Announcement follows Rouhani’s earlier statement that Tehran will build nuclear-powered ships and submarines
Iran is planning to build an aircraft carrier as part of an upgrade of its maritime warfare capabilities, a senior naval officer said Monday.
“Building an aircraft carrier is also among the goals pursued by the navy and we hope to attain this objective,” Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination Admiral Peiman Jafari Tehrani was quoted as saying by Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.
Tehrani also said the Iranian defense ministry and navy are “producing different types of missiles indigenously.”
Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari first declared in 2014 that Iran was able to construct aircraft carriers as well as high-tech submarines.
“As we have managed to produce warships and submarines, we also have the capability to build aircraft carriers and heavy submarines,” Fars quoted Sayyari as saying at the time.
Iran often boasts of advances in its military capabilities, although many of these developments cannot be confirmed by sources outside of Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier this month ordered the country’s scientists to start work on nuclear-powered ships, in what was seen as a response to the renewal of sanctions by the United States.
Iranian lawmakers had previously raised the prospect of building nuclear-powered ships and submarines back in 2012 at the height of tensions with the international community over the nuclear program.
International analysts said the announcement was likely just a bluff, since it would be an extremely costly effort for little strategic gain.
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Source: Mac Slavo
Conflicting reports from the middle east indicate that a radiological device has disappeared in Iran. The Tehran Times, an Iranian media mouthpiece, claims that an anonymous source has dismissed the reports as politically motivated, saying that the device was a radiological “camera” and nothing more.
But Western intelligence agencies say that the missing material containing the highly unstable isotope Iridium-192 could be used to manufacture a dirty bomb or to poison water supplies:
The missing material, Iridium-192, was reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency by Iran’s nuclear regulatory body earlier this month, warning neighboring Gulf states of its possible nefarious use.
A dirty bomb, or radiological dispersion device, is a conventional weapon equipped with nuclear material. The idea behind a dirty bomb is to blast radioactive material, such as powder or pellets, into the area around the explosion.
Citing Saudi intelligence sources, Asharq al-Awsat reported Friday that the Iridium- 192 was stolen as it was being transported from the Bushehr facility. The vehicle carrying the nuclear material was later found abandoned with its contents seized.
The IAEA defines Iridium-192, a highly unstable isotope which emits both electrons and gamma-rays, as a category-2 radioactive substance. Substances with a category-2 classification can permanently injure or even kill a human being if exposed to the material within hours or days.
In short, someone in the middle east just got ahold of a radioactive device loaded with Iridium-192. Officials says they don’t know where the device is or who may have taken it.
For all we know it could be on its way to Europe or the United States right now.
Earlier this year a report from the White House warned of four ways that terrorists could use a nuclear device against Americans on U.S. soil. A dirty bomb is reportedly the simplest weapon to build and smuggle into the country:
The most likely scenario that security experts fear is that a group could get ahold of radioactive material, such as cesium or cobalt, for a dirty bomb that could be carried in a suitcase. Those materials are widely used in industrial, academic and hospital settings, with no consistent security standards across the globe. Last year, an Associated Press investigation revealed multiple attempts by black market smugglers to sell radioactive material to Middle East extremists.
This isn’t the first time nuclear material has disappeared. A recent theft of nuclear material just across the Southern border in Mexico raised concerns that terrorists may be operating just miles from the United States. With a porous border, officials suggested that it was possible for a rogue group or lone terrorist to cross into the U.S. undetected and attack domestic population centers.
With so many unknowns, it would be naive to dismiss the possibility of a nuclear or radiological attack in the United States.
Earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security put in a massive order for radiation detectors to ensure nuclear devices aren’t secretly being transported in public areas. Likewise, Texas has issued hundreds of detectors to game wardens and other law enforcement officials near the southern border.
That new threat is terrorism. One fear is that terrorists could try to smuggle radioactive material into the country by boat. The Port of Houston has for years had radiation detectors to scan cargo.
So now, besides guns and handcuffs, game wardens will have one more tool.
“We’ve acquired about a hundred devices that allow game wardens to detect radiological or nuclear emissions. These are little devices that can be worn on someone’s belt,” Harvey said.
While the government understands the seriousness of the threat, the majority of population ignores it as a non-issue.
But that apathy won’t stave off the threat, nor will it save your life should a nuclear or radiological device be deployed inside the Continental United States.
