Disaster Looming At The First Horn (Daniel 8:3)

Heading for disaster in Iran

Iran's Nuclear Program

Iran’s Nuclear Program

June 13 at 1:30 PM

As Iraq descends into chaos, the looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran hangs over the Middle East. Ali Alfoneh, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an expert on the inner workings of the Iranian regime, tells Right Turn that sanctions have put pressure on the mullahs: “The Iranian regime wants to achieve some kind of agreement since it is desperate for cash.” Meanwhile, “President Obama needs a foreign policy achievement he can market as a victory.” That, however, doesn’t bode well for disarming Iran. “I’m not sure it will be a good deal,” he says. “Even worse . . . I’m not sure Iran can deliver.”

Even if one doesn’t accept the view – as many conservatives do – that the entire negotiation is a charade intended to deceive the West, it is easy to see how Iran, after making a deal, would be compelled to break it. President Hassan Rouhani may be the face of moderation, but whatever influence he has is curtailed by the power residing with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The latter, in particular, has everything to gain from Iran’s emergence as a nuclear state. Alfoneh explains that when Pakistan became a nuclear state, Pakistan’s military, the keeper of the nuclear arsenal, came out the big winner. That experience isn’t lost on the IRG, which sacrificed greatly in the Iran-Iraq War and now expects its reward and expects the populace in general to endure hardship (i.e. sanctions) if need be.

So even in the best-case scenario – Rouhani wants a deal, and Khamenei allows it – whatever modest concessions Obama gets are not likely to hold up. Whenever the next popular uprising occurs, the regime will be once again at the mercy of the IRG to protect it and thereby obliged to indulge its aspirations of becoming the exalted guardians of the nuclear weapons treasure chest.

And that is the good-case scenario. Other analysts see Khamenei wedded to Iran’s status as a nuclear powerhouse, a symbol of Iran’s achievement over the West and the ultimate blackmail card for its regional aspirations. That means there will be no impetus for any deal approaching acceptable terms for the West.

Trouble With The First Horn

The 3 Reasons Why The Current Crisis In Iraq Has Everyone Panicked

By Hayes Brown June 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm Updated: June 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm
ISIS in Iraq

ISIS in Iraq
Iraqi army armored vehicle is seen burned on a street in Mosul
CREDIT: AP Photo

Iraq roared back into the headlines this week with news that a terrorist group successfully captured the second-largest city in the country. Since then, the militants allied with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — took another two major cities, Tikrit and Kirkuk, and managed to continue its hold on Fallujah. As the militants attempt to continue their momentum, here’s a look at the most worrying elements of the current crisis:

1. The current fighting will only strengthen sectarianism among Iraqis.

The post-Sadaam government in Iraq has been predicated on one main idea: a balance between Iraq’s Shiite majority and the minority Sunni and Kurds could be maintained and keep the country together. Sunni insurgents opposed to this concept have been plaguing the government since the days of the invasion and ISIS sustained itself in the years since through terrorizing Shiite communities. With their latest push to seize territory, however, ISIS has reopened old wounds. Kurdish forces on Wednesday took control of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk from ISIS, as peshmerga fighters, the security forces of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish north, swept into bases the Iraqi army had previously vacated.”The whole of Kirkuk has fallen into the hands of peshmerga,” said spokesperson Jabbar Yawar. “No Iraqi army remains in Kirkuk now.”

But the freeing of the city from ISIS presents problems of its own. Kirkuk is an oil-producing city, and a large one at that, one whose fate has been hotly contested between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). Just yesterday, the Kurdish government told investors that Baghdad owes Kurdistan $6 billion for the last six months of its share in the Iraqi budget. The fate of Kirkuk after any eventually defeat of ISIS would help solve some of the money woes of the KRG, upping the chance for further strife between the Kurds and central government.

On top of that, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said on Wednesday that he was ready “to form peace units to defend the holy places” of both Muslims and Christians. In the years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, al-Sadr’s Madhi Army militia attacked coaltion forces and drove up tensions between the Shiite and Sunni communities. Whether or not al-Sadr forms his proposed “peace units,” it seems that Shiites are already calling up forces, which will likely concern the Sunni population. “Shiite militia leaders said that at least four brigades, each with 2,500 to 3,000 fighters, had been hastily assembled and equipped in recent weeks by the Shiite political parties to protect Baghdad and the political process in Iraq,” the New York Times reported. “They identified the outfits as the Kataibe Brigade, the Assaib Brigade, the Imam al-Sadr Brigade and the armed wing of the Badr Organization.

