Workers hang a huge poster of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Dubai 14 May. UN nuclear inspectors say Iran is pressing ahead on a larger scale than ever with the uranium enrichment activities that Western powers suspect are aimed at developing a nuclear bomb, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times: U.S. cautious about Iran nuclear report
Bush administration officials reacted cautiously Tuesday to indications that Iran has improved its ability to enrich uranium as fuel for nuclear reactors, a crucial step toward nuclear weapons.
White House and State Department officials say they still believe diplomacy can persuade Iran to freeze its program before it has mastered the complex technology involved.
The International Atomic Energy Agency will report to the United Nations Security Council next week on Iran’s apparent progress. The Tehran regime has defied U.N. resolutions demanding an immediate suspension of its nuclear enrichment program, and another negative report by the nuclear watchdog agency is almost certain to spur a new round of U.N. sanctions.
Top IAEA officials suggested that Iran’s engineers had achieved significant progress since early this year. The officials indicated that Tehran had overcome several technical challenges that hampered operation of centrifuges in the fuel enrichment plant at Natanz, Iran’s main nuclear facility.
Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the IAEA, said that the goal of a suspension â€” preventing Tehran from gaining knowledge about enrichment â€” had been overtaken by events.
“We believe they pretty much have the knowledge about how to enrich,” ElBaradei told the New York Times on Tuesday. “From now on, it is simply a question of perfecting that knowledge. People will not like to hear it, but that’s a fact.”
The Bush administration has been fecking around for the past 18 months while Iran has been enriching uranium at Natanz. As Iran stalls and “negotiates” and ignores United Nations Security Council resolutions, the United States is now proposing more UNSC sanctions?
John Bolton, former U.S. United Nations Ambassador understands the nuclear stakes at hand.
Telegraph UK: We must attack Iran before it gets the bomb
Iran should be attacked before it develops nuclear weapons, America’s former ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday.
John Bolton, who still has close links to the Bush administration, told The Daily Telegraph that the European Union had to “get more serious” about Iran and recognise that its diplomatic attempts to halt Iran’s enrichment programme had failed.
Iran has “clearly mastered the enrichment technology now…they’re not stopping, they’re making progress and our time is limited”, he said. Economic sanctions “with pain” had to be the next step, followed by attempting to overthrow the theocratic regime and, ultimately, military action to destroy nuclear sites.
Mr Bolton’s stark warning appeared to be borne out yesterday by leaks about an inspection by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of Iran’s main nuclear installation at Natanz on Sunday.
The experts found that Iran’s scientists were operating 1,312 centrifuges, the machines used to enrich uranium. If Iran can install 3,000, it will need about one year to produce enough weapons grade uranium for one nuclear bomb.
The “NUCLEAR POINT OF RETURN” is at hand.
The United States and Israel need to move and MOVE NOW.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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