The UK Horn Upgrades Her Nukes (Daniel 8:8)

The United Kingdom’s future nuclear deterrent: 2014 update to Parliament

trident UK
Gov.uk

This report explains the progress the MOD has made on the successor programme over the last year and sets out plans for the coming year.

Detail

The 2014 report, which is the third in a series of reports. It covers the following areas:

  • assessment phase overview and progress since last report
  • programme management
  • build, test and commissioning strategies
  • design strategy
  • international collaboration
  • submarine nuclear enterprise
  • supply chain
  • barrow infrastructure
  • long lead items
  • submarine costs
  • warhead
  • future work

Obama Allowed The Persian King In (Daniel 8)

When Obama Fled Iraq, He Invited Iran to Come In

Patriot Post
Obama and Khamenei

September 24, 2014
 
Various Iranian officials, all speaking on condition of anonymity, have made clear Iran wants a quid pro quo in the nuclear talks for any cooperation Iran provides in dealing with the growing threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Iran is in a unique position to provide meaningful assistance in the fight against ISIL – all the more so after Barack Obama ran for the exit in Iraq in 2011. With no U.S. military presence to speak of in Iraq, Iran is well-positioned to provide intelligence, logistics, training and even kinetic assistance to Iraqi forces that the United States cannot provide. Iranian Qods Force units have been supporting Iraqi forces for several months now in an attempt to keep Islamic State forces out of Baghdad, and there are credible reports that Iranian SU-25 ground attack aircraft provided to Iraq are being flown by Iranian pilots.Both U.S. and Iranian officials have downplayed and even outright denied any possibility of military cooperation between the two nations. But as the fight escalates – as it must if it is to have any meaningful outcome – Iran’s leverage will only grow. Iran has significant ground forces, including large and reasonably competent special forces, that could go to Iraq to assist their Shia cousins. Iranian aircraft can easily reach areas where the Islamic State operates, and the Iranian government is far less concerned about having pilots shot down and captured than is the United States.In a different setting, the U.S. would welcome such assistance from a nation located near ISIL’s operating areas, but there is no upside to partnering with Iran.  
 
First, it would give prestige and respectability to the world’s leading pariah nation to be seen operating with the U.S., especially as so few other nations seem willing or able to do so (we’re looking at you, Europe). Furthermore, Iran might plausibly be able to achieve military ends the U.S. cannot, thereby increasing its stature.
Second, cooperation would expand Iran’s existing influence over the Iraqi government, which is already a major hindrance to stability in Baghdad. In fact, it would continue Iran’s 35-year effort to portray itself as the indispensable nation of the entire Middle East.

Third, Iran would gain precisely the leverage it seeks in the nuclear talks if its military forces were carrying a sizeable part of the load in fighting the Islamic State.

For all of these reasons, the Obama administration and especially Secretary of State John Kerry must – must – resist any efforts by Iran to link the nuclear negotiations to Iranian help against ISIL. Iran will act as it deems necessary against the Islamic State in any case, but it should not expect or receive any payoff in nuclear negotiations.

Khamenei Prepares Iran for the New Persian Empire

Ayatollah Khamenei urges Iran to prepare for ‘new world order’

Author Arash Karami
Posted September 5, 2014
 

Khamenei
Al Monitor

 
After World War II, Western countries took over the management of the world, especially in countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, said Ayatollah Khamenei. They did this by promoting a specific type of cultural values and using military and political might. Khamenei said that both of these types of power have been challenged and are now uncertain.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that this “order was in the process of change,” and “When the world is changing, when global order is changing and a new order is being formed, naturally we have a more important duty.”

The first thing to be done is to understand the new world order correctly, Khamenei said. “The power of the West on their two foundations — values and thoughts and the political and military — have become shaky. We have to understand this” rather than submitting to the idea of Western superiority.

The second task is “to prepare ourselves to play a role in this new order.” He said that Iran needs to use all of its capabilities, both inside and outside the country. Externally, he said, Iran has strategic depth and interests via Islam, language and Shiism.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Iran has influence in Asia and Latin America, and that officials should focus on science, the economy and culture.

In regard to culture, the supreme leader said that there are some in the Islamic world and even in Iran who believe the West’s claims that Western values are superior. He said that these values have caused the foundation of family life to become unstable. He added that some in the West feel that feminism is a “trap” for women. He criticized that the issue of homosexuality had become a question of values in the West in that if a politician opposed it, “It would be construed as a negative point on his record.”

In the military realm, Khamenei said there are those who have resisted the West’s superiority in political and military matters and have felt pressure for their resistance. He added that since WWII, the United States has preached democracy and human rights but has been involved in the overthrowing of a number of governments.

He also blamed the West for the rise of fundamentalists like the Islamic State and other fundamentalist groups. He recounted how during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, Lebanese Sunni cleric Sheikh Saeed Shaaban had warned him about Western plans “to entangle Iran on the eastern border.”

Khamenei said that he was “incredulous” because Afghanistan was on Iran’s Eastern border, and this statement predated the Taliban and al-Qaeda. He said after he was told this, the Taliban gained power and even in Western media, the Taliban was discussed in a way that “promoted them.”

