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The Iran Breakthrough TV News Is Ignoring: Uranium Stockpile Falls Below Amount Needed for Bomb

U.S. television newscasters have often slipped up and spoken of an Iranian nuclear “weapons program,” even though no U.N. inspectors have found firm evidence of any such thing.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE



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83-Year-Old Nun Faces Prison After Protesting at Nuclear Plant

Sister Megan Rice, a Roman Catholic nun, could be imprisoned for up to 30 years after she and two other activists protested at a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Y-12 facility they were peacefully demonstrating at is the main source of highly enriched uranium in the U.S.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iran Finds More Nuclear Fuel

Days before talks with Western powers over its disputed nuclear program, Iran reports that it has discovered new deposits of raw uranium and identified sites suitable for 16 more nuclear power stations.

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AP/Iranian President's Office

Iran Politician: We Could Build a Bomb, but We Won’t

For the first time, a top Iranian politician has said that his government has the knowledge, skills and technology needed to produce the enriched uranium used in atomic bombs, but that it will never do so.

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Iran Talk With Netanyahu and Obama

After reaffirming his support of Israel at an AIPAC conference on Sunday, President Obama met on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, where one particular issue loomed large: Iran.

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CBS News via washingtonpost.com

White House Denies Involvement in Iranian Nuke Scientist’s Death

President Obama’s team of top diplomats didn’t wait long to respond to the report that an Iranian nuclear scientist died in a car explosion Wednesday. Later that day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared the U.S. was in no way involved in the death by detonation of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP / IRIB TV

Iran Condemns American to Death in Spying Case

Another story has emerged to further make the headline-ready case that tensions are ratcheting up between Tehran and Washington, this time from the espionage department. On Monday, news hit the wires that an Iranian court had sentenced 28-year-old Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for allegedly spying for the CIA.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



cia.gov

Big CIA Bust Reported in Iran

This information, we should note, comes from Iran’s state-sponsored news agency, but officials in Tehran said Wednesday they had arrested as many as 12 CIA agents who had been working undercover to gather intelligence about the Iranian nuclear program and what the government planned to do with it.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Seymour Hersh on the IAEA’s Racket in Iran

Last week, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency expressed “serious concerns” over Iran’s nuclear program in a strongly worded report that claimed that there is evidence that Iran might be developing an atomic weapon. This is the stuff of “fantasyland,” according to The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

U.N. Zeroes In on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Despite the Iranian government’s insistence to the contrary, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog group, the IAEA, remains suspicious about Tehran’s intentions for the country’s nuclear program, passing a resolution Friday registering its “deep and increasing concern” that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

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

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.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Iran Bakes a Yellowcake

Iran has officially declared that it has created its first domestically produced piece of raw uranium, otherwise deceptively known as non-edible yellowcake, and has subsequently delivered that uranium to a plant for enrichment.

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Wikimedia Commons

For Sale: Weapons-Grade Uranium

Are you in the market for some highly enriched uranium? If so, then look no further than the exquisite black markets of Georgia, where evidence in a secret trial has shed light on smuggled uranium that is allegedly for sale in the former Soviet satellite state.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bebeto Matthews

Iran May End Uranium Enrichment

From stinking up his hotel with food to decrying U.S. involvement in 9/11, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made quite the splash in New York this week. And now Ahmadinejad has served up a surprise by declaring his country would consider ending uranium enrichment.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Vahid Salemi

Grand Opening: Iranian Nuclear Plant

Drum roll, please. After 36 years in the making and with great help from Russia in its construction, Iran held a ceremony Saturday to mark the opening of the country’s first nuclear power plant. The event marked the beginning of the transfer of uranium fuel rods into the plant, which aims to start producing electricity later this year.

Posted on Aug 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi

Russia Set to Power Up Iran Nuclear Plant

After 40 years and countless international scoldings, Russia has announced it will begin loading uranium-packed fuel rods into Iran’s first nuclear power plant, officially classifying the reactor as a “nuclear installation.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE


Amiri
bbc.co.uk

The Case of the Missing Iranian Nuke Scientist

One video shows a man who may well be Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri claiming that he was abducted by Americans and is now being held in Tucson, Ariz.—in which case, whoever kidnapped him should make sure he has the right papers.  (continued)

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


Clinton
Associated Press via Los Angeles Times

Clinton Announces Iran Sanction Plan to Senate Committee

After months of negotiations between the U.S. and other members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as push-back from Russia and China in particular, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that ... (continued)

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



Matti Paavonen (CC-BY-SA)

Ukraine Agrees to Hand Over Nuclear Material

Score one for President Barack Obama’s nuclear summit. The White House announced Monday that Ukraine will give up its entire stockpile of highly enriched uranium by 2012 and convert its research reactors to stop producing the stuff.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Ahmadinejad Orders Uranium Enrichment

After days of confusion over whether or not Iran would reopen negotiations regarding its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered his country’s atomic energy agency to begin producing uranium for a medical reactor in Tehran. The United States quickly expressed disappointment over the announcement.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


