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Nuclear bombs and the Iran agreement

Two types of radioactive material can be used to manufacture a nuclear bomb, uranium and plutonium, both produced from uranium ore. Raw uranium contains less than 1% of U-235, the substance (isotope) needed to fuel reactors and make bombs. In a process called enrichment, centrifuges are used for separating the U-235 from the rest of …

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Iran warns ready for ‘decisive’ battle with US, Israel

AFP – Armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the Islamic republic’s arch-foes that Iran is prepared for a “decisive battle” if attacked, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. “We are ready for the decisive battle with America and the Zionist regime [Israel],” Fars quoted Firouzabadi as saying. He also warned neighbouring …

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Masters of war

By Dr Cesar Chelala In a move consistent with his past positions on international issues, Senator Robert Menendez, the Democratic Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accused the White House of using “over the top” rhetoric and “fear mongering tactics” to try to stop new sanctions on Iran. These new sanctions were to …

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Iranian breakthrough and Obama foreign policy success

By Andrew Hammond A historic interim deal was reached on Sunday 24 November in Geneva which will see Iran’s nuclear programme curbed, at least temporarily, in exchange for limited, phased international sanctions relief.  This sets the stage for the possibility of a comprehensive agreement in 2014. Pre-empting criticism from some countries including Israel and Saudi …

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Iran sharply slows down nuclear capacity expansion: IAEA report

Reuters – Iran has virtually halted the expansion of its uranium enrichment capacity in the past three months, the U.N. nuclear agency said in a report roughly covering the period since Hassan Rouhani became president. The quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also showed that Iran’s stockpile of higher-grade enriched uranium – …

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Is a US-Iranian nuclear deal suddenly possible?

By Hussein Ibish, Now Lebanon Anyone eagerly awaiting an Iran-US “great game” had better brace themselves for a potential long-term match postponement. American President Barack Obama was elected to end and avoid future Middle East conflicts, not begin them, as demonstrated by the Syrian chemical weapons crisis and the American-Russian “diplomatic solution.” The only Middle …

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