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Weapons-grade uranium reported in Iran
Associated Press by way of Globe and Mail ^ | 12MAY06 | GEORGE JAHN

Posted on 05/12/2006 12:16:46 PM PDT by familyop

Vienna — The UN's atomic energy agency has found traces of highly enriched uranium at an Iranian site linked to the country's Defence Ministry, diplomats said Friday, adding to concerns that Tehran is hiding activities aimed at making nuclear arms.

The diplomats, who insisted on anonymity in exchange for revealing the confidential information, said the findings were preliminary and still had to be confirmed through other lab tests. But they said the density of enrichment appeared to be close to or above the level used to make nuclear warheads.

Still, they said, further analysis could show that the traces match others established to have come from abroad. The International Atomic Energy Agency determined earlier traces of weapons-grade uranium were imported on equipment from Pakistan that Iran bought on the black market during nearly two decades of clandestine activity discovered just over three years ago.

Uranium enriched to between 3.5 per cent and 5 per cent is used to make fuel for reactors to generate electricity. It becomes suitable for use in nuclear weapons when enriched to more than 90 per cent purity.

Iran's refusal to give up enrichment ambitions has led to involvement by the UN Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions but remains split on how firmly to pressure Tehran.

Key UN Security Council members agreed Tuesday to postpone a resolution that would have delivered an ultimatum to Tehran, giving Iran another two weeks to re-evaluate its insistence on developing its uranium enrichment capabilities.

Iran's hard-line President said Friday that his country is not afraid of possible U.S. military action over its enrichment program, but he added that he thought any such strikes were very unlikely. Washington has said it favours a diplomatic end to the dispute, without ruling out military force.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also told a local TV station that Iran would co-operate with the Security Council if it makes a decision on the escalating standoff as long as the world body acts “in line with international rules.”

The Islamic republic denies accusations that it wants to make nuclear arms and says it is only interested in uranium to generate power.

To argue that it never enriched uranium domestically to weapons grade, it cites the IAEA's tentative conclusion last year that weapons-grade traces collected from other sites within the country with no suspected ties to the military came in on equipment from Pakistan.

The origin of the samples now under investigation created some concern in that regard.

One of the diplomats told the Associated Press that the samples came from equipment that can be used in uranium-enriching centrifuges at a former research centre at Lavizan-Shian. The centre is believed to have been the repository of equipment bought by the Iranian military that could be used in a nuclear-weapons program.

The United States alleges that Iran conducted high-explosive tests that could have a bearing on developing nuclear weapons at the site.

The State Department said in 2004 that Lavizan's buildings had been dismantled and topsoil had been removed in attempts to hide nuclear weapons-related experiments. The agency subsequently confirmed that the site had been razed.

In an April 28 report to the U.N. Security Council and the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors, agency head Mohamed ElBaradei said the agency took samples from some of the equipment of the former Physics Research Center at Lavizan-Shian. The diplomat said the evaluation of those samples revealed the traces in question.

China and Russia have balked at British, French and U.S. efforts to put the resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. Such a move would declare Iran a threat to international peace and security and set the stage for further measures if Tehran refused to suspend its uranium enrichment operations. Those measures could range from breaking diplomatic relations to economic sanctions and military action.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: enriched; grade; iaea; inspections; inspectors; iran; nuclear; on; pakistan; terror; un; uranium; war; weapons

1 posted on 05/12/2006 12:16:47 PM PDT by familyop
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To: familyop
i for one am shocked! how dare those peaceful mullahs lie to the great and powerful un .../s
2 posted on 05/12/2006 12:18:51 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: familyop

And the IDF sits quietly,planning to take action at a time of *their* choosing.


3 posted on 05/12/2006 12:20:51 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: familyop

Time for an even NASTIER letter


4 posted on 05/12/2006 12:24:11 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

"Time for an even NASTIER letter"

Have the lawyers draft up a strong letter.


5 posted on 05/12/2006 12:29:38 PM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: Gay State Conservative
"And the IDF sits quietly,planning to take action at a time of *their* choosing."

Maybe Israel will save Europe. Islamist leaders in the Middle East, knowing popular sentiment against Israel, have unanimously advised Iran to threaten Israel exclusively. Iran has acquired missiles that will reach European countries and is trying to acquire missiles with even more range.
6 posted on 05/12/2006 12:33:44 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop
And this surprises who?

Someone tell Catie Curic. I'm sure she'll want to report how the press was dupped ...sarc off
7 posted on 05/12/2006 12:35:42 PM PDT by Russ_in_NC
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To: familyop

So what? The UN is so impotent that even if they found, and admitted to the existence of nuclear bombs in Iran, what could they do?


