Skip to comments.Iran ignores nuclear deadline
Posted on 02/22/2007 9:28:21 AM PST by MadIvan
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran failed to suspend uranium enrichment activity by February 21, ignoring a U.N. Security Council deadline to halt work the West fears could give Tehran an atomic weapon, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said on Thursday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency also said in a report that Iran had installed two cascades, or networks, of 164 centrifuges in its underground Natanz enrichment plant with another two cascades close to completion.
This represented efforts to expand research-level enrichment of nuclear fuel into "industrial scale" production.
It said Iranian workers lowered into the plant an 8.7-tonne container of uranium hexafluoride gas (UF-6) to prepare to start feeding centrifuges, which can enrich the material into fuel for power plants or, if refined to high levels, for bombs.
Iran's defiance of a 60-day deadline set by the Council when it banned nuclear technology transfers to Iran on December 23 will expose Iran to wider sanctions over its atomic energy programme, which the West fears is a front for assembling atom bombs.
Tehran says it is seeking nuclear-generated electricity.
"Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities," said the confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters.
"Iran has continued with the operation of the (small ground-level pilot fuel-enrichment) plant," it added.
"It has also continued with the construction of the (underground) Fuel Enrichment Plant, including installation of cascades, and has transferred UF-6 to the plant," it said.
"As of (February 17), no UF6 had been fed into the process at the (underground plant)," the report added.
Iran intends to install 3,000 centrifuge machines in its Natanz enrichment hall over coming months to lay the basis for "industrial-scale" fuel production involving some 54,000.
The six-page report said Iran had agreed to interim IAEA verification procedures at the underground plant but not to remote monitoring.
The IAEA had told Iran this restriction would violate non-proliferation safeguard rules once more than 500 centrifuges were installed, according to the report.
It's been all over the news this morning. Looks like we are on the well-trodden path again.
Excellent! Let the Kabooms begin!
The only question is where will the Iranian nuclear bomb be detonated.
In other surprising news, the sun rose in the east this morning...
How about downtown Tehran?
Another line in the sand will be drawn. Over and over until??
Peace through Strength - RWR
In no corner of the world can it be more evident than at the UN that weakness breeds contempt and conflict.
Dog bites man.
Let's (the US) quit talking about this as if we're surprised and do something once and for all!
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Hopefully in an area that will give Israel every excuse in the world to show that Iranian, hostage taking, Iraqi insurgent supporting, hero of the democrat party, Muzzie puke, the true definition of being "wiped off the face of the earth".
I think the US is just waiting for these to be fired up and operational, THEN we're going to hit them.
Radioactive, poisonous wreckage would be more than a little difficult to repair during a late ME spring or early summer.
We dont have to put boots on the ground when dealing with this situation.All we need to do is bomb them mercilessly until they yield to terms or all their nuclear sites are destroyed. If we see them build a new site bomb it.Rinse repeat until they understand.
How'd you like to be an Iranian nuclear scientist now? Talk about high risk jobs. Let's see... how many vacation days do I have?....
I do hope you're right, but OTOH the Rats aren't going to have any peace until they have us cut and run.
Nuke 'em til they glow....
Shoot 'em in the dark
Did the UN bow it's head and whisper "okay"...?
"Gone in 60 Seconds"?
Time line of events with Iran and our subsequent military buildup besides what we have in Iran and Afghanistan.
If Tehran Only Knew, what will happen if there is no regime change in Iran.:
"In America, we lie for tactical reasons, stating over and over that military action against Iran is unlikely. However in Iran, out of ignorance, they reiterate that American military action against their country is impossible because the US is "unable" to do so!
We say and hope our analysis is wrong. A possible military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities is in the final stages. Unless a political miracle occurs that revives the halted dialog between Iran and the international community, Iran and its neighboring countries should not be surprised by a scenario that includes American military action. "
Just maybe, President Bush is purposely allowing the media and the left to spout their garbage in order to create the illusion that we are completely incapable of taking any action against Iran. It would come as a complete