Since President Truman’s decision to detonate two atomic bombs over Japan in a show of U.S. military strength vis-à-vis the Soviets to deter them from retaliating against the Anglo-Saxons at the end of World War 2, numerous initiatives have been undertaken to dissuade Washington from replicating similar crimes. Whereas the USSR acquired its own bomb opening the door to proliferation, neutral States advocated in favour of a nuclear-free world. The international treaties in force consecrate the strategic edge gained by the big powers while depriving the smaller ones of nuclear weapons. These are exploited politically to condemn - rightly or wrongly - insubordinate States (Iran, North Korea) and to protect friendly nations (Israel, India-Pakistan). In the context of the U.S. economic crisis, Obama attempted to reopen denuclearization negotiations. However, vast regions of the planet have already been contaminated, either for having served as nuclear testing grounds or as a combat theater where depleted uranium was used.
Israeli Prime Minister wanted to impress public opinion by brandishing a naive drawing at the podium of the UN General Assembly, on 27 September, to accuse Iran of developing a nuclear bomb. But his approach backfired: he only succeeded in demonstrating the emptiness of his arguments and made it clear to everyone that he had much to hide.
Most in the civilized world are blissfully unaware that we are marching ineluctably towards an increasingly likely pre-emptive nuclear war. No, it’s not at all about Iran and Israel. It’s about the decision of Washington and the Pentagon to push Moscow up against the wall with what is euphemistically called Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD).
Washington is heading to open confrontation with Iran at the behest of Israel, indicates Wayne Madsen, who also explores how the Israeli lobby through its tentacular penetration of key power centers is attempting to stop any opposition to the strike. The silver lining is that threatened countries, like Iran and Pakistan, have been invited to come under the protective security umbrella of Russia and China within the SCO, increasingly regarded as a credible counterweight to NATO.
Against the current backdrop of Israeli talk of pre-emptive strikes against Iran’s alleged military nuclear facilities, Voltaire Network is republishing this exclusive 2005 interview of Israeli whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu. Twenty-five years ago, this former Israeli nuclear technician exposed the existence of his country’s nuclear arsenal, tearing down the wall of Israel’s secrecy and hypocrisy. To this day, Israel - in unison with the United States - refuses to confirm the existence of its nuclear arsenal.
It looks as if Syria will have to wait now that - as Wayne Madsen points out - Washington’s priority is seizing Pakistan’s nuclear booty before, as the story goes, it falls into radical islamist hands. The only obstacle remaining was to create an environment acceptable to world public opinion that would justify a multinational intervention in Pakistan. Over the past year and a half, Washington has been attempting to do just that through a crescendo of uninterrupted provocations.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), which denounced the supposedly military nature of the Iranian nuclear program, must regularly be confronted with a hefty contention: how is it possible that the Revolutionary Guards could be developing such a program in secret when the manufacture, stockpiling, threat and use of weapons of mass destruction were forbidden by a fatwa of the Supreme Leader of the Revolution?
After its long-standing denial of the fatwa’s existence, the (...)
[Reposted in light of new scientific findings ascertaining NATO’s use of DU in Libya.]
The military support for the Benghazi rebellion against the Tripoli dictator is provided to the great detriment of the civilian population. Out of every 10 guided missiles, approximately one goes out of control and crashes in the targeted area at random. But all the missiles - regardless of whether the depleted uranium is in the warhead or in the wings for stabilization - contaminate the area. Thus, in the years to come these so-called "humanitarian" bombings will continue to kill countless numbers of civilians, affirms Professor Massimo Zucchetti.
The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has published a study on the upsurge of birth defects in Fallujah, Iraq. A 15% increase has been recorded during the war period.
The study, which was conducted on a limited sample of polygamous families, highlighted in particular a high incidence of heart and neural tube malformations.
The Journal decided to release the study to exchange the data collected with other researchers working on war-associated contamination. (...)
While the Bush administration was fabricating evidence of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction as a justification for war, the U.S. federal government was - and still is - sitting on the hard evidence of a looming nuclear nightmare in one of the most populated areas on the eastern seaboard. Storage pools of hazardous nuclear waste have converted the Shearon Harris facility in North Carolina into a ticking atomic clock.
The Russian aided Bushehr NPP project in Iran is nearing final completion. On August 20-22, the first fuel will be transferred into the reactor’s engine room. This means that the construction and testing of all systems of the station are complete. The physical launch of the Bushehr NPP will thus commence, followed by an operational startup and the plant going fully on line.
The Bushehr project is unique in terms of strict adherence to the nuclear nonproliferation regime. During the entire (...)
According to Thierry Meyssan, the debate around the possible existence of an Iranian military nuclear programme is nothing but a smokescreen. The great powers suspended all transfer of technology with the overthrow of the Shah and the Islamic Revolution repudiated the principle of the atomic bomb. The feigned suspicions of western countries are merely a ploy to isolate a state which calls into question the military and energy dominance of the nuclear powers and their veto rights at the Security Council.
Council of the European Union conclusions on Iran’s nuclear programme
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
The Council recalls that the European Council has repeatedly underlined its deepening concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme and in that regard, welcomed the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 introducing new restrictive measures against Iran.
In accordance with the European Council Declaration of 17 June, the Council has today adopted a Decision implementing (...)
The White House
1 July 2010
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please have a seat, everybody. Good evening, everybody. As President, one of my highest national security priorities is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. That’s why my administration has aggressively pursued a comprehensive agenda of non-proliferation and nuclear security.
