Iranian Secret Nuclear Warehouse Was Found; NATO Train Ukrainians; Russian Warship Close to US Drills
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 12 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
TV: IAEA finds traces of radioactive material at Iran site flagged by Netanyahu
Inspectors from the UN’s nuclear agency have found traces of radioactive material at a building in Tehran that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu identified last year as a “secret atomic warehouse,” the Times of Israel reported.
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency visited the site several times after Netanyahu identified it in an address to the UN General Assembly last September, took soil samples, and have now definitively concluded that there were “traces of radioactive material” there, Channel 13 reported.
It quoted what it said were four senior Israeli officials involved in the matter, and said the UN agency’s findings had become known to these officials recently.
Iran has denied that the site was a nuclear facility or served any secretive purpose. In an initial response to Netanyahu’s UN speech, Iranian state media claimed the warehouse was actually a recycling facility for scrap metal.
But the IAEA inspectors, who last visited the site in March, have reached a “definitive conclusion” that “there were traces of radioactive material” there, Channel 13 said, and are currently preparing a report on the matter.
The TV report noted that “the storing of radioactive material in a secret facility without informing the IAEA is a breach of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [NPT], to which Iran is a signatory.”
About 600 NATO experts train Ukrainian military officers, says Russia’s envoy to OSCE
About 600 military instructors and experts from NATO states are working in Ukraine training the country’s military, TASS reported according Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich statement.
“Instead of aiding domestic Ukrainian dialogue, some OSCE member states continue to invest in maintaining military tensions in Ukraine. There are about 600 instructors, military experts and aides from various NATO states working in the country, teaching “the art of war” to Ukrainian military officers. New agreements on delivering military equipment to Ukraine are being signed,” Lukashevich pointed out.
According to the Russian diplomat, “the delivery of another batch of million munitions from Lithuania to Kiev or Canada’s recent inclusion of Ukraine in the list of countries where arms sale is permitted” will not contribute to the improvement of the situation in Ukraine. Lukashevich added that according to the reports by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are using foreign weapons in Donbass.
Russian Warship Enters Ukrainian Gunfire Exercise Area, Creating ‘Dangerous Situation’
A Russian destroyer entered an area of the Black Sea reserved for naval gunfire practice by U.S., Ukrainian, and other countries’ warships on Wednesday, Defense One reported.
The Ukrainian Navy said this created “a dangerous situation,” during the annual U.S.- and Ukranian-led Sea Breeze exercise. A U.S. Navy official confirmed only that the Russian ship was present and “had no impact to the exercise yesterday.”
In a July 10 post on their Facebook page, the Ukrainian Navy reported that the Russian Kashin-class guided-missile destroyer Smetlivy spent about eight hours in an area designated for gunfire exercises during the annual U.S.- and Ukranian-led Sea Breeze exercise.
This “trigger[ed] a dangerous situation,” an “emergency,” the post said. “The Russian Federation once again showed its true identity and ignored the rules of international maritime law.”
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Source: TASS, The Times of Israel, Defense One