Western intelligence analysts say a new missile launching facility in Iran will likely be used for testing ballistic missiles, not for launching satellites into space as claimed by the Iranians.
The IHS Jane’s Military and Security Assessments Intelligence Centre published a photo taken last month of the newly discovered site, which is located 25 miles south east of the city of Shahrud in northern Iran.
Analysts at the Centre said the unfinished site has no storage for the liquid rocket fuel used in Iran’s domestic satellite program, suggesting it is built for ballistic missiles using solid fuel.
Shashank Joshi, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute who has written about the Iranian missile program, told The Telegraph: “We often talk about Iran’s nuclear program, but what really spooks countries in the region is the ballistic missiles that could act as a delivery system.
“America has long said Iran might be able to test intercontinental ballistic missiles by 2015,” he said, and added that Iran had been developing solid fuel rockets which are quicker to deploy than liquid fuel versions.
According to Matthew Clements, who edited the Intelligence Centre’s assessments, “This site could be a facility for launching satellites into orbit. However, Iran is already building at least one other site for this purpose and, looking at the satellite imagery we have got, we believe that this facility is most likely used for testing ballistic missiles.”
Saudi Arabia offered to buy billions of dollars worth of arms from Russia in return for a Moscow commitment to ease its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and to not block any future United Nations Security Council resolutions against the Damascus regime.
According to a Wednesday report from Reuters, based on several unnamed sources from across the Middle East, Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan made the proposal to Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two met in Moscow last week.
However, an unnamed Western diplomat was pessimistic about the likelihood that Russia would give up its influential position in the region in return for even such a lucrative arms deal. The diplomat told Reuters that Russian officials are also wary about whether the Saudis have a coherent plan for maintaining stability in a post-Assad Syria.
A senior Syrian opposition figure said there had been a “build-up of Russian-Saudi contacts prior to the meeting.”
“Bandar sought to allay two main Russian fears: that Islamist extremists will replace Assad, and that Syria would become a conduit for Gulf, mainly Qatari, gas at the expense of Russia,” he said. “Bandar offered to intensify energy, military and economic cooperation with Moscow.”
Stocks closed UP again.....dow UP
almost 30. Bulls have turned this
market around AGAIN therefore
records are expected.....soon....
Of course, this was already stated
that this would happen. The problem
could be that too many people are
praying for peace such as Mr. Rosenberg.
He must be in stocks, so i guess I
cannot blame him for his WANTING
peace so bulls can rule forever.
BUT I have NEVER SEEN this market
go UP forever.
I have seen many CRASHES since OCT
1974. and there will be MORE.
Scott, I think you better read this
It talks about the NEW FOREIGN
minister from Germany and also
about a 7 year period leading up
to 2020 ??
please respond soon... I want to
know what u think.
Thats very very interesting - many thanks - I will post that
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