Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Iran Is Reportedly Just Weeks Away from Nuclear Weapon Capabilities; Israeli Defense Minister Says His Country is Ready to Strike Iran; Here's How Their Militaries Stack Up, and related stories

Iran Is Reportedly Just Weeks Away from Nuclear Weapon Capabilities:
Israel’s Defense Minister warned diplomats from the United Nations Security Council member states that Iran is 10 weeks away from having enough weapons-grade materials to create a nuclear weapon.
“Iran has violated all of the guidelines set in the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and is only around 10 weeks away from acquiring weapons-grade materials necessary for a nuclear weapon,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday, according to The Jerusalem Post.
“Therefore, it is time to act. The world must apply economic sanctions and take operative action against the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps.”
Top Israeli officials have expressed concern to the United States and others about Iran taking advantage of the JCPA negotiation pause and dramatically advancing its nuclear program.
The talks have been on hold since June. --->READ MORE HERE
Israeli defense minister says his country is ready to strike Iran:
A top Israeli official said his country is ready to strike Iran in retaliation for a recent attack on an oil tanker belonging to an Israeli firm.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz replied, "Yes," when asked by the Israeli news site Ynet News on Thursday whether the Israeli Defense Forces was ready to take military action against Iran.
"Iran seeks to pose a multi-front challenge to Israel, as such is building up its forces in Lebanon and Gaza, deploying militias in Syria and Iraq, and maintaining its supporters in Yemen. Iran is a global and regional problem and an Israeli challenge," he added. He also said Iran is a global threat, not just a threat to Israel.
A so-called "suicide" drone struck the bridge of the oil tanker the Mercer Street in the north Arabian Sea last week, killing the captain and one crew member — a British national and Romanian national. Israel, the United States, and the United Kingdom claimed Iran carried out the attack, a charge Tehran denies.
On Friday, U.S. Central Command revealed evidence pointing to the conclusion that Iran was behind the attack, as shrapnel found on the ship was "nearly identical" to shrapnel found from other known Iranian attack drones. The evidence prompted the G-7 leaders to condemn the strike, saying, "all evidence clearly points to Iran." --->READ MORE HERE
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