As the week after a Framework for agreement between the P5+1 nations and Iran produced headlines, political interpretations, positioning and continued criticisms of the first phase of a proposed June 30th completed agreement, the aggressive proponents of war prepare for a failure of diplomacy
Diplomacy — or Expanded Conflict
Threats of war continue from political factions within the parties to the nuclear program talks
Reports of the ‘bunker buster’ as news is ‘leaked’ to the Wall Street Journal then picked-up by media internationally
Wall Street Journal http://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-worked-to-improve-biggest-bunker-buster-bomb-as-iran-talks-unfolded-1428078456
Press TV Iran http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/04/04/404623/US-tested-15ton-bunkerbuster-bomb
Russia Today http://rt.com/usa/246753-pentagon-ugraded-bunker-bomb/
YNet Israel http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4644160,00.html
Haaretz Israel http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.650461
Left unsaid is the planning for ‘tactical nuclear’ strikes in the event the ‘bunker buster’ is employed and fails to penetrate reinforced facilities deep within mountains.
Re: nuclear weapons in the region
This week came the announcement that Germany will deliver the fifth of six Dolphin-class submarines to Israel. Previous news reports have indicated that two or three of the deployed submarines can carry nuclear cruise missiles. The newest, more advanced submarine has been a controversial topic in Germany, due to nuclear proliferation concerns. The delivery of the latest submarine, which raises the nuclear stakes in the region, was not a featured news story in the US, but was prominently featured in Europe, Israel, Russia, Iran, China and other nations’ news.
Fifth submarine approved / April 2015
Die Welt http://www.dw.de/german-federal-security-council-oks-submarine-delivery-to-israel/a-18373020
Europe Online http://en.europeonline-magazine.eu/german-security-panel-said-to-approve-sale-of-german-sub-to-israel_386749.html
Fourth submarine delivered / September 2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the northern port of Haifa for the submarine’s arrival, and said Israel was determined to defend all of its borders, land, air and sea.
“The threats posed by Iran and other Islamist groups oblige us to become stronger,” he said.
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