Iran Nuke Head Admits to Hiding Info from IAEA

Intel agencies used IAEA reports to sabotage nuke program
Aerial view of a heavy-water production plant in the central Iranian town of Arak

JERUSALEM—The former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization revealed that Iran concealed information from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) because it believed intelligence agencies were using the reports to sabotage its nuclear program.

Senators: Iran-Russia Trade Deal Opens Floodgates for Nuke Materials, Weapons

Experts, lawmakers warn $20B trade deal violates nuke deal
Russian S-300 air defense missile system / AP

Iran and Russia’s recently announced $20 billion oil-for-goods trade deal has sparked concerns that Moscow is seeking to open up a direct line into Tehran for the import of sanctioned nuclear equipment and military hardware, shipments that would flatly violate the terms of the recently inked interim nuclear deal.

Admiral Warns that Risk of Nuclear Conflict Is Growing

Stratcom: Large-scale Russian strategic nuclear buildup has been underway for over a decade
The Russian navy's Varyag missile cruiser / AP

Russia is engaged in a large-scale buildup of strategic nuclear forces that has been underway for a decade, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) told Congress on Wednesday.

Jeff Merkley Has Advocated Soft Line on Iran Since 1979

College thesis reveals belief that America’s global power, influence are waning
Jeff Merkley

The senator who fronted a campaign against new sanctions on Iran earlier this year has since 1979 been advocating that the United States take a soft line on Iran due to his belief that America’s global power and influence are waning, according to a copy of the lawmaker’s 235-page college thesis obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Failure to Report

House leaders seek GAO probe of State Department failure to report Russian nuclear missile treaty violations
Vladimir Putin / AP

Two senior House leaders on Friday requested an investigation by Congress’ General Accountability Office (GAO) into the State Department’s failure to report Russian violations of a 1987 nuclear missile accord.

Israel’s Defense Chief Says U.S. Projecting Weakness

Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s defense minister has accused the United States of projecting weakness internationally and said Israel could not rely on its main ally to take the lead in confronting Iran over its nuclear program.