DEBKAfile’s military and Moscow sources now report exclusively: In early October 2010, Russian intelligence learned that Iran was about to begin test launches of missiles for carrying nuclear warheads. They reported this to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
He then took three steps: He conveyed the information to US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime [...]
“We cannot live in a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and we don’t. It’s as simple as that,” the official said. “If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, that will be unacceptable to us and we will have to follow suit.”
Officials in Riyadh said that Saudi Arabia would reluctantly push ahead with its own [...]
Four arrest warrants have been issued by the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Lebanon’s state prosecutor said.
Mr Hariri’s son, Saad, welcomed the indictments and described them as a “historic moment” for Lebanon.
Local reports say the warrants name senior members of the Shia militant and political [...]
… Al-Jarida said Israel sent a message to Assad through Turkey following intelligence reports of unusual Syrian troop movements.
Those reports included information that long-range ballistic missiles had been moved into positions that could be used to target Israel.
The economic crisis in Greece could reach the United States through money market funds, especially if the contagion spreads to European banks, officials from the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.
Yet, if China has extensive European exposure, a Greek default could make the entire global economy reel.
Many other economies within China’s region are dependent upon the rising power. Notably, a significant percentage of Australia and South Korea’s manufacturing output goes to China.
Obviously, China has an enormous economic relationship with the United States, infamously [...]
In a reprise of the 2008 crisis, Greece’s toxic bonds are tangled in a web of debt and complex derivates such as credit default swaps (essentially, insurance on debt) that could ensnare banks and financial institutions far and wide. The difference this time around, however, is that Europe — which lacks strong central institutions like [...]
Iran has been carrying out covert tests of missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday, in contravention of a U.N. resolution.
It has also said it wants to enrich uranium to “levels far greater than is needed for peaceful nuclear energy,” Hague said.
The Ukrainians provided the design for the warheads, while the Chinese and Pakistanis delivered the technology, machining and tooling. The Iranian Ministry of Defense coordinated the interface with all three.
In the past, the Guards encountered problems with the design of a warhead with a reentry vehicle that could successfully carry a nuclear payload. [...]