Iran says it will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections


TEHRAN — Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Iran will only allow inspectors from countries that have diplomatic relations with it. The previously undisclosed remarks were made during a Sunday meeting with parliamentarians. Continue reading

Saudi Arabia ‘targeting Iran and Israel with ballistic missiles’

Saudi Arabia is targeting both Israel and Iran with powerful ballistic missiles, new satellite photography shown by military experts to The Telegraph suggests.

Images analysed by experts at IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review has revealed a hitherto undisclosed surface-to-surface missile base deep in the Saudi desert, with capabilities for hitting both countries.

Analysts who examined the photos spotted two launch pads with markings pointing north-west towards Tel Aviv and north-east towards Tehran. They are designed for Saudi Arabia’s arsenal of lorry-launched DF 3 missiles, which have a range of 1,500-2,500 miles and can carry a two-ton payload. Continue reading

Diplomats debate whether Israel has lost status as ‘strategic asset’ to U.S.

Israel was said to have lost its strategic relationship with the United States, but the U.S. ambassador to Israel disagreed.

A former senior Israeli diplomat asserted that the United States no longer sees Israel as a strategic asset. Alon Pinkas, who served as consul-general in New York, said the loss has led to an asymmetry in the relationship between Jerusalem and Washington.

Full article: Diplomats debate whether Israel has lost status as ‘strategic asset’ to U.S. (World Tribune)