Archive for the ‘nukes’ Category

N.Korea threatened to transfer nukes

February 5, 2008

By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
February 5, 2008

North Korea threatened to export nuclear weapons to international terrorists in 2005, according to a U.S. intelligence report made public yesterday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il returns a salute as he reviews ...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il
The report to Congress on arms proliferation was produced in 2006 and also said al Qaeda is developing chemical and biological weapons for use in Iraq and Afghanistan and continues to seek nuclear or radiological bombs.
On Syria, the report said that the Damascus government has nuclear research facilities at Dayr, Al Hajar and Dubaya, and that U.S. intelligence agencies “continue to monitor Syrian nuclear intentions with concern.”

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Pakistan: Talibanization and Nukes

February 2, 2008

By Arnaud de Borchgrave
The Washington Times
February 1, 2008

One wing of the Taliban movement wants to give its top priority to demoralizing and evicting the U.S. and its NATO allies from Afghanistan.

The other, led by Baitullah Mehsud, who is said to have ordered Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, wants to focus on the Talibanization of Pakistan. Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed Taliban leader whose movement was deposed and who has been in hiding since the U.S.-led invasion a month after September 11, 2001, resurfaced — long enough to fire Mehsud.

Mehsud, a Pakistani Talib warlord, let be known that while he remained loyal to Mullah Omar, he also remained “the Amir of Tehrik-Taliban Pakistan” and it wasn’t much longer before both sides denied his expulsion.

He certainly echoed Mullah Omar when he spoke with an Al Jazeera television reporter….

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Israel won’t accept nuke weapons in Iran

January 14, 2008
By LAURIE COPANS, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a powerful parliamentary panel on Monday that Israel rejects “no options” to block Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, a meeting participant said.

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Estimate of Iran’s nukes reversed

December 4, 2007

By Bill Gertz and Jon Ward
The Washington Times
December 4, 2007

Iran halted a secret nuclear-weapons program in 2003 under international pressure but still can produce a nuclear bomb by 2010 to 2015, according to a new U.S. intelligence estimate released yesterday.

The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), a consensus of analysts at the CIA and 15 other agencies, reverses a 2005 estimate that said Iran was bent on building nuclear arms.

“We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003 Tehran halted its nuclear-weapons program,” a brief summary of the formerly classified estimate said.

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General: Israel Can Destroy Or Cripple Iran’s Nuke Program

November 1, 2007

RTTNews) – A senior Israeli Defense Officer has said that Israel has the capability to destroy or cripple Iran’s nuclear program.

The unnamed brigadier-general who spoke to a few Jewish journalists in Toronto on October 22 had his remarks posted on the Canadian Jewish News Web site.

The general said, “Delay can also be helpful. We have to be prepared for any eventuality”. The general also said that striking Iran’s nuclear facilities would not be easy, since its facilities are widely scattered and buried deep underground, the report said.

The general also said that though the UN sanctions had had “some positive effects,” it has not deterred Iran from pursuing nuclear capabilities.