2. The Iraqi Army we spent billions of dollars developing is falling down on the job and the U.S. may soon be pressured to step in.

The United States spent more that $20 billion in its efforts to train and equip the Iraqi security forces over the last decade. When confronted with ISIS’ offensive, however, military leaders instructed their troops to flee. In Fallujah, the Army has proved unable to dislodge ISIS from their strongholds, despite having superior numbers and access to aircraft. And on Thursday, ISIS posted a video on YouTube allegedly showing thousands of Iraqi soldiers captured in ISIS’ takeover of Tikrit. After the fall of Mosul on Tuesday, the government appealed to Iraqis to join in the fight against ISIS, leading to photos of crowds of men outside of recruitment centers in Baghdad. But given the lack of success the soldiers already serving have demonstrated, the new recruits’ effect is uncertain. Iraq’s parliament is also currently refusing to grant emergency powers to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, concerned that he will abuse them or not return them after the crisis has ended.

Though the last American soldier left Iraq on Dec. 18, 2011, Iraq is now asking for the U.S. to renew military action within its borders. According to the New York Times, al-Maliki “secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas.” Al-Maliki raised his request, the Times reports, with both Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the head of U.S. Central Command, and Vice President Joe Biden last month. In these conversations, al-Maliki “indicated he was prepared to allow the United States to carry out strikes using warplanes or drones.”

The U.S. has so far rebuffed these requests for direct intervention. “Ultimately, this is for the Iraqi security forces, and the Iraqi government to deal with,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John F. Kirby said Tuesday. But President Obama on Thursday said, “I don’t rule out anything because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foot hold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter.” White House officials have since denied any chance of ground troops being used in Iraq, but drone strikes remain a possibility.

Amazingly enough, should the U.S. choose to intervene militarily, it would place America as an ally of Iran in fighting ISIS. The Wall Street Journal on Thursday reported that Tehran has deployed two battalions of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to take on ISIS. “Combined Iraqi-Iranian forces had retaken control across 85% of Tikrit, the birthplace of former dictator Saddam Hussein, according to Iraqi and Iranian security sources,” the Journal said, adding that they were also “helping guard the capital Baghdad and the two cities of Najaf and Karbala.”

Upping the chance that the U.S. gets directly involved again, dozens of Turkish citizens are currently being held after ISIS militants stormed a consulate in Mosul. Turkey has promised to retaliate if any are hurt and as Turkey is a fellow member of NATO, should it call on the U.S. for support in its defense, the U.S. is bound to respond in some way.

3. No one has any idea what is going to happen next.

For months in its Iraqi exploits, the rebranded ISIS has stuck to the script of its predecessor, Al Qaeda in Iraq, setting off car bombs and other improvised explosive devices in Shiite-populated areas. This was extremely effective and highly lethal, leading to last year being the most violent year since the end of the U.S. war ended.

In January, however, something shifted. They captured and managed to hold Fallujah, despite heavy fire from the Iraqi Army. They’ve freed scores of their supporters from Iraqi prisions over teh last year. They stolen millions of dollars from Mosul’s banks on Tuesday. And they’ve begun recruiting throughout the cities they’ve captured, playing off of Sunni dissatisfaction with the rule of al-Maliki. And they still continue to fight on in neighboring Syria.

Despite setbacks in Tikrit and Kirkuk, ISIS still remains unchallenged in Mosul and continues to push south towards Baghdad. The odds of ISIS fighters actually capturing the capital remain slim. However, given that few would have predicted the stunning speed at which the militants have taken territory in the past days, it seems unwise to rule out any possibility. With the resources that are now in the possession of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the dream of creating a state carved out of Iraq and Syria could well be in the process of coming to fruition. Whether or not they actually manage to complete that plan depends on whether or not the Iraqi government pulls together for long enough to actually inspire their troops to fight back, whether the United States decides to intervene, and whether Iranian and Kurdish forces can turn the tide alone. It’s a lot of “whether”s for an extremely volatile situation.

