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Another step to stop Iran’s nuclear programme

US takes another step to stop Iran’s nuclear programme- this time it is not cyber attack, but a tightening of sanctions

The new executive order by President Obama, on existing sanctions on Iran, which will make it harder for Iran to evade existing sanctions. What is this news doing here? Let me relate it to news in the recent past, for you.

It is interesting to know that Iran started its nuclear programme nearly two decades before, but for political, economic and later due to “unexplained breakages”, “faulty parts”. Recently the Flame virus was found, which was an espionage operation on Iran’s nuclear programme. Not much before, the StuxNet virus was found which aimed at damaging Iran’s nuclear programme at a particular nuclear enrichment plant.

There was a lot in media indicating US and Israel behind the StuxNet attack.

The NYTimes, in one of its news reports wrote – “From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.”

About this order, Mr Obama said the US remained committed to reaching a diplomatic solution on Iran, but the onus was on Tehran to meet its international obligations. Tehran has been denying that the nuclear programme is for developing weapons.

The Republican candidate to the White House Mitt Romney said recently that the Obama administration was not doing enough to stop Iran’s nuclear programme.

It seems clear that different of methods are being used to stop Iran’s nuclear programme and cyber attacks were used as a weapon, which by chance got discovered.

Do you still see this news as an off-topic?

(Source: (1) 31 July 2012, BBC (2) 20 June 2012, itproportal.com, cnet.com (3) 18 January 2011, iranprimer.usip.org (4) Wikipedia (5) 1 June 2012 , nytimes.com)

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