Putin and the Russian Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

Ozersk map: Where is Ozersk? (Image: DX)

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Ozersk’s inhabitants were told they were “the nuclear shield” and “saviours of the world” and they were treated accordingly.

While the rest of the Soviet population suffered from famine and poverty, City 40 was a paradise.

Residents lived in private apartments with luxury food such as caviar on offer and the best schools and healthcare the Soviet Union could provide.

This was a sinister deal put together by Joseph Stalin in Moscow. He was prepared to treat Ozersk’s residents in exchange for their secrecy and loyalty.

Ozersk has the appearance of an eerie ghost town (Image: WIKICOMMONS)

Barbed wire fencing situated around Ozersk (Image: WIKICOMMONS)

Remarkably, that deal is largely still in place.

As Samira Goetschel explains, City 40 residents believe they are “chosen ones” and that life in the forbidden city is prestigious.

They claim they are intellectuals who “get the best of everything for free”.

Ms Goetschel notes that this “has had deadly consequences” as the Kremlin has frequently withheld the impact of extreme exposure to radiation on the health of the city’s inhabitants.

She writes: “While accurate data is not available thanks to the authorities’ extreme secrecy and frequent denials, the gravestones of many young residents in Ozersk’s cemetery bear witness to the secret the Soviets tried to bury alongside victims of the Mayak plant.”

City 40 has witnessed a number of nuclear incidents ‒ including the 1957 Kyshtym disaster, the world’s worst radioactive accident prior to Chernobyl.

And Ms Goetschel claims that one of the nearest lakes to the Mayak plant is so heavily contaminated with plutonium that locals call it the “Lake of Death” or “Plutonium Lake”.

She adds that half a million people in and around Ozersk have been exposed to five times more radiation than those living near the Chernobyl plant, in Ukraine.

Today, while foreign visitors are essentially locked out, local residents are only permitted to exit the city with a special pass.

Ms Goetschel is an award-winning filmmaker based in the US.

She is the producer and director of the City 40 documentary and spoke to The Guardian in 2016.

Babylon the Great’s Power Eroding in Face-Off with Iranian Resistance

US Power Eroding in Face-Off with Iranian Resistance: IRGC Chief – Politics news – Tasnim News Agency

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In a meeting of IRGC commander in Tehran on Sunday, Major General Hossein Salami said the US government is not known as a superpower anymore, as it is “aging” and its power has been depleted.

Like a person on a diet and suffering from osteoporosis, the US has been shattered from inside and Washington’s external influence has also dwindled and its range of operation has been restricted, the commander added.

Highlighting the major economic problems that have plagued the US and the waning American military power, General Salami said the “robust eroding resistance” from Iran over the past four decades has pulled the US out of its strategic base, grappled with it, and defeated Americans several times.

The undeniable fact is that the US, as the symbol of Western power, is experiencing a downfall, he said.

In comments in November 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the diminishing influence of the US government in all areas of power, saying Washington has even discredited “liberal democracy” which is known as the basis of Western civilization.

There is a consensus among major international experts that the US power is dwindling in all areas, the Leader underscored, adding that, conversely, the Iranian nation is moving forward and has a bright future.

Ayatollah Khamenei also branded the US government as the loser of confrontation with the Islamic Republic over the past 40 years, saying the fact in confrontation between the US and Iran is that “the victorious side in this challenge has been the Islamic Republic of Iran and the loser has been the US.”

Biden WILL NOT calm Iran war talk by backing off vow to bring back Obama’s nuke deal

Joe Biden can calm Iran war talk by backing off vow to bring back Obama’s nuke deal

By Post Editorial Board

Joe Biden’s victory has touched off new fears of war with Iran, yet there’s a way for him to tamp down tensions: Let the regime know, in no uncertain terms, that America will stand with its allies, reject appeasement — and never return to that failed Obama-era nuke deal.

Iran triggered some of the fears when a UN nuclear watchdog confirmed that Tehran has begun operating underground centrifuges and has enriched and stockpiled uranium in violation of that 2015 deal.

An Iranian-backed group also fired rockets at the US embassy in Iraq. And Iranian officials warned Arab neighbors that President Trump would soon be gone and they’d no longer be able to “buy security.”

Since the Obama-Biden folks turned a blind eye to Iran’s evil to reach the nuke deal, the regime may think Biden’s victory means it can again get away with such belligerence again — and perhaps even extort concessions in the process.

