Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Will Resume Atomic Fuel Research

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to supporters during his weekly trips, in the city of Qom, 125 km (77 miles) south of Tehran January 5, 2006. Ahmadinejad insisted on Thursday that Iran would resume atomic research, despite warnings from the West that it would endanger efforts to find a diplomatic compromise over its nuclear ambitions.

Reuters: Iran firm on resuming atomic research: Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday Iran would still resume atomic fuel research despite Western warnings that this would endanger efforts to find a diplomatic compromise over its nuclear plans.

Tuesday’s announcement of a resumption after a break of more than two years brought swift demands for restraint from the European Union and Washington, which fear Iran seeks nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian atomic energy program.

Concern about Iranian intentions deepened when a delegation from Tehran failed to show up for a meeting in Vienna to explain to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei what the new research would encompass, the IAEA said.

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said there was no word from Iran as to why the delegation had not appeared and no new talks were scheduled. ElBaradei has called for Iran to clarify its decision and feared it would aggravate tensions, diplomats said.

Ahmadinejad was defiant in a speech in the holy city of Qom.

“Some … have said the Iranian nation has no right to nuclear research,” he said in the address carried by state TV.

“But they should know that the Iranian nation and government will defend the right to nuclear research and technology and will go forward prudently,”he said.

Western diplomats have said the move, which follows Iran’s resumption in August of uranium conversion, the first stage of the nuclear fuel cycle, was likely to amplify calls for Iran to be referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

The United States and European Union must IMMEDIATELY refer this mattter to the United Nations Security Council for consideration of sanctions.

Israeli and American military action is on the horizon and Flap thinks imminent.

Particularly since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has just made the most MORONIC and OUTRAGEOUS comment:

“Hopefully, the news that the criminal of Sabra and Chatilla has joined his ancestors is final.”

Ahmadinejad was referring to Sharon, who as defense minister in 1982 directed Israel’s ill-fated invasion of Lebanon. An Israeli commission found him indirectly responsible for a massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps by Christian Phalangist soldiers.


“Hopefully, others (criminals like him) will join him too.”

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iran’s resumption of atomic fuel research would signal its rejection of a diplomatic solution, but stopped short of saying this would finally trigger a U.S. push for U.N. Security Council action.

Rice told reporters she hoped “diplomacy has not been exhausted.”

Flap hopes that a diplomatic solution can avert a global NUCLEAR crisis.

John Bolton should IMMEDIATELY call for an EMERGENCY SESSION of the United Nations Security Council or the B-2’s are in the AIR.

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Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Seeking Components to Manufacture Nuclear Bombs and Ballistic Missle Capability

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Two Iranians work at the zirconium production plant, part of the nuclear facilities in Isfahan, 295 km from Tehran. Iran has been scouring Europe for nuclear bomb technology, a British newspaper said, citing a report by Western intelligence agencies.

The Guardian Unlimited has Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile

Document seen by Guardian details web of front companies and middlemen

The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country’s weapons programmes.

Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with “import requests and acquisitions … registered almost daily”, the report seen by the Guardian concludes.

The warning came as Iran raised the stakes in its dispute with the United States and the European Union yesterday by notifying the International Atomic Energy Authority that it intended to resume nuclear fuel research next week. Tehran has refused to rule out a return to attempts at uranium enrichment, the key to the development of a nuclear weapon.


Flap: Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Resumes Nuclear Fuel Research

This piece in the Guardian helps to confirm the speculation in the blogosphere that the United States and Israel may be planning a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Flap: Iran Nuclear Watch: Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?

The 55-page intelligence assessment, dated July 1 2005, draws upon material gathered by British, French, German and Belgian agencies, and has been used to brief European government ministers and to warn leading industrialists of the need for vigilance when exporting equipment or expertise to so-called rogue states.