8 posted on 05/12/2006 12:36:51 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: Gay State Conservative

...the latest such advice.

Iran Sought Advice in Pakistan on Attack
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1631240/posts


9 posted on 05/12/2006 12:39:01 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: caisson71

The UN could find a bomb in the middle of their meeting place with a nice letter from the president of Iran and they would just sit there and say, "oh those crazy muslums, if only they were not so oppressed by america."


10 posted on 05/12/2006 12:40:09 PM PDT by Ainast
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To: familyop

I thought these guys were ten years away from developing "the bomb. Oh wait, thats right, they developing it for "peaceful" purposes.


11 posted on 05/12/2006 12:40:11 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: kinoxi

Make no mistake--much of the UN membership and bureaucracy wants Iran to have nuclear weapons to spite the US. China and Russia have nothing to fear from Iran--for now. Still stung from the UN scandal investigations and the US going around the UN to overthrow the brutal despot they were doing business with, Kofi & Company would like nothing better than to have Iran defy the US.

And as for the IAEA, last I looked, it was headed by an Arab named Mohammed. Nuf sed.


12 posted on 05/12/2006 12:40:23 PM PDT by LSUfan
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To: Puppage

It's only weapons-grade uranium. At least it's not pirated DVDs or CDs! If that were the case, the the RIAA and the MPAA would insist that we bomb and invade Iran. you'd have Madonna and the Dixie Chicks out there demanding war.


13 posted on 05/12/2006 12:43:05 PM PDT by rivercat (Welcome to California. Now go home.)
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To: Russ_in_NC

...or Rita Cosby, Greta Von Retchin' or any of the others. They can tell us more on their feelings about what celebrity/individual/ethnic/sex issues are really important.


14 posted on 05/12/2006 12:43:13 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: LSUfan

yes, piss be upon him


15 posted on 05/12/2006 12:43:54 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: familyop
This ticks me off

I think Irans Prsident needs a time-out to think about it.

16 posted on 05/12/2006 12:48:21 PM PDT by blasater1960 ( Ishmaelites...Still a wild-ass of a people....)
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To: familyop

Are they still draining the pond in Aruba???


17 posted on 05/12/2006 12:49:30 PM PDT by blasater1960 ( Ishmaelites...Still a wild-ass of a people....)
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To: BoBToMatoE
>>>Oh wait, thats right, they developing it for "peaceful" purposes.<<

Your sarcasm is not as wrong as you might have thought.

The Koran defines "Peace" and Muslim extremists, ie: the terrorists of the Wahhabi and Salfi groups, believe the the definition of "Peace" is when the entire world is Muslim and prays only to the "one true God", Allah.

These guys aren't fooling around; unless you see things their way, your on their hit list.

18 posted on 05/12/2006 12:51:55 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Hey, march some more - its helping get the wall built!)
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To: HardStarboard
"The Koran defines 'Peace' and Muslim extremists, ie: the terrorists of the Wahhabi and Salfi groups, believe the the definition of 'Peace' is when the entire world is Muslim and prays only to the 'one true God', Allah."

...and Shiite. Remember that the self-described "Mahdi" recently invited our President to convert to Islam. When western culture is the issue, Shiites support even Sunnis.
19 posted on 05/12/2006 12:59:29 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop

"At a time of our choosing..."


20 posted on 05/12/2006 1:16:55 PM PDT by YouPosting2Me
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To: familyop

It's time to get serious...about 25 years ago.


21 posted on 05/12/2006 1:18:18 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (I will not need to come here again…I will send my android instead.)
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To: familyop
"China and Russia have balked at British, French and U.S. efforts..."

The French? This must be serious.

22 posted on 05/12/2006 1:16:28 PM PDT by ConservativeChris
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To: familyop

Can't we send them some more? Via ICBM?


23 posted on 05/12/2006 1:21:19 PM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: familyop

Time to send in Madeline Albright to bench press them into submission! That woman has been on all the talk shows blasting the administration - someone tell her she's no longer Secretary of State and Clinton is no longer president.


24 posted on 05/12/2006 1:32:13 PM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: familyop

Pakistan is helping Iran become the next Islamic nuclear power so that together they can augment the strength of their nuclear arsenal against Israel or India. One by one they will help other Islamic countries. Unless Pakistan is stopped now, Iran becomming a nuclear power is a certainty. And then other Islamic countries will follow their footsteps.


25 posted on 05/12/2006 2:09:12 PM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

Yes. The Iranian mullahs and President have already promised on a number of occasions to export their nuclear technologies to other Islamist countries. And IMO, a situational necessity for taking out Pakistan's nuclear weapons will come sooner or later.


26 posted on 05/12/2006 5:49:35 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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