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Extending U.S. sanctions on Iran for 10 years would breach the Iranian nuclear agreement, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday, warning that Tehran would retaliate if the sanctions are approved.
The U.S. House of Representatives re-authorized last week the Iran Sanctions Act, or ISA, for 10 years. The law was first adopted in 1996 to punish investments in Iran’s energy industry and deter Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The Iran measure will expire at the end of 2016 if it is not renewed. The House bill must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become law.
Iran and world powers concluded the nuclear agreement, also known as JCPOA, last year. It imposed curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in return for easing sanctions that have badly hurt its economy.
“The current U.S. government has breached the nuclear deal in many occasions,” Khamenei said, addressing a gathering of members of the Revolutionary Guards, according to his website.
“The latest is extension of sanctions for 10 years, that if it happens, would surely be against JCPOA, and the Islamic Republic would definitely react to it.”
The U.S. lawmakers passed the bill one week after Republican Donald Trump was elected U.S. president. Republicans in Congress unanimously opposed the agreement, along with about two dozen Democrats, and Trump has also criticized it.
Lawmakers from both parties said they hoped bipartisan support for a tough line against Iran would continue under the new president.
President-elect Trump once said during his campaign that he would “rip up” the agreement, drawing a harsh reaction from Khamenei, who said if that happens, Iran would “set fire” to the deal.
The House of Representatives also passed a bill last week that would block the sale of commercial aircraft by Boeing and Airbus to Iran.
The White House believes that the legislation would be a violation of the nuclear pact and has said Obama would veto the measure even if it did pass the Senate. (Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, editing by Larry King)
Source: Matthew Bernstein
Remember the terrible Iran deal that President Obama had? Okay that might be a little vague considering that he has had a lot of them. There was the Nuclear Deal and then the ransom deal this summer that saw Obama send $1.7 billion to the country.
The other deal that we saw happened this summer, when Obama first gave a $400 million ransom payment to the country for four detained American citizens. And then that $400 million exploded into a $1.7 billion payment that Obama has refused to comment further on.
The deal that is being discussed right now was the Iran Nuclear Deal that occurred in 2015. And remember how Obama said that Iran wasn’t going to do anything that would hurt the agreement? Iran just violated a portion of that deal!
As part of the nuclear deal that was signed by six world powers from the United Nations Iran has to have a limit on its heavy water stockpile. And according to a report from monitors on the United Nations, Iran has exceeded that limit on Wednesday. So much for obeying the rules Obama.
The confidential report that was submitted by the United Nation’s atomic watchdog came out shortly after Iran issued a warning to the United States following the election of Donald Trump. It was Trump that had described the Iran agreement as “the worst deal ever negotiated.”
The Iran Deal specifies that Iran can only have a heavy water limit of 143.3 tons. And the International Atomic Energy Agency report found that Iran’s stockpile exceeded that amount by 0.10 metric tons. And this wasn’t the first time that Iran has stepped over the limit. According to investigators, it was the second time that Iran has stepped over the limit.
Some of you might be thinking what the big deal is considering that it’s heavy water. The problem is that heavy water is a potential proliferation concern. It’s used in reactors that produce substantial amounts of plutonium. And plutonium is a potential path to nuclear weapons!
The report did note that Tehran had announced plans to export 5.5 tons to a country that would have brought it back under the limit. However it didn’t specify which nation would receive that shipment.
Not only that, but considering that Trump has voiced his extreme displeasure for the Iran deal, the State Department noted that underneath Trump, the United States could make a movement to scrap the deal. But they also acknowledged that it could rattle some European nations who had signed on and started doing business with the Islamic Republic.
But what makes this even worse is the fact that Iran has demanded that the United States stick to the deal, no matter what. But it’s okay for Iran to disobey the treaty? How in the world does that make any sense at all! The short answer is that it doesn’t and that Iran is just doing what it can to get out of the deal.
What makes this even worse is the fact that Iran didn’t make any effort whatsoever to hide this. “It’s important to note that Iran made no effort to hide this, hide what it was doing from the IAEA.” That came from State Department spokesman Mark Toner.
On top of that Iran had criticized Trump for his comments about confronting Iranian boats in the Persian Gulf. General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri said, “The person who has recently achieved power, has talked off the top of his head! Threatening Iran in the Persian Gulf is just a joke.”