First Horn Unifies Four Horns of Daniel

Khamenei urges closer ties with Arab states
Associated Press
Muslim Horns of Daniel

Muslim Horns of Daniel
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) greets Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (R) upon his arrival in Tehran on June 1, 2014.
TEHRAN: Iranian state TV says the country’s top leader has called for better ties with Iran’s Gulf Arab neighbors during a rare meeting with the visiting Kuwaiti emir.

The report on Monday quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying regional security “depends on good relations among all countries of the region.
Khamenei has the final say on all state matters.

He says differences among countries in the region will only please their common enemies, and expressed hope for “a new chapter” of economic relations between Iran and Kuwait.

State TV also said the two countries signed six agreements, including one related to security, during the two-day visit of the emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.

The U.S.-allied Gulf states are wary of Iranian influence in the region and Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

 

The Cowardice of Iran

Act of Cowardice

Iranian Cowardice

Iranian Cowardice

Editorial

Iran’s ruling tyrants have executed yet another political prisoner. 49-year-old Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was hanged by authorities at a prison in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran at dawn, Sunday, June 1. The news came despite widespread international calls to halt the hanging. A day earlier, Canada’s Foreign Minister had condemned the regime, and Amnesty International had issued an urgent call, saying that Mr. Khosravi had been deprived of fair trial “in total disregard of both international law and the Iranian law.” And the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed said he was, “Shocked and saddened by Iran’s execution of a political prisoner in flagrant violation of international law!”

Since his second arrest in 2008, Mr. Khosravi was reportedly held for over 40 months in solitary confinement. Neither his family nor his lawyers were informed of his imminent execution. He is survived by his 17-year-old son.

Since the mass uprisings that swept the country in 2009, Tehran has hanged a number of dissidents on bogus charges. Mr. Khosravi, an average Iranian family man and a welder on oil rigs in the Persian Gulf, was accused of “enmity against God.” The prosecutors alleged that he provided financial support to the main Iranian opposition, Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), which Tehran sees as an existential threat. Some observers point to this and dozens of similar cases to underline both the regime’s brutal nature as well as the popular support the MEK enjoys among average Iranians, who are willing to provide financial and other forms of support to the organization while fully aware of the deadly consequences.

Mr. Khosravi was reportedly placed under torture to speak against the MEK on television, but had firmly refused. He was initially sentenced to three years in prison but was later inexplicably and quite suddenly sentenced to execution. Some analysts see this as an indication that the regime is worried about the MEK’s growing reach and apeal inside Iran and intends to dissuade others from supporting the movement. Tehran apparently decided that fighting the MEK at home is more sensible than avoiding a diplomatic backlash internationally.

Indeed, there is sufficient evidence to show that Iranian rulers are worried about domestic crises. Amnesty says reliable reports indicate that the regime has executed “at least 180″ people in addition to “151 executions acknolwedeged by the authorites or state-sanctioned media” this year alone. Almost 800 have been executed since the so-called “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani took office last year. That is a terrifying statistic by any standards, and belies the regime’s claims of moderation. Indeed, Tehran’s actions speak louder than its rhetoric.

Why is the West ignoring abhorrent human rights violations in Iran? The ongoing nuclear negotiations with Tehran are simply not an excuse.

A regime that says something and openly does the opposite is plainly saying to the world that it is profoundly untrustworthy. Rouhani has found it opportune to use the atmosphere of negotiations abroad to settle the score with the opposition at home. With every passing day, the decision by the West to ignore that, and engage such a government in talks, without even raising the human rights situation, appears more politically unjustifiable, and even worse, immoral.

Khamenei Delusional, Hitler Was Too

Khamenei: Israel the ‘Most Wicked Terrorists’ in the World

Heil Khamenei!

Heil Khamenei!
Iran’s Supreme Leader slams Israel in a series of tweets on “Nakba Day”.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/15/2014, 2:16 AM

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday once again launched an attack on Israel and accused its government of being “wicked terrorists”.

Khamenei’s latest attack on the Jewish state came in a series of tweets on the occasion of Nakba Day, on which Arabs mark what they see as a the “catastrophe” of Israel’s establishment.

