Safir satellite carrier,
By Barb, Internet Anthropologist Think Tank.
Aug. 16, 08
Safir satellite carrier, places payload in low-Earth orbit (LEO).
Reports about its payload are confusing and unconfirmed.
Paradigm Intelligence suggest:
USA will maneuver for a closer look, questions are how big a payload, any nuclear content, is it maneuverable? Can it be brought out of orbit onto a designated target? USA will be developing a targeting solution.
Is it really a dummy load?
Does this constitute a International Ballistic missile? Can it function as one?
Egypt: Iran should reassure West on nuclear issue
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: Iran should not present the Western nations justification for war on "a silver platter" in the conflict over its nuclear program the way Saddam Hussein of Iraq did, Egypt's presidential spokesman said Saturday.
Speaking after a meeting between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi King Abdallah in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, spokesman Suleiman Awwad defended Iran's right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes but said the Islamic Republic should give more assurances to the international community.
Iran has refused to comply with repeated international demands to halt nuclear enrichment, a process that can be used to produce fuel for nuclear weapons or nuclear energy.
"Iran should not present on a silver platter the justifications and the pretexts for those who want to drag the region down a dangerous slope," he said, noting the case of Saddam Hussein who didn't adequately refute claims over Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction.
"Iran owes the international community transparency and flexibility," he said. "The Gulf is extremely worried and the Middle East is watching the standoff."
Gerald will be back on deck soon.