Monthly Archives: January 2007

Iranian Nuclear Scientist’s Death “Mysterious”

Details are sketchy. There are no additional reports detailing how he died or why the death is considered mysterious:

One of Iran’s top nuclear scientists, Ardeshir Hassanpour, a professor at the university of Shiraz, has died under mysterious circumstances. Hassanpour’s death was announced by Iranian state television, a week late, on Thursday. No reason was given for his death. The scientist was proclaimed the best scientist in the military field in the Islamic Republic in 2003. Hassanpour directed the centre for nuclear electromagnetic studies he had founded in 2005.

He had also co-founded the center for atomic research in Isfahan, the most important in the country, Iranian state television reported.

Last year, Ardeshir Hassanpour was awarded Iran’s most prestigious scientific award, the Kharazmi prize.

H/T: Regime Change Iran

Pentagon Halts F-14 Part Sales – Iran Impacted

Iran can’t manufacture most of the parts it needs to keep it’s aging F-14 fleet flying. Grounding them now, by withholding key replacement parts, will spare us the hassle of having to shoot them out of the sky later:

The Pentagon said Tuesday it had halted sales of spare parts from its recently retired F-14 fighter jet fleet, even as lawmakers pledged tougher oversight of the military’s surplus sales.

Sales of F-14 parts were suspended Friday pending a comprehensive review, Defense Logistics Agency spokesman Jack Hooper said.

“It was the prudent thing to do,” he said.

The review will examine Pentagon policy for handling the spare parts and determine what should be done with them “in light of the current situation with Iran,” Hooper said.

Iran, at odds with the United States and other countries over its suspected nuclear weapons program, among other issues, is still flying the F-14 Tomcat.