“#Israel was initially established thru oppression, massacre & lie; an invader aided by UK expelled #Palestinians out of their homes,” read one tweet.

“Palestinians’ homes & land were given by force to ppl [sic] from Europe, US etc. & they fabricated a fake nation in #Palestine,” read another one.

“During the over half a century since the existence of #fake Israeli state, suppression, lies & deception have been central to Israel’s survival,” Khamenei wrote, adding, “Then the US president shamelessly says that: to prevent terrorism we cooperate with Israel!”

“Which terrorists?! The Palestinian who’s been driven out of his homeland?! No! The most wicked #terrorists of the world is fake Israeli govt [sic],” read yet another tweet by the Supreme Leader.

The Twitter attack on Israel is simply the latest in an ongoing rhetoric used for years by Khamenei and other Iranian leaders.

In November, Khamenei said that Israel is a “regime doomed to collapse” and referred to the Jewish state as “the rabid dog of the region”.

Several weeks before that, he called Israel an “illegitimate and bastard regime,” and further called the United States a “smiling enemy” that is not to be trusted.

Khamenei has also denied the Holocaust, saying in March, “In European countries, no one dares to talk about the Holocaust, and we do not know if it’s real or not.”

Great Babylon Trying To Break Apart Horns of Daniel

Khamenei Hits Out at US for Sowing Discord between Iran-Pakistan

Two Horns of Daniel

Two Horns of Daniel

May 13th, 2014 by Ahmad Mehdi

The current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, met up with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The two discussed serious matters amongst each other. During these talks, Khamenei managed to directly hit out at the US for sowing seeds of discord between the relationship of Pakistan and Iran. He directly held Washington responsible to create a rift between Islamabad and Tehran.

While speaking to Nawaz Shairf, Khamenei said, “There are hands at work that intend to cause differences between the two friendly and intimate nations through different methods, including stirring insecurity at the lengthy common borders. But we should not allow the big opportunity existing for the expansion of the relations between the two countries to be lost.”

He further added, “America, whose wickedness is known to all, is among the governments trying to make distance between Iran and Pakistan. Besides America, there are other governments at work too.”

Both the parties spoke about how they can end up working together for a better future. Khamenei specially stated that that there should be a further development in the ties between the two countries. He stated that there should be an implementation of joint ventures, for instance the Pak-Iran gas line project. Furthermore he expressed that there is hope that there will be good measures adopted while Pakistan is under the rule of Nawaz Sharif and his party.

– See more at: http://www.newspakistan.pk/2014/05/13/khamenei-hits-sowing-discord-iran-pakistan/#sthash.T5mYcQuQ.dpuf

New Iranian Drone Courtesy Of The US

A ‘nightmare becoming reality’? Iran unveils American drone replica.

The New Iranian-US Drone

The New Iranian-US Drone

Iran captured a US stealth surveillance drone in 2011, and started working to reverse engineer its own. Yesterday it unveiled what it claims is a replica, plus bombing capabilities.

By Staff writer / May 12, 2014

Iran has unveiled its own copy of an American stealth drone it captured in late 2011, claiming to have cracked the “secrets” of the bat-wing craft and added weapons capabilities.

Today, Fars News Agency reported that while Iran’s duplicate of the US RQ-170 Sentinel drone was smaller, it also had a “bombing capability to attack the US warships in any possible battle.” The story in Persian was headlined: “America’s nightmare has become reality.”  State television showed footage on Sunday it said was of a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf filmed by an Iranian drone.
The drone replica was unveiled at an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) exhibition on Sunday, where Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was briefed on how the drone, its systems, and structure had been reverse-engineered. He called it a “sweet day.”

The stealth replica would “soon take a test flight,” an IRGC officer said on Sunday. Aerospace chief Amir Ali Hajizadeh said today that they are working on two more models of the replica drone.

Proving its prowess

Engineers with the IRGC  were ordered to reverse engineer the captured US drone, which was on a CIA mission to spy on nuclear and military sites in Iran when it was brought down in Iran largely intact. Iran reacted with euphoria, trumpeting the capture in an “electronic ambush” showed Iran’s technical prowess.