Iran’s neighbors are worried: Saudi Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud warned Biden not to “repeat the mistakes of the first deal.” Officials from Bahrain and Israel also sounded alarms.

Who can blame them? The years since the deal was signed proved Tehran won’t change: Despite having sanctions lifted, reaping billions and even, in effect, getting a green light on eventual nukes, it nonetheless built up its missile arsenal and sparked violence in Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel and elsewhere.

News also broke last week that Iran had been giving safe refuge to Al Qaeda’s No. 2, Abu Muhammad al-Masri — until August, when Israel and the United States worked together to take him out. Why, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren rightly asks, would America rejoin a deal that “gives tens of billions of dollars to those who harbor the murderers of 3,000 Americans” on 9/11?

The Obama administration tried to discourage Israel from even covert action against the Iranian menace. Team Trump helped enable it. What will Biden choose?

Fear of escalating hostility and ramped up nuke development may also be worrying Trump, who reportedly sought options to stop Iran. The prez was probably right to reject a military strike, but Biden can do much good by letting the mullahs know: He won’t be a patsy. And a change in the White House won’t weaken America’s resolve.

Iran hits out at the French, German & UK nuclear horns

Iran hits out at France, Germany & UK over accusations advanced uranium enrichment violates nuclear deal

20 Nov, 2020 18:36

Tehran has insisted its nuclear activity is “peaceful” and “legal” after France, Germany and the UK accused it of seriously violating the 2015 nuclear deal by plowing ahead with uranium enrichment using advanced centrifuges.

The allegations follow reports citing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week, claiming that Iran had started uranium enrichment and that it is constructing a new centrifuge assembly factory at its Natanz enrichment plant. 

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The “E3 Group” of European states expressed “concerns” in a joint statement on Thursday at the growth of Iran’s low-enriched uranium stockpile, which a recent report from the UN nuclear watchdog said had reached 2,443kg — 12 times the limit set out in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) on the Iranian nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh responded to the accusations on Friday, saying that Iran’s nuclear program is “peaceful” and “totally legal, legitimate, and within the framework of international law.”

The joint statement criticizing Iran comes amid increasingly fraught US-Iran relations, with Tehran warning Washington on Tuesday of a “crushing response” amid reports that US President Donald Trump had considered taking out Iranian nuclear sites. 

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then announced on Wednesday that the US would hit Iran with a fresh round of sanctions, including punishments for nuclear activity, in the “coming weeks and months.”

The JCPOA agreement was signed by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the EU and the US in July 2015, though Trump announced that he was pulling the US out of the deal in May 2018.

Rockets Being Fired at Babylon the Great

Rockets are latest reminder that we need to leave Iraq

U.S. troops’ presence in Iraq is not making relations with Iran any better. It’s actually spurring Iran to more violence, showing its time to withdraw.

After the Trump administration’s consideration of military strikes on Iran for its nuclear program, the rocket attacks in Iraq’s Green Zone, where the U.S. embassy is located, on Tuesday have the potential to draw the United States closer to a conflict with Iran. But President Trump should keep military retaliation off the table. Military action has incentivized — not deterred — Iran and its proxies in the past, endangering U.S. personnel.

Military force hasn’t made American personnel safe. In the last bout of hostilities with Iran, Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iran-aligned militia group in Iraq, conducted a rocket attack in December 2019 which killed a U.S. contractor. In response, the U.S. hit Kata’ib Hezbollah hard, striking five of the group’s facilities. If military action could deter further attacks, that should have been the end of it. But it wasn’t.

Escalating tit-for-tat attacks

Instead, a cycle of escalation ensued, with Kata’ib Hezbollah supporters attacking the U.S. embassy that same month. The U.S. then pursued the most aggressive option on the table, killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in January. Rather than prevent further attacks, the move prompted Iran’s direct retaliation, with Iran’s ballistic missile attack injuring over 100 U.S. personnel.

What happened in the aftermath of this standoff also underscores the failure of a military response to solve the problem. Attacks continued throughout the year, only stopping in October when Kata’ib Hezbollah pledged to stop attacks if the U.S. withdrew. Tuesday’s rocket attacks came after Pentagon officials said they would withdraw only 500 of the 3000 troops in Iraq. 

What can be learned from this and what is the solution?

