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October 19, 2009
Western nations to assess Iranian trustworthiness

A young Iranian woman. Photo: Flickr user mailo

Iran faces stiffer economic sanctions if it fails to follow through on a tentative plan to move most of its enriched uranium out of the country. This relocation could placate key Western nations by delaying Iran’s ability to make a nuclear bomb. Yet, Iran continues to issue veiled threats that it could back away from talks if unhappy with the results.

Do you think that Iran can be trusted to make good on its promise to take concrete steps aimed at reducing tensions over its nuclear program?

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#28

US, Israel to start major joint drills
Oct. 21, 2009
Yaakov Lappin , THE JERUSALEM POST
The US and Israeli militaries will launch their biggest joint missile defense drill yet on Wednesday, in the shadow of mounting missile threats from Iran, Hizbullah and Syria, and growing regional tension over Teheran’s nuclear program.

The Juniper Cobra 10 exercise will test responses to a range of incoming projectiles.

More than 1,000 members of the US military’s European Command and a similar number of IDF soldiers will participate, the IDF announced on Tuesday.

The two militaries will test Israel’s Arrow 2 Theater Ballistic Missile Defense System, and the American Navy’s AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System. US Patriot advanced capability anti-missile missiles will also be deployed.

Seventeen US Navy ships have cruised into Israel’s territorial waters for the exercise, and will be visible from the coast. The fleet consists of missile ships that will fire dummy projectiles to test defenses, and radar ships that will play an integral part in the exercise.

Air force planes will play a variety of roles during the drill.

Radar stations have been erected around the country, and Israel’s Green Pine and Super Green Pine missile detection systems will be activated.

The US-made Forward Based X-band Tactical radar, situated in the Negev, which has long-range missile detection system, will also come into play. The X-band radar works in conjunction with the Arrow missile defense, while also transmitting data to a US joint tactical ground station.

The two countries have held smaller combined drills in the past.

American military officials arrived in Israel months ago to begin groundwork for the exercise, which has been in the planning for two years.

Over the past three months, preparations reached an intensive phase. Defense sources said they expect the drill to be a success, since the systems have all been successfully tested before.

Iran test-fired Shihab 3 long-range missiles at the end of last month, before holding a first round of nuclear talks with Western powers, in a move widely seen as an attempt to ward off a military strike on its nuclear sites.

This talks a million on how Iran is trusted!!!

#27

No, Iran cannot be trusted. Read the history for the past many years and the killing of their own people who wish to express an opinion.

#26

Iran can be trusted to act in what it perceives to be its national interest. In this regard it is identical to all other nations of the world.

In so doing, Iran is undoubtedly influenced by its history; a history that not incidentally involves more than one episode of malevolent meddling by the U.S. and the U.S.’s key proxy in the region, Israel.

Today the U.S. wants “the world community” to censure Iran for presumed attempts to posses the very same weapons the U.S. blithely permits Israel to possess. Iran, not necessarily unjustifably, sees this as yet another attempt to dictate to Iran. Who, then, can blame it for its defiance?

#25

If we don’t first apologize to Iran and admit that our Shah of Iran (and many others for that matter) was far worse than Amadinajad and the Ayatollah’s regime than we deserve to have thousands of people in our country killed and tortured by a nuclear bomb, since that’s what SAVAK did to the Iranians.

I love how the Iranian people are savages when they oppose our dictator, but they’re poor, suffering peoples just dying for their freedom when some other dictator suppresses them. What a sick and demonic joke our country is.

Until our Space policy is rid of its strident, jingoistic, unilateral and aggressive tone and we denounce our role as hegemon in space we cannot expect people to not be frightened of our terror.

Until the US joins the 160 nations for the PAROS treaty, Iran, nor the entire world should not trust us.

#24

If the Islamic Republic of Iran was trying to development nuclear weapons, why should they disarm there program? India nuclear reactors was build for research not bombs. what did the United Nation or the United States do when India test there fist nucler bomb? Soon after that the Islamic of Pakistan join the nuclear club 2006 north korea test there fist underground nuclear bomb. three years later there secand one witch was more powerful then the fist.

