Nuclear weapons

Is Israel really preparing for an attack on Iran?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, August 16, 2012

The question of whether Israel is on the brink of a strike against Iran periodically resurfaces as the Persian country’s march to a nuclear weapon continues unabated and Israeli leaders indicate, openly or subtly, that their patience is running out.


Panetta: Give Iran sanctions time to work

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

The US Defence Secretary has called for Iran to be given more time to respond to sanctions during a speech in Tunis.

Mr Panetta's remarks came a day before a much-publicised trip to Israel, where concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions is a high priority.


Nuclear Iran by 2014, says MI6 chief Sir John Sawers

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

The chief of Britain's top security agency has warned that Iran could be a nuclear power within two years.


War games ramped up as Iran hit by fresh sanctions

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 5, 2012

The United States and Iran both ramped up their military rhetoric this week following the implementation of new sanctions against Iran’s oil exports and the impasse in negotiations over the country’s nuclear programme.


British ministers reportedly consulting lawyers over Israel Iran strike

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2012

The British Government has reportedly consulted lawyers over its options if fighting breaks out between Israel and Iran.

In Baghdad later today representatives from the five Security Council nations and Germany will meet Iranian officials to discuss the regime's nuclear ambitions.


Netanyahu warns 'no concessions' ahead of Iran nuclear meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated his belief that Iran intends to destroy Israel using nuclear weapons.

The Israeli Prime Minister, speaking the day before an international meeting , focused on Tehran's nuclear ambitions, takes place in Baghdad, called for steps to be taken to ensure Iran does not get an atomic bomb.


US security analyst: Iran bomb 'irrefutable'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

One of the most experienced and respected security analysts in the United States has produced a comprehensive study of all the material released so far on Iran's nuclear programme.

In Rethinking Our Approach to Iran's Search for the Bomb, Anthony Cordesman concludes that Iran is irrefutably developing an atomic weapon.


White House: time running out for Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

A White House official has warned that time is running out for Iran to work with the international community.

Jay Carney, press secretary for the Obama administration, said that “the window was closing” for the Ahmadinejad regime to cooperate over its nuclear ambitions.


'Israel has destroyed Iran's bomb'

March 1, 2012

A remarkable claim about Israel's clandestine campaign against Iran's nuclear programme, published this week by WikiLeaks, has been dismissed out of hand by Israeli officials.

In one of millions of internal emails obtained in a hack attack on US strategic intelligence company Stratfor by the Anonymous collective, a Middle East "source" claimed that Israel had wiped out Iran's nuclear infrastruc


Iran oil embargo 'step in right direction', says Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

Israel and Britain have hailed the European Union for moving in the right direction after a new sanction on Iran was agreed.

The EU agreed on Monday morning to impose an oil embargo on Iran – one part of its wider challenge to Iran's nuclear programme.