Neither the American strikes on Kata’ib Hezbollah nor the strike against Soleimani ended the attacks on U.S. personnel. Both ultimately escalated the situation and made an Iran-U.S. war more likely. The longer U.S. forces stay in Iraq, the longer they are in harm’s way. And as was seen in the previous tit-for-tat last December, a single American death acts as a flash-point that risks a war.

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Thankfully, Tuesday’s attack produced no U.S. casualties. That warrants a sigh of relief but not celebration. U.S. personnel are still needlessly endangered for a mission that is largely accomplished. With ISIS’s territorial control gone and its leadership decapitated, the U.S. has little to benefit from staying in Iraq and a lot to lose. The role of preventing an ISIS resurgence should now fall to the Iraqi Security Forces, a role the U.S. military already envisions as the end goal. 

Iraqis are the best counterweight to Iran

Military action proved counterproductive against both Kata’ib Hezbollah and Iran, so the solution is a full military withdrawal. This is not an abandonment of the region, but a shift from a militaristic role to one based on diplomacy. The U.S. can and should still engage Iraq in areas of overlapping interest and to share intelligence for counterterrorism purposes.

The inevitable criticism of this move is that Iran would fill the U.S. gap. But the militarized U.S. presence actually drives Iraqis closer to Iran. In the aftermath of the Soleimani killing, Iraqi lawmakers symbolically voted to oust U.S. forces while populist Muqtada al-Sadr led hundreds of thousands in an anti-American rally. This is the same Muqtada al-Sadr who analysts predicted would be a strong anti-Iran influence in Iraq. Withdrawing would redirect this nationalist sentiment against Iran. The natural counterweight to Iran in Iraq is not the U.S. It’s Iraqis.

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The U.S. has not established deterrence with Iran. U.S. military presence in Iraq risks harm to personnel which in turn can bring the U.S. into a war with Iran. The costs are high and the benefits are nonexistent with the defeat of ISIS. The Iraqis are the ones best suited to preventing ISIS from reemerging and opposing a vassalization of their country by Iran. Therefore, it behooves both Trump and Biden to declare that that end has finally come.

Geoff LaMear is a fellow at Defense Priorities and a Marcellus Policy Fellow at the John Quincy Adams Society where he researches Iranian proxies.

War With Iran is Coming

Watch-Out Middle East: US Top Diplomat In Israel With Calls Growing To Take-Out Iranian Nuclear Weapons

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Israel for a trip that is expected to include a tour of a West Bank winery, the first time a top US diplomat has visited an Israeli settlement. OPED By Haider Abbas

EurAsian Times DeskNovember 19, 2020

The entire world is gripped by the fear of war. And as it seemed earlier, it may not be the India-China theater, but the Iran-the Middle-East conflict, which has all the potential to turn into a ‘third world war’.

The ongoing duel between US President Donald Trump and President-elect Joseph Biden has only added to such fears.

Trump supporters have started to march to Washington to protest the allegations of ‘fraud’ in the elections raised by Trump, and Biden has expressed his grave concerns, for the first time, that ‘more people may die’ if Trump refuses to cooperate on the transition of power.

But amid all the chaos, it has come to light that Trump is mulling an attack on Iran, as BBC reported on November 17, and has called all his advisors to explore the options of a strike on the nuclear sites of Iran, against which Tehran has vowed a ‘crushing’ response.

Trump who is credited for not having started any fresh war, in contrast to the war-mongering image of Biden, had long been pressured by the Jewish state of Israel to start a war on Iran, in the apprehension of the Iranian nuclear program, in all these last four years.

And now, desperate to please Israel, Trump is standing on a very critical moment as a war at this juncture has every possibility to engulf the whole world.

Iran is accused of conducting a nuclear enrichment program, something the US is greatly concerned about. After all, in the wake of the hoax of weapons of mass destruction claim, Iraq was attacked by the US under the George W Bush administration as the world stood witness to millions of deaths in Iraq, followed by Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, etc.

It is worth recalling that Trump in May 2018 had scrapped the US-Iran nuclear deal, which Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu boasted of having got it done himself, according to a Times of Israel report on July 17, 2018.

He may have succumbed to the persuasion from Israel, but in his desperation right now, he may trigger a war with Iran in his next 65 days i.e. until he retains the same powers, or else Biden would pick from where Trump would leave.

