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Putin plays the Iran card: Kremlin won’t be ‘bound’ by U.S. sanctions

В.Путин провел совещание с членами правительства РФ

Special to MOSCOW — Iran and Russia have been discussing the resumption of strategic relations. Officials said the Kremlin has been negotiating terms for Russian nuclear, military and energy projects in Iran. The officials said the projects would not violate United Nations sanctions, but would take into account the easing of measures by the [...]

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Israel shocked by ‘unacceptable’ U.S. concessions on Iran’s nuclear program

Israeli Strategic Minister Yuval Steinitz

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has expressed alarm over the prospect of U.S. nuclear concessions to Iran. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was dismayed by indications that Washington would enable Iran to continue its nuclear program, including those elements that could be used for weapons. The officials cited testimony to [...]

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Kerry: Obama administration unconcerned at prospect of Iran breakout

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies April 8 at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Kerry warned Tuesday that Russia was sending agents into eastern Ukraine to 'create chaos' that the Kremlin could use as a pretext for more military intervention.  /Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has played down the prospect of an Iranian nuclear breakout. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that Iran required two months to complete the assembly of its first nuclear weapon. But in testimony to Congress, Kerry said Iran might race toward a nuclear weapon [...]

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Report urges U.S. to sell Israel ‘MOP’ bunker-busters, B-52s to destroy Iran sites

Massive Ordnance Penetrator

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has been urged to sell bunker-busters and aircraft to Israel. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs has called on the administration of President Barack Obama to sell Israel weapons and platforms that could destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons infrastructure. In an article, the institute, deemed close to [...]

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Obama approves export of jet parts to Iran by Boeing, GE


Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved the export of jet components to Iran, despite  opposition in Congress. The Treasury Department has approved export licenses to two major U.S. aerospace suppliers. In a statement on April 4, the companies were identified as Boeing and General Electric, which produced aircraft [...]

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Israel report: Iran directed this month’s rocket attacks on Israel

Israeli military vehicles patrol border with Gaza after another barrage of rockets hit southern Israel. / Getty

Special to JERUSALEM — Iran has been directing its proxies to attack Israel, a report said. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that Iran was ordering its Palestinian and Lebanese proxies to attack Israel. In a report, the center cited rocket and improvised explosive device strikes along Israel’s borders with Lebanon and Syria [...]

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Clapper: Iran ‘making technical advancements’ that point to nuclear weapons

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  /AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran, despite its agreement with the West, would continue to enhance its nuclear weapons capability. Officials said the intelligence community has dismissed the prospect that Iran would slow down its nuclear weapons program. The officials said the community, despite assurances by the White [...]

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Israelis train for drone war in coming conflict with Iran proxies

Iranian Shahed 129 drones.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has been preparing for a war that would include combat unmanned aerial vehicles. Officials said Iran and its proxies were being equipped with UAVs that could eventually contain munitions. The officials said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was converting tactical and other UAVs into combat platforms. “We will [...]

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Iran achieves record oil exports in early 2014

Iranian oil tanker.  /PressTV

Special to LONDON — Iran has reached a record in crude oil exports. The International Energy Agency said Iranian oil exports reached a one-year high in January and February. The Paris-based agency said Iran’s biggest clients were in East Asia as Teheran exported 1.3 million barrels per day. “Higher Iranian imports in recent months [...]

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Netanyahu: Weapons ship ‘was organized by Iran, dispatched by Iran, financed by Iran’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  /AFP/Jack Guez

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has determined that Iran financed a weapons ship for the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials said the Israeli intelligence community assessed that the Teheran regime sponsored a ship laden with missiles and rockets to supply the Gaza Strip. The officials said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps supplied the M-302 [...]

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