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Fateh 110 Missile for Revolutionary Guards of Iran

In Army, Iran, Military, Technology on September 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

Iran successfully test-fires Fateh 110 missile

Iran’s defense minister she country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards has received its first batch of new missiles with enhaays tnced guidance systems to hit ground targets……….

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Iran’s First Nuclear Plant ready for Start-Up

In Iran, nuclear, Technology, USA on August 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Russian state nuclear power company has stated on Friday that it would take a crucial step later this month toward starting Iran’s first nuclear power plant near Bushehr……..

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US attempt to tighten noose on Iran

In Defense, Iran, nuclear on July 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Barack Obama

Sanctions were imposed on Iran by the fourth resolution of UN which was passed by 15 member Security Council on 9th June 2010. These sanctions included arms embargo, ban on Iranian investments and travel restrictions.

These and all previous sanctions are aimed to desist Iran from enriching uranium for producing nuclear weapons and bringing Iran to negotiating table. However Iran has remained defiant and not accepted any terms or conditions on its presumably peaceful nuclear programme.

USA, in its attempt to further tighten the noose, has imposed new sanctions on Iran on1st July 2010. These sanctions are in the form of US law and provides for US ban on business & banking in respect of those who will provide refined petroleum, material, goods & services to modernise Iranian oil & gas sector as well as any financial support to Iranian agencies involved in development of nuclear weapons.

As oil & natural gas sector is the mainstay of Iranian economy and it heavily depends on refined imports, these new US sanctions are likely to hurt more. Though Iran claims that it can develop its own refining capabilities sooner than US estimates to nullify the impact of these sanctions, it will be a very difficult task specially without outside support including finances which will not be forthcoming in view of these US sanctions.

President Obama is quite confident that UN & US sanctions and international support will force Iran to stop nuclear defiance and settle for an internationally acceptable peaceful solution.

Update on Nuclear Chess in Iran

In Defense, Iran, nuclear on June 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Fourth UN resolution , sponsored by USA and allies, for fresh sanctions against Iran is coming up for voting in 15 member UN Security Council today. The proposed sanctions include arms embargo (related to development of Ballistic missiles for carriage of nuclear weapons & procurement of heavy weapons including attack helicopters), ban on Iranian investments and travel ban for select bodies and individuals related to Iranian nuclear programme.

Nine out of 15 members are required to vote for passage of subject resolution unless any one of five permanent members vetoes it. In all probability the resolution will be passed today as only Brazil and Turkey, who have recently signed nuclear material swap agreement with Iran, may oppose it.

USA and allies believe that these fresh sanctions will pressurise and persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. However Iran is likely to remain defiant as it still enjoys reasonable  support and wherewithal to cut corners. In my opinion negotiation and talks will be more effective than the sanctions in arriving at mutually acceptable solution.

P,S.

UN Security Council has passed the resolution by 12-2. Lebanon abstained while Brazil & Turkey voted against sanctions.

Nuclear chess in Iran

In Defense, Iran, nuclear on May 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

A grand game of nuclear chess is being played in Iran where several nations, guided primarily by their individual national & financial  interests, are making moves and counter moves to score a victory.

Iran’s nuclear infrastructure is the chess board and main players apart from Iran are USA , Russia, China, Brazil, Turkey and India.

USA in its effort to establish a total hold over the entire middle east region, especially after the Iraq invasion, had focused attention on Iran. Coercive diplomacy, threats of UN sanctions and direct military action by  USA  have failed to reign in Iranian nuclear aspirations till now. In addition USA has also imposed unilateral sanctions and is urging other countries not to do any major business deals with Iran ostensibly to prevent making of nuclear weapons.

As per latest reports Brazil ,Turkey and Iran have signed an agreement in which low enriched uranium of Iran will be sent to Turkey and in turn Brazil will supply limited quantity of higher enriched uranium to Iran for using it in  medical research work. This has irked Russia because Iran’s ties with Turkey are likely to go against Russian interest of monopoly over gas supply to European region. China is also not very happy with Iran as nothing much has progressed in the proposed 20 billion dollar investment in oil exploration work in Iran. Accordingly USA succeeded in getting signed fresh sanctions against Iran from Russia & China on the very next day of Brazil-Turkey agreement.

India has  its own policies & interests in Iran and accordingly our stand is at variance with USA.

It is evident that all players are being guided by respective national interests and the  nonproliferation of nuclear weapons has taken a back seat . In my opinion this is a bad signal for serious nonproliferation supporters.