It concludes that Syria and Pakistan have also been buying technology and chemicals needed to develop rocket programmes and to enrich uranium. It outlines the role played by Russia in the escalating Middle East arms build-up, and examines the part that dozens of Chinese front companies have played in North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.

It is a dangerous world with too many rogue states, like North Korea and Iran developing nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Where is the outcry from the Europeans and the European Union? Certainly, if Iran completes their program they will be able to nuclear blackmail Austria or Italy or France. Is their governmental silence purchased by their lack of resolve to “OFFEND” their immigrant Islamic communities who help pay for their socialist largess?

The assessment declares that Iran has developed an extensive web of front companies, official bodies, academic institutes and middlemen dedicated to obtaining – in western Europe and in the former Soviet Union – the expertise, training, and equipment for nuclear programmes, missile development, and biological and chemical weapons arsenals.

“In addition to sensitive goods, Iran continues intensively to seek the technology and know-how for military applications of all kinds,” it says.

The document lists scores of Iranian companies and institutions involved in the arms race. It also details Tehran’s growing determination to perfect a ballistic missile capable of delivering warheads far beyond its borders.

It notes that Iran harbours ambitions of developing a space programme, but is currently concentrating on upgrading and extending the range of its Shahab-3 missile, which has a range of 750 miles – capable of reaching Israel.

The Shahab-3 missle: and more information here.

The Shahab-3’s Range:

Note that the range of this existing missle threatens Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel. By extending its range Europe would be threatened.

Iranian scientists are said to be building wind tunnels to assist in missile design, developing navigation technology, and acquiring metering and calibration technology, motion simulators and x-ray machines designed to examine rocket parts. The next generation of the Shahab (“shooting star” in Persian) should be capable of reaching Austria and Italy.

This story is developing.

Flap notes well that the USS Ronald Reagan nuclear aircraft carrier has been deployed today from San Diego for the Global War on Terror.

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Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Resumes Nuclear Fuel Research

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech during a meeting between his cabinet and the parliament in Tehran. Ahmadinejad said that Iran would not ‘step back’ on its decision to resume nuclear fuel work, state television reported.

Reuters: Iran announces further resumption of atomic work

Iran announced on Tuesday it would resume nuclear fuel research, a move sure to anger Washington and the European Union which fear the Islamic state wants to make atomic fuel to build bombs.

Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said Tehran had informed the U.N. nuclear watchdog in writing that the nuclear work would resume shortly.

“Within the next few days we will start researching that field in cooperation and coordination with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency),” he told state television.

The news coincided with strong hints from Iran’s Foreign Ministry that Tehran planned to reject a Russian compromise proposal aimed at defusing Iran’s nuclear row with the West.

The two developments were likely to spark renewed calls in the West for the case to be referred to the U.N. Security Council, where Iran could face political or economic sanctions.

The Iranian developments should be immediately referred to the United Nations Security Council for the imposition of economic sanctions.

The European Union have been fecking around with these characters for far too long.

In the meantime, war planning continues in the United States and Israel.

A referral vote could be held at the next meeting of the IEA’s 35-nation governing board, scheduled for March 6. At its last session in November, the board opted to put off any vote to give time for Russia’s proposal to bear fruit.

“The latest moves by Iran may strengthen the hands of those who want to report this matter to the Security Council at the March board,” said a senior diplomat close to the IAEA, referring to the European Union and United States.

And for further consideration by the United Nations this report, Iran can now produce its own yellowcake

Iran, in what has been regarded as a major step, has announced development of technology to separate uranium from its ore.

The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization has achieved indigenous capability to separate uranium from its ore, officials said. They said the technology, known as a mixer-settler, would enable the extraction of uranium from the mined ore to produce concentrated uranium oxide, or yellowcake.

Flap predicts a March United Nations Security Council referral or the B-2’s are in the air.

The COULD be flying any day now…….

