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Iran Nuclear Watch: U.S. Intel – Iran Directly Engaged in Manufacture of a Nuclear Weapon

Machines use yellow cake to produce Uranium hexafluoride (UF6) at the Iranian Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facilities (UCF), 420 kms south of Tehran, in 2007. Iran still possesses the capacity to produce nuclear weapons even though it may have stopped its atomic arms development program, a senior US intelligence official said Wednesday.

Now, the United States has suspicions that Iran is attempting to make a nuclear weapon and has passed along to the IAEA intelligence that directly implicates Tehran.

Shared in the past two weeks was material on a laptop computer reportedly smuggled out of Iran, said another diplomat, accredited to the IAEA. In 2005, U.S. intelligence assessed that information as indicating that Tehran had been working on details of nuclear weapons, including missile trajectories and ideal altitudes for exploding warheads.

He said that after declassification, U.S. intelligence also was forwarded on two other issues—the “Green Salt Project”—a plan the U.S. alleges links diverse components of a nuclear weapons program, including uranium enrichment, high explosives testing and a missile re-entry vehicle, and material in Iran’s possession showing how to mold uranium metal into warhead form.

Israel has already made the same point and today the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, wants further investigation.

In the meantime, Iran who has been sanctioned twice by the United Nations Security Council and continues uranium enrichment.



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15 thoughts on “Iran Nuclear Watch: U.S. Intel – Iran Directly Engaged in Manufacture of a Nuclear Weapon

  1. But we’re told the enrichment is for peaceful purposes. The US got the WMD assessment in Iraq wrong (provided you wish to believe that we didn’t find ’em equates to he didn’t have ’em) so in my mind, we must wait until Tel Aviv is a smoking hole before we can question the recent NIE.

    End sarc./

  2. Babsy,

    What will happen is that Iran will suddenly announce they have nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.

    Jews in Israel have to leave or Iran will view their remaining as a hostile act.

    World War III


    Their is a nuclear incident in Tel Aviv and 150,000- 300,000 Jews die.

    It was Hezbollah not Iran.

  3. Yeah like “US Intelligence” is so reliable. REmember the “Yellowcake from Niger” papers? Hello? Remember that? I know it was more than 20 seconds ago, but do try to remember that anyway. It would help in avoiding being led by your nose like a sheep into yet another pointless war.

    “If the facts are at odds with the policy objectives of some people who are keen to impose further sanctions on Iran, that’s too bad,” the [International Atomic Energy Agency] official added.

  4. So, a problem with one intelligence effort leads one to conclude all are bogus?

    Your blog seems to be an Ahmadinejad apologist site.

    By the way, if you want to leave a link to your blog do it with a trackback.

    I have edited your post accordingly.

      1. I have found you out Hass from 2006:

        Hass, you cite an article written by Cyrus Safdari.

        Dr. Safdari is currently the newsletter editor of the International Institute for Caspian Studies.

        A quick perusal of the website of the International Institute of Caspian Studies shows it to be headquartered in Tehran, and to be an organization given to parroting the official positions of the Iranian government.

        Now I suppose Dr. Safdari COULD be a completely disinterested scholar, one who’s got no agenda, but circumstantial evidence suggests otherwise.

  5. Saddam had 600 tons of Yellowcake at Al Tuwitha (so catalogued by the Useless Nations) evidently for use as fertilizer in his palace rose gardens. But he wasn’t a threat as he was contained. By the way, where is Saddam hanging out these days?

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