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France: Iran “Two-Faced,” Doubts Talks’ Success

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Reuters reports that French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe voiced skepticism on Wednesday that resumed talks between the six world powers and Iran would succeed. He said Tehran was not sincerely willing to negotiate about the future of its nuclear program.

“I am a little skeptical … I think Iran continues to be two-faced,” Juppe said to France’s i-Tele television.

“That’s why I think we have to continue to be extremely firm on sanctions, which in my view are the best way to prevent a military option that would have unforeseeable consequences,” he said.

Iran Military Chief: We Will Take Preemptive Action if Threatened

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The deputy chief of Iran’s armed forces said that Iran would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were threatened, in the latest round of sabre-rattling over its nuclear program.

“Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran’s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,” Mohammad Hejazi told Fars news agency.

Barak: Iran is Yet to Reach the Point of No Return

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Speaking to Kol Israel Radio’s Reshet Bet Thursday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Iran is exaggerating the rate of its progress in developing its nuclear program. Nevertheless, Barak emphasized, we should not ignore the fact that there has been progress and that the West must increase further the pressure on Iran.

Barak was clear in stating that Iran’s nuclear program has not yet reached the point of no return, where deploying its nuclear devices would become inevitable.

Barak suggested that in spreading the nuclear program over three separate locations Iran intended to make it difficult to execute surgical strikes against its program.

Regarding the coming cuts to Israel’s defense budget, Barak pointed out that the military’s share in the budget has gone down over the last few years from 25 to only 13 percent. In his opinion, it will be impossible to carry out all its current assignments without an increase in the military budget.

IAEA Schedule Return Trip To Iran

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

In a statement released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), another round of talks has been scheduled with Iran over the “possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.” The IAEA team of experts will return to Iran for the talks on February 21 for two days.

Israel Military Intelligence: Iran Has Enough Uranium For 4 Nukes

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Speaking before the Herzliya Conference, Director of Military Intelligence Major General Aviv Kochavi revealed the military’s assessment that Iran can produce four nuclear bombs.

“Iran has enough nuclear material for four bombs,” Kochavi said. “Iran is vigorously pursing military nuclear capabilities and today the intelligence community agrees with Israel on that. Iran has over four tons of enriched materials and nearly 100kg of 20% enriched uranium – that’s enough for four bombs,” he said.

Kochavi stated that Iran’s motivation is threefold: regional hegemony, elevated deterrence, and its desire to be a prime mover in the Middle East. Kochavi added that despite Iranian claims that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, “[w]e have conclusive evidence that they are after nuclear weapons.”

Kochavi expressed his belief that the decision to weaponize the nuclear program hinges on Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “When Khamenei gives the order to produce the first nuclear weapon – it will be done, we believe, within one year.”

UN Secretary General Urges Iran to Come Clean

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a joint press conference with President Shimon Peres Wednesday morning, expressed his continuing concern that Iran’s nuclear program has a nuclear dimension.

“I have been urging the Iranian authorities to prove that their nuclear program is genuinely for peaceful purposes. I think they have not yet convinced the international community,” Ban said.

Iran UPDATE: A-Jad says Iran Unaffected By EU Embargo, Wants to Talk

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, responding to calls from Western officials to return to negotiations over its disputed nuclear program, claimed that Iran is ready and willing for frank discussion about its nuclear program.

“They have this excuse that Iran is dodging negotiations while it is not the case,” Ahmadenijad said, referring to the Western diplomats. “Why should we run away from the negotiations?”

Iran’s top officials are alternating between alleged compliance with and open defiance of the West, with Ahmadinejad saying Wednesday that the EU oil embargo would not harm the Islamic Republic.

“Once our trade with the Europe was around 90 percent but now it has reached 10 percent and we are not seeking this 10 percent… experience has shown that Iranian nation will not be hurt,” Ahmadinejad insisted.

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