#23

IRAN’S NUCLEAR THREAT IS A MYTH PROPAGATED BY ISRAEL WITH ITS 200 NUCLEAR WARHEADS, AND ITS SATELLITE ,THE USA SO THAT ISRAEL CAN BE THE ONLY KID ON THE BLOCK WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS.THEY WANT THE WORLD TO BELIEVE THAT AS SOON AS IRAN PRODUCES A NUCLEAR BOMB,THEY WILL BOMB ISRAEL AND ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THEIR COUNTRY AND PEOPLE TO AN ISRAEL NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST–WHAT A MYTH!!. BY THE WAY,HOW COME THE USA LOOKS THE OTHER WAY WHEN IT COMES TO ISRAEL ‘NUCLEAR WEAPONS. ALSO ,HOW DID ISRAEL DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS –WHERE DID THEY GET THE KNOWLEDGE ,URANIUM ,AND EQUIPMENT TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS BACK IN1969

#22

I think that they shouldn’t be trusted because
they make nuclear weapons.

#21

I THINK THAT THEY SHOULDN’T BE TRUSTED BECAUSE THEY KILL PEOPLE TO MAKE THERE BOMB.

#20

I don’t think they can be trusted for anything. They are all criminals,and they will do anything to make they’re nuclear bombs.I also think they will break there promise.

#19

The question is not can Iran be trusted. It is, can US be trusted by the rest of the world, after what the Bushes did by attacking other countries?
To the management at WorldFocus: If I want the news in true British accent, I will switch to BBC. And I thought WordFocus was a US news channel. How silly of me!!

#18

Human Languages prove insufficient, once again,
for any Civilized Versions of Understanding
since the World, despite its Endless Talks
achieves only the movement of Movement which
spirals round to the next round of Talks
which lead to the same Place to which all the
previous Talks have led: Nowhere.

Yet…

I suppose, since Nowhere can be talked about:
that,
Nowhere is a concept which contains a Prior
Definition which may hold its own valueless
Meanings….just as Shadow can be Seen in
any given amount of Sunlight though the
Shadow itself has no intrinsic Substance.

#17

After the Shah, we ignored Iran, just like we did to Afghanistan after the Russians left. O, by the way, WorldFocus does not sound like an American channel, when Martin is not there. The woman with big nose, who pretends to talk like the Queen,(and fails miserably, I must say), makes the broadcast sound so bogus. I agree completely with Matt and Anand, is anyone at Channel 13 listening. This is a disgrace. Martin, please come back, all is forgiven.

#16

It’s time to do the counter-intuitive. Who in the USA really cares? Ignore them, but also ignore Israel. It is NONE of our business; unless of course, we subscribe to the notion that we are the police force of the world (which we aren’t). But then, there are the economic concerns, can we say O. I. L.? The Middle East has been and will remain the same warring and tribal region it has always been.

#15

Due to recent events in Iran not only this past year but also its aggressive posture, in recent years, it is hard to say with any certainty what they will do. However, I do believe that they have shown a recent willingness to turn over a new leaf with respect to nuclear enrichment, and they should be given a chance to prove themselves. The U.S. should continue to prepare for the possibility that they will prove to be untrustworthy though, so that we will be able to mobilize our allies and the world community -particularly Russia and China – and act swiftly if it becomes necessary.

#14

Iran is not trustworthy of anything. World needs to stop Iran from developing nuclear bomb: nuclear bomb is extreamly dangerous in the hand of a person who openly makes threats to “wipe Israel off the map.” Israel and U.S. didn’t use nuclear bombs to wipe any country off the map. That is the differences.

#13

No, the Iranian regime cannot be trusted. The nuclear site at Qom was kept secret by Iran until revealed by Iranian dissidents. It was in violation of what Iran told the IAEA.

How do we know that there aren’t many other hidden sites, where centrifuges are being manufactured and uranium is enriched?

As for Joseph Cirincione: he has always gone out of his way to underestimate the Iranian nuclear program. This is reminiscent of the CIA report that said Iran had stopped work on its nuclear program – something now proved false by the Qom site.

