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Iran has deployed a Russian-made S-300 air defense system around its underground Fordo nuclear facility, state TV reported. Video footage posted late Sunday on state TV’s website showed trucks arriving at the site and missile launchers being aimed skyward. It did not say whether the system was fully operational.
Iran has long relied on Latin America to evade Western sanctions, including, critically, on ballistic missiles technology. Now sanctions are gone and Iran’s missile activity no longer banned, but Tehran continues to use America’s backyard to develop long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
An Iranian nuclear scientist detained since 2010 has been executed, his family has told the BBC. Shahram Amiri’s mother said the body of her son had been returned to their hometown with rope marks around his neck, showing that he had been hanged. Mr Amiri, who was born in 1977, went missing after taking a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2009. He surfaced in the US a year later saying he had been kidnapped and put under “intense psychological pressure to reveal sensitive information” by the CIA.
The nations controlling the world’s nuclear inspection agency voted on Tuesday to close its decade-long investigation into the work it suspected Iran of conducting to design a nuclear weapon, and instead to move ahead with fulfilling the deal signed in July to limit Iran’s production of atomic material for at least 15 years. The unanimous vote by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors ends the agency’s long-running, and largely unsuccessful, effort to get Iran to fully answer a series of questions about suspected activities.
Israel has been demonizing the Iranian regime, just as the Iranian regime denounces Israel in every Friday prayer all over the country. Looking back at the headlines over the past few years one can see that Ahmadinejad”s rhetoric made it easy to hold up the regime as a pariah. Iran has been using its proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah to wage war on Israel. It seems that the hierarchy in Israel believes that using the nuclear issue is a good way to limit Iran’s ability to support its allies in the region. However, Israel’s rhetoric over the past 6 years recorded here hasn’t changed much and hasn’t materialized. Both Bush and Obama administrations have warned Israel of preemptive attacks as the consequences will be dire. Israel on the other hand has been using Iran as a deflection for its settlement policies. Mossad chief actually admitted that even a Nuclear Iran would not be a threat to Israel. Tamir Pardo says Israel using various means to foil Iran’s nuclear program, but if Iran actually obtained nuclear weapons, it would not mean destruction of Israel. It is important to step back and examine the history before jumping to conclusions. Here is an article in NYTimes from back in 2010 that states the same. Hmm, it’s August, things are quiet, time for another wave of hysteria over an imminent Israeli attack on Iran. We’ve seen this movie for a decade – Israel’s “red line” on the Iranian nuclear program has proved of spandex-like elasticity. It is important not to be swayed by every news article but consider news in context and make an attempt to get out of historical knots that continuously lead to disastrous consequences.