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Iran now a nuclear state?

Ahmadinejad says yes:

Ignoring United States threats of more stringent sanctions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted on Thursday as saying Iran had produced a first batch of uranium enriched to a level of 20 percent and that it was capable of achieving much higher levels of purity.

Iran was now "a nuclear state," Mr. Ahmadinejad told a huge rally of supporters on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, The Associated Press reported.

Western experts have already said that once Iran was able to enrich uranium to 20 percent it could theoretically also move relatively quickly toward the manufacture of weapons-grade fuel, usually reckoned to require 90 percent purification.

The process at the Natanz facility south of Tehran took place in the presence of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear oversight body. I.A.E.A. officials said Thursday they could not confirm the Iranian claim.

"Right now at Natanz we have the capability to enrich uranium to much higher levels," Mr. Ahmadinejad told tens of thousands of supporters in Tehran's Azadi Square, saying "it was reported that the first consignment of 20 percent enriched uranium was produced and was put at the disposal of the scientists," Reuters said.

"In the near future we will treble [sic] its production," Mr. Ahmadinejad said.

If the world (or Israel) is going to do something about this situation, one would think that it's about time to do it.

One would think.



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If the world (or Israel)... (Below threshold)

If the world (or Israel) is going to do something about this situation, one would think that it's about time to do it.

I'm sure, even as I write this, that some third assistant deskwiper in the UN has assigned his most intelligent flunky to draft a strongly worded memo to Ahmadinejad suggesting that if he doesn't immediately say he's going to reconsider the possibility of perhaps enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels, there might well be some meetings to consider the future exploration of the possibility of perhaps (nay, almost definitely!) imposing sanctions on Iran!

How could Ahmadinejad ignore such a threat?

If the world (or I... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
If the world (or Israel) is going to do something about this situation, one would think that it's about time to do it.

Nations like Iran, which don't depend on the goodwill of Europe or the US are pretty much immune from pressure by the Europe or the US. As long as Iran has trading and political ties with Russia and China, the UN is not going to be able to do anything drastic enough to cause real economic hardship for Iran.

That leaves military action, but no single air attack by Israel or the US is going to have much affect given Iran has built their nuclear facilities with such attacks in mind. All such attacks would do is paint Israel or the US as the aggressor and justify whatever retaliation Iran takes.

Bottom line, Iran is going to become a nuclear power. When they do then the smart move for Obama would be to invite them to participate in MAD (mutually assured destruction). It's not an invitation Iran can refuse. Obama only needs to reassure the world that, as a nuclear power, Iran has subjected itself to nuclear preemptive strikes as well as nuclear strikes in retaliation for their use of nuclear weapons. Given the accuracy of US ICBMs, no land based missile system can survive a nuclear preemptive strike, and thus, Iran will have to spend trillions of dollars developing, building, and operating nuclear submarines.

Given the size of Iran's economy, that effort will force the kind of hardships on the people of Iran that would rival the most stringent sanctions, and it will go on and on. The current government of Iran would not survive long if every time Ahmadinejad threatens the west that Obama publicly reminds him that he's responsible for making Iran a target for nuclear war.

Let the population of Iran suffer the prospects of nuclear war like the US population did in the 50's and 60's. Let them know it's all because of the poor decisions their leaders have made. MAD is the price of becoming a nuclear power, a price that may be too high for the people of Iran. The way out is regime change and dismantlement of their nuclear programs.

NIE Report: Iran H... (Below threshold)
NIE Report: Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program Years Ago December 03, 2007 11:51 AM
The new intelligence report could create an embarrassing situation for the United States as it pushes for a third United Nations resolution against Iran for its nuclear activities.

The Bush administration reacted swiftly Monday, arguing that while the latest intelligence report is "positive news," they won't abandon their strategy of applying "intensified international pressure" on Iran.

Looks like NIE was wrong and Bush Administration was right.

Mac, they don't need no sti... (Below threshold)

Mac, they don't need no stinking subs. Just a freighter or two. We're screwed.

Thank you very much Mr. Bowbama and the UN.

JLawson, even bringing up t... (Below threshold)

JLawson, even bringing up the dreaded "strongly worded memo" (as you did in your comment above) is dangerous and provacative! I would urge you and all others to exercise restraint!!!

Like, well, nuclear missiles, "strongly worded memos" cannot be recalled, and could quickly lead to an escalation using BOLD fonts and ITALICS!! yikes!

This just can't be possible... (Below threshold)

This just can't be possible. Really.
Why just a couple of weeks ago, our fearless leader told us:

""these diplomatic efforts have also strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons. That's why North Korea now faces increased isolation, and stronger sanctions -- sanctions that are being vigorously enforced. That's why the international community is more united, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is more isolated. And as Iran's leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt: They, too, will face growing consequences. That is a promise."

The word "treble" doesn't d... (Below threshold)
Jim Shue:

The word "treble" doesn't deserve the [sic]. Its use is proper in this context.

Mac, they don't ne... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Mac, they don't need no stinking subs. Just a freighter or two. We're screwed.

Without nuclear subs they would be practicing AD (assured destruction), should they launch a nuclear attack or even seriously threatened to do so. Maybe the Iranian leadership is insane enough to practice AD, but it's unlikely the Iranian people are. The US just needs to make the case to the Iranian people that their leadership has made them legitimate targets in any nuclear exchange even if they didn't start it. That might be all the push needed to topple the current Iranian leadership.

USA is surely behind this a... (Below threshold)

USA is surely behind this attempt of destabilization of Iran.
Watch :


Iran's Nooklyurr energy is ... (Below threshold)

Iran's Nooklyurr energy is for peaceful use against the Jooos only.... If Bowbama is in doubt, just send Jimmah over there. He know's how to verify and fix this type of misunderstanding.

Nukes, Pukes. Let'... (Below threshold)

Nukes, Pukes.

Let's focus on the REAL problems like childhood obesity.

Iran should not arouse conc... (Below threshold)
Ewiak Ryszard:

Iran should not arouse concern. Iran can actually build nuclear bomb, but will not attack any country. Georgia is the most dangerous flashpoint. The Bible says: "At the appointed time [the king of the north = Russia] will return back [will regain the influence, which it lost after the break-up of the Soviet Union] and come into the south [many indicate that this might be Georgia], but it will not be as the former [1921] or as the latter [2008]. For the dwellers of coastlands of Kittim [the West] will come against him, and he will be humbled, and will return." (Daniel 11:29,30a) Then Iran will be humbled also. "But ships will come from the direction of Kittim, troubling Asshur [Russia] and troubling Eber [inhabiting on the other side the Euphrates]." (Numbers 24:24a, BBE)

At that time, peace will be taken from the earth and the "great sword" - nuclear sword - will be used. (Revelation 6:4) However, it will be neither the great tribulation nor "the end of the world" (Armageddon). As Jesus foretold, that will be "the beginning of birth pains". (Mathew 24:7,8)

If the Heavens planned a full return of Russia (and much suggests this) the present economic crisis will deepen. Then also the European Union and NATO will not stands.

"And as Iran's leader... (Below threshold)
John S:

"And as Iran's leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt: They, too, will face growing consequences..."

Ohhhh... I'm sooooo intimidated.

Every generation must learn that the only way to maintain peace is through force. The Obama adminstration will teach our latest generations this lesson by being weak.






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