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No surprise that Iran is admitting that they have been developing or possess a nuclear weapon, is it?
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that while Iran is already a nuclear state, it has no intention of attacking Israel. Ahmadinejad was interviewed on the eve of his visit to Cairo, where he will attend the 12th Islamic Summit Conference, due to open there on Wednesday.
Before his trip, he gave a long interview to the editor-in-chief of Egypt’s newspaper Al-Ahram. Although Al-Ahram ran the entire interview only in its print edition, excerpts appeared on Egyptian websites.
Ahmadinejad said the world must now treat Iran as a nuclear country. “They want Iran to go back to what it was in the past, but they won’t succeed. They assume we’ll give in to pressure; such thoughts are misguided. We’re already an industrial and nuclear country, a country that has conquered space. For years we have been thinking about sending a human being into space, and we will do that, with Allah’s help. We must ensure development and growth and bring them to pass, and the world must acknowledge our progress,” he said, adding that the best solution was cooperation with Iran.
Mentioning the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran, Ahmadinejad said that while it might be easy to launch missiles or attack using fighter jets, Iran’s response and defense capability were important in this context.
So, is this the Iran Breakout Capability moment?
Now, what will the United States and other Western nuclear powers do?
How about another round of sanctions?
Let the Middle East nuclear proliferation wars begin.
Will Iran give the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt a nuclear weapon? How about Hezbollah? Hamas?
The United States and Europe better reconsider those Eastern European (Poland) missile defense installations – and quick.
From Michael Ramirez
Nahhhhh, Elliott, Obama will just vote PRESENT.
The political side of all this is equally plain. Obama will, by all accounts, suffer a tremendous setback in November and may well be defeated in 2012. Should Iran acquire the Bomb in the next two years — the timetable Jeffrey suggests — Republicans will have an even stronger case that Obama has weakened our national security. The Obama who had struck Iran and destroyed its nuclear program would be a far stronger candidate, and perhaps an unbeatable one. Now, from my perspective that is no reason to stop Iran’s nuclear program, but I’m a Republican. It’s inevitable that as Iran creeps closer to the Bomb and Obama creeps closer to defeat, Democrats — above all, the ones in the White House — will start wondering exactly why striking that nuclear program is such a terrible idea. They’ll start re-examining the likely Iranian reactions (they don’t really want a war with us, do they? Regime survival and all that?), the down-sides of an Israeli strike (hey, we’re the leaders of the free world, after all), the military challenge (well, the Air Force isn’t very busy, and it’s just a few sites to hit). They will of course not tell themselves this re-assessment is related to politics; they will persuade themselves they are doing what’s right for the security of our country. Watch.
Is Israel’s wait for “FAILED”
diplomatic efforts over?
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton in a Wall Street Journal piece explores the probability of an Israeli attack on Iran or MORE likely under an Obama Administration – a nuclear Iran.
Read it all.
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In the meantime, the United States has allowed Iran to stall and develop their nuclear capacity
despite countless United Nation’s resolutions.
Iran is blocking U.N. nuclear agency attempts to upgrade monitoring of its atomic program while advancing those activities to the stage that the country would have the means to test a weapon within six months, diplomats told The Associated Press Friday.
The diplomats emphasized that there were no indications of plans for such a nuclear test, saying it was highly unlikely Iran would risk heightened confrontation with the Westâ€”and chances of Israeli attackâ€”by embarking on such a course.
But they said that even as Iran expands uranium enrichment, which can create fissile nuclear material, it is resisting International Atomic Energy Agency attempts to increase surveillance of its enrichment site meant to keep pace with the plant’s increased size and complexity.
For Iran to amass enough fissile material to conduct an underground test similar to North Korea’s 2006 nuclear explosion, it would likely have to kick out monitors of the IAEAâ€”the U.N. nuclear agencyâ€”from its one known uranium enrichment site at Natanz. Technicians then could reconfigure the centrifuges now churning out nuclear-fuel grade enriched uranium to highly enriched, weapons-grade material.
Iran is unlikely, however, to want to do that. Such a move would immediately set off international alarm bells and could bridge rifts on how strongly to reactâ€”Russia and China, which have resisted Western calls to increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear defiance, would likely endorse more sweeping U.N sanctions and other penalties.
With the U.N. nuclear agency strictly limited in its nuclear monitoring of Iran, the existence of a hidden enrichment site that could supply the weapons-grade uranium needed for a nuclear weapons test is also possible.
nternational Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed Elbaradei has repeatedly warned that his agency cannot guarantee that Iran is not hiding nuclear activities. Iranian nuclear expert David Albright on Friday put the chances that such a secret site exists at “50-50.”
The United States has screwed around while the centrifuges at Natanz have been spinning. Then, one day, either Israel will bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, including the secret ones or Iran will kick out the IAEA inspectors and declare it is a nuclear power.
You cannot say the United States and Europe have not known about the Iran nuclear subterfuge. They have just decided to do nothing.
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Graphic showing the potential range of the Iran’s Shahab-3 which has a similar range of 2,000 kilometres (1,350 miles) to the Sejil-2 missile. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Islamic republic has test-fired a new medium-range missile and insisted that there will be no climbdown over Iran’s nuclear programme
It is all for peaceful electricity generation, right?
Iran has expanded the number of centrifuges enriching uranium to almost 5,000 and this has made it harder for U.N. inspectors to keep track of the disputed nuclear program, according to an IAEA report seen by Reuters.
Friday’s restricted International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report also said Iran had increased its rate of production of low-enriched uranium (LEU) material, boosting its stockpile by 500 kg to 1,339 kg in the past six months.
Iran’s improved efficiency in turning out potential nuclear fuel was sure to fan Western fears of the Islamic Republic nearing the ability make nuclear bombs, if it chose to do so.
David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, a think tank that tracks proliferation issues globally, said Iran now had accumulated enough LEU to convert into high-enriched uranium sufficient for one atom bomb.
But this would require reconfiguring Iran’s centrifuge network, miniaturizing HEU to fit on a warhead – technical steps that could take 1-2 years or more — and would not escape notice of UN inspectors unless done at an undeclared location.
There are no indications of any such secret site.
Iran says it is developing a uranium enrichment industry solely as fuel for electricity generation.
Coming soon – Iran kicks out all of the nuclear inspectors and declares nuclear breakout capability.
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