Thursday, March 09, 2006

Israel & US -- the only watchdogs left

Israel will have to act on Iran if UN can't
If the U.N. Security Council is incapable of taking action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself, Israel's defense minister said on Wednesday.

Israel’s ex-chief of staff Moshe Yaalon says Israel has a military resource for dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat without an air strike
March 9, 2006, 10:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
He stressed in a lecture at the US Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara that this option did not entail an air attack or call for American involvement, but could delay the development of an Iranian nuclear weapon by a decade.

Iran Readies Missiles for Nuke Warheads
Iranian scientists appear to be stepping up the development of missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads, diplomats have told the British news agency Reuters.
An intelligence report obtained by Reuters Tuesday claims that a covert Iranian program run by people closely linked to Iran's military includes plans to ready the Shahab-3 missiles for a nuclear strike. Code-named "Project 111," the report said the program's goal was "arming Shahab-3 missiles with nuclear warheads."

Citing an unnamed Iranian exile "who has reported accurately on Tehran's nuclear program in the past" Reuters said Iran had significantly increased production of Shahab-3 missiles.

Last week the Jerusalem Post reported that Israel had developed countermeasures that could neutralize an Iranian nuclear attack using Shahab-3 missiles.

"The Arrow knows how to intercept the Shahab missile," an unnamed Israeli Defense official told the paper, referring to Israel's Arrow 2 anti-ballistic missile system.

Iran Threatens U.S. With 'Harm and Pain'
Iran threatened the United States with "harm and pain" Wednesday for its role in hauling Tehran before the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear program.