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The Pentagon has redesigned its biggest "bunker buster" bomb with more advanced features intended to enable it to destroy Iran's most heavily fortified and defended nuclear site. U.S. officials see this development as critical to convincing Israel that the U.S. has the ability to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb if diplomacy fails. In recent weeks, American officials showed Israeli military and civilian leaders secret Air Force video of an earlier version of the bomb hitting its target, and explained what had been done to improve it.
The newest version of the Pentagon's largest conventional bomb, the 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), has adjusted fuses to maximize its burrowing power, upgraded guidance systems to improve its precision, and high-tech equipment intended to allow it to evade Iranian air defenses in order to reach and destroy the Fordow nuclear enrichment complex, which is buried under a mountain near the Iranian city of Qom.
U.S. officials said the U.S. and Israel have reached an understanding that they will assess the intentions of Iran's leaders after the June elections, and then, barring progress on the diplomatic track, shift to a detailed discussion of military options. (Wall Street Journal)

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The Telegraph reported today that Iran is trying to revive its links with Hamas by establishing a new supply route to ship arms to Gaza to be used against Israel.
Iran has tried on many previous occasions to ship weapons to Hamas, but these have been foiled by the Israelis, whose navy has intercepted a number of ships trying to deliver weapons.

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Technicians upgrading Iran's main uranium enrichment facility at Natanz have tripled their installations of high-tech IR-2m centrifuges that could be used in a nuclear weapons program to more than 600 in the last three months, diplomats said Wednesday. The new IR-2ms are believed to be able to enrich two to five times faster than the old machines.

However, the machines are not yet producing enriched uranium and some may be only partially installed. Still, the move is the latest sign that ten years of diplomatic efforts have failed to persuade Tehran to curb its uranium enrichment. Instead, Iran continues to increase its capacities. (AP)

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A group of U.S. lawmakers is proposing to intensify the economic pressure on Iran by drafting the harshest penalties to date. A draft Senate bill would penalize foreign countries that do business with any Iranian entity controlled by the government.
It also would bar Iran from using earnings from oil exports to purchase anything other than food and medicine.
In an effort to stop Iran from evading existing sanctions on oil exports, the bill would penalize companies that provide ship insurance and reinsurance for Iran and punish entities involved in vessel-to-vessel transfers of Iranian oil.

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A senior Israeli security official has said the Americans are planning for possible military action against Iran "very seriously." "Obama's administration, as opposed to that of his predecessor, George Bush, has prepared a pinpoint military option in the event that the United States decides to attack in the end. The Americans, if they choose, will be able to mount a focused operation on the Iranian nukes without necessarily sparking a comprehensive regional war." (Haaretz)

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The New York Times reported today that Congressional lawmakers introduced legislation that would greatly expand the sanctions on Iran, amounting to a commercial trade embargo if fully carried out. It would expand the list of blacklisted companies to all those controlled by Iran's government, which number in the hundreds.

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In the Telegraph today, former head of IDF Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin said that Iran has "all the ingredients necessary to make a nuclear bomb." However, it would take too long to enrich the uranium, so they are waiting for an international crisis to distract the eyes of the world from their nuclear activity.

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The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has a new report today about Iranian support, including the supply of thousands of rockets, to Palestinian terror groups. Iran, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah initiated a media campaign praising Iran's military, financial and technical support.

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Senior Iranian officials slammed the measures, calling them one of many “purely political” sanctions the US has imposed on Iran since the country’s 1979 revolution and subsequent establishment of an Islamic Republic.

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New U.S. sanctions have broadened the front in the West’s escalating economic conflict with Iran, targeting large swaths of the country’s industrial infrastructure even as Iranian leaders are indicating a willingness to resume negotiations on the country’s nuclear program.
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