Posts Tagged ‘nuclear weapons’

How soon they forget…

Fars News 16 Feb 2010

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran is no threat to the regional countries, including the Persian Gulf littoral states, and this has been proved to everyone, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Tehran Majdi Ahmad Ebrahim Al-Zafiri stressed here on Tuesday.

“Some neighboring countries might have different views in this regard but generally speaking, all of them unanimously say that Iran does not pose a threat to any other country,” Al-Zafiri said in a meeting with Iranian officials in the southern province of Bushehr.

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Here are two articles about Iran’s nuclear activities that I came across today.

Nuclear detector set up on Iran border
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2009

… UN agency completing a nuclear test detection station in Turkmenistan, just a few kilometers from the Iranian border.

The PS44 installation is the 337th facility of the International Monitoring System. It was set up by the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), a network of stations across the globe that monitors the atmosphere to detect nuclear blasts by countries secretly testing nuclear weapons. PS44 is expected to be operational by 2010, once it has been tested.

http://bit.ly/7GD5wb

Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation

DEBKAfile Special Report 4 December 2009

German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test like the one that brought the world down on North Korea’s head earlier this year.

DEBKAfile’s Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles confronting its program for the manufacture of a nuclear warhead.

http://bit.ly/7GlNAi

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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