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Friday, July 25, 2008

Does anyone remember this SAME rhetoric from another Mid East President?

50 Points to the first person that can name names


Iran to U.N. nuclear inspectors: We're done cooperating
The Associated Press

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.25.2008

VIENNA, Austria — Iran signaled Thursday that it will no longer cooperate with U.N. experts probing for signs of clandestine nuclear-weapons work, confirming the investigation is at a dead end a year after it began.

The announcement from Iranian Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh compounded skepticism about denting Tehran's nuclear defiance, just five days after Tehran stonewalled demands from six world powers that it halt activities capable of producing the fissile core of warheads.

Besides demanding a suspension of uranium enrichment — a process that can create fuel for nuclear reactors and payloads for atomic bombs — the six powers have been pressing Tehran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency's investigation.

Iran, which is obligated as a signer of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty not to develop nuclear arms, raised suspicions about its intentions when it admitted in 2002 that it had run a secret nuclear program for nearly two decades in violation of its commitment.

The Tehran regime insists it halted such work and is now trying only to produce fuel for nuclear reactors to generate electricity. It agreed on a "work plan" with the Vienna-based IAEA a year ago for U.N. inspectors to look into allegations Iran is still doing weapons work.

At the time, IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei hailed it as "a significant step forward" that would fill in the missing pieces of Tehran's nuclear jigsaw puzzle — if honored by Iran. He brushed aside suggestions Iran was using the deal as a smoke screen to deflect attention from its defiance of a Security Council demand for a halt to uranium enrichment.

The investigation ran into trouble just months after being launched. Deadline after deadline was extended because of Iranian foot-dragging.

Iran remains defiant. It dismisses as fabricated the evidence supplied by the U.S. and other members of the IAEA's governing board purportedly backing allegations that Iranians continue to work on nuclear weapons.

Officials say that among the evidence given to the IAEA are what seem to be Iranian draft plans to refit missiles with nuclear warheads; explosives tests that could be used to develop a nuclear detonator; and a drawing showing how to mold uranium metal into the shape of warheads.




Coming home to roost


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh ooh! I know, I know!!!


28 July, 2008 11:01  
Blogger LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said...

50 points to the one in the pointed hat :P

28 July, 2008 16:41  
Blogger JSN said...

The National Intelligence Estimate of the U.S. says they stopped working on a bomb in 2003. They say they stopped working on it then, but the author knows better.

The enrichment to fuel grade, compared to weapons grade, is significant. 3-5% versus 95% HEU. This is quite detectable by simple inspections.

Is America in violation of the NNPT? Yes.

Currently? Yes.

Is Iran, currently? Not to the best of the knowledge of the U.S. NIE.

30 July, 2008 15:07  
Blogger LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said...

Keep your head in the sand JSN.

Iran has admitted openly that they are enriching uranium with the goal of producing a nuclear weapon

Nice try

30 July, 2008 16:20  
Blogger JSN said...

Iran's nuclear program is something I know a lot more than average about.

Here is the story about the U.S. Government saying Iran ended nuclear weapons program.

Now, if you have more information than the combined wisdom of the National Intelligence Estimate, then please share it. I know they've been wrong before (see: Iraqi WMD).

I've heard it said that hiding a weapons grade uranium enrichment site is more expensive than building one. The enrichment process involves spinning uranium around in tubes, and this stuff is _very_ detectable. As in, I think, from outer space.

31 July, 2008 04:03  

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