 

Iran Will Be the Resurrected Persian Empire (Daniel 8:3)

Khamenei’s advisor: US must recognise Iran is the strongest power in the region

The Persian Empire

The Persian Empire
Middle East Monitor
Iran has become the principal player in the Middle East region and that the United States should acknowledge the country’s capabilities should it want to resolve the region’s problems, the military advisor of the Iranian Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei Brig. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi said.
Safavi added that Iran’s growing role in the region is the product of its foreign policy “which has surpassed all the Arab states in the region”. He demanded the US administration recognise that Iran is the strongest power in the region and Arab world.

He added that the United States possesses no option other than making concessions and recognising how “capable Iran is so as to be able to resolve the problems created in the region by Washington”.
Speaking in a rally of military commanders and officials in charge of “God’s Revenge” forces that belong to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Karman province, east of the country, the Brigadier added: “The capabilities of the United States of America in the Middle East region are dwindling by virtue of its defeat in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq and it is not as capable as it used to be.”

Khamenei’s advisor said that the role of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is to defend Iranian national security and the Iranian revolution and to follow up on strategic issues and ongoing developments in the region’s states including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.

Safavi described the operations that led to lifting the siege on the Shia town of Amerli, Iraq, as a clear victory for the Iranian Al-Quds Force and its commander General Soleimani. He added: “The Iraqi people will never forget the Husseini stance and the bravery of the Iranian Al-Quds Force when it intervened rapidly in Iraq.”

“The leaders of Iraq have sent congratulatory messages to Guide Khamenei and to General Soleimani in the wake of lifting the siege on the town of Amerli and the defeat of ISIS at the hands of our brave troops working side by side with the popular Iraqi forces.”

Safavi affirmed the readiness of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in order to confront the conspiracies that are aimed at Iran and Iran’s interests in the region. He said: “The Iranian Revolutionary Guards work in order to assist the liberation movements that struggle against dictatorial and reactionary regimes in the region. Assisting liberation movements comes within the framework of consolidating the strategy of confronting any potential threat facing the Iranian axis in the Middle East region.”

Brig. Gen. Safavi stressed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are ready to face any threats in the future adding that “undoubtedly, their response to any threat posed to the Iranian revolution will be painful and decisive.”

The US and UK … One of Ten Nuclear Horns (Daniel 7:7)

Obama Approves Secret Nuclear Weapons Deal With UK

The Nuclear Horns (Daniel 7:7)

The Nuclear Horns (Daniel 7:7)

President Barack Obama has quietly agreed to a secret ten-year deal with the United Kingdom to collaborate on nuclear weapons technology and materials—sparking concern among advocates of nuclear disarmament, who say the countries should be cooperating to dismantle—not develop—their arsenals.

The deal would extend the terms of a “Mutual Defense Agreement” struck in 1958 between the U.S. and the U.K. that has been renewed regularly since it was formalized, with the most recent renewal in 2004. The agreement has played a critical role in building up the nuclear arsenals of both countries and stems from nuclear cooperation dating to the 1940s.

President Barack Obama said in a message to Congress issued July 24 that he has signed off on a renewal of the deal that will “permit the transfer between the United States and the United Kingdom of classified information concerning atomic weapons; nuclear technology and controlled nuclear information; material and equipment for the development of defense plans; training of personnel; evaluation of potential enemy capability; development of delivery systems; and the research, development, and design of military reactors.

Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and former senior policy adviser to the secretary of energy under the Clinton administration, told Common Dreams that the latest renewal “will not go into force until a certain amount of time elapses and Congress does nothing to stop it.”

Obama notes that amendments have been added to the agreement regarding “nuclear threat reduction, naval nuclear propulsion, and personnel security.” However, he does not clarify the changes, and the full details of the deal are kept secret in both the U.S. and the U.K.

The U.K.-based watchdog Nuclear Information Service warns in a recent report that the deal with facilitate developments including the creation and stockpiling of nuclear warheads and submarines and the creation of new nuclear research. According to the organization, the “relationship and activities” that the deal enables are not compatible with the obligations of either country under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Alvarez said that the extension of the deal is “business as usual—standard boiler plate stuff” and is likely to breeze through Congress.

However, nuclear ‘business as usual’ has fallen under increasing criticism, with people around the world pushing their governments to move away from nuclear weapons. President Obama said in a a 2009 speech that nuclear non-proliferation would be a key tenet of his foreign policy, declaring, “I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

But in his message about the deal, Obama takes the ongoing role of a “nuclear deterrent” as a given for both the U.S. and the U.K.: “The United Kingdom intends to continue to maintain viable nuclear forces into the foreseeable future. Based on our previous close cooperation, and the fact that the United Kingdom continues to commit its nuclear forces to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, I have concluded it is in the United States national interest to continue to assist the United Kingdom in maintaining a credible nuclear deterrent.”

A report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute found that, as of the beginning of 2014, the U.S. had 7,300 nuclear warheads, with the U.K. possessing 225.

The deal has whipped up controversy in the U.K., where—as Richard Norton Tailor reports for the Guardian—it is critical to the highly controversial Trident nuclear weapons system which is fiercely opposed by anti-nuclear advocates.

According to the Nuclear Information Service report, “The nuclear relationship between the USA and the US is not a partnership of equals. The UK relies on unique US facilities and capabilities for support to the extent that its nuclear weapons programme cannot be regarded as technically independent from the USA.”