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Obama: What To Do About Iran Nukes?

November 12, 2008

After years of suspense and suspicion, Iran still denies it is trying to make a nuclear bomb. Analysts foresee the Iranians’ success in a few years at most, but they disagree widely over a likely timetable.

By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer

President-elect Obama says Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons are unacceptable. At a postelection news conference, Obama said, “We have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening.”

An Iranian flag flutters next to a ground-to-ground Sajil missile ...
An Iranian flag flutters next to a ground-to-ground Sajil missile before being launched at an undisclosed location. Iran has test fired a new generation of ground-to-ground missile, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the defence minister as saying.(AFP/null)

Senior diplomats from the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany are meeting Thursday in Paris to discuss efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program with sanctions, but Russian and Chinese reluctance has stymied efforts for a unified stance.

In dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Obama faces questions that include whether to keep a U.S. military threat on the table, whether to temper or increase economic sanctions on Tehran and whether to offer economic and diplomatic concessions to Iran, directly or indirectly, in exchange for a verifiable suspension of suspicious nuclear activity.

Anthony H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said in a report this month that Iran now has a technology base to make nuclear weapons, limited only by its current level of uranium enrichment.

“The worst case for a nuclear device is 2009, but it could well be 2011-2015 before Iran gets there,” Cordesman said in an interview Tuesday. He added: “The critical issue is when Iran could have an effective nuclear-armed missile force. That could easily take two to three years longer.”

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Iran Ties Ballistic Missile Test To U.S. Navy Missile Defense Test

November 12, 2008

Iran test-fired a new missile in the western city of Marivan, near the border with Iraq during a military maneuver, the government television network Press TV reported Tuesday. The Samen missile was fired Monday, along with artillery and rocket launchers. Iran warned American forces in Iraq last week that American helicopters were spotted flying close to Iran’s airspace. The semiofficial Fars news agency reported that the test followed a Nov. 3 ballistic missile test by United States forces in the Third Fleet.

By Nazila Fathi 
The New York Times


The Telegraph, London
The English-language Press TV said the Iranian-made missile, named as the Samen, was successfully tested on Monday by the elite Revolutionary Guards in the western border city of Marivan.

They also tested artillery and rocket launchers, Press TV said on its website.

Iran’s armed forces have staged frequent manoeuvres in recent months, coinciding with speculation of possible US or Israeli strikes against the Islamic Republic over its disputed nuclear ambitions.

In a move that further heightened tension, Iran in July test-fired nine highly advanced missiles, including one which reportedly could reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East.

Iran’s army last Wednesday said US helicopters had been seen flying close to Iran’s border and that it would respond to any violation, a message analysts said seemed directed at US President-Elect Barack Obama more than at American troops in Iraq.

The Nov 5 statement followed a cross-border raid last month by US forces into Syria, an action that was condemned by Damascus and Tehran.

The United States and its Western allies suspect Iran is seeking to build atomic bombs, a charge Tehran denies.

Mr Obama, like outgoing President George W Bush, has not ruled out military action although he has criticised the outgoing administration for not pushing for more diplomacy and engagement with Iran.

Iran has said it would respond to any attack on its territory by targeting US interests and Washington’s ally Israel, as well as closing the Strait of Hormuz, a vital route for world oil supplies.

Iran Test-Fires New Missile Near Iraq Border

November 11, 2008

Iran successfully test fired a new missile Monday in a fresh effort to enhance the country’s military might, Iran’s Fars News Agency reported.

The Samen missile, which was reportedly designed and manufactured in Iran, was shot during an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps drill in the border city of Marivan, Kurdistan, Fars reported. No other information on the missile was immediately available.

From Fox News

While Iran claims that its ballistic missiles — which can strike targets more than 1,200 miles away — are for defensive purposes, Tehran has warned that it would strike American bases in the Middle East in the event of an attack from the U.S. or Israel.

But Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Friday that Tel Aviv is “convinced that Iran continues to try to build a nuclear weapon,” according to Fars.

Iran Ties Ballistic Missile Test To U.S. Navy Missile Defense Test

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