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Saudi Arabia does not need a nuclear program to fire its missiles. Already Saudi Arabia announced if Iran gets nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia will right test its nuclear-capable missiles the very next day.
You said "nuclear missiles".

It's clear that KSA doesn't have such a capability and nor would the US/Israel let them acquire nuclear weapons. But no point debating something that doesn't exist
 

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You said "nuclear missiles".

It's clear that KSA doesn't have such a capability and nor would the US/Israel let them acquire nuclear weapons. But no point debating something that doesn't exist
You never know.
 

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Saying KSA doesn't have "nuclear missiles" = blind jingoism that must be answered with a random Saudi photo showing god knows what? )0-0(
And you are aware of exactly every thing KSA has in its inventory?

Would you be kind enough to publish that Inventory list here?
 

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US National Academy of Sciences immortalizes Iranian genius Maryam Mirzakhani with eponymous prize

The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has renamed a prestigious prize in mathematics after the late Iranian math genius Maryam Mirzakhani, who became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Fields Medal.

The NAS Award in Mathematics has now been renamed the Maryam Mirzakhani Prize in Mathematics after the Iranian scientist and will be awarded biennially for exceptional contribution to the mathematical sciences by a mid-career mathematician.

She won gold medals in the 1994 and 1995 International Mathematical Olympiads for high-school students.

Mirzakhani gained her bachelor of science degree in mathematics at Sharif University in Tehran. She moved to the US in 1999 and earned her PhD from Harvard University five years later. She was assistant professor and then professor at Princeton University in 2004-08 before moving to Stanford University as professor in 2009.

In 2014, the Iranian professor won the quadrennial Fields Medal, which is the most prestigious award in mathematics, often equated in stature with the Nobel Prize.

Her honors also include the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics and the 2013 Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society.

The math genius died of breast cancer in July 2017 at the age of 40.

At the 2018 World Meeting for Women in Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mirzakhani’s birth date — May 12 — was chosen for the celebration of women in mathematics.


 

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Iran’s battered currency is starting to recover in the unregulated market as government policies to defend it against U.S. sanctions take effect.

Iran’s battered currency is starting to recover in the unregulated market as government policies to defend it against U.S. sanctions take effect.

The rial has stabilized, Abdolnaser Hemmati, the head of Iran’s central bank, was cited as saying by the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency. It strengthened about 8% in the open market over the past month to 125,450 per dollar, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg from foreign-exchange websites and traders in Tehran.

The advance is a relief for Iranians who watched the currency plummet more than 50% after U.S. President Donald Trump scrapped the 2015 nuclear accord and reimposed sanctions on the nation. The central bank sought ways to protect the currency with measures that include setting up a government-run foreign-exchange platform known as Nima to quell the black market and controlling interest rates offered by lenders.

“The central bank’s policies of controlling currency markets and bank interest rates appear to be helping,” said Massoud Gholampour, an analyst at Novin Investment Bank in Tehran. “Demand for foreign currency has dropped compared to last year,” he said, adding that bans on a raft of luxury imports helped as much as $2 billion from being spent on imports.


Inflation is also falling and growth is forecasted to return to the Iranian economy next year (IMF). Sanctions are failing.
 

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Israel sold Iran arms during Iraq/Iran war.
A few hundred anti-tank missiles. Only Syria and North Korea helped Iran. UN did nothing as Saddam rained missiles on Tehran and gassed Iranians (in fact, tried to blame Iran).

US, EU and Israel can cry about Iran's missiles as much as they want. Iran will give up its missiles when they do the same.
 

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A few hundred anti-tank missiles. Only Syria and North Korea helped Iran. UN did nothing as Saddam rained missiles on Tehran and gassed Iranians (in fact, tried to blame Iran).

US, EU and Israel can cry about Iran's missiles as much as they want. Iran will give up its missiles when they do the same.
Both won't let go until one of them destroy the other. Currently, it's North Korean Style. Producing missiles is not an issue but having nukes is.
 

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Iran to Release Images Taken from US Warship by IRGC Drone

"TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Gauds Corps (IRGC), in a statement on Friday, described the US president's claim about downing an Iranian drone as "ridiculous", and declared that it will release the footage and images taken by its drone from the US warship to prove the falsity of Washington’s claims.

“We will soon release the images and footage recorded by the IRGC Aerospace Force drone from the USS Boxer to expose Americans’ baseless claims to the public opinion of the world,” the public relations department of the IRGC announced today.

“The images will show that the drone of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force was conducting its routine mission in the region before the arrival of the American vessel at the Strait of Hormuz,” read the communique, adding that the drone sent images of its “monitoring and surveilling the aforementioned ship before and after the time that the Americans are claiming”.

The statement added that after recording the footage from the US warship, the drone returned to its base intact. “The marine and aerospace units of the IRGC vigilantly and continuously monitor the moves by the foreigners, particularly the terrorist forces of the US and the UK in the strategic region, based on their legal duties and for establishing security in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf,” it added.

The statement came after, US President Donald Trump claimed that the USS Boxer had fired on an Iranian drone on Thursday, shooting it down in the Strait of Hormuz. “The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a near distance, approximately 1000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down threatening safety of ship and ship’s crew,” he said at the White House on the same day. The US president claimed that Iran’s drone “was immediately destroyed.”

Touching upon Trump’s claim, Spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said that the false claim about downing an Iranian Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is intended to increase tensions in international waterways and disrupting security in the Strait of Hormuz.

"Unlike Trump’s delusional and groundless claim, all drones belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, including the one mentioned by the US president, have returned to their bases safe and sound after carrying out their scheduled surveillance and control operations,” the Armed Forces mouthpiece added."


Interesting... US didn't release any footage despite claiming the drone was <1000ft from the ship... No additional information just a vague soundbite from Trump and now Iran denies it and promises to release footage from that drone of the US ship from after the time the US claimed to shoot it down. Looks like Trump was caught with his pants down!
 

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