Thus, a war on Iran, to the tunes of Israel, whether it be from Trump or Biden, is, therefore, likely to take place. As it turns out, Biden had always been a self-professed Zionist, as disclosed by Scoop.co.nz on March 17, 2020.

Trump has been overtly pro-Israel as he played an instrumental role in getting the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan to formalize their relations with Israel apart from giving status to ‘Jerusalem’ to be the capital of Israel.

He complied with the annexation plan of the West Bank by Israel, and it was also quite conclusive that Trump if re-elected, will supervise it to happen.

But, Trump to the liking of Israel fell dramatically short of war. Trump is, therefore, now searching for moves to placate Israel and has already deployed his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, his highest-ranking official, who recently declared that the second term of Trump is coming, to visit the ‘Israeli illegal settlements’ in West Bank.

Pompeo’s visit is to provide a legitimate cover and also fast-track the ‘annexation plan’ of Israel, although the US State Department has not confirmed Pompeo’s itinerary as yet.

Iran, as part of its defense mechanism, is also moving to safeguard its boundaries, and therefore, its foreign minister Javed Zarif paid a visit to Pakistan on November 10, 2020, to coordinate a response from Pakistan. Since it’s speculated the US may try to seek to use Pakistan’s Shamsi airbase to bombard Iran, or obviously, from its biggest military base in Al Udeid in Qatar.

And, no wonder, the chief of Qatar air force, therefore, also paid a visit to Pakistan on November 17, 2020, to help clear the air that Qatar too would not oblige the US in its likely decision of attacking Iran. Iran would then also target the US base in Qatar, and Qatar is now firmly with Turkey, which is now in a new bloc with Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia, supported by Russia and China.

Also, in one of the biggest deals in history, China and Iran have entered into a 25-year $400-billion ‘military and trade’ agreement, which has sent everything spinning in Middle-East as well as in Israel, the US, and India.

India, ironically, has been made to move out from Iran’s Chabahar project. Visits by defense minister Rajnath Singh (September 5, 2020) and external affairs minister S Jaishankar (September 9, 2020), had failed to make any difference.

If Trump is to give a go-ahead against Iran, it will most certainly have a fallout on Pakistan and China, who are at daggers drawn with India over India’s PM Narendra Modi’s annulment of Article 370, on August 5, 2019, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

And it hasn’t been long since Pakistan distanced itself from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one year later, after allegations that KSA did not stand with Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir. And therefore, King Salman’s response after the visit of Javed Zarif, at the behest of the US, was quite predictive as he sought a decisive stance against Iran, corroborated by Al Jazeera on November 12, 2020.

There might be a stealth fighter attack, or a missile attack from Iraq, or even a cyber-attack, as Iran had experienced mystery fires in July last when seven of its ships had caught fire. Although whatever is the outcome, it will be to Israel’s advantage, and India is very firmly with Israel, which ironically has been accorded as a ‘black sheep’ by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the ‘BRICS family’ on November 17, 2020, according to Hindustan Times.

India has bid adieu to Russia by signing BECA with the US, despite around 70 percent of India’s military wherewithal having a stamp of Russia.

But, despite all, if the US goes on to attack Iran, China alongside Pakistan, due to CPEC, would also be there to the defense of Iran. Perhaps, if all this happens, then surely it would be an advantage for India, even when Biden takes over in January 2021.

The writer is a former State Information Commissioner, India. He is a media analyst and writes on international politics.

The Iranian Horn Sends a Warning to Babylon the Great

Imam Khamenei Adviser Warns US Attack on Iran to Trigger ‘Full-Fledged’ War

Military aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.

A defense adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran warned that any US attack on the Islamic Republic could set off a “full-fledged war” in the region.

“We don’t welcome a crisis. We don’t welcome war. We are not after starting a war,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, the military adviser of Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, told the Associated Press in a recent interview.

He, however, warned against any US military escalation in final weeks of US President Donald Trump in office.

“A limited, tactical conflict can turn into a full-fledged war,” he said. “Definitely, the United States, the region and the world cannot stand such a comprehensive crisis.”

The remarks came in reaction to a recent report in which the New York Times, citing four current and former US officials on Monday, said that Trump asked senior advisers in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday whether he had options to take action against Iran’s main nuclear site in the coming weeks.