Leading by example, we agreed with Russia to reduce our nuclear arsenals through the New START Treaty —- and I’ve urged the Senate to (...)
Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council.
The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1929 on 9 June 2010. Contrary to the expectation of the international community that the new UNSC resolution would condemn Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla less than ten days before the adoption of the Resolution, the international community saw once again the United States defending the Zionist regime and thus preventing the Security Council from (...)
Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey Fact Sheet
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today a set of designations targeting Iran’s nuclear and missile programs – the first set of measures from the United States implementing UNSCR 1929 and building upon the actions mandated by the Security Council. Today’s actions also highlight for the international community Iran’s use of its financial sector, shipping industry and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (...)
Russia’s vote approving sanctions against Iran is a major strategic error, according to Petr Iskenderov. Moscow walked into the trap of the six-party talks formula, just like it did during the Kosovo crisis. It wrongly believed that in exchange for the Iran vote it could free itself of the U.S. anti-missile system but it will, once again, lose on both counts at the same time.
Vitaly I. Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation; Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France, and Susan E. Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the UN.
Following is the text of the confidential joint document agreed by France, the United States and Russia on the offer, intended to help fuel a Tehran research reactor (TRR). The letter was handed to the International Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday, and obtained by Reuters.
“The Security Council,
“Recalling the Statement of its President, S/PRST/2006/15, and its resolutions 1696 (2006), 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008), 1835 (2008), and 1887 (2009) and reaffirming their provisions,
“Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the need for all States Party to that Treaty to comply fully with all their obligations, and recalling the right of States Party, in conformity with Articles I and II of that Treaty, to (...)
US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice Iran Resolution Elements
PP 1: Recalling the Statement of its President, S/PRST/2006/15, its resolutions 1696 (2006), 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008), 1835 (2008), and 1887 (2009) and reaffirming their provisions,
PP2: Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the need for all States Party to that Treaty to comply fully with all their obligations, and recalling the ight of States Party, in conformity (...)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, his Brazilian counterpart Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Having met in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, the undersigned have agreed on the following declaration:
1. We reaffirm our commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and in accordance with the related articles of the NPT, recall the right of all State Parties, including the (...)
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Ladies and gentlemen,
I am truly happy to receive here in Moscow the President of Brazil, Mr Lula da Silva. We had, as we usually do, full-fledged negotiations. (Can you hear? Is there a translation? Excellent, then, the good words can be repeated.)
I’m sincerely happy that we are holding talks today with Brazilian President, Mr Lula da Silva. Our discussions show that, on almost all issues, we are moving forward, not to mention the foreign policy (...)
2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Report submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran
1. In order to achieve the goal of the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the important region of the Middle East and the realization of the goals and objectives of the 1995 resolution on the Middle East that were supported in the Final Document of the 2000 Review Conference and generally referred to in article VII of the Treaty on (...)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank the Almighty God for granting me the opportunity to talk with you about one of the most crucially-important issue of global concern. Undoubtedly, meetings of the Assembly on the modification and completion of NPT are regarded as the most important meetings of the Assembly since its creation.
Realization of sustainable security has always constituted one of the most pressing issues faced by human communities in the course of history. Without (...)
I want to thank the Secretary General, Director General Amano, Ambassador Cabactulan, for their outstanding leadership in pulling together this Review Conference and addressing the challenges of nuclear proliferation.
As you know, President Obama has made reducing the threat posed by nuclear weapons and materials a central mission of our foreign policy, and the NPT lies at the core of that mission. I want to begin by reading a section of the message that President Obama has sent to this (...)
THE WHITE HOUSE
April 20, 2010
His Excellency Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
President of the Federative Republic of Brazil
Dear Mr. President:
I want to thank you for our meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan during the Nuclear Security Summit. We spent some time focused on Iran, the issue ofthe provision of nuclear fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR), and the intent of Brazil and Turkey to work toward finding an acceptable solution. I promised to respond (...)
Distinguished Delegates, Dear Guests:
Four months ago, I witnessed the scene of one of the most appalling crimes against humanity in Hiroshima. I wrote down in the book commemorating the victims of Hiroshima, “The most important message of Hiroshima is the disarmament of the US,” and I underlined the importance of holding this conference and the necessity of having a gathering to share ideas and thoughts.
I welcome you to the Islamic Republic of Iran and hope that our sharing of thoughts in (...)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank the Almighty God for this opportunity provided for us in order to exchange our views on one of the most important issues of our common concern.
I also express my gratitude to all participants form other countries who arrived here to participate in this Conference. I hope our efforts will bring about fruitful results.
Motto of this conference is quite meaningful and if we have it realized we will be able to ensure sustainable (...)
I wish to welcome the honourable guests that have gathered here for this conference. It is a source of pleasure for the Islamic Republic of Iran to be the host for this international disarmament conference. I hope this occasion will be an opportunity to yield enduring and important results from your dialogues and discussions for the whole humanity.
Atomic and nuclear sciences are among the greatest achievement of humankind and must be at the service of welfare and advancement of all human (...)
President Obama convened a summit for Heads of State to alert them to the possible theft of nuclear materials by terrorists intent on manufacturing an atomic bomb. Needless to say, considering the price of such materials, no one would be so foolish as to let them get stolen and hardly needs Uncle Sam for advice.
Something else was afoot in Washington: the regulation and partition of a gigantic market ...
“The art of war”
“The Art of War”