“And thus the Iranian-RQ [project] was designated,” said an IRGC aerospace officer, according to Fars News. “To achieve this, considering the difficulties and flight dynamics, we designed a bird with a smaller size that would be cheaper and simpler, and that we have done now. We have done ground tests already, and after this fair, we will do air tests too.”

“Here we didn’t know what type of information we were looking for. There was an issue of encoding and passwords, which thanks to God’s help we have overcome,” said the officer. He said data included video and advanced imaging and was “completely recovered.”

US officials said Iran was incapable of replicating the drone’s sophisticated radar-evading skin and shape, its aerodynamics, and top-of-the-line surveillance equipment, though it might be able to do so with the help of Russia or China. Iran has often made claims of cutting-edge military advances that later did not prove accurate, and it is not clear today what capabilities the replica has.

Khamenei said the lesson of the exhibition – which included unveiling a new cruise missile called “Ya Ali” with a 700 km range, among other new military hardware – was to show that Iranian engineers are capable.

“[It] gives the message of our internal power and capabilities … and declares that: ‘We can’,” said Khamenei.

Different stories

An Iranian engineer tasked with decoding the drone’s memory told The Christian Science Monitor in December 2011 that Iran had incrementally “spoofed” the drone’s GPS system, causing it to land in Iran instead of its home base in western Afghanistan. Just months before, the US military had approved two $47 million contracts to find ways to replace vulnerable military GPS systems.

The US government and intelligence community claim that the RQ-170 drone was not electronically “hijacked” by Iran, and say it crash-landed instead. The stealth drone’s existence was never officially acknowledged until Iran exhibited it on television, largely intact.

Iranian engineers had decoded two hard drives and determined that the US drone had made 13 missions over Pakistan and Afghanistan. They did not mention any visual or other data that might have pertained to Iran. Iran has previously made public video footage it said was taken from the drone’s memory, of a landing at Kandahar airport in Afghanistan.

Official images released Sunday showed the undercarriage of the American drone for the first time, with little apparent damage to the housing of the sensors and camera section, or the landing gear. When the drone was first shown on television 2-1/2 years ago, those elements were hidden by anti-American banners and camouflage material.

Iran (Large Horn) vs United States (Babylon the Great)

Senior Cleric Reiterates Iranian Nation’s Rigid Stance on N. Rights
 
Great Babylon vs. First Horn

Great Babylon vs. First Horn
 
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran’s Provisional Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani once again underlined the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, and stressed that the Iranian nation will never give up its inalienable right to access and use the civilian nuclear technology.
Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani said, “Sanctions cannot change Iran’s decision to continue its peaceful nuclear program in every aspect. “
He pointed to the ongoing talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), and said, “As the Supreme Leader has said on different occasions we are not optimistic about the talks.”
The senior Iranian cleric reiterated that the Iranian nation will not withdraw from the achievements of its nuclear scientists.
Meantime, he urged the world powers not to insist on their illogical stance regarding Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in his recent remarks underlined the necessity for keeping vigilant against the enemies’ display of superficial and unreal moderation, stressing that their true hostile nature was shown in the recent talks between Tehran and the world powers.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the nuclear talks proved the US hostility towards Iran and Islam, and added, “The enemy’s smile shouldn’t be taken seriously.”
Addressing thousands of people from the Central province of Qom, Ayatollah Khamenei said victory will be surely achieved through resistance.
“The enemies thought in vain that they could compel Iran to hold talks under sanctions,” he said, and added that Iran has not come to the negotiating table due to the pressure of the sanctions as Iranians are a resistant nation.
The leader said the enemies think that they have come to know the Iranian nation, but they are wrong.
The leader said Iran is negotiating with the West only because it has discerned it to be necessary, and stressed that Tehran has accepted to negotiate with the US only on the nuclear issue and not on bilateral ties, reminding that Tehran and Washington are still enemies at the end of the day.
“… we have already expressed our readiness to negotiate with the Satan (the US) on specific issues if necessary.”

Even The Great Babylon Can’t Stop The First Horn (Daniel 8)

Can a nuclear Iran and war be stopped?
 

The Large Horn of Daniel

The Large Horn of Daniel
The world’s attention is focused on Russia, but a critical deadline in the nuclear talks with Iran is fast approaching. On July 20, time will be up — or will it? — for a final deal on Iran’s illicit nuclear program.

