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Attack On Iran? Live Updates On The Drumbeat Of War

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2012


Could this be the background to attack on Iran?

The prospect of a high-profile military conflict looms again in the Middle East. National security analysts believe Israel’s government is giving serious consideration to an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in the coming months, an action that would trigger a cascade of unpredictable military, political and economic reactions in the region and around the world.

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Israel Cautiously Welcomes New Negotiations

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2012

 

By Dan Williams

JERUSALEM, March 7 (Reuters) – Israel on Wednesday cautiously welcomed the planned resumption of big-power nuclear talks with Iran, insisting that Tehran be denied the means to turn uranium into bomb fuel.

With Israel speaking increasingly loudly of resorting to military action to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, the talks could provide some respite in a crisis that has driven up oil prices and threatened to suck the United States into its third major war in a decade.

Tuesday’s announcement of new talks followed a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States, where President Barack Obama said the talks offered a diplomatic chance to quiet the “drums of war”.

“I’m very happy that they are opening discussions,” said Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror.

“There will be no one happier than us, and the prime minister said this in his own voice, if it emerges that in these talks Iran will give up on its military nuclear capability,” he told Israel Radio.

Taking up Iran’s offer of talks with the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the powers sought assurances on “the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, while respecting Iran’s right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy”.

A date and venue for the talks have yet to be agreed.

Past contacts with Tehran, whose often secretive nuclear projects have stirred foreign suspicions of a hidden bomb programme, stumbled in disputes over the scale of its uranium enrichment and stockpiling of the fissile material, which can power energy reactors and, if purified further, provide fuel for warheads. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Europe Accepts Offer To Discuss Tehran’s Program

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2012

* Global powers want to resume nuclear talks with Iran

* Concerns mounting over Iran’s bomb-making ability

* No timing or venue set for new talks yet (Adds details of Ashton’s letter, background)

By Justyna Pawlak

BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton wrote to Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator on Tuesday, accepting an offer to meet to discuss Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Ashton represents six powers – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – in dealings with Iran, and her offer of talks came after weeks of consultations with them.

It follows the expansion of sanctions by Europe and the United States to exert economic pressure and force Tehran to hold back on its nuclear programme, which they fear aims to produce atomic weapons. Iran says it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes only.

In a letter last month, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, proposed that negotiations with global powers should resume after more than a year’s standstill, and said Tehran would have “new initiatives” to bring to the table. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran Nuclear Threat Brings No U.S. Enthusiasm For A Military Strike

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 16, 2012

WASHINGTON — The threat of punishing U.S. military strikes underlies Washington’s campaign to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But there is no enthusiasm evident within the U.S. military for a war many believe would be messy, bloody, unpredictable and ultimately inconclusive.

Seeking to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama has focused on coordinating international economic pressure against Iran and moved to strengthen economic sanctions just last week. But he warned in the Jan. 24 State of the Union address, “Let there be no doubt: American is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal.”

It’s a truism of diplomacy to never to make a threat that you’re not prepared to carry out. There is no doubt that if ordered, the U.S. military would launch devastating attacks against Iran. Whether such strikes would come along with or instead of Israeli attacks, tactical planning is already under way, as is done routinely for a variety of potential military operations the Pentagon might be ordered to carry out, senior officers said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trita Parsi On Iran: No ‘Military Solution’ In Nuclear Standoff (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 16, 2012


We are human being and we have brain to think and discuss to sort out problem:

WASHINGTON — The author of a recent book on the Obama administration’s efforts to solve the Iran nuclear crisis through diplomacy says he sees no “military solution” to the standoff — and suggests that military action might only serve to enhance tensions over the issue.

Trita Parsi, the author of “A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy With Iran,” spoke to The Huffington Post during a visit to the D.C. bureau earlier this week.

“Even at the best case scenario, even if it managed to set the program back two or three years, all it would do, most likely, is it would redouble the Iranian desire for a nuclear deterrence, precisely because they were attacked,” said Parsi, who is the president of the National Iranian American Council. “When people are talking about a military solution, I find that kind of ironic. I think perhaps you can say about a military option, but the idea of a military solution I think one should contest, because I have not come across any military people who truly believe that it can work.” Read the rest of this entry »

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