Cox & Forkum: Bureau of Disinformation
Iran is still in the early stages of creating a plant to enrich uranium, the chief of the UN atomic watchdog said on Thursday, adding that fears over its nuclear programme arose over what the uranium would be used for.
“Iran is still at an early stage of building a plant to enrich unranium… There is no fear caused by Iran’s uranium enrichment (in itself), but fears arise from the purpose of this enrichment,” the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters.
“Iran is pressing ahead with building the Natanz reactor to have 54,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium. Now it is still at the hundreds stage,” he said in what appeared to be a downplaying of Iran’s progress.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced this week that the Islamic republic’s controversial uranium enrichment work had reached an “industrial scale.”
But Russia, which is building Iran’s first nuclear power plant, as well as other nations have cast doubts on the accuracy of his statement. …
Uranium enrichment is the key sticking point in the standoff between Iran and the West, because as well as producing nuclear fuel the process in highly extended form can also make the fissile core for an atomic bomb.
Iran says its nuclear drive is solely aimed at generating energy and that it does not aspire to nuclear weapons.
The “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” has been reached.
It will be up to Israel or the United States to either prevent Iran going forward to develop a nuclear bomb or surrender.
Related links as to Iran’s mal-intent in Iraq:
US troops attacked by Iranian military last year (The Jerusalem Post, March 25, 2007)
Military: more evidence of Iran-made explosives (Seattle Times, February 27, 2007)
U.S.: Large Cache of Weapons Discovered in Iraq Traceable to Iran (AP via FOX News, February 26, 2007)
Iraqi insurgents using Austrian rifles from Iran (The Telegraph, February 13, 2007)
Iran involvement suspected in Karbala compound attack (CNN, January 31, 2007)
Donkeys harboring weapons stopped at Iran-Iraq border (Army Times, November 2, 2006)
Barbero: Iran training Shiite insurgents (AP via Army Times, August 24, 2006)
Casey cites Iran hand in attacks by Iraqi Shiites (The Washington Times, June 23, 2006)
Rumsfeld accuses Iran of troublemaking in Iraq (AP via Army Times, March 7, 2006)
EXCLUSIVE: Iraq Weapons — Made in Iran? (ABC News, March 6, 2006)
Rumsfeld: Iraq bombs ‘clearly from Iran’ (CNN, August 10, 2005)