A commercial satellite image of the Nimitz-class carrier mockup under construction in Iran. Digital Globe Photo
This post was updated from a previous version to include additional quotes from U.S. 5th Fleet.
A mock-up of an American aircraft carrier will be used as a target by Iranian naval forces in an upcoming exercise, the head of the naval branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Sunday in local press reports. Read More
Iran’s Khalij Fars single stage ballistic missile
The following is the April, 16 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Iran-North Korea-Syria Ballistic Missile and Nuclear Cooperation. Read More
The following is a March 18, 2014 Congressional Research Service report on Iran sanctions. Read More
Iranian Frigate Sabalan (F-73)
The Iranian “fleet” reportedly heading for America’s “maritime borders” consists of two ships, the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) frigate Sabalan and the supply ship Kharg. An examination of some of the media hype and a few of the facts will reveal that this voyage is low in threat and rich in symbolism. Read More
The following is a Jan. 15, 2014 Congressional Research Service on the impact of the ongoing sanctions on Iran. Read More
As negotiators in Geneva, Switzerland work out the final details for an agreement that will allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to Iran’s nuclear facilities in return for relief of some of the economic sanctions on Iran, hawks in Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh have come together in opposition to the proposed deal. The P5+1 diplomatic initiative (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) reached an initial agreement with Iran in November. Read More
From the Nov. 4, 2013 Congressional Research Service report, Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses.
A priority of Obama Administration policy has been to reduce the perceived threat posed by Iran to a broad range of U.S. interests. Well before Iran’s nuclear issue rose to the forefront of U.S. concerns about Iran in 2003, the United States had seen Iran’s support for regional militant groups, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, as efforts to undermine U.S. interests and allies. Read More
A model of the Iranian Fateh-class submarine.
Iran has launched a new class of indigenous submarine, according to a Tuesday report in Jane’s Defence Weekly. Read More
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov
Russian officials are calling for the U.S. to stop developing its European land-based missile defense program following a deal reached over the weekend that curtail Iran’s atomic weapons program. Read More
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011. DOD Photo
In advance of the third round of six-party talks with Iran in Geneva this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is spending a great deal of time flooding the information sphere with dire warnings that the United States and five other nations are ready to give Iran what he calls the “deal of the century.” Netanyahu contends that “the sanctions are just beginning to work” and the proposed interim agreement with Iran does not go far enough in ensuring that Iran does not have the ability to build a nuclear weapon. Read More