The United States and Israel are becoming even more concerned over the construction of Iran’s new plutonium-producing reactor. Tehran hopes to have the new reactor up and operating by next year. This project could supply Iran with enough fuel to produce a nuclear weapon. However, Tehran insists that the material will be used for medical and scientific research, not for bombs. (more…)
Tehran in the news.
Tehran sees the threat of Christianity growing in the Islamic Republic and has arrested more Christian converts. A 25 year-old woman and a 27 year-old man were detained in January after security forces raided their homes in Tehran. The two university students were charged with the “formation and promotion of house churches and holding gatherings intended for committing crimes,” as part of a move to suppress Christianity in heavily Islamic Iran. They have been incarcerated in Tehran’s feared Evin prison for over 50 days and it remains unclear when they will be released. (more…)
Construction began in November for a natural gas pipeline from Iran, across Iraq to its Syrian ally.
The Iraqi Cabinet gave their go-ahead for the erection of the gas line to pass through Iraqi territory and connect Iran to Syria. This move will strengthen Tehran’s standing with its neighbors. (more…)
Amos Yadlin, the head of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies announced this week, “Iran has completed in the last two years two components that give it all of the necessary means to manufacture a nuclear weapon as soon as it chooses to do so.” According to the Times of Israel, Iran will have the materials necessary to build a nuclear bomb within six months. (more…)
The Sunday public hanging of two young men caused reaction from the Iranian citizens.
Hundreds of convicts are hanged in Iran every year. However, public hangings in a central Tehran park are an unusual event. Most hangings in Iran take place inside prisons. This was meant to be a public spectacle in order to cut down on a crime wave. (more…)
Iran told residents of Isfahan to evacuate the city. BBC reports that one-and-a-half million people fear leaking radioactive material at the nearby nuclear site.
In November, there were reports which indicated that a radioactive leak might have poisoned several workers. The nuclear plant converts toxic “yellowcake uranium” into material that could be used in the core of a nuclear weapon.
Tehran denied those reports in December saying, “The rumors about leaking and contamination at Isfahan’s Uranium Conversion Facility are not true at all.” (more…)
Iran announced Tuesday that they have captured another U.S. intelligence drone. Tehran claimed the unmanned aircraft had entered Iranian airspace. United States military sources denied promptly that they had lost any drones in the Middle East.
Tensions are running high in the Persian Gulf. Tehran continues to threaten to close down the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil exporting region. About 40 percent of the world’s seaborne crude oil is shipped through this narrow strait. (more…)
Iran is speeding up their uranium enrichment and building up their war machine. Tehran has just added a new warship about the size of a frigate, equipped with anti-ship missiles. It was launched Wednesday at Bandar Abbas, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. (more…)
No matter how tough things get financially Iran will not back off of their nuclear ambitions. In spite of the local economic pressures and Western sanctions. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says, “If some think they can make pressure on Iran, they are wrong and must correct their attitude. We are not a people who will fall on the nuclear issue.” (more…)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (on the right) conferring in Tehran with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (on left) on August 29. Ki-Moon urged Iran to comply with UN resolutions and demanded they curb their nuclear activities, warning that heightened international rhetoric over the issue could lead to “war.” Ki-moon “strongly objected” to the Ayatollah’s remarks calling Israel a “cancerous tumor.” (more…)