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Iran Nuclear Watch: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – “Israel Completed Holocaust”

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a conference in Tehran entitled ‘The World without Zionism,’ October 2005. Ahmadinejad issued a new diatribe against archfoe Israel, saying that the Jewish state was ‘anti-Islamic in nature’ and the result of European ‘ethnic cleansing.

The ASSociated Press has Iran President: Israel Completed Holocaust

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s hard-line president who has said the Holocaust was a myth, now has charged that European countries sought to complete the genocide by establishing a Jewish state in the midst of Muslim countries.

“Don’t you think that continuation of genocide by expelling Jews from Europe was one of their aims in creating a regime of occupiers of Al-Quds (Jerusalem)?” the official Islamic Republic News agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying Sunday. “Isn’t that an important question?”

Ahmadinejad said Europeans had decided to create a “Jewish camp” as the best means for ridding the continent of Jews. He said the camp,
Israel, now enjoyed support from the United States and Europe in the slaughter of Muslims.

In October, Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”

Will the United States and Israel wait for the United Nations Security Council to rein in this anti-semitic theocrat’s nuclear program?

Last month, Ahmadinejad said the Holocaust, in which Nazi Germany killed six million Jews, was a myth. After global outrage over the comments, he said that Europeans, if they insist the Holocaust occurred, should cede some of their territory for a Jewish state.

He said anti-Semitism had a long history in Europe, while Jews had lived peacefully among Muslims for centuries.

His remarks have been condemned by the White House, Israel, Germany, France and the European Commission, among others. Germany has said the remarks would affect negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

Why has President Bush been relatively quiet while the Iranians go about their business of enriching uranium for a weapons program?

The calm before the Winds of War.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani

In nuclear developments:

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said the Russian proposal that the two nations enrich uranium in Russian territory could not ignore Iran’s right to carry out enrichment at home.

“It’s not logical for a country to put the fate of its nation at the disposal of another country even if it’s a friend. You can meet part of your fuel needs from abroad,” Larijani said on state-run television late Sunday.

“History and experience show that if you don’t have technology, you will damage your independence,” he said.

Larijani also warned of a “crushing” response if its nuclear and military facilities were attacked by the U.S. or Israel.

“If there is any truth in such talks, Israel will suffer greatly. It’s a very small country within our range,” he said.

And that range is made LESS dangerous when Iran develops weapon grade plutonium for nuclear weapons?

Iran said Sunday it has produced equipment for separating uranium from its ore, a fresh development in Tehran’s drive to control the nuclear-fuel cycle, state television reported Sunday.

The broadcast claimed the “settler-mixer” was a highly effective way to produce uranium, quoting Amir Hossein Farhadi, a researcher for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

“Foreign countries were not ready to sell it to Iran since it could be applicable in the cycle,” Farhadi said.

Flap forsees a military option………

Developing……….

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Update:

Pope uses message to attack hardline Iran

THE Pope has used his inaugural new year message to launch a veiled attack on Iran’s hardline leadership.

Pope Benedict’s comments follow calls by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Israel to be “wiped off” the global map and his recent dismissal of the Holocaust.

The Pope said: “Authorities who incite their citizens to hostility to other countries bear a heavy responsibility and make the future of humanity more uncertain and anonymous.”

The message, issued by the Vatican yesterday, pointed to “signs of hope” and highlighted “a decrease in the number of armed conflicts” around the world.

However, the Pope condemned the growth in arms expenditure and, in another apparent swipe at Iran, mocked governments who relied on, or aspired to obtaining, a nuclear arsenal.

“In nuclear war there will be no victors, only victims,” he said.

“The truth of peace requires that all — whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear arms or those planning to acquire them — agree to change by clear and firm decisions and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament.”

Iran’s President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to journalists at a news conference in Tehran June 26, 2005. Ahmadinejad said his government would be one of “peace and moderation” but insisted Iran would continue to develop nuclear technology, which the United States says is aimed at acquiring nuclear weapons.