A range of senior advisers dissuaded Trump from moving ahead with a military strike, said The New York Times, adding that the advisers — including Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Christopher C. Miller, the acting defense secretary; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — warned that a strike against Iran’s facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of Trump’s presidency.

Further, Dehqan reiterated the country’s principled stance that its missile power is non-negotiable due to its forming part of Iran’s “deterrent” might.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not negotiate its defensive power … with anybody under any circumstances,” he added. “Missiles are a symbol of the massive potential that is in our experts, young people and industrial centers.”

The official also described as ‘strategic mistake’, the Zionist entity’s regional expansionist ambitions that saw the regime normalizing its relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan earlier in the year.

“It is opening an extensive front,” he said. “Just imagine every Israeli in any military base can be a target for groups who are opposed to Israel.”

Source: Iranian media

IAEA chief warns Trump against military strike on Iran

IAEA chief warns against military strike on Iran

A military attack would be detrimental to any inspection activity, let alone the safety of my inspectors,” Rafael Grossi told NBC News in an interview.

Keir Simmons is a London-based foreign correspondent for NBC News.Saphora Smith is a London-based reporter for NBC News Digital. Laura Saravia is a producer based in London.

Nov. 19, 2020, 6:30 AM MST

The head of the U.N. watchdog responsible for inspecting Iran’s nuclear program has warned against launching a military strike on Iran.

“I would hope there would never be a time for a military attack,” the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, told NBC News in an interview Wednesday in Vienna.

His comments come after The New York Times, citing four current and former U.S. officials, reported Monday that President Donald Trump had asked advisers last week what options he had to take military action against Iran’s main nuclear site.

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi.Christian Bruna / Reuters

During a meeting last Thursday, a range of senior advisers dissuaded the president from moving ahead with a military strike, the Times reported. NBC News has not independently verified the reporting.

Grossi called suggestions that America was considering such an attack “total speculation.”

“A military attack would be detrimental to any inspection activity, let alone the safety of my inspectors, which is the first thing I have to think about if somebody is planning to do something like that,” he said.

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Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have escalated since 2018 when Trump walked away from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal struck by his predecessor, Barack Obama. The U.S. has pursued a campaign of maximum pressure on Iran, imposing sanctions that have helped devastate the Iranian economy and sent the local currency into free fall.

In response, Iran — which has always denied it is seeking a nuclear arsenal — has slowly abandoned the limits set by the deal.

On Wednesday, the U.S. hit Iran with another round of sanctions, with the Treasury announcing that it had targeted an important Iranian charity, as well as a number of its affiliates. The Mostazafan Foundation is suspected of providing material support to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for malign activities, including for the persecution of the “regime’s enemies.”

Iranian Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi attends a session of Iran’s Assembly of Experts in the capital Tehran.Atta Kenare / AFP – Getty Images file

The Treasury also targeted Iran’s minister of Intelligence and Security, Mahmoud Alavi.

Many of the sanctions supplement previously announced penalties by simply adding another layer to them, according to The Associated Press. However, they come as the Trump administration appears to be trying to lock in its policy toward Iran before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The IAEA has reportedly set out ways in which Iran is no longer adhering to the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Other signatories to that agreement — the U.K., France and Germany — called on Iran Thursday to “reverse its steps and return to full compliance.”

The statement follows an internal IAEA report that said Iran breached the nuclear deal by using advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges that it had installed underground at its Natanz site.

Referring to the report, Grossi added that Iran has not explained the origin of uranium particles found at an “undeclared” site. The organization’s inspection regime was robust, he said.

“There have been instances in the past where Iran did not declare things that it should have declared,” he said. “At the moment, I don’t have any indication that there is any secret activity that they are carrying out.”

An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also warned Wednesday that an American attack on the Islamic Republic could set off a “full-fledged war.”

Hossein Dehghan, a former member of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, who served as defense minister under President Hassan Rouhani, told the Associated Press that Iran would not “negotiate its defensive power … with anybody under any circumstances,”

“We don’t welcome a crisis. We don’t welcome war. We are not after starting a war,” Dehghan said. “But we are not after negotiations for the sake of negotiations either.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

The Uranium of the Iranian Nuclear Horn: Daniel 8

IAEA and U.S. pressure Iran over uranium particles at ‘atomic warehouse’

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog and the United States pressured Iran on Wednesday to finally explain the origin of uranium particles found almost two years ago at an old but undeclared site that Israel has called a “secret atomic warehouse”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew attention to the Turqazabad site in Tehran in a speech to the United Nations in September 2018, urging the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit it. Iran called it a carpet-cleaning facility.