Finally, the hospitability and decency of the Iranian people does not translate into integrity or honesty of the Iranian regime!

#12

why should they. Until Israel comes clean on their nuclear weapons this one sided demand will be seen as bias. Worldfocus viewers should be very disappointed that Israel’s nuclear weapons are never mention. Why is that?

#11

no, we can not trust Iran.militry action is needed to end the program. All these negotiation will fail. Iran is buying time to achieve its goal which develping nuclear bomb.Obama administration has failed to stop iran from devloping bomd

#10

No. Iran is getting it’s cue’s from Russia and China, this farce, the Free World must learn to
see it for what it is “a shame so they can achieve their greater goal of dominating all of
the Middle East and eventually the WORLD.

#9

I think Iran should be given a chance to do what is right with its nuclear program. however, after it is given adequate time, if it does not do the right thing, the U.N. should impose harsh sanctions.

#8

Matt, you beat me to it. Is anyone at 13, reading this? Hello?
We need to respect Iran, and other countries as Obama has said all along. There is no point him saying one thing, and allowing C.I.A to do exactly the opposite. Just who is in-charge here?

#7

LOL to Matt, true true Bring Martin back!!

#6

I do not think that Iran will make good their intentions to reduce nuclear tensions. If their intentions were forthcoming. The IDEA Would have been invited to inspect long ago. Also the veiled threats indicate to me that Iran is going to do what they want to do, regardless of sanctions. I am sure the majority of Iranians are law abiding people. In my opinion, they are being lead by a mad man.

#5

Treat Iran with respect. Give them room to explain their policy.
BTW, when the “Nose” of “Word Focus” says, “we”. who is she talking about? Us Americans, or phoney accented non-Brits? She certainly does not represent us Americans, even if she has a GreenCard, thank you. We “Talk”, we don’t “TOKE”, we say, “Reducing” and not “Rejuicing” for pete’s sake. Bring Martin back. Until then I will watch another channel.Surely you can get someone more capable here in the US itself.

#4

With a Iran-hostile Cheney-Bush administration replaced by a seemingly less threatening Obama Administration, and Obama’s recent Nobel Peace Prize announcement, many feel that the political will to prevent at all costs a Nuclear-armed Iran represents all but a tacit acceptance of the inevitability of Iran acquiring the Bomb. Some on the US political right say that nothing about Obama demonstrates a willingness to take the hard decisions necessary to oppose the Iranian Leadership’s nuclear ambitions. Whether or not this is true, it’s clear that world perception of an end to the unipolar Cheney-Bush approach to international relations has been shelved. Right wingers in the States say, nevertheless, that time and time again, Obama has returned from all but empty-handed from meetings with European, Asian and other so-called “partners.” Yes, these countries may now “like” the US, but their interests remain adverse to those of the US dispite such policy changes. While foreign perceptions of the US have changed, naievete aside, the Iranian intention remains unchanged. As the British diplomat once said, “There are no permanent alliances; only permanent (national) interests.
Keith Simon
US Pacific Northwest

#3

I believe we can trust Iran. I took a 16 year old Iranian boy into my home in the 1980s where he lived 4 years. I have encountered many Iranians one on one since that time. I find Iranians to be honorable, trustworthy and generous. I trust people who have those qualities of character.

#2

IRAN IS HEADING FOR NUCLEAR ARMAMENT

When you have no will, and you have given up the leverage that Russia could have provided, “discussion” will now prove futile. Current strategy will allow Iran to continue apace the development of its nuclear weapons.

Obama gave up a powerful element when he backed off the Europe based missile shield without concessions from Putin.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2009/09/obamas-blunder-on-iran.html

#1

Can Iran be trusted to do what it says? Yes it can. However will say/do what the west wants it to do. Probably not. The point I’m trying to make here is that they would rather snub their noses then lie. If I might also make a simple observation. There is no evidence that has been reported by any major newspaper of an Iranian enrichment program to levels above 90% which is required for a nuclear bomb. Please correct me if I am wrong about this. But it seems that the more the media hypes the fear about an Iranian nuclear the more we believe it exists.

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