Saturday, March 5, 2011

Arab World: New evidence of Iran’s nuclear ambitions - 5th Mar 2011

Recent reports from the IAEA have caused renewed consternation amongst those tracking the Islamic Republic’s enrichment efforts.

On March 1, the Pentagon announced it was sending the USS Monterey – a vessel equipped with the sophisticated Aegis radar system, capable of protecting Europe from a potential Iranian nuclear missile strike – to the Mediterranean.

The guided missile cruiser is the first part of a missile shield announced by the Obama administration in 2009.

Its deployment comes one week after the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a notably outspoken report on Iran’s nuclear activities and lack of cooperation with inspectors operating under the UN Security Council’s mandate.

Issued on February 25, the report appears to agree, at least in part, with the conclusions of a new US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran, about which members of Congress and their staff were briefed a week earlier.
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