The Drudge Report is now linking to a piece in the Jerusalem Post, ‘United States planning a military strike against Iran’

The United States government reportedly began coordinating with NATO its plans for a possible military attack against Iran.

The German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel collected various reports from the German media indicating that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are examining the prospects of such a strike.

According to the report, CIA chief Porter Gus, in his last visit to Turkey on December 12, requested Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide military bases to the United States in 2006 from where they would be able to launch an assault.

The German news agency DDP also noted that countries neighboring Iran, such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, and Pakistan were also updated regarding the supposed plan. American sources sent to those countries apparently mentioned an aerial attack as a possibility, but did not provide a time frame for the operation.

Although Der Spiegel could not say that these plans were concrete, they did note that according to a January 2005 New Yorker report American forces had entered Iran in 2005 in order to mark possible targets for an aerial assault.

Previously from Flap, Iran Nuclear Watch: Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to lawmakers as he arrives at parliament to attend an open session to debate his Oil Minister nominee, in Tehran, Iran, in this file photo from Dec. 11, 2005. Ahmadinejad said Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, the Holocaust is a ‘myth’ that Europeans have used to create a Jewish state in the heart of the Islamic world.

Speigel Online has Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?

Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran’s suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program.

It’s hardly news that US President George Bush refuses to rule out possible military action against Iran if Tehran continues to pursue its controversial nuclear ambitions. But in Germany, speculation is mounting that Washington is preparing to carry out air strikes against suspected Iranian nuclear sites perhaps even as soon as early 2006

This is NOT bluster to scare the Iranians. The United States in concert with Israel will prevent the Iranians from achieving nuclear capability.

German diplomats began speaking of the prospect two years ago — long before the Bush administration decided to give the European Union more time to convince Iran to abandon its ambitions, or at the very least put its civilian nuclear program under international controls. But the growing likelihood of the military option is back in the headlines in Germany thanks to a slew of stories that have run in the national media here over the holidays.

The most talked about story is a Dec. 23 piece by the German news agency DDP from journalist and intelligence expert Udo Ulfkotte. The story has generated controversy not only because of its material, but also because of the reporter’s past. Critics allege that Ulfkotte in his previous reporting got too close to sources at Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND. But Ulfkotte has himself noted that he has been under investigation by the government in the past (indeed, his home and offices have been searched multiple times) for allegations that he published state secrets — a charge that he claims would underscore rather than undermine the veracity of his work.

According to Ulfkotte’s report, “western security sources” claim that during CIA Director Porter Goss’ Dec. 12 visit to Ankara, he asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide support for a possibile 2006 air strike against Iranian nuclear and military facilities. More specifically, Goss is said to have asked Turkey to provide unfettered exchange of intelligence that could help with a mission.

DDP also reported that the governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Pakistan have been informed in recent weeks of Washington’s military plans. The countries, apparently, were told that air strikes were a “possible option,” but they were given no specific timeframe for the operations.

If the Russians and Iranians miscalculate Washington’s resolve they will be sadly mistaken. The United States will NOT allow Iran to proceed any further in their nuclear program.

According to DDP, during his trip to Turkey, CIA chief Goss reportedly handed over three dossiers to Turkish security officials that purportedly contained evidence that Tehran is cooperating with Islamic terror network al-Qaida. A further dossier is said to contain information about the current status of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. Sources in German security circles told the DDP reporter that Goss had ensured Ankara that the Turkish government would be informed of any possible air strikes against Iran a few hours before they happened. The Turkish government has also been given the “green light” to strike camps of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iran on the day in question.

And Iran is stalling so that they can install better anti-missle defenses of their nuclear facilitites.

The DDP report attributes the possible escalation to the recent anti-Semitic rants by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose belligerent verbal attacks on Israel (he described the Holocaust as a “myth” and called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”) have strengthened the view of the American government that, in the case of the nuclear dispute, there’s little likelihood Tehran will back down and that the mullahs are just attempting to buy time by continuing talks with the Europeans.

The German wire service also quotes a high-ranking German military official saying: “I would be very surprised if the Americans, in the mid-term, didn’t take advantage of the opportunity delivered by Tehran. The Americans have to attack Iran before the country can develop nuclear weapons. After that would be too late.”

Indeed, it would be too late and in concert with their allies in North Korea could blackmail the United States and Israel into a corner.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to lawmakers as he arrives at parliament to attend an open session to debate his Oil Minister nominee, in Tehran, Iran, in this file photo from Dec. 11, 2005. Ahmadinejad said Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, the Holocaust is a ‘myth’ that Europeans have used to create a Jewish state in the heart of the Islamic world.

Speigel Online has Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?

Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran’s suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program.

It’s hardly news that US President George Bush refuses to rule out possible military action against Iran if Tehran continues to pursue its controversial nuclear ambitions. But in Germany, speculation is mounting that Washington is preparing to carry out air strikes against suspected Iranian nuclear sites perhaps even as soon as early 2006

This is NOT bluster to scare the Iranians. The United States in concert with Israel will prevent the Iranians from achieving nuclear capability.

German diplomats began speaking of the prospect two years ago — long before the Bush administration decided to give the European Union more time to convince Iran to abandon its ambitions, or at the very least put its civilian nuclear program under international controls. But the growing likelihood of the military option is back in the headlines in Germany thanks to a slew of stories that have run in the national media here over the holidays.

The most talked about story is a Dec. 23 piece by the German news agency DDP from journalist and intelligence expert Udo Ulfkotte. The story has generated controversy not only because of its material, but also because of the reporter’s past. Critics allege that Ulfkotte in his previous reporting got too close to sources at Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND. But Ulfkotte has himself noted that he has been under investigation by the government in the past (indeed, his home and offices have been searched multiple times) for allegations that he published state secrets — a charge that he claims would underscore rather than undermine the veracity of his work.

According to Ulfkotte’s report, “western security sources” claim that during CIA Director Porter Goss’ Dec. 12 visit to Ankara, he asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide support for a possibile 2006 air strike against Iranian nuclear and military facilities. More specifically, Goss is said to have asked Turkey to provide unfettered exchange of intelligence that could help with a mission.

DDP also reported that the governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Pakistan have been informed in recent weeks of Washington’s military plans. The countries, apparently, were told that air strikes were a “possible option,” but they were given no specific timeframe for the operations.

If the Russians and Iranians miscalculate Washington’s resolve they will be sadly mistaken. The United States will NOT allow Iran to proceed any further in their nuclear program.

According to DDP, during his trip to Turkey, CIA chief Goss reportedly handed over three dossiers to Turkish security officials that purportedly contained evidence that Tehran is cooperating with Islamic terror network al-Qaida. A further dossier is said to contain information about the current status of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. Sources in German security circles told the DDP reporter that Goss had ensured Ankara that the Turkish government would be informed of any possible air strikes against Iran a few hours before they happened. The Turkish government has also been given the “green light” to strike camps of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iran on the day in question.

And Iran is stalling so that they can install better anti-missle defenses of their nuclear facilitites.

The DDP report attributes the possible escalation to the recent anti-Semitic rants by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose belligerent verbal attacks on Israel (he described the Holocaust as a “myth” and called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”) have strengthened the view of the American government that, in the case of the nuclear dispute, there’s little likelihood Tehran will back down and that the mullahs are just attempting to buy time by continuing talks with the Europeans.

The German wire service also quotes a high-ranking German military official saying: “I would be very surprised if the Americans, in the mid-term, didn’t take advantage of the opportunity delivered by Tehran. The Americans have to attack Iran before the country can develop nuclear weapons. After that would be too late.”

Indeed, it would be too late and in concert with their allies in North Korea could blackmail the United States and Israel into a corner.

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