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North Korea and Iran pose serious nuclear and missile proliferation concerns for the United States and other nations and will be major considerations in the U.S ballistic missile defense review, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "The risks and dangers from missile proliferation are growing problems," Lynn said. "The president has made clear that we will move forward with missile defenses. They're affordable, proven and responsive to the threat." Lynn joined other defense leaders in describing the ballistic missile threat and reviews of missile defense policy and planning under way to address current as well as long-term security challenges.
Romania's defense department has approved a U.S. plan to deploy interceptor missiles there as part of a missile shield to protect Europe. A State Department spokesman said the facilities were due to become operational by 2015 and were aimed at defending against "current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran."The announcement is part of the revamped U.S. missile defense approach to take the place of a scuttled plan for a radar site and interceptor rockets in the Czech Republic and Poland.
It's a Pashto term for "grand council" and the Afghan government has invited the Taliban to attend one. A Loya Jirga is a consultative system that Afghans have used for more than 1,000 years to settle affairs of the nation or to rally people behind a particular cause. The first Jirga was held near Kandahar in 1709 to oust an brutal governor appointed by Iranian conquerors. The last was 2006 in Qalat to discuss the rights and sovereignty of Balochistan. They are often conducted to promote unity.
Is Iran providing weapons to the Taliban? The U.S. military thinks so. The Pentagon has recovered evidence in western Afghanistan, near the border with Iran, of weapons and explosives bearing markings indicating they were made in Iran. These are the same types of weapons that flowed into Iraq during the height of the war. Experts think the weapons actually come from Iran's Revolutionary Guards and their Quds force. The question under examination now is the extent to which the Iranian government is involved.
Iran, whose nuclear facilities are under threat of possible Israeli military strikes, proposed Wednesday that a 150-nation conference convening in the fall bans such attacks. Iran says the proposal, revealed to The Associated Press by diplomats and confirmed by a senior Iranian envoy, is not linked to veiled threats by Israel of an attack as a last resort if the international community fails to persuade Tehran to freeze its nuclear activities. Instead, all of the diplomats said the Iranian initiative seeks support for a generally worded document prohibiting all armed attacks against nuclear installations anywhere, when 150 nations convene for the September general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The U.S. military detained several Iranian officials in Iraq two years ago accusing them of arming Shi-ite Muslim militias. Their arrest raised the level of tension between Washington and Tehran, already simmering because of back and forth over nuclear weapons to new heights. Iranian State TV claims three of the men were diplomats detained in a 2007 U.S. raid in Iraq's northern city of Arbil, while the rest were kidnapped in other areas. The prisoners were turned over to Iraqi government officials and then transfered to Iranian custody.