This has some merit because back in September, Trump had said that Iranian ships that were trying to provoke the United States “will be shot out of the water.” Back in January Iran had taken 10 American sailors prisoner after their ship had veered off course into Iranian waters. But they were released a day later
But the bottom line is that Iran has just made Obama look even more foolish than ever before. They have made a mockery of his Iran Deal that he has proclaimed as a success. They have gone over the heavy water limit that was imposed two separate times. And as noted before, heavy water is used in reactors to produce plutonium.
And since plutonium is something that is involved in nuclear weapons, this is something that should be taken seriously. And yet Obama hasn’t done a thing to show that he is going to take it seriously. But Trump will.
This isn’t the first time that Iran has done something that has made Americans angry. They have shown that they are going to show off their military might because that Iran deal has made them feel powerful as ever. This just showed that Obama has done what he could to make sure that the nation feels better than ever.
And considering that Iran has received payments from the president due to the hostage situation that they had, it only makes sense that they were going to do this once again. And guess what Obama’s plan for that is? He is going to make sure that Iran just gets even more money! So of course Iran is going to keep doing this because they are going to get more money out of it! What a great plan Obama!
Share this article to show that Iran has just violated another part of the Iran deal for the second time! They are showing that they are going to violate the deal and have nuclear weapons! And yet Obama is going to sit by and do absolutely nothing. Thankfully he leaves office in January.
We now have a leader that is going to do something against the terrible deal that Obama signed. Trump is going to do what he can to make sure that the deal is repealed. And considering that Trump has spoken out against it, you can be assured that he is going to do something about it.
Source: Press TV
An Iranian Navy fleet has docked at Tanzania’s Port city of Dar es Salaam in line with the Islamic Republic’s strategy of expanding its naval presence in the high seas.
The 44th flotilla of the Iranian Navy, consisting of the Alvand destroyer and the Bushehr logistic vessel, berthed at the African port on Saturday.
It embarked on a voyage for the high seas on October 5 to safeguard maritime routes used by the country’s vessels and oil tankers operating in the Gulf of Aden and the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait against pirates.
The fleet docked at Dar es Salaam in line with the consolidation of the cordial relations and diplomatic ties between Iran and Tanzania and the expansion of maritime interaction with the purpose of conveying the Islamic Republic’s message of peace and friendship.
It will stay in Tanzania for three days and then depart for South Africa.
The 44th flotilla successfully saved two Iranian ships from three pirate attacks on October 17 in the Gulf of Aden.
Gulf of Aden pirates, who mainly come from Somali coasts, attacked an Iranian merchant ship in a bid to highjack it but they were forced to flee after a heavy exchange of fire by the Iranian fleet.
The pirates also conducted two attacks on another Iranian merchant ship. They initially attacked the vessel with eight speedboats 46 miles south of the Yemeni city of Aden and later with 13 well-equipped boats 55 miles south of the port city.
However, the two attacks were repelled by the Iranian naval forces and the pirates were forced to retreat when they came under heavy fire.
In recent years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, safeguarding merchant containers and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran or other countries.
Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its missions in international waters.
(CNSNews.com) – Italy and the United States have a long and warm relationship, but for his final state dinner guest, President Obama chose a leader that has also gone further than any other in the West to embrace a regime in Iran that still views America as enemy number one.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Obamas’ guest at Tuesday night’s glittering function at the White House, has met with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani no less than four times over the past year, as Italy scrambles to do business with the once-pariah state.
The process began shortly before the center-left Renzi took office. Two months before his inauguration in February 2014, then-Foreign Minister Emma Bonino became the first European Union foreign minister to pay an official visit to Iran in almost 10 years.
Later in 2014, Renzi’s foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, became the E.U.’s foreign policy chief, a post which put her at the center of the multilateral negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programs. Those talks led, in June 2015, to the conclusion of the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
In the following months, five Italian cabinet ministers traveled to Iran, with businessmen in tow. In September 2015, Renzi met with Rouhani on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, where he assured the Iranian that he would urge Italian companies to launch joint ventures with Iranian ones.
In January, shortly after the JCPOA began to be implemented, Rouhani chose Italy as the first Western destination for an official visit, accompanied by ministers and businessmen.
