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Watchdog: Iran May Be Trying to Develop Nuclear-Armed Missile

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Posted on Feb 25, 2011
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at the country’s Narantz nuclear facility in 2009.

In a confidential report released Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency says it has received new information that suggests Iran may be trying to develop a nuclear-armed missile, marking a crucial point in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the U.N.

Reuters:

The U.N. atomic watchdog has received new information regarding allegations that Iran may be seeking to develop a nuclear-armed missile, the agency said in a report voicing deepening concern about the issue.

The confidential document signaled the U.N. body’s growing frustration at what it sees as Iran’s lack of cooperation with a long-running investigation into its disputed nuclear program.

It also made clear Iran’s determination to press ahead with sensitive atomic activity despite four rounds of U.N. sanctions since 2006, saying the country had informed the IAEA it would soon start operating a second uranium enrichment plant.

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By prairiedog, February 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment
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Any country that doesn’t want to end up like Palestine, Iraq, or Afghanistan had better get nuclear weapons. That is the only way to stop the new Fourth Reich; Israel/united States.

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By NZDoug, February 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment

They may be trying to develop nukes, , but then, MAYBE NOT!
Okmud Jimmy says UN inspectors can have a look, but, at crunch time, he says
that Israel must declare theirs and USA says, that could make for an unstable
situation.
So its the same old B.S.
Iran honoured “Halocaust Memorial Day” this year.
Okmud Jimmy didnt say “Israel sould be wiped off the face of the earth.
He listed war crimes by Israel , then said any country that did such horrible things
should be wiped off the face off the planet.
We get the FOX / Netanyahu short version in our media.
Iran cant even refine their oil, due to sanctions by the west.
At least he smiles a lot.

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By brewerstroupe, February 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment

Iran Propaganda debunked in less than 6 minutes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dXyD8rHmq4&feature=player_embedded

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By Claus-Erik Hamle, February 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment
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It seems nobody knows what to do about it but the root source of evil on this beautiful, lovely Planet is the insane people in the Pentagon pursuing a disarming first strike capability. For a possible solution the first thing is to know what the problem is. And it´s NOT climate change. The most urgent problem is that the Pentagon aims to achieve an unanswerable first strike capability. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-www.plrc.org-resigned because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability and wrote First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War and Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare). Bob Aldridge wrote on the missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and on land in Romania and Poland by 2015: “Whether on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike”. Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 have an accuracy of 30 meters or less and according to Professor Paul Rogers they are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against hard targets like missile silos. The Russian answer will probably be Launch On Warning.

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By Blackspeare, February 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

As the USA ratchets down in Iraq, Iran is ratcheting up.  Don’t be surprised in the future if Iraq aligns with Iran.  Iran is flexing muscle as it steams it’s warships through the Suez Canal on there way to Lebanon.  Smart money has Iran establishing a naval base in Lebanon.  The next five years will be very interesting in the ME.

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By TDoff, February 26, 2011 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

Instead of the Iranians spending all their time and money trying to develop nuclear-armed missiles, why don’t they just announce that they have developed them, and then try to capture and steal the ones the Israelis will throw at them?

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By dsmith, February 26, 2011 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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Remember Curveball? Saddam is building a nuclear bomb. Now we have another oil rich country that Israel and the US would like to dominate/ruin. If I was Iran I would want the same security N.Korea and Pakistan have against random attacks by the worlds only superpower and it’s BFF Israel.

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By gerard, February 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

Considering the mutuality of the deadly danger in nuclear weapons, wouldn’t you think that any sane governments in possession now would be working together to get rid of what they have as a signal to others not to continue proliferaton?
  Wouldn’t you think any halfway sane governments would be working together to get on peaceful terms and make treaties to their mutual benefit a.s.a.p. and stop the insane push toward “mutual assured destruction”? 
  Wouldnl’t you think that Reuters (and all the other news agencies that merely report on this deadly march toward mutual suicide would get together and sponsor, organize, demand, promote an immediate round of international conferences to instigate prevention techniques?  What good does it do simply to report and terrify?  Why not help start a movement, take an active role, do something helpful
  Get off the dime?  Face the responsibility?
  Or do those in power think that as long as we are just talking about the danger it won’t happen?
  Good luck with that cop-out! *** !! ??###!

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By Peter, February 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment
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Are you serious? Is there anyone who thinks that nuclear non-proliferation isn’t the biggest joke?  What exactly has the IAEA done to pressure Israel, Pakistan and India to sign the NPT, much less having Israel admit it has nuclear weapons in the first place?  Given the duplicity of Western leaders (and Israel) on the issue of nuclear non-proliferation, non-cooperation from Iran should not come as a surprise.

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By jjohnjj, February 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment

American military forces occupy nations to Iran’s east and west. America’s navy (which fought a battle with Iran’s in 1988, and shot down an Iranian airliner the same year) still patrols the Persian Gulf. It should come as no surprise that wants a nuclear deterrent.

Be assured, the target of Iran’s nukes will not be Tel Aviv (the mullahs don’t strike me as suicidal). Those missiles will be aimed at American aircraft carriers. Even a crude, inaccurate, short-range nuclear missile will greatly complicate the use of those carriers.

A retaliatory nuclear strike, against a carrier that launched a conventional attack against Iran, might be condemned as “escalation”. But the destruction will occur at sea, with no collateral damage. It would be very difficult for American policy to deter such a strike with threats of a nuclear counter-strike against land targets, with inevitable civilian casualties.

The balance of power is about to be altered in the Gulf. Maybe that’s why the U.S. is so determined to maintain air bases in Iraq.

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By radson, February 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

Bowling for hyperbole looking for a strike ,maybe we should all stock up on Monsanto seeds .

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By PatrickHenry, February 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment

Again?

I don’t blame Iran for wanting to build one.

They have been antagonized by Israel and the U.S. government for years now. 

Not a week goes by without Israel threatening to use force on Iran unilaterally, knowing full well their cronies and megaphonies are badgering the halls of congress 24/7 to initiate the US into acting on its behalf.

Israel is guilty of everything they blame Iran for.

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By rico, suave, February 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment

This news, which has been around for years, is JUST NOW making it to truthdig???

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By A Khokar, February 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

Nothing can be more absurd a piece of news to read that a great nation like Iran which taught the world the intricacies of modern knowledge,the sciences, the Algebra, the calculus and the medicine be barred from the research in atomic energy sciences or to draw the benefits be restricted to them

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By rollzone, February 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

hello. what makes people think these evil thoughts?

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