Archive for September, 2009

QomSuspectedMissileSiteDEBKAfile Special Report
September 27, 2009:

US giant bunker-buster bomb project rushed since Iran’s Qom site discovered.

The Pentagon has brought forward to December 2009 the target-date for producing the first 15-ton super bunker-buster bomb (GBU-57A/B) Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which can reach a depth of 60.09 meters underground before exploding.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that top defense agencies and air force units were also working against the clock to adapt the bay of a B2a Stealth bomber for carrying and delivering the bomb.

The Pentagon has ordered the number of bombs rolling off the production line increased from four to ten – a rush job triggered in May by the discovery that Iran was hiding a second uranium enrichment plant under a mountain near Qom – a discovery which prompted this week’s international outcry. Congress has since quietly inserted the necessary funding in the 2009 budget.

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Shahab3MissileAl Jazeera 28 Sept 2009:

Iran tests Shahab 3 missile

Al Jazeera’s Alireza Ronaghi in the Iranian capital, Tehran, said: “The most important thing is that this Shahab 3 missile can reach targets as far as 2,000km. It’s the longest-range missile in the Iranian arsenal.”

“There are two solutions about Iran: one would be sanctions and the other would be military action. So [with regard to] sanctions, Iran is trying to prove that sanctions have not worked on the uranium enrichment programme,” our correspondent said.

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Israeli Arrow II Missile SystemPhoto: Israeli Arrow II missile system. Israel developed the Arrow II in response to what it says is an Iranian missile threat [GETTY].

Excerpts from article:

“For all of its 61 years in existence, Israel has considered itself in a permanent war of survival. It has developed a national system which places great emphasis on its military and intelligence capabilities.”

“Iran is not yet in a position to launch a first strike against Israel. This is perhaps a key concern because Israel has a reputation for not allowing a first strike capability to develop.

“It has a record of destroying the Egyptian ballistic missile industry under Gamal Abdel Nasser, the late Egyptian president; destroying French-built Iraqi nuclear reactors outside Baghdad at Osirak in 1981, and interdicting the supply of arms moving through Sudan as recently as January this year.”

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Fars News: Iran, Lebanon Destiny, Interests Interlinked

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday underlined that Iranian and Lebanese destinies and interests are intertwined. Speaking to Lebanese president Michel Suleiman on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, President Ahmadinejad urged expansion of Tehran-Beirut relations.

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IranianAdvisorTEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian official on Saturday announced that Tehran’s newly announced uranium enrichment plant will become operational in the near future.

“God willing, this plant will be put into operation soon, and will blind the eyes of the enemies,” Head of Supreme Leader’s Office Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani said in Tehran today.

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ALI-AKBAR-SALEHITehran Times, 24 Sept 2009

The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Iran’s defensive readiness is at such a level that Israel will never be able to attack the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.

Asked about the Israeli threats against Iran’s nuclear program, Ali-Akbar Salehi ruled out the possibility of any attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“We have taken all the necessary defensive precautions, including air defenses, and we hold regular maneuvers at the nuclear sites. So I assure the great Iranian nation that the installations will not be attacked,” the Fars news agency quoted Salehi as saying on Tuesday.

Link to article: http://bit.ly/iJUDL

NatanzFacility(Ed. Note: This has not been much of a secret, but Iran has now admitted its existence.)

Jerusalem Post 25 Sept 2009: Iran has revealed the existence of a secret uranium-enrichment plant, officials told The Associated Press Friday, a development that could heighten fears about Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon and escalate its diplomatic confrontation with the West.

US President Barack Obama and the leaders of France and Britain plan to accuse Iran of hiding the facility in an address at the opening of the G-20 economic summit Friday, a senior White House official told the AP.

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