Archive for September, 2009

Jerusalem Post, 21 Sept. 2009: Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon insisted Monday that the military option against Iran was still on the table, rejecting comments made by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week and published Sunday.

Ayalon told the Reuters news agency that Medvedev’s statement did not guarantee Israel would not attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, should the international diplomatic push to stymie its nuclear aspirations prove futile.

“It is certainly not a guarantee. I don’t think that, with all due respect, the Russian president is authorized to speak for Israel and certainly we have not taken any option off the table.”

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khamenei.str.afp.giCNN News, 21 Sept. 2009: “Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday blasted U.S. plans to overhaul the setup for a missile defense shield in Europe, calling the Obama administration’s intentions “anti-Iranian,” state-run media reported. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the U.S. president is following “anti-Islamic and anti-Iranian” policies.”

“On Thursday, President Obama said the … “new missile defense architecture in Europe” will be ready faster, work with existing technology and provide better missile defense than the program proposed by former President George W. Bush, Obama said.”

“Obama said the change of gears was based on an “updated intelligence assessment” about Iran’s ability to hit Europe with missiles. The Islamic republic’s “short- and medium-range” missiles pose the most current threat, he said, and “this new ballistic missile defense will best address” that threat.

“The new system will have “hundreds” of missile interceptors instead, a Pentagon official said last week.It also will have mobile radars, including some in space…” (emphasis mine)

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IranNewsDigest, 20 Sept 09:

“The Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. military will soon hold a training exercise in which they will simulate missile attacks on Israel from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Sunday. The exercise will be carried out as part of the ongoing maneuvers between Israel and the United States, the London-based paper said, which will reportedly be the broadest-ever this year. According to the paper, the drill is also part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s new missile defense plan, under which the Pentagon will initially deploy ships with missile interceptors instead of stationing missile defense systems in Eastern Europe. The objective of the missile plan is to counter the threat of missile attack from Iran, not Russia.”

Aljazeera: Nato makes missile offer to Russia

Putin02Putin said the move to abandon the “defence shield” in Europe was a “correct and brave” decision [AFP]

The head of Nato has called for Russia, the United States and the military alliance to link their missile systems against potential new nuclear threats.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato’s secretary general, said on Friday the old foes must forget their lingering Cold War animosity and engage new threats from Asia and the Middle East.

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“While deliveries of Russian S-300 air- and missile defense systems to Iran are not likely to happen soon, Iran could be getting a more offensive weapon system from Russian ally and neighbor Belarus. The two countries are discussing the delivery of Russian made Iskander-M tactical missile systems to Iran. This is not the first time Iran indirectly obtaining Russian origin offensive weapons – In 2001, Ukraine transferred twelve X-55 nuclear-capable air-launched cruise missiles to Iran. These missiles, also known as Kh-55 Granat (or AS-15 Kent) are capable of hitting targets from a range beyond 3,000 km are designed to carry nuclear weapons.” Read the entire article:

Since Obama’s announcement, Russia has cancelled the deployment of “new” Iskander missile complexes to Kaliningrad. Makes me wonder what type of “old” missile complexes may already be there. These missiles are nuclear-capable and Russia has lots of them scattered about.

Here’s what Pravda had said earlier about the possibility of a US European missile shield:

“Russia (previously) promised to take adequate measures in return and deploy Iskander missile complexes in the Kaliningrad enclave.” Read entire article here.

From Wikipedia re Kaliningrad Enclave:

BalticSeaMapKaliningrad Oblast is the most militarized area of the Russian Federation, and the density of military installations is the highest in Europe. Kaliningrad is a headquarters of Russian Baltic Fleet circled by Chernyakhovsk (air base), Donskoye (air base), and Kaliningrad Chkalovsk (naval air base).

Kaliningrad Oblast is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast) situated on the Baltic coast. The oblast forms the westernmost part of the Russian Federation, but it has no land connection to the rest of Russia. Since the fall of the Soviet Union it has been an exclave of Russia surrounded by Lithuania, Poland, and the Baltic Sea. Borderless travel to the main part of Russia is only possible by sea or air.

This political isolation became more pronounced when Lithuania and Poland both became members of the European Union and NATO, and entered the Schengen Zone, which means that the oblast is surrounded by the territories of these organizations as well.

More on Iran & nuclear bomb

Posted: September 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

IranianMissilesAP Newsbreak was an excerpt. Click here for rest of the article in Aljazeera.

AP NewsBreak: Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb

VIENNA (AP) — Experts at the world’s top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, according to a secret report seen by The Associated Press.

DEBKAfile Special Report
September 17, 2009, 9:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

NegevRadarPhoto: US X-Band radar based in Israeli Negev.

Deputy US army chief, Gen. James Cartwright and defense secretary Robert Gates amplified President Barack Obama’s statement on the US missile shield in East Europe in Washington Thursday, Sept. 17, by announcing that a new and better anti-missile missile system would be deployed in Israel and the Caucasus.

DEBKAfile discloses exclusively that the site would be a Russian military base in Azerbaijan. Referring to the Israeli component, he said: “It is already working perfectly.” (emphasis mine)

Sep 18, 2009 0:16 | Updated Sep 18, 2009 11:40
Jerusalem Post

S300MissilesIsrael needs to make every effort to stop the S-300 missile defense system from reaching countries where the air force may need to fly, IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan has told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview.

“The S-300 is a Russian-made surface-to-air missile system that is very advanced, with long ranges and many capabilities,” Nehushtan told the Post in the interview, which appears in our Friday Magazine.

“We need to make every effort to stop this system from getting to places where the IAF needs to operate or may need to operate in the future(emphasis mine),” he said.

The S-300 is one of the most advanced multi-target antiaircraft missile systems in the world and has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. It has a range of about 200 km. and can hit targets at altitudes of 90,000 feet.

While Russia and Iran signed a deal for the sale of the system several years ago, according to latest assessments in Israel, it has yet to be delivered.

Last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a secret visit to Moscow for talks, which according to some news reports focused on the possible sale of the S-300 to Iran.

Earlier in the month, reports surfaced that the Mossad was involved in the interception of the missing Arctic Sea cargo ship in August. According to some versions, the ship was carrying S-300 missiles destined for Iran.

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