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Iran says it downed Israeli drone over nuclear site
Published Sunday 24/08/2014 22:23
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TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the center of the country.

"A spy drone of the Zionist regime (Israel) was brought down by a missile ... This stealth drone was trying to approach the Natanz nuclear zone," the corps said in a statement on its official website sepahnews.com.

"This act demonstrates a new adventurism by the Zionist regime ... The Revolutionary Guard and the other armed forces reserve the right to respond to this act," the statement added.

An Israeli spokesman told AFP in Jerusalem on Sunday that the military does "not address foreign media reports."

Natanz is Iran's main uranium enrichment site, housing more than 16,000 centrifuges. Around 3,000 more are at the Fordo plant, buried inside a mountain and hard to destroy.

Israel has often threatened to attack Iranian nuclear installations.

Iran and the P5+1 powers -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany -- reached a six-month interim agreement under which Iran suspended part of its nuclear activities in return for a partial lifting of international sanctions.

In July that deal was extended by four months until November 24 to give the two sides more time to negotiate a final accord aimed at ending 10 years of tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

The sides remain split on how much uranium enrichment Iran should be allowed to carry out.

Washington wants Tehran to slash its program by three-quarters, but Iran wants to expand enrichment ten-fold by 2021, chiefly to produce fuel for its Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Israel, a sworn enemy of Iran, opposes any agreement allowing Tehran to keep part of its uranium enrichment programme, saying Iran could use the material to make an atomic bomb.

Iran has consistently denied wanting to make nuclear weapons.
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1 ) nkaz42@yahoo.ca / Canada
24/08/2014 23:42
Zio Netanyahu again reshapes USA Foreign Policy. Stable,M/E, including Iraq,Iran,Arab Monarchy States,provide Hi-Lucrative Market for West-MultiNats.EU, USA want re-establish Ties to all M/E w/ Gaza.But this Policy conflicts with racist Zion Pogrom to push Arab,Iran,Gaza,Iraq to remain in low-Tech,Oil-Selling Economy with high% of unskilled Labour.And Maintain & Expand Israel M/E, Central Asia SuperPower Financed & Armed by West.But Western Interest to compete w competing Economies is Ignored.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
26/08/2014 17:16
Iran is the one enemy that Israel need to challenge not Hamas in Gaza. They ought to make peace with Hamas and concentrate on Iran. But again Hamas in Gaza is much easier to beat, well not right now anyhow, than going after Iran. Making peace with Hamas and the Palestinians in general Israel will have no other choice but tangle up with Iran which someting they don't want to take the risk. So I believe Israel will keep the conflict alive against Hamas for awhile regardless with any peace.

3 ) Maureen / Australia
26/08/2014 18:31
Israel is so paranoid. The guilt of warcrimes causing Zionist Israeli military junta a mental illness!

4 ) Nell / Canada
27/08/2014 14:13
I'm sure a drone isn't all Iran would like to shoot. That said, given the current situation neighbouring ME countries, Israel will be really stupid if it doesn't make peace with Hamas & the Palestinians soon. Once the situation ignites properly, Israel will need all the friends it has (or could have had, had it agreed to the Arab Peace Initiative). But then with a PM like Bibi who likens Hamas to IS, what hope is there. As the saying goes "none so blind...", of course Israel could get a new PM.
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