Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he walks with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (2nd L) during their meeting in Tehran December 9, 2006.
Iran has begun installing 3,000 centrifuges in an expansion of its uranium enrichment program that brings the Islamic nation significantly closer to large-scale production of nuclear fuel, the president said Saturday.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also claimed that the international community was caving in to Tehran’s demands to continue its nuclear program.
“Resistance of the Iranian nation in the past year forced them to retreat tens of steps over the Iran’s nuclear issue,” the semi-official Fars agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. Fars is considered to be close to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
Ahmadinejad is playing the Western media cycle again. He knows the feckless EU and United States is ready to circulate a revised United Nations Security Council sanction resolution to the Russia and China for their veto approval. He is now boasting that Iran is expanding their uranium enrichment despite the EU and despite the press accounts that Iran is having technical problems with their uranium enrichment processes.
Ahamdinejad is telling the EU to FECK OFF.
A new European resolution imposing sanctions on Iran for its nuclear ambitions eases a list of goods Tehran cannot buy or sell and exempts Russian construction and fueling of a reactor it is building in Iran.
Britain, France and Germany circulated the draft measure, obtained by Reuters, to
U.N. Security Council members on Friday and are hoping for a vote in the 15-member body by Christmas.
It is uncertain whether Russia, which has veto power, will support the measure, vote “no” or abstain.
The proposed sanctions are a reaction to Iran’s failure to comply with an August 31 U.N. deadline to suspend uranium enrichment, which can produce fuel for nuclear power plants or for bombs. The West believes Iran’s enrichment work is a cover for bomb-making. Tehran says it is for generating electricity.
The text of the latest draft still bars Iran from buying and selling key nuclear materials and technology, according to an international list from the Nuclear Suppliers Group and another one from the Missile Technology Control regime on ballistic missiles.
And this is also Iran’s response to the Iraq Study Group report. The response:
America is WEAK.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in an interview scheduled for publication on Sunday, told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that he could not rule out the possibility of a military attack against Iran, and called for the international community to step up action against Teheran.
Olmert called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated threats to destroy Israel “absolutely criminal,” and said that he expected “more dramatic steps to be taken.”
The “POINT OF NO RETURN” is fast approaching and…….
There is a MILITARY OPTION – it will soon be executed.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.