Iranian rocket

Iran Launches Rocket, West Looks On With Suspicion

Iran’s launching of a new rocket Wednesday raised concerns in the U.S. that Tehran might have plans in the works beyond a patriotic show of space prowess (read: nuclear ambitions). Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is claiming that he’s open to talks about enriching Iranian uranium outside his country.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

Iran Plans to Build 10 More Enrichment Plants

Iran seems to enjoy its nuclear swagger. Tehran has now approved construction of 10 uranium enrichment plants, a remarkable development given that a U.N. watchdog agency demanded last week that Iran cease construction of a previously secret enrichment facility.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 READ MORE



peopledaily.com.cn

Iran to Test Its Readiness

Iran has announced it will conduct a weeklong round of air defense war games centered on the country’s nuclear sites as Western powers, especially the U.S., turn up the heat over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Nov 21, 2009 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

Obama Warns of Iran Sanctions

President Barack Obama has signaled an escalation in the ongoing nuclear dispute with Iran, warning that punitive measures could come soon after Tehran rejected a proposal to send its enriched uranium to Russia or France for further processing.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

Iran Counters U.N. Offer

The IAEA announced it has received Iran’s reply to a U.N.-backed proposal to send that country’s enriched uranium abroad to be turned into fuel rods—not weapons. The reply, which remains secret, is expected to agree to the overall framework of the proposal while demanding significant changes.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Iran uranium plant
AP / Vahid Salemi

U.N. Gets a Look at 2nd Iranian Uranium Plant

The continuing drama surrounding Iran’s nuclear program took a daring turn earlier this month when the U.S. revealed the existence of a secret uranium enrichment plant. Now U.N.  inspectors have checked out that plant, and will do so again in the next couple days.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE


Iran
news.bbc.co.uk

Obama Outs Iranian Nuclear Site

Following Thursday’s U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at halting nuclear proliferation, President Obama announced Friday that Iran has concealed a partly built second uranium enrichment plant. The Iranians admitted existence of the plant but asserted that it would be used only for peaceful purposes.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Sarkozy
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Obama Addresses Tehran From Paris

During his quick jaunt to Paris on Friday, Barack Obama sent a direct message to Iran, cautioning it to stop enriching uranium or “the pressure ... is only going to build.” Obama had the chance to chat briefly with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told him that the French would be “delighted” if he won in November’s election.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


Mofaz and Rumsfeld
AP photo / Evan Vucci

Israeli Official Sees Attacking Iran Unavoidable

An Israeli official was quoted Friday as saying that “attacking Iran in order to stop its nuclear plans will be unavoidable,” a remark that may further escalate tensions between the two countries as leaders continue to lob rhetorical digs at each other.

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


Olmert
AP photo / Lawrence Jackson

Olmert: ‘The Iranian Threat Must Be Stopped’

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert issued a warning across the ocean to Iran during a visit to Washington Tuesday, urging the international community to convince Tehran that pursuing a nuclear weapons program would be a really, really bad idea.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


U.N. Agency: Iran ‘Stonewalling’ Nuclear Inspectors

Iran’s nuclear program is once again raising concerns among members of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who claim in a new report that, despite earlier signs of cooperation this year, Tehran is leaving key questions unanswered about possible plans to ramp up its uranium enrichment capabilities by the end of this summer.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


MIR report

Syria: Nukes or Peace?

This past week, Syria made headlines not once but twice. One story implicates the country in enriching uranium and says that the CIA confirmed to Congress that the target of a mysterious Israeli air raid in northern Syria on Sept. 6, 2007, was a reactor built with North Korean help.

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Finger
The Sydney Morning Herald

Put Up Your Nukes

Iranian President and up-and-coming schoolyard brawler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in a televised address Wednesday his country’s willingness to “bloody the enemy’s nose” in order to defend its national sovereignty. At issue is Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which Ahmadinejad has declared is negotiable only with U.N. nuclear officials, not the politicized Security Council.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Giustra and Clinton
news.bbc.co.uk

Meet Frank Giustra, Mining Magnate and Clinton Chum

The name Frank Giustra may not ring any bells with those outside the international mining industry, but Thursday’s New York Times brings Giustra (pictured with Clinton) out of relative obscurity into sharp focus with its startling report about the Canadian entrepreneur, who boldly inserted himself into the uranium business in Kazakhstan (!) and into Bill Clinton’s inner circle.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

U.S. Report:  Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program in  ‘03

A new report released by American intelligence officials profoundly contradicts President Bush’s claims on the Iran nuclear threat and casts his “World War III” fear-mongering in a dubious light.  The National Intelligence Estimate’s declassified assessment, compiled from 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, says Iran actually halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 “in response to international pressure.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


Iran uranium plant
AP photo / Vahid Salemi

Iran Reaches Nuke Landmark

Iran is another step closer to reaching its long-term nuclear goals, now that 3,000 centrifuges are up and running as part of its uranium enrichment program.  Some experts in the West say 3,000 centrifuges technically could be sufficient to produce a nuclear weapon within a year.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


