Posts Tagged ‘Iranian Nuclear program’

Iran has for years maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, like producing energy.  Yet today he announces that his country has 3,000 centrifuges installed and operational for the enrichment of uranium. There is only one purpose for highly enriched uranium… and it has nothing to do with peace.

From China Daily News 

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that his country has already installed 3,000 centrifuges for the uranium enrichment work, in defiance of a key UN demand of suspending it.

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From VOA 

mahmoud.jpgIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the world cannot stop his country’s nuclear program.

State-controlled news agencies in Tehran quote Mr. Ahmadinejad as saying Iran has passed the difficult points on the nuclear issue and that no power can stop the country from making further achievements.

From Reuters

France and Germany signalled on Friday the European Union could punish Iran for sarkozy.jpgpressing ahead with its nuclear programme before the world’s top powers agree on further sanctions at the United Nations.

France urged other EU states this week to start exploring further sanctions against Iran now, at the same time as the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany negotiate a third round of U.N. measures against Tehran.

merkel.jpg…”In the event a Security Council decision cannot be reached and Iran is not showing a readiness to cooperate, the EU needs to think in a timely way about how to react,” a German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told a news conference.

Iran desperately needs western technology, not just for its nuclear program but throughout it’s economy. The change in the French position on this issue is crucial to resolving it short of military confrontation. For any sanctions regime to work however it will require universal enforcement. The lack of enforcement of various sanctions regimes in the past have undermined attempts to change the behavior of Iran and other Rogue nations.

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Iranian Nuke program not a closed issue

I am not sure that a new sanctions regime against Iran will work, but the French Change of position is encouraging.  No amount of sanctions by the UN or even independently from the EU or U.S. will do much unless those sanctions are enforced… The unwillingness of member states to enforce sanctions in the past have undermined efforts against Iran and other rogue nations.    

From Reuters 

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Tuesday the West must continue to work on sanctions if it is to be taken seriously by Iran, even as talks continue to resolve a stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Kouchner told Europe 1 radio that the situation in Iran was dangerous and that a nuclear-armed Iran would make the situation in the Middle East even more complicated.

“While the European dialogue continues…we have to work on sanctions so as to be taken seriously,” Kouchner said.

The Iranian regime denied the existence of the Natanz facility as well when reports of it first surfaced…  

From VOA News  

Iran has categorically denied claims that it is building a secret underground military nuclear facility near its existing complex at Natanz in the central part of the country.

Iranian nuclear official Javad Vaeedi issued the denial in a statement to Iranian media Friday. He said the allegations are designed to destroy what he called the “positive climate” created by Iran’s cooperation on the nuclear issue.

Thursday, the opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran said the Tehran government was building an underground facility about five kilometers from the Natanz complex.

The exile group told a news conference in Paris that the new facility would be operational in six months. The claim could not be independently verified.

Related Post: Iran may be building secret underground Nuke Facility

If true this would definately be in violation Non Proliferation Treaties, and if its nucler program is purely for peaceful purposes why go to such extents to hide it?? 

An Iranian opposition group says the Iranian government is building a secret underground military nuclear facility near its existing complex at Natanz in the central part of the country.

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran made the assertion at a news conference in Paris Thursday. The claim cannot be independently verified, and the group did not provide any evidence.

The group said its information came from sources within Iran, and indicates that the underground facility is five kilometers from the Natanz complex and will be operational in six months.

The source of the information is questionable, though they have provided accurate information in the past about Iran’s nuclear sites.

The group five years ago disclosed information about two hidden nuclear sites, including the one at Natanz, helping uncover Iran’s nuclear program. However, the group has made other claims in the past that have not been verified.

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Other News Coverage: Gulf Daily News, Melbourne Herald Sun 

From ABC News 

The United States rejected on Wednesday Iran’s claim that its nuclear program is a “closed” matter and said it would keep pushing for fresh U.N. Security Council sanctions that are resisted by China and Russia.

The West accuses Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons under the cover of a civil nuclear program. Iran denies this, saying its program is to produce power so that it can export more of its valuable gas and oil.

Regardless what the UNSC does, or even if Russia and China Veto any resolution out of the Security Council, France’s shift highlighted by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech at the UN ensures that the issue is anything but closed.

There will not be peace in the world if the international community falters in the face of the proliferation of nuclear arms,” Sarkozy said. The Iranian crisis will only be resolved if firmness and dialogue go hand-in-hand.”

Iran desperately needs high tech equipment not just for its nuclear program but in many other aspects of its economy.  With France the U.S., Germany & Britain pushing for firmness and dialogue either the UNSC follows through or the US & EU could pursue those sanctions independently. Since the technology that Iran needs comes from the west what the UNSC does or doesn’t do is pretty much irrelevant.

Bottom Line Case Not Closed: