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Iran Nuclear Watch: What is Iran Planning for Obama?

iran nuclear facility map

Map of Iran’s nuclear facilities

What is Iran planning for the incoming Obama Administration?

Let’s see:

Iran says it now runs more than 5,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges

Iran has more than 5,000 centrifuges to process uranium at its enrichment plant, its nuclear chief said Wednesday, in the country’s latest defiance of U.N. demands that it halt the controversial program.

The Iranian official, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, said Iran will continue to install centrifuges and enrich uranium to produce nuclear fuel for the country’s future nuclear power plants. The number of centrifuges is up from 4,000 Iran said were running in August at the plant in the central Iranian city of Natanz.

Uranium enriched to low level is used to produce nuclear fuel. Further enrichment makes it suitable for use in nuclear weapons.

Iran has successfully launched a rocket called “Kavosh 2.”

State television did not give any further details about “Kavosh 2,” which means “Explorer 2,” saying details about the home-made rocket will be announced later. “The rocket was launched to register and send correct environmental data and (to test) separation of the engine from the body,” state radio said.

The long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can also be used for launching weapons.

The Bush Administration over a year ago punted the Iranian nuclear problem and the ball is now landing for the Obama Presidency.

Exit question: Will Obama punt the ball and engage Iran in worthless negotiations (like Condi Rice and Bush) while the Mullahs further develop a nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it?

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  • Sawy

    OK, Flap. I am not Bush supporter. I am not even an American. But I simply do not know what would I do in their place (that is probably I am not in their place :-)). Iran is an independent country…

  • sassinfras

    firstly what real evidence is there that iran is seeking nuclear weapons. your whole argument is based on assumptions and not facts.
    iran has every right to pursue nuclear power for energy

  • Flap

    NO, just read the IAEA reports to the United Nations. There are linked here and you have seen them before.

    Sas, you are just an Iran enabler.

    When Iran announces they have made a nuclear bomb you will then say, well, they have every right because Israel has one.

    So, there you go.

  • sassinfras

    thats right. why is israel allowed to have nukes with no penalty. i am far more concerned about the israeli war machine and how they have ignored international law and their disrespect for human life than the iranians. there is so much propaganda about the iranians which just isn’t true which you proliferate.
    israel has stolen arab land,ethnic cleansed the palestinians and oppresses the remaining ones ,invades and bombs arab countries at will and has ignored UN resolutions more than any other country and has illegally obtained nuclear weapons-yet you are as quiet as a mouse.
    what you are advocating is that israel remain the superpower which can bully the whole arab world in its quest for greater israel. thats what this is all about. maybe if iran did have nuclear weapons it will neutralise the balance of power in the middle east and then the injustices suffered by the muslim world may be addressed and the war on terror will end.