Putin and Ahmadinejad
AP photo / RIA Novosti / Mikhail Klimentyev / Presidential Press Service

Putin and Ahmadinejad: Two Amigos

Continuing to broadcast a clear message of disapproval to the U.S. regarding its foreign policy and commercial interests abroad, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss Iran’s nuclear program and to present a unified front against Washington’s possible plans vis-à-vis Iran.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Kim Gye Gwan
AP Photo / Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi

Nuclear Proliferation at a Crossroads

If the Bush administration is now in peacenik mode with North Korea, why not more aggressively follow the diplomatic track with Iran?  As a result of a startling turnabout by an administration committed to wage war against “rogue nations,” it turns out offers of aid and diplomatic recognition might work wonders in stemming the spread of the nuclear threat.

Posted on Sep 2, 2007 READ MORE


irannuke
AP Photo / Vahid Salemi

Iran Expanding Its Nuke Program

A report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency reveals that Iran is moving forward with its nuclear program, in defiance of sanctions imposed in March by the United Nations.  The watchdog agency says Tehran is obstructing the IAEA’s investigative efforts to monitor suspicious nuclear activities, according to the BBC.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


iran
AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iran Calls Bush’s Bluff

Relations between the U.S. and Iran are shifting as U.N. inspectors discover that Iran’s uranium enrichment program appears to be further along than previously believed.  These new developments only underscore the increasing volatility in the very region the American invasion of Iraq was supposed to secure, and they put the Bush administration in a codependent relationship with Iran’s ruling regime.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Drafting Sanctions As Iran Pursues Nuclear Fuel

The U.S. and three European allies may seek a range of sanctions against Iran including travel restrictions on Iranian leaders and limitations on access to global financial markets. However, according to the NYT, a recent report by the IAEA might hamper the sanctions effort.  The report says Iran is making slow progress and has not increased its rate of production of enriched uranium, and that the purity of the uranium would only be useful for power plants, not weapons.

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


Soldiers Sue Army Over Mysterious Illness

A number of American troops from the same unit in Iraq recently discovered they were all suffering from a mysterious set of illnesses.  Though their doctors couldn?t determine the source of the sickness, the soldiers came to believe their exposure to depleted uranium munitions was to blame, and decided to sue the U.S. Army.

Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


President Bush
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

National Journal: Bush ‘Directed’ Cheney to Discredit Joe Wilson

The president told federal investigators that he ordered Vice President Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter the allegations made by former Ambassador Joe Wilson that the White House had misrepresented intelligence to make the case to go to war with Iraq, according to people familiar with Bush’s statement, as quoted by Murray Waas of the National Journal.

  • If this story is correct, this not only links Bush with the CIA leak case, it puts him squarely at its helm.

  • Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    AP Photo / Mehr News, Sajjad Safari

    U.S. Prepared to Join Direct Talks With Iran

    Sec. of State Rice said America will join Europe in direct talks if Iran suspends its programs to enrich uranium and reprocess spent nuclear fuel. It’s a dramatic about-face, and comes a mere three weeks after the Iranian president sent a personal letter to Bush—the first direct communication between the two countries in over 20 years.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney's Notes
    From talkingpointsmemo.com

    Cheney’s Notes May Reignite Leak Firestorm

    Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has disclosed handwritten notes by the vice president that ask whether former Ambassador Joe Wilson was sent to Niger on a “junket” by his wife. The notes appear on a copy of Wilson’s N.Y. Times Op-Ed piece that kicked off the controversy. (via Huff Po)

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Plame Was Working on Iran When Outed

    Remember Valerie Plame Wilson? Well, she was apparently working on Iran when she was outed as a CIA agent by Robert Novak, and the outing allegedly damaged America’s ability to track Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Analysts: Iran Is Years Away From Making Bomb

    Tehran lacks the skills, materials and equipment to make a nuclear weapon, experts tell the New York Times.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Joins the Nuclear Club, Moves Toward Large-Scale Enrichment

    Tehran successfully enriched uranium for the first time on Tuesday, and signaled its intention to expand the program rapidly.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Forgers’ of Niger Uranium Contract Named

    Remember the uranium ore that Hussein supposedly purchased from Niger? A contract documenting the sale was used as evidence of the need to invade Iraq and was included in a 2002 U.S. State Department fact sheet on Iraq’s weapons program. Remember how the IAEA denounced the documents as fakes shortly before the invasion of Iraq? Well, according to the Times Online, the forgers have finally been named.

    Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Scott Ritter Argues That Iran Poses No Real Threat

    Former intelligence officer and United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter cuts through a recent L.A. Times story which claimed that “Iran could manufacture enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb within three years.” He provides a rather technical, but extremely convincing, argument for why it is unlikely that Iran could pose a nuclear threat anytime soon. (video: h/t Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Apr 8, 2006 READ MORE


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