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December 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steven @ 4:04 am

Russia plans to supply air-defense missile systems valued at $250 million to seven countries including Syria, Libya and Venezuela, Vedomosti reported, citing an unidentified Russian Technologies Corp official.

The S-125 Newa missile.
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The Moscow-based newspaper reported that Russia had started fulfilling orders of 200 S-125 systems that were due to be delivered during the next three years.

Russia will ship about 70 missile systems to Egypt, and will also supply Myanmar, Vietnam and Turkmenistan with the systems, the paper said.

On Monday, US officials said that they wanted answers from Russia about whether it was selling advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran.

A senior military intelligence official said that while Moscow has sent out conflicting responses to reports on sales of long-range S-300 missiles, the United States believes they are occurring.

Russia‘s state arms export agency said Monday it was supplying Iran with defensive weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, but did not say whether they include sophisticated long-range S-300 missiles.

A day earlier Israeli officials categorically denied Iranian press reports that Russia would soon begin delivery of the state-of-the-art anti-missile system that could make it considerably harder to attack the Islamic republic’s nuclear facilities.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor  said Israel had been assured by senior Russian officials that these reports were “baseless,” and that the Kremlin stood by the agreement, reached with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during his visit there in October, not to sell weapons in the region that would “tip the strategic balance.”

December 24, 2008

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 4:24 am

‘Russian arms sales could help Iran obliterate Israel’

 

By The Associated Press

 

Tags: Israel News, Missiles, Iran 

A senior Defense Ministry envoy has urged Russia not to sell Iran advanced anti-aircraft missiles, saying they could help the Islamic Republic destroy Israel, according to a Russian news agency report.

“The deliveries of dangerous armaments to our enemies won’t serve the interests of peace and, for instance, can help Iran wipe Israel off the face of earth,” the Interfax news agency quoted envoy Amos Gilad was quoted as saying.

Gilad also reportedly said Israel believes Russia will respect his country’s interests. “So we expect Russia to demonstrate responsibility on the issue.”

 

The official, who was visiting Moscow, was responding to a question about possible deliveries of Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Iran.

Some Russian media have claimed that a deal has already been struck to sell the missiles, but Russian officials have denied it.

Russia has previously sold Tor-M1 air-defense missiles and other weapons to Iran in deals criticized by the U.S. and Israel. The long-range S-300 is a much more advanced weapon that would make any potential Israeli strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities more difficult.

Israel, the United States and much of the international community believe that Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons, but Iran insists its uranium enrichment program is intended solely for civilian energy needs.

Russia has maintained close ties with Iran and is building the Islamic republic’s first nuclear power plant, which is expected to go on line next year. Russia has backed limited United Nations sanctions against Iran, but has staunchly resisted the U.S. push for harsher measures.

According to Interfax, Gilad denied allegations that Russia and Israel had struck a secret deal under which Israel would abstain from selling weapons to Georgia and Russia wouldn’t sell weapons to Iran.

He added, however, that Israel would take Russia’s interests into account. “And we expect a similar approach from Russia,” he was quoted as saying.

In recent months, Israel has done its best to make Russia happy. It has distanced itself from Georgia, announcing even before Georgia’s August war with Russia that it was cutting weapons sales to Tbilisi. Israel later further restricted defense contacts and even instructed defense consultants not to visit the Caucasus nation.

Russia‘s top military officer said this week that Moscow is negotiating with Israel to buy a batch of spy drones in what would be its first ever purchase of military hardware from Israel.

December 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steven @ 6:50 am

 

Russian S-300 missiles.
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Iranian media reported Sunday that Russia had begun supplying the S-300s – an action Israel and the United States have aggressively opposed.

Rosoboronexport said in a statement that “only weapons of a defensive nature are being supplied to Iran, including anti-aircraft weaponry.” It added that, previously, Tor-M1 air-defense systems were supplied to Iran.

“Russia is developing military-technical cooperation with Iran in strict compliance with its international commitments stemming from nonproliferation agreements. This cooperation cannot be a source of concern for third countries,” the statement said.

Rosoboronexport spokesman Vyacheslav Davydenko confirmed that S-300 missiles were considered defensive, but refused to say whether they were being supplied to Teheran.

Israel and the United States fear that, were Iran to possess S-300 missiles, it would use them to protect its first nuclear power plant now under construction at Bushehr by Russian contractors. That would make any potential military strike on the plant much more difficult.

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The Interfax news agency later quoted an unnamed Russian military official as saying S-300 missiles would be delivered to Iran soon from Russian Defense Ministry warehouses.

“The S-300 systems are now being prepared for transfer to Rosoboronexport and their further shipment to the customer,” Interfax quoted the official as saying.