There is no chance that Iran will agree to dismantle its program, send out its nuclear materials and come into full compliance with United Nations resolutions. For one thing, the Obama administration is no longer demanding it do so. Instead of dismantling the heavy-water Arak plant, now there’s talk about “re-purposing” it. Instead of eliminating the potential for a bomb, Secretary of State John F. Kerry speaks about allowing a break-out period of six to 12 months.

Observing President Obama’s aversion to strong action (e.g. tolerating Syria’s chemical weapons, failing to stop Russia’s takeover of Crimea), the mullahs no doubt are confident that there is little downside for them if they don’t make a deal that would impair their nuclear weapons capability. With President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid (R-Nev.) and others ready to run interference on sanctions and the Iranian economy on the rebound, Iran is in the catbird seat. Iran, by being allowed to retain its centrifuges, advance its ballistic weapons program and continue with advanced research, has given up nothing while securing relief from sanctions and certainty that the United States will take no military action.

There is little chance the talks will break off for good in July, for that would constitute yet another Obama failure and increase calls for heightened sanctions. More likely will be either a plea for more negotiating time or a transparently awful deal that legitimizes Iran’s program, an imitation of the North Korea deal that allowed that dictatorship to go nuclear.

It is not for trivial reasons then that Israel and pro-Israel American groups and lawmakers are sounding the alarm. The Jerusalem Post reports:

Speaking in Washington on Thursday, [Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron] Dermer said negotiations in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 – the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – risked leaving Iran “a threshold nuclear power” that would move them back from “two months, where they are today, to maybe two or three months further” from a nuclear  weapon. . . . Also addressing  the forum at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, spoke of what successful policy on Iran might look like. “Failure is anything short of having a verifiable way to dismantle the nuclear weapons program,” he said. “Failure  would be allowing Iran to proceed with an [intercontinental ballistic missile]  program.”

Israeli officials certainly are doing everything to anticipate how events may play out in July. As former deputy national security adviser Elliott Abrams relates, retired Gen. Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israeli Military Intelligence and now director of the Institute for National Security Studies, recently gave a speech in which he cautioned: “Iran is trying to portray itself as a country prepared to make fundamental concessions, but at the same time it is preserving the core abilities in both routes it is developing for a nuclear weapon.” Likewise, Gen. Yaakov Amidror, the former Israeli national security adviser and before that head of research for Israeli Military Intelligence, warned, as Abrams notes, that a “flimsy deal” would confirm Israeli suspicions that the West lacks the will to prevent Iran from becoming a threshold state. (“Anyone who thinks that a U.S. administration would respond immediately to an Iranian agreement violation, without negotiations, is deluding himself. . . . Israel cannot.”) In other words, a phony deal will make Israeli action necessary, for it will be the only thing standing in the way of an Iranian nuclear bomb.

Iran Claims To Have Improved Antiballistic Missile System

ran claims its new missile system more advanced than S-300
 

Iranian Antiballistic Missile System

Iranian Antiballistic Missile System
 
IR_TAHR – 29.04.2014 09:25:36

The Iranian army deputy chief-of-staff has claimed that Iran has made a new missile system which is more advanced compared to the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system.

“Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered Iranian experts to produce home-made version of S-300 after Russian side cancelled the contract to supply Iran with the system,” Gen. Mohammad Hejazi said, Iranian Mehr news agency reported on April 29.

“Our experts have made big achievements on the issue,” Hejazi said, adding that the details of the project will be made public when its time comes.

Russia signed a contract with Iran in 2007 to deliver five S-300 advanced ground-to-air missiles at a cost of $800 million.

In 2010, Russia’s then president Dmitry Medvedev cancelled the contract because of UN Security Council sanctions over concerns about Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

One of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft missile systems in the world, the S-300 has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time.
In mid-February the commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General
Farzad Esmaili announced that the country will launch Bavar 373, the Iranian version of S-300 in the next two years.

The technical problems hampering construction of Bavar 373 have been resolved, and development and construction of the sophisticated anti-missile defense system would be completed by the end of Iran’s Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), Esmaili said.

The commander claimed that “the domestic system will be more powerful than the S-300 missile system.” (Cihan/Trend az)