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Israelis doubt world will stop Iran’s nuclear quest: experts

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – The latest report by U.N. inspectors has hardened suspicions that Iran is seeking nuclear arms capability, but Israeli experts have little confidence that international action will deny the Islamic Republic the means to make a bomb. The pessimism sounded by academics, retired generals and statesmen on…

Low levels of radioactive particles in Europe: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Very low levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in Europe but the particles are not believed to pose a public health risk, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, saying it was seeking to find the source. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based U.N. watchdog,…

Defense Secretary Panetta cautions against attack on Iran

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Military action against Iran could have “unintended consequences” in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, hours after Tehran warned that an attack against its nuclear sites would be met by “iron fists.” Panetta, who took over the Pentagon’s top job…

Romney says ‘prepare for war’ against Iran

WASHINGTON — Accusing President Barack Obama of naivete on Iran, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney promised Thursday that if elected president he would “prepare for war” with the Islamic republic. In a commentary published in the Wall Street Journal, Romney said he would back up US diplomacy “with a very…

Iran remains defiant on nuclear program

Iran vowed Wednesday it “will not budge an iota” from its nuclear path despite a new UN report hardening suspicions it is seeking atomic weapons, as an Iranian general warned Israel of “destruction” if it launched an attack. The words of defiance fell while the United States and its allies said they were…

Sen. Kerry: Iran not ‘truthful’ about nuclear drive

WASHINGTON — Senior US Senator John Kerry on Tuesday urged sustained pressure on Iran after the UN nuclear watchdog agency released a report seen as backing Western charges that Tehran seeks atomic weapons. “The facts of the IAEA report make it clear that Iran has not been truthful about its…

Iran mastered critical steps to build nuke: report

The Iranian government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon after receiving assistance from foreign scientists, The Washington Post reported. Citing unnamed Western diplomats and nuclear experts familiar with new intelligence to be released to the United Nations, the newspaper said a former Soviet weapons scientist…

Major UN Iran nuke report expected

Diplomats to the UN atomic watchdog are bracing for a new report this week providing fresh detail on Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons drive, amid growing speculation of an Israeli military strike. Previous International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assessments have centred on Iran’s efforts to produce fissile material — uranium and…

Libyan transition council claims to find Gaddafi’s nuclear weapons

(Update: The rebels found radioactive materials left over from Gaddafi’s uranium enrichment program, according to later reports, which does not meet the technical standard of a “nuclear weapon.” ) In the years leading up to the fall of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, it was not clear to the U.S. or its…

U.S. ‘pressing IAEA to release Iran nuclear data’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama is calling on UN nuclear inspectors to release data showing Iran is designing nuclear weapons technology in a bid to further isolate Tehran, a report said on Sunday. The White House push for the release of International Atomic Energy Agency data comes after the…

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