Nuclear weapons

Iran nuclear deal agreed in Geneva

By Jessica Elgot, October 2, 2009

Iran will open its controversial enrichment plant to UN inspectors within two weeks and has agreed to export much of the uranium it has already enriched, the country’s chief nuclear negotiator told six countries meeting in Geneva.

The plans, tentatively agreed by Iran's Saeed Jalili, signify a temporary let up in a possible Iranian nuclear crisis, but representatives of the countries involved in the talks, including Britain and the US, warned that details were yet to be finalised.


Geneva: No breakthrough in Iran negotiations

October 1, 2009

British and US diplomats are among those meeting in Geneva to put more pressure on Iran to halt its uranium enrichment.

Representatives from the UK, US, France, Germany, Russia and China met in a hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva with Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.

They are said to have insisted Iran name a date for a UN inspections of the nuclear plant in Qom, and have offered to freeze sanctions if Iranian uranium enrichment comes to a halt.


Israel may go it alone on Iran strike

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2009

While the American intelligence community is tearing itself apart in public over the question of whether Iran has accumulated sufficient uranium for a nuclear weapon, a quiet debate is going on behind the scenes in Israel.

Most Israeli intelligence analysts believe Iran is a few months away from the point of no return.

If pro-Israel president George Bush decided not to attack Iran, it is hard to see Barack Obama with his new policy of engaging Iran and the Muslim world ordering a strike. That leaves Israel with an awful dilemma — can it go it alone?


Iran buys anti-aircraft missiles from Russia

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2009

The reported sale of advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Tehran has made the need to deal with Iran’s nuclear programme more urgent than ever.

A senior source in Russia’s Federal Bureau of Military-Technological Cooperation confirmed to the Interfax news agency on Wednesday that his country had signed a contract to sell the S-300PMU missile system to Iran in 2007. The official said that the system had not yet been supplied.


Israel: Iranian bomb just months away

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2009

Israel warned the Obama administration this week that the window of opportunity for dealing diplomatically with the Iranian nuclear threat has closed.

At the Israeli cabinet meeting on Sunday, Major General Amos Yadlin, commander of the IDF’s Intelligence Branch, said: “Iran has crossed the technological threshold. It is one strategic decision away from becoming a nuclear-enabled military power.” He indicated that Iran can now build a bomb in a matter of months.


Analysis: There is one positive

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 12, 2009

How close is Iran to developing nuclear weapons?

According to Amos Yadlin, Iran has crossed another threshold on the road to nuclear capability, after the recent International Atomic Energy Agency report that Iran has accumulated a much larger stockpile of low-enriched uranium than previously documented.

This means that although Iran is still some distance from building a nuclear weapon, it now has the tools to do it.

The bad news is thus that Iran could soon have a nuclear weapon — a transformational event that could dramatically change the region and precipitate a conflict.


Analysis: Is the nuclear threat imminent?

By Meir Javedanfar, March 5, 2009

The apparently contradictory statements from US Admiral Mike Mullen — who said Iran was not yet close to a nuclear bomb — and from US Defence Secretary Robert Gates — who seemed to imply quite the opposite — created both concern and confusion in the United States.

The Obama administration is fully aware that a nuclear-armed Iran is against its interests. However, although the statements appear inconsistent, upon closer inspection we can see that they are both accurate.


Sanctions on Iran are failing, warns Israel

By Yaakov Katz, September 24, 2008

Iran already has one-third of the amount of enriched uranium it needs to develop a nuclear weapon, a top Israeli intelligence official has revealed.

Brig-Gen Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence's Research Division, told the Israeli cabinet that international efforts to stop Iran's nuclear programme were failing, despite the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report which lambasted Tehran for failing to cooperate with United Nations inspectors.


Carter presses nuke button

By Francesca Segal, May 29, 2008

Former US president Jimmy Carter has breached diplomatic protocol by making specific public claims about Israel’s nuclear arsenal.

He became the first president to acknowledge publicly Israel’s nuclear capability when he addressed an invited audience of journalists last week at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival, on the Welsh borders.


Think tank warns of nuclear proliferation in Middle East

By Bernard Josephs, May 22, 2008

Warnings of a  “cascade” of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, spurred on by fears about Iran’s nuclear-arms potential, have been issued this week by a top London-based defence think tank.

In their report, Nuclear Programmes in the Middle East in the Shadow of Iran, researchers at the International Institute for Strategic Studies also spoke of fateful decisions faced by Israel “as Iran reaches one technological milestone after another in its journey towards acquiring nuclear weapons”.