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N. Korea: We'll Make Nuclear Strike First If We Have to

Warns it will take preemptive action if US, South Korea don't back off

(Newser) - A top North Korean official says that the US has nukes positioned off its coast aimed at "our country, our capital, and our Dear Leader," notes the country won't back down from this threat, and warns it might even take the first step if it feels provoked.... More »

Romney: We Stand With Israel Vs. Iran

Presidential candidate visits Wailing Wall, talks tough on Iran

(Newser) - As Mitt Romney prayed today at the Western Wall as part of his show of support for the Middle Eastern state, the region is getting more than its fair share of American politics. A breakdown:
  • Sky News reports that a top Romney adviser told media that a nuclear Iran would
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US 'Ready' to Strike Iran: Ambassador

Though diplomatic solution is preferable, Dan Shapiro says

(Newser) - The US has all the planning in place to launch a military strike on Iran should diplomacy fail to curb its nuclear ambitions, the US ambassador to Israel said today, just days before nuclear talks are set to resume. "It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically," Ambassador... More »

Netanyahu to Obama: No Iran Hit Planned. Yet.

Iran has Israel, US in strained relationship

(Newser) - The US and Israel still don't quite see eye to eye on Iran, but Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House yesterday managed to reassure both sides. American officials emerged saying President Obama's tougher rhetoric had eased pressure on Israel to attack, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

US Talks Israel Out of Attacking Iran (for Now)

Says Tehran at least a year from nuclear weapons

(Newser) - The Obama administration believes it has persuaded Israel not to attack Iran immediately, after convincing Israel that the rogue nation isn’t especially close to producing a nuclear weapon. The administration believes it will take Iran at least a year to finish a “dash” toward a nuclear weapon, officials... More »

Obama Should Brace for War With Iran

Aftermath of possible Israeli strike could define his presidency

(Newser) - There's no chance of President Obama deciding to bomb Iran, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be preparing for war, writes Anne Applebaum. Israel has decided for now that attacking Iran's nuclear program isn't worth the consequences, but that calculation is liable to change and if it does, the defining... More »

Obama's Forcing Israel to Attack Iran

President accused of 'outsourcing' action against Iran's nuclear program

(Newser) - An Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities now looks inevitable and President Obama appears to be doing his best to speed the process along, Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal. The president has accepted Iran's offer for talks—despite Iran making it clear that its nuclear program won't... More »

Bolton: Israel May Strike Iran by December

Jerusalem gets what Obama doesn't, writes ex-UN ambassador

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Jerusalem recently to dissuade Israel from attacking Iran, but according to John Bolton, "relations between the US and Israel are more strained now than at any time since the 1956 Suez Canal crisis." Israel understands what the Obama administration does not—... More »

US, UK Plan Cyber Strike on Foreign Hackers

(Newser) - US and UK law enforcement authorities are planning a preemptive strike on hackers to protect national security, reports the Guardian. The secret plans are triggered by skyrocketing computer crimes launched from China, Russia and North Korea believed to be state sponsored. The "strikeback" attacks will target hackers' computers, disrupt... More »

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