Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks at a ceremony in Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, 300 kms 186 (miles) south of capital Tehran, Iran, Monday April, 9, 2007. Iran announced Monday that it has begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges, a dramatic expansion of a nuclear program that has drawn U.N. sanctions and condemnation from the West. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a ceremony at the enrichment facility at Natanz that Iran was now capable of enriching nuclear fuel ‘on an industrial scale.’ Asked if Iran has begun injecting uranium gas into 3,000 centrifuges for enrichment, top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani replied, ‘Yes.’ He did not elaborate, but it was the first confirmation that Iran had installed the larger set of centrifuges after months of saying it intends to do so.
AP: Iran Expands Uranium Enrichment
Iran announced Monday that it has begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges, defiantly expanding a nuclear program that has drawn U.N. sanctions and condemnation from the West.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a ceremony at the enrichment facility at Natanz that Iran was now capable of enriching nuclear fuel “on an industrial scale.”
Asked if Iran has begun injecting uranium gas into 3,000 centrifuges for enrichment, top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani replied, “Yes.” He did not elaborate, but it was the first confirmation that Iran had installed the larger set of centrifuges after months of saying it intends to do so. Until now, Iran was only known to have 328 centrifuges operating.
Uranium enrichment can produce fuel for a nuclear reactor or the material for a nuclear warhead. The United States and its allies accuse Iran of intending to produce weapons, a charge the country denies.
Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz
An Iranian flag is seen outside the building housing the reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power plant at the Iranian port town of Bushehr, 03 April 2007.
So, while the feckless United Nations Security Council and the European Union have been talking and “negotiating with Iran, the Iranians have been growing their nuclear program.
Let’s see, Iran has ignored three United Nations resolutions calling upon them to halt uranium enrichment:
UNSC Resolution 1696 (2006)
UNSC Resolution 1737 (2006)
UNSC Resolution 1747 (2007)
But, Iran doesn’t care – THE MULLAHS COVET NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
Iranian clerics greet each other after attending in a ceremony at Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz.
Notably, the United Nations sanctions have been tested by Iran and they simply are USELESS. Russia and China are complicit in Iran’s uranium enrichment program and must be held accountable – unless the West bows down to the GREAT IRAN and allows them to have a nuclear weapon.
Iranian state television reported Monday that an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general who is under travel restrictions urged by the sanctions has visited Russia without any difficulty.
Gen. Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr, who is also deputy interior minister for security affairs, was quoted on the state TV Web site as saying that his six-day journey to Moscow, which ended Monday, showed “the ineffectiveness of the resolution.”
The resolution urges all governments to ban visits by the 15 individuals and says that should such visits occur – presumably for exceptional circumstances – the countries should notify a U.N. committee.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Krivtsov confirmed that Zolqadr visited Russia. He told The Associated Press that the resolution does not prohibit visits by the listed individuals, but calls for heightened vigilance “directed first of all at people who are directly related to nuclear programs” – suggesting that Zolqadr was not.
ABC News has reported that Iran will possess a nuclear bomb by 2009. There is no reason to believe this will not be the case. Iran has stalled for years. Now the United States and Israel either must take action or acquiesce to the idea that Iran will become a nuclear power – like Jacques Chirac let slip.
The “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” HAS BEEN REACHED
World powers won’t thwart Iran nuclear drive: Ahmadinejad
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday vowed that world powers would not be able to stop Iran’s nuclear drive and that the Islamic republic would defend its atomic programme “to the end.”
“The great Iranian nation, which for past centuries has been a pioneer of science, will not allow some bullying powers to put obstacles in its path of progress by influencing the international community,” he said in a speech.
“We will go on to reach the summits,” he added in a keynote address at Iran’s ultra-sensitive uranium enrichment plant in Natanz.
And like the British humiliation of last week, the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad will rub the West’s nose in it.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, answers questions from media at Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz.
With today’s announcement the hatred of the Great Satan was on display:
Iranian students burn mock US and British flags outside Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization in Tehran, 09 April 2007.
Iranian female students stand on a representation of a U.S flag and a representation of a British Union flag during a gathering to show their support to their country’s nuclear activities, marking “National Day of the Nuclear Technology”, in front of the Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization in Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 9, 2007.
An Iranian student steps on a paper hat designed with an image of a U.S. flag as she stands in front of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization in Tehran during a rally to mark the country’s national day of nuclear technology.
How will the United States and Israel respond?
Will it be back to the United Nations for more sanctions?
Will they militarily take out the facilities?
Will they surrender?
As Flap said yesterday – TIME TO SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT.
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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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