During the trip Rouhani and Renzi oversaw the signing of contracts worth up to $18.3 billion, although the visit drew headlines for another reason too, after a museum in Rome covered up classical statues so as not to offend the visitors. The museum said it was acting under instructions from Renzi’s office, and the prime minister was excoriated by political opponents.
Less than three months later, Renzi traveled to Tehran, accompanied by a 250-member delegation including business leaders in the energy and defense sectors.
More deals were signed, and Italy’s state lender pledged four billion euros’ ($4.4 billion) worth of credit lines while the country’s export agency announced it would guarantee those loans.
Renzi, who met with Rouhani and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed the wish to revive a strategic partnership between the two countries.
During that two-day April visit, Iran hanged at least eight prisoners at the notorious Gohardasht prison near Tehran, according to the exiled opposition group, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which published a letter to Renzi from Iranian political prisoners, criticizing his visit.
“By traveling to Iran, you are to a large extent giving political legitimacy and authority to these criminal and murderous executions,” the letter stated. “At this moment we have just heard about the execution of nine people. By coming to Iran, you have definitely given them the political legitimacy and authority for further such executions.”
Critics admonished Renzi for embracing a government which under Rouhani has, according to a U.N. human rights investigator, overseen a 20-year high in executions.
“The fact is Iran remains one of the worst human rights violators in the world and a major fomenter of unrest and Islamic extremism in the region,” said Ken Maginnis, who sits in Britain’s House of Lords and is a prominent member of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.
“Shaking hands with the likes of Rouhani while young Iranians continue to face torture and imprisonment for expressing their ideals is a compromise that neither I nor my colleagues are willing to espouse or support.”
According to Italy’s ambassador to Iran, Mauro Conciatori, Italy has established a human rights dialogue with Iran, dealing with “the issues of human rights in the legal systems of our two countries without any prejudice and on an equal footing.”
“Using a theoretical approach, it studies the different cultural backgrounds and different traditions of the two systems. It has come to the conclusion that there is a nucleus of concerns and values that are common to both systems,” Conciatori told the Tehran Times last week. “And on this basis, it can also tackle more concrete and more specific issues.”
Last month Renzi and Rouhani held their fourth meeting in a year, once again alongside the U.N. session in New York. There, Rouhani told him that Italy could be Iran’s first number one trading partner in Europe in the post-nuclear deal era.
Also last month, an Italian Navy frigate, Euro, became the first Western naval vessel to dock in an Iranian port in 15 years, spending four days in Bandar Abbas.
Tuesday night’s White House state dinner followed a day in Washington during which Renzi was showered with praise by his hosts, with Obama lauding his “bold” and “progressive” leadership.
Renzi, who last February told reporters he was “rooting for Hillary Clinton” to win the presidency, returned the compliment, recalling during a state luncheon hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry the “very powerful” speech delivered by then-Senator Obama at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Source: Press TV
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the United States is mainly worried about the strengthening of the resistance movement in Syria and the weakening of terrorist groups.
The chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, added on Sunday that the US has always pursued policies in the Middle East that serve its own interests.
He pointed to the latest round of Syria talks, which were convened in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Saturday, and said, “At such occasions, the US has always sought to advance its own objectives and pursued its own goals and policies in the region more than being concerned about the resolution of the Syria crisis.”
The Iranian legislator added that the talks in Lausanne ended without any consensus among the participants of the conference about a common strategy to end the conflict in Syria, now in its sixth year, because Washington is worried about the weakness of the current, which seeks to topple the legitimate government in the Arab country.
The latest achievements made by the resistance movement in Syria over the recent months have also been a source of concern for US, he noted.
Boroujerdi emphasized that the continuation of US strategies and certain countries’ support for terrorist and the so-called moderate opposition groups dash all hopes of success for such conferences.
“The only solution to the Syrian crisis is a political one while the violation of ceasefires in Syria in addition to financial and arms support for terrorist groups will block the resolution of the Syria crisis,” the Iranian lawmaker pointed out.
The latest round of talks aimed at putting an end to the crisis in Syria came to an end without even the release of a joint statement by its participants.
The four-hour long Saturday talks were convened by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne with the participation of foreign ministers from Russia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, and Egypt as well as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.
The conflict in Syria, which flared up in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to an estimate by De Mistura.