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Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 13, 2011

Security ‘violent’ at French ambassador’s house in Tehran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 17, 2010

It said France had summoned the Iranian ambassador in Paris to complain.

“On November 14, particularly serious incidents took place at the entry to the ambassadorial residence in Tehran,” the French ministry said in a statement.

“Its entry was blocked by unidentified security services who proceeded to arrest guests of the French ambassador and carried out unacceptable acts of violence including against French diplomatic personnel,” it added.

“French authorities this morning summoned the ambassador of Iran in Paris to express their strongest condemnation of this extremely serious violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations,” it said.

“One member of the embassy’s diplomatic team was even treated violently,” the official said.

France and Iran have had strained relations in recent months, with France backing tough new UN sanctions against Iran in June for its nuclear programme and pressing it on the issue of human rights.

France said in February that stones were thrown at the French, German and Italian embassies in Tehran by pro-government activists.

Iranian hardliners threatened to overrun the British embassy also in Tehran after the Islamic regime accused the intelligence services of supporting terrorist attacks inside Iran.

Iranian newspapers said that British intelligence was offering terrorist groups a $20,000 (£13,000) bounty for attacks on officials and installations.

Heydar Moslehi, Iran’s interior minister accused MI6 of supporting at least two underground groups it has branded as terrorists.

In my opinion, if something happened once, it increases the chance of it happening again. They’ve got to get their staff out of there before it’s too late. Americans also never could imagine what can happen.

The Turkish Game

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on April 20, 2010

Nuclear sharing is a concept in NATO’s policy of nuclear deterrence, which involves member countries without nuclear weapons of their own in the planning for the use of nuclear weapons by NATO, and in particular provides for the armed forces of these countries to be involved in delivering these weapons in the event of their use.

As part of nuclear sharing, the participating countries carry out consultations and take common decisions on nuclear weapons policy, maintain technical equipment required for the use of nuclear weapons (including warplanes capable of delivering them), and store nuclear weapons on their territory.

The United States has provided weapons for nuclear sharing, as of 2009 Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey are still hosting U.S. nuclear weapons as part of NATO’s nuclear sharing policy.

There are thought to be around 250 tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, installed during the Cold War period, and most of them are stockpiled at U.S. bases in Italy and Turkey.

Turkey has quietly held NATO tactical nuclear weapons since the Cold War. Removing them will be a critical step towards a safer world. But it won’t be easy.

Removing tactical nuclear weapons from Turkey will be difficult, but not impossible. In order to move towards a world free of nuclear weapons, U.S. policy makers have to start thinking about how things are connected. Countries like Turkey rely on nuclear weapons for political and security reasons while Turkey’s prime minister says the world is turning a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear program.

Turkey’s role in the nuclear black market has been well documented, though poorly reported in the US. Turkey acted (and may continue to act) as both a manufacturing base for nuclear hardware, as well as a trans-shipment point for goods on their way to the end-customers such as Libya, Iran and Pakistan.

In 2000, Bill Clinton signed an order to allow Turkey access to US nuclear technology, but this order was blocked because, according to President Bush, certain Turkish entities were actively engaged in “certain activities directly relating to nuclear proliferation.”

According to IAEA investigators, the nuclear hardware supplied by Turkey to the AQ Khan ring – including 7000 centrifuge motors – “could be used in manufacturing enough enriched uranium to produce 7 nuclear weapons a year.”

In fact, the entire deal to supply Libya with a nuclear weapons program began in Turkey with a meeting in 1997 involving AQ Khan, his Chief Operating Officer BSA Tahir, and Libyan representatives.

In 2006, Mustafa Kibaroglu, a nuclear proliferation expert in Turkey told the Washington Post:

“I’m not supporting Turkey’s nuclear energy program anymore because I’m not clear about what the real intention is. Let’s put it that way.”