China’s Nuke Sales a Go

China moves ahead with reactor sales to Pakistan in violation of global nuclear control regime
A model nuclear reactor on display in China / AP

China is moving ahead with plans to sell two nuclear reactors to Pakistan in a deal U.S. officials say will violate Beijing’s promises under an international nuclear control group.

Iran Powers Ahead

Iran announces two new uranium-processing facilities
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touring uranium facility 2009 / AP

Iran has announced that it will open two new uranium-processing facilities on Tuesday as Western efforts to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear program ended in failure last week.

Iranian Cyber Attacks Step Up

Pentagon Joint Staff: Iran cyber attacks, terrorism reveal Tehran engaged in covert war on the West
Pentagon / Wikimedia Commons

The Iranian government recently conducted a major cyber attack on a major U.S. financial institution that a military intelligence report said is a sign Tehran is waging covert war against the West.

Bibi intensifies war of words with US over Iran ‘red line’

‘Wait for what?’
Benjamin Netanyahu / AP

With new evidence that Iran is on the cusp of finalizing a nuclear weapon, a pointed war of words between the U.S. and Israel escalated Tuesday, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the Jewish state will not wait for the Obama administration to sign off on a possible strike against Iran.

October Surprise

Israel said to be readying October attacks on Iranian nuclear sites
Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta, Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak / AP

U.S. intelligence analysts watching for indicators of Israeli military action recently reported that there are signs the Jewish state plans an attack against Iran in October. The Obama administration, meanwhile, is preparing to provide logistical support for a military strike but is pressing Israel to delay any action until the administration’s policy of sanctions have had more time to work, and that any attack would be put off until after the November presidential election.