IAEA inspectors went there in February 2019 and took environmental samples that showed traces of processed uranium. The Vienna-based U.N. watchdog has been seeking answers on where those traces came from ever since; it says only part of Iran’s explanations have held water.

“We believe they need to give us information which is credible. What they are telling us from a technical point of view doesn’t add up, so they need to clarify this,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi told a news conference during a quarterly meeting of his agency’s 35-nation Board of Governors.

The IAEA and U.S. intelligence services have long believed Iran had a coordinated, clandestine nuclear weapons programme that it halted in 2003. Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers effectively drew a line under much of its past.

Irrespective of the deal, however, the IAEA is in charge of accounting for all nuclear material in countries that have ratified the global Non-Proliferation Treaty to ensure none is being diverted to make nuclear weapons, even if evidence of previously unknown material is many years old.

Israel has said it seized part of an Iranian “archive” of its past nuclear work, and has used that to call attention to Iranian activities long predating the 2015 deal.

Iran has objected to use of that archive material, denouncing “attempts to open an endless process of verifying and cleaning-up of ever-continuing fabricated allegations”. It says it has never sought to weaponise nuclear energy.

An IAEA report last week said further analysis of the Turqazabad samples found “isotopically altered particles of low enriched uranium”. Similar particles were found in Iran in the past, linked to secretly imported centrifuge components originally from Pakistan, it added.

“Whatever nuclear material left such traces was very likely enriched or irradiated,” the United States said in its statement to the board. “This raises a whole new series of questions about where such material came from and what Iran may still be hiding. It should be of the utmost concern to all Board members.”

Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Mark Heinrich

The Iranian Horn Prepares for War: Daniel 8

Iran unveils new warship laden with missiles, killer drones and attack boats as Ayatollah warns US of ‘all-out war’

Tariq Tahir

IRAN has unveiled a new warship laden with drones, missiles and attack boats as tensions with the US rise.

The launch comes after an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of “full-fledged war” in the wake of reports Donald Trump wanted to bomb a nuclear facility in the country.

The ‘Abdollah Roudaki’ is aimed at projecting Iranian powerCredit: AFP

A missile launcher parked on the ship Credit: AFP

Photographs of the ‘Abdollah Roudaki’ ship showed it carrying truck-launched surface-to-surface missiles and anti-aircraft missiles as well as drones.

They also show it carrying small fast boats of the kind the Guard routinely uses in the Persian Gulf.

Iran used the boats to devastating effect in the seizure of the UK-registered Stena Impero in the Gulf in 2019.

Their speed is also put to effect to harass the much more powerful but slower ships of the US Navy.

The 12,000-ton ship, which is 492 feet long has, a pad for helicopters to land on but is small in comparison to a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, which is 1,092 feet long.

The ship is operated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a military elite dedicated to defending the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and is named after one its dead commanders.

Some of the equipment the ship carries on displayCredit: EPA

The ship is operated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Credit: EPA

A soldier taking up a position on the shipCredit: EPA

The commander of the Guards navy, Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri, suggested his forces wanted to move beyond the waters of the Gulf into deep-water patrolling.

Typically, the Guard covers the waters of the Persian Gulf, while Iran’s navy patrols the Gulf of Oman and beyond.

“Presence and assignments in the Indian Ocean is our right,” Tangsiri said.

The ship appears to be an answer to US Navy patrols in the region by its Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, whose aircraft carriers routinely travel through the waters of the region.

The ship carrying the speed boats used by the Revolutionary Guards Credit: EPA

Helicopters can land on the ship’s deckCredit: EPA

Iran sees those missions, as well as Israel’s expanding presence in the region, as a threat.

Tensions have once again been rising between the US and Iran as Washington seeks to contain the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.

Donald Trump tore up 2015 agreement aimed at limiting Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons a “horrible, one-sided deal” that failed to address its missile programme and behaviour in the region.

The UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, recently warned that Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium at its Natanz site has risen to more than 12 times the limit permitted since Trump withdrew from the deal.

It emerged yesterday the President asked whether he had any options to attack the site after the IAEA’s report but was talked out of by advisers who said it could spark all-out war.