A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Israel, the United States and much of the international community believe that Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons. Teheran insists its uranium enrichment program is intended solely for civilian energy needs.

Bushehr is scheduled to go online early in 2009 after repeated delays.

In Israel, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israeli officials asked Moscow on Sunday about the Iranian media report on the S-300 deliveries.

“We were reassured that the report was groundless. We were told that Russia is keeping their promise to [Prime Minister] Ehud Olmert that Russia wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize Israel’s security,” Palmor told The Associated Press. “That is the commitment they have taken and the Russians say this report is groundless.”

December 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steven @ 6:58 pm

Russian air defence deal with Iran under way – report

 

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is currently fulfilling a contract to deliver S-300 air defence systems to Iran, RIA news agency quoted confidential sources as saying on Wednesday.

In October Russia’s Foreign Ministry denied media speculation that Moscow would sell the S-300 system, which could help the Islamic republic fend off air strikes by arch foes Israel and the United States on its nuclear sites.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman at the time said that Moscow had no intention of selling weapons to “troubled regions”.

But quoting unnamed sources, RIA said on Wednesday that Russia and Iran were holding talks on sales of medium-range air defence systems.

“Moscow has earlier met its obligations on supplying Tor-M1 systems to Iran and is currently implementing a contract to deliver S-300 systems,” RIA reported.

The Tor-M1 is a short-range surface-to-air missile system.

RIA did not elaborate on what it meant by fulfilling the contract and the Kremlin had no immediate comment on the report.

The most advanced version of the S-300 system can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 km (75 miles) away. It is known in the West as the SA-20.

Israel, the U.S. and other states suspect Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, using its civilian nuclear programme as a cover. Iran has denied any such intention.

“Russia’s military and technical cooperation with Iran has a positive impact on stability in this region,” RIA quoted Alexander Fomin, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Military Technical Cooperation Service, as saying on Wednesday.

“We have developed, are developing and will continue to develop this cooperation further. The region’s security to a large extent depends on this,” he added.

“Military and technical cooperation” is an official set phrase used in Russia to denote arms sales

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 6:56 pm

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Iran on Monday urged international focus on scale of humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip and that Israel has posed major threat to the Middle East peace and security.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said that Israeli practices particularly in the Gaza Strip created a major regional problem.

Talking to reporters during his weekly press briefing, he stressed that all efforts should be aimed at lifting the Gaza siege.

He added that all regional nations believe that Israel is the major threat to the entire region.

Asked about Iran-Russia cooperation, Qashqavi said the two countries enjoy vast political, economic, and defense cooperation.

Parts of the two countries defense agreements have been materialized while several parts are still underway, he said.

On efforts made by Western states to involve Arab states in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program in a meeting held in New York, Qashqavi said such attempts by the West is doomed to fail.

He added that the regional nations enjoy cultural, religious and historical affinity.

 

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 6:54 pm

IranQuakeSouth
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on Richter scale shook the vicinity of Jam city in Bushehr province, southern Iran, Sunday night.

The Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 19:58 hours local time (16:28 GMT Wednesday).

The epicenter of the tremor has been an area located 52.26 degrees in longitude and 28.04 degrees in latitude.

There are no reports of any casualty or damage to the property caused by the tremor.

Iran is often shaken by quakes of varying magnitudes as it sits on some of the world’s most active seismic fault lines

 

December 9, 2008

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 6:24 am

Earthquake jolts Qeshm Island in Persian Gulf

Qeshm Island, Hormuzgan Province, Dec 8, IRNA

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An earthquake measuring 5.2 degrees in Richter scale jolted Persian Gulf Island of Qeshm on Monday late afternoon.
According to the report of seismography center affiliated to the Tehran University Geophysics Institute, tremor occurred at 18:11 hours local time (14:41 hours GMT) in surrounding areas of ” Souza” township and its epicenter was at 26.89 degrees latitude and 55.81 degrees longitude.

There is no immediate report on possible casualty or damage.

December 5, 2008

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 9:27 pm

·                                 Microsoft wants to get under your skin

HealthVault links up with VeriMed RFID chips

Microsoft’s HealthVault, the medical records database, is to be integrated with VeriMed’s human-embedded RFID tags, allowing doctors to access the medical records of unconscious patients with a quick scan of the arm.

VeriMed consists of an RFID tag that is embedded in the arm of a hopefully willing participant, and responds with a 16-digital identity code when queried at 134KHz. This code can then be used to identify the person through VeriChip’s website, and will soon be able to link to their medical records as stored on Microsoft’s HealthVault system.

“VeriMed adds an exciting RFID-based option for HealthVault users trying to keep themselves and their families safe,” says Sean Nolan, the chief architect for HealthVault, quoted in RFID Journal. If you’re excited about the idea of being electronically indexed then this is probably the technology for you.

Not that the future of VeriMed is in any way certain, despite the Microsoft link. The company’s parent, VeriChip, has already tried to sell off the human-implanting part of the business as punters prove remarkably reluctant to be serial-numbered. Should the business fail entirely, a connection to HealthVault could be the best hope for the poor souls who’ve already succumbed to having chips embedded in their arms. ®

Filed under: Division of Jerusalem — Steven @ 9:24 pm

Blair Urges Council on Foreign Relations to Pressure Israel

 
by Baruch Gordon

 

(IsraelNN.com) Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for United States President-elect Barack Obama to press hard for Israel to make further territorial concessions to the Palestinian Authority. Blair, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Wednesday, also praised Obama’s selections to lead his national security team, most notably former NATO commander General James L. Jones as National Security Advisor for the incoming administration. Jones was until recently the US special envoy for Middle East security and in that role has advocated sending a NATO force to impose a solution in Judea and Samaria.

 

Blair is currently the international envoy to the Middle East for the Quartet, which is made up of the US, European Union, United Nations and Russia and has been pushing President George W. Bush’s Road Map for a Palestinian state to be created in parts of Israel. Blair told a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations that the time is now right for renewed pressure on the Jewish state and that much will be riding on what course of action Obama decides to take.

According to the Associated Press, Blair said, “What the president-elect has put together is a very, very strong team; not just with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state,” but also retired General James L. Jones as Obama’s national security adviser.

Noting that he has worked with Jones in the retired NATO commander’s role as US special envoy for Middle East security, Blair said Jones is “someone who understands the situation very well.”

“I think there is a consensus now among the international community – not just America, but everyone – on how to deal with this,” Blair said. “The question is now, what people will watch for: Is it taken forward with the requisite urgency and determination? I have every confidence that it will be.”

President-elect Obama, himself a member of the CFR, has pledged to make progress on the Middle East conflict a key diplomatic priority from his first day in office. He has called for a sustained push to achieve the goal of two states, one Jewish and one Arab, both in the small territory between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River.

Yehuda HaKohen of the Zionist Freedom Alliance told Israel National News that Tony Blair is “one of the biggest obstacles to regional stability” and that so long as the Quartet and CFR interfere in the Middle East, there will never be peace between Arabs and Jews.

“Tony Blair and other foreign leaders are responsible for fanning the flames of conflict in the Middle East,” HaKohen said.

 

Filed under: Division of Jerusalem,Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 9:24 pm

Blair Urges Council on Foreign Relations to Pressure Israel

 
by Baruch Gordon

 

(IsraelNN.com) Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for United States President-elect Barack Obama to press hard for Israel to make further territorial concessions to the Palestinian Authority. Blair, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Wednesday, also praised Obama’s selections to lead his national security team, most notably former NATO commander General James L. Jones as National Security Advisor for the incoming administration. Jones was until recently the US special envoy for Middle East security and in that role has advocated sending a NATO force to impose a solution in Judea and Samaria.

 

Blair is currently the international envoy to the Middle East for the Quartet, which is made up of the US, European Union, United Nations and Russia and has been pushing President George W. Bush’s Road Map for a Palestinian state to be created in parts of Israel. Blair told a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations that the time is now right for renewed pressure on the Jewish state and that much will be riding on what course of action Obama decides to take.

According to the Associated Press, Blair said, “What the president-elect has put together is a very, very strong team; not just with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state,” but also retired General James L. Jones as Obama’s national security adviser.

Noting that he has worked with Jones in the retired NATO commander’s role as US special envoy for Middle East security, Blair said Jones is “someone who understands the situation very well.”

“I think there is a consensus now among the international community – not just America, but everyone – on how to deal with this,” Blair said. “The question is now, what people will watch for: Is it taken forward with the requisite urgency and determination? I have every confidence that it will be.”

President-elect Obama, himself a member of the CFR, has pledged to make progress on the Middle East conflict a key diplomatic priority from his first day in office. He has called for a sustained push to achieve the goal of two states, one Jewish and one Arab, both in the small territory between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River.

Yehuda HaKohen of the Zionist Freedom Alliance told Israel National News that Tony Blair is “one of the biggest obstacles to regional stability” and that so long as the Quartet and CFR interfere in the Middle East, there will never be peace between Arabs and Jews.

“Tony Blair and other foreign leaders are responsible for fanning the flames of conflict in the Middle East,” HaKohen said.

 

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