Washington’s concerns are certainly well-placed. In recent years, in tandem with its nuclear advances, the Islamic republic has carried out significant, sustained work on its ballistic-missile arsenal. According to U.S. intelligence assessments, Iran is already the most formidable missile power in the Middle East, and ballistic missiles would be its delivery system of choice if [...]
As they examine the difficulties of carrying out a strike, Israeli operational analysts can take comfort in the fact that Israel has achieved surprise many times before. Iran, as the intended target of a potential attack, is faced with several problems. One is to detect the decision to attack. Another is to accurately assess the [...]
Iran currently has nearly 19,000 centrifuges, including 10,000 of the so-called first generation being used to enrich uranium.
The country insists its nuclear activities are solely for civilian purposes.
“If we want to use the Natanz enrichment facility to produce the annual fuel of Bushehr nuclear power plant, we need to build 30,000 new centrifuges,” [...]
The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran, despite its agreement with the West, would continue to enhance its nuclear weapons capability.
Officials said the intelligence community has dismissed the prospect that Iran would slow down its nuclear weapons program.
The officials said the community, despite assurances by the White House, assessed that Teheran would [...]
A rising chorus of Israeli voices is again raising the possibility of carrying out a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in what appears to be an attempt to draw renewed attention to Tehran’s atomic program — and Israel’s unhappiness with international negotiations with the Iranians.
In recent days, a series of newspaper reports and [...]
The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly maintained massive military funding for a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities despite ongoing negotiations between Western powers and the Islamic Republic.
Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that Knesset members taking part in committee hearings in January and February were informed that the 2014 national [...]
Israel’s defense minister says his country cannot depend on the United States to lead an action against Iran’s nuclear program and that Israel can only rely on itself.
Moshe Yaalon says Israel believed “the one who should lead the campaign against Iran is the U.S” but instead, Washington began talks with Tehran.
He says Iran [...]
Asked if he had seen a change in Iranian procurement behavior in the past six to 12 months, a period that has seen a cautious thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations after decades of hostility, Van Diepen replied: “The short answer is no.
“They still continue very actively trying to procure items for their nuclear program and [...]
What happens if negotiations eventually fail? Rouhani’s reformist government will stand much weakened, allowing the hardline conservatives and the IRGC to revolt and take control of key points in the Iranian power structure. In that case, a return to confrontation with the West is a strong possibility. Obama would be much discredited for negotiating with [...]
The Iranian shipment of missiles that was intercepted by Israel suggests that Iran is preparing a very nasty surprise for Israel should Israel or the US attack Iran.
Questions continue to swirl around a shipment of Iranian missiles the Israeli navy intercepted near Sudan, with experts saying the weapons’ true destination might reveal a hidden [...]