxnet before sending it to the Iranian networks, but that Washington wanted “plausible deniability.”

Other sources have since all but confirmed America’s involvement in the worm. German cyber security expert Ralph Langner told National Public Radio last year that the virus seemed like something out of science fiction, but added that, “Thinking about it for another minute, if it’s not aliens, it’s got to be the United States.” He went on to call the US “the leading force” behind Stuxnet, an assumption that many in Iran believe as well. While the Iranians have never officially recognized retaliation on their part, rumors of revenge via cyberwar have been rampant in recent weeks, particularly after news broke out of Mexico last month that hackers south of the border were being recruited by Iran to participate in an infiltration of American computers.

Before it launched an airstrike` attack on Libya in 2011, a cyberattack was considered as a route to oust Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, an Obama official said to the New York Times last year. In the end, however, America relied on other techniques.

“These cyber-capabilities are still like the Ferrari that you keep in the garage and only take out for the big race and not just for a run around town, unless nothing else can get you there,” the insider, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Times.

 
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Posted by on 01/25/2012 in Internet, Politics

 

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Obama Criticizes Chavez for laxity to drug trafficking and terrorism!

Venezuela's Chavez no interest in stopping Drugs or Terrorism
Venezuela’s Chavez no interest in stopping Drugs or Terrorism

 

US President accuses Caracas of having little interest in fighting drug trafficking, condemns ties with Iran

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, said in an interview published today its concern about some “actions” of the Government of Venezuela, which, in his view, restrict “the rights of the people” and threaten ” democratic principles. ” In a questionnaire answered the Caracas daily El Universal , Obama also said that the bonds of the Government of Hugo Chavez to Iran and Cuba “have not benefited the interests” of the country “or its people.” “We are concerned government actions that have restricted the rights of the Venezuelan people, threatened the basic democratic values ​​and stopped contributing to security in the region, “Obama said. The U.S. president said specifically “great concern” at the “measures to restrict freedom press “and” erode the separation of powers “in Venezuela.”We must call attention when we saw a threat to democratic principles. In Venezuela we have felt a great concern to see that they have taken steps to restrict press freedom and to erode the separation of powers, “he said.

Little interest in drug trafficking and terrorism, the head of state also noted that although the governments of Venezuela and the United States can and should cooperate on issues of mutual interest and make common efforts to prevent terrorism and drug trafficking, Venezuelan authorities have not shown much interest in this regard.

“For personal reasons, so far, authorities have shown little interest in such cooperation,” he said. Obama said his government does not lose sight of the relations between Iran and Venezuela, but said the United States has no intention of intervening in the Caribbean country’s foreign relations. “Sooner or later the people of Venezuela will have to determine what possible advantage gives you have a relationship with a country that violates universal human rights and the Government of Iran has consistently supported international terrorism continues to promote Tehran’s nuclear program, “said the president.

 “In the Americas we view Iranian activities, including Venezuela, very seriously and continue to monitor closely,” he said. The U.S. president said at this point that the world community, which is inserted in Venezuela, has a responsibility to abide by its international obligations, including the implementation of resolutions and sanctions on Iran issued by the Security Council of the United Nations.

Obama recalled that his Government had made ​​its concerns known to Venezuela on this issue and stressed that recently imposed sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to sell gasoline

 
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Posted by on 12/20/2011 in Politics

 

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Mexico cooperated with U.S. government to foil alleged Iranian-backed Terrorist plot!

Mexico said Tuesday that it cooperated with the U.S. government to help foil an alleged Iranian-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States that supposedly would have required the help of a Mexican drug cartel member.

“From the first moment, Mexico and the United States exchanged information and acted in a coordinated manner,” said Julian Ventura, Mexico’s assistant foreign secretary for North America.

Two men, Iranian American Manssor Arbabsiar, and Gholam Shakuri, an alleged member of Iran’s elite Quds Force, were charged Tuesday in New York federal court with planning to detonate a bomb at a busy Washington restaurant and kill Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir.

The plotters planned to pay a Drug Enforcement Administration informant posing as a member of the Zetas cartel $1.5 million to carry out the attack, U.S. officials said.

Ventura told reporters that when Arbabsiar attempted to return to Mexico on Sept. 28, the U.S. government had already issued an arrest warrant for him, and Mexican immigration authorities were on alert. When he arrived, Mexican authorities denied him entry and sent him back to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where he was arrested.

Reading a brief statement to reporters, Ventura did not comment on U.S. claims that Arbabsiar was tripped up by an undercover informant posing as a drug cartel associate.

The DEA and other U.S. security agencies have stepped up considerably their cooperation and intelligence-sharing operations with Mexico in the nearly five years of a brutal drug war, and are more active inside the country than in the past.

“It was possible to neutralize a risk to Mexican national security, re-enforce reciprocal bilateral cooperation with the United States and confirm that there are mechanisms and adequate procedures for anticipating and preventing the presence in our territory of individuals who are harmful to national security and interests,” Ventura said.

He added that Mexico was committed to fighting and preventing “any international individual, group or actor” from committing terrorist-type actions from its territory.

 
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Posted by on 10/12/2011 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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