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A War With Iran: It Seems The Clock is Ticking

Iran boosts security for all in nuclear field.

President Ahmadinejad gives order to put anyone who is active in the nuclear field ‘under special care’ following last week’s killing of nuclear scientist in Tehran.

The order was given by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rahimi said. The ISNA news agency quoted the vice president saying that the additional measures — which were not specified — come on top of ones ordered 10 months ago for Iran’s nuclear scientists. “This time around, the government ordered that anyone who is active in the nuclear field, from low levels to higher ups, be under surveillance and put under special care,”

The new security order was given after Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a 32-year-old deputy director of Iran’s main uranium enrichment plant, was murdered on January 11 along with his driver/bodyguard when assassins on a motorbike fixed a magnetic bomb to their car. The attack was the fifth such incident targeting Iran’s scientists in the past two years. Four other scientists — three of them involved in Iran’s nuclear program — died in the attacks, while one managed to escape with injuries. Iranian officials say the attacks are a covert campaign by Israel and the U.S.

…(Ynet)

Is Iran Closer to the Nuclear Bomb Than We Realize?

A report that Iran is about a year away from having the capability to build a nuclear bomb may be too optimistic, contended John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “I worry the publicly available information is giving only a very small picture and that Iran is actually even much further along,” Bolton said today in a radio interview.

Bolton was on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio. The former ambassador was asked about a statement from a former head of U.N. nuclear inspections claiming Iran is now just a year or so away from having enough enriched uranium to assemble a nuclear bomb.

Olli Heinonen wrote in an article published earlier this week that Iran made this advancement after switching production of its higher-grade enriched uranium to a new, underground site.

“So they’ve got more work to do, but they are already well on their way,” he said.  Reacting to the one-year timeline, Bolton stated, “I think it can be even less than that.”

…(WHTC)

Hague warns of Iran crisis

British Foreign Secretary William Hague. Photo: Soe Zeya Tun

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that ”intensifying” tensions with Iran could escalate into a crisis that destabilises the entire Middle East unless the country abandons its nuclear enrichment program. Mr Hague expressed concerns in The Sunday Telegraph that Iran’s actions could cause a nuclear arms race, and called on the country’s government to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the growing confrontation. ”We do have to confront this problem, because Iran has embarked on a course which threatens the whole region of the Middle East with nuclear proliferation,” Mr Hague said.

”It is an intensifying problem that we have over their nuclear program. And so there is a risk that this will become a greater crisis as 2012 goes on.”

Mr Hague’s comments came as the European Union prepares to agree on an embargo on Iranian oil, in response to Iran’s decision to step up its efforts to produce the materials for a nuclear weapon. Iran maintains that its nuclear program is peaceful, and has threatened to retaliate to an oil embargo by blocking the Strait of Hormuz. ‘It’s because we don’t want to see an intensifying crisis that we favour negotiations – if Iran will come to meetings or negotiations – and we will apply stronger and stronger sanctions to try to show negotiation is the only way forward,” Mr Hague said.

The Foreign Secretary said Britain was not calling for military action, but stressed: ”We don’t take any options off the table in the long term … We believe in intensifying the peaceful, legitimate pressure on Iran – so that’s what people will see much more of over the coming weeks.”

…(Sydney Morning Herald)

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January 17, 2012 - Posted by | Politics, Violence, War | , , , , , , , , ,

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