The White House’s warning to Iran on its unsanctioned missile-testing came prior to the German newspaper’s report, that in addition to the test-firing of a medium-range ballistic missile, the Islamic republic also tested a cruise missile, capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
BERLIN – Iran tested a cruise missile called “Sumar” that is capable of carrying nuclear weapons in addition to test-firing a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday, German newspaper Die Welt reported Thursday, citing unspecified intelligence sources.
No comment was immediately available from Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency or from Iranian authorities.
IRAN LAUNCHES BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST IN VIOLATION OF UN RESOLUTION – Iranian TV Screenshot
The newspaper said the Sumar cruise missile was built in Iran and travelled around 600 km in its first known successful test. Continue Reading »
“The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism & other violations of int’l norms,” said the White House Press Secretary, noting this White House was “not going to sit by and not act.”
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration sent a stark message to Tehran on Wednesday over Iran’s continued missile tests and support for proxy militia groups battling Saudi Arabian forces.
Speaking publicly for the first time since Donald Trump became US president, his national security adviser, retired General Michael Flynn, said the White House was putting Iran “on notice,” and vowed to act decisively in response. Continue Reading »
Conspicuously neglected in the American sponsored nuclear agreement with Iran, the UN passed resolution 2231, which stated that Iran could not conduct ballistic missile tests, making the test that occurred on Sunday outside Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran, a direct violation of the UN resolution.
By JPOST.com Staff
US officials say that Iran has conducted a ballistic missile test in violation of the UN resolution put in place after the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran launches 2 Qadr H missiles marked with ‘Israel must be wiped out’ – Iran TV
Officials told Fox News on Monday, that the test occurred outside Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran, on Sunday. Continue Reading »
In this Der Spiegel interview, Israel’s Defense Minister called the P5+1 nuclear treaty with Iran ‘a historic mistake’ adding, ‘Israel can in no way tolerate a nuclear armed Iran.’
Interview By Ronen Bergman & Holger Stark
Moshe Yaalon, 65, has now served for more than two years as Israel’s defense minister. He previously served as deputy prime minister under Benjamin Netanyahu. Earlier, Yaalon had a career in the military, where he led an elite commando unit and later became the chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces. Yaalon is a member of the right wing of the Likud party. Continue Reading »
UN suggests US administration silence on Iranian violations is to not undermine ongoing talks.
• Speculation of the White House’s silence about Iran’s active nuclear procurement network is “further proof that a skeptical Congress must have a voice,” echoing Netanyahu’s warnings that Iran can not be trusted.
By News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, in the United Nations on Monday – Photo: AP
The existence of such a network could add to Western concerns over whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal due by June 30 in which it would agree to restrict sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief. Continue Reading »
Tass media in Moscow cites Russia’s deputy FM as saying gesture alone of removing weapons sales ban was important but no transfer of advanced weaponry is expected in near future.
MOSCOW – Supplying Iran with Russian S-300 missile defense systems is not a matter of the nearest future, TASS news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying on Thursday.
S-300 mobile missile launching systems – Photo: REUTERS
“It is more important that a political and legal decision, which opens up such a possibility, is taken,” Sergei Ryabkov, a deputy foreign minister, said according to TASS.
On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama warned that the United States could “penetrate” Iran’s S-300 supply if Russia sold the advanced missile defense system to the Islamic Republic. Continue Reading »
Rather than a bold show of force, Obama seeks ‘deal at any price’, so we could be looking at an Islamic inspired apocalyptic World War III in the not-too-distant future.
By Noah Beck
President Obama’s far-reaching efforts to facilitate Iran’s march to nukes amount to nothing less than apocalyptic betrayals of U.S. voters and allies – betrayals that will make the world exponentially more dangerous.
Leader of the “Free World”….
Obama has ignored the countless reasons to doubt that the ayatollahs will make and keep a nuclear accord that prevents them from acquiring nuclear weapons. Here are just some of those reasons:
1) Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani boasted about his own role in exploiting diplomatic talks to advance Iran’s nuclear program,
2) Iran hid its nuclear facility in Qom until it was exposed in 2009 and continues to cover up its nuclear work in Parchin),
3) Iran recently tried – in a single transaction – to buy know-how for nukes and impunity for one of its biggest terrorist attacks. Continue Reading »
“The moment Hamas’s survival was not under threat, it was not concerned with how many casualties it sustained, or how many it inflicted on us. Its only aim was to reach its [political] goals.” so… ‘Israel must make it clear to Hezbollah, that if war erupts, their leaders will have to flee Lebanon to stay alive.’
– Former IDF deputy Chief-of-Staff, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yair Naveh
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Can semi-state terrorist enemies like Hamas and Hezbollah be effectively deterred? This question is at the heart of a central debate raging inside Israel’s defense establishment.
The answers that defense chiefs come up with will affect the security of every Israeli. Continue Reading »
In warning that a nuclear deal with Iran will spur nuclear proliferation in the Gulf, former Saudi intelligence chief says, ‘If Iran is allowed the ability to enrich uranium… we’ll want the same.’
Any terms that world powers grant Iran under a nuclear deal will be sought by Saudi Arabia and other countries, risking wider proliferation of atomic technology, a senior Saudi prince warned on Monday in a BBC interview.
US Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh – Photo: AFP
“I’ve always said whatever comes out of these talks, we will want the same,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, who has previously served as head of Saudi intelligence and Riyadh’s ambassador to Washington and London but is no longer a government official. Continue Reading »
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday that far more work needs to be done, Iran’s commitments simply do not go far enough.
Commitments offered by Iran in talks with six world powers on its nuclear program do not go far enough and more work needs to be done, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.
Snowflakes fall as Republican Guards stand in formation in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace. – Photo: REUTERS
Fabius said he had invited US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of Germany and Britain to Paris on Saturday to review the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations. Continue Reading »
Israel’s TV2 news report said Saudi ministers have passed this message in private talks to European sources.
In private talks with European sources, the Saudis have expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel on Iran, including use of Saudi air space by the IDF for a possible air strike, according to a report by Channel 2.
MEMBERS OF the palace staff stand in waiting during Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s meeting with US President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh in January. – Photo: REUTERS
Cooperation with Saudi Arabia would not come free, however. According to the report, the Saudi officials said they would need to see progress between Israelis and Palestinians before having enough legitimacy to allow Israel to use their air space. Continue Reading »
Washington Post editorial raises 3 main concerns over potential nuclear deal with Iran.
• 2 are: The Obama administration would avoid confronting Iran & the White House hinted that they would implement future agreements without Congressional approval.
No deal has been signed between Iran and world powers yet, but the reports continuously leaking out of the negotiating rooms and the stern warnings being issued by Israel are making quite a few Americans wary of a possible bad deal. Over the weekend, the Washington Post ran an editorial titled “The emerging Iran nuclear deal raises major concerns” that leveled criticism at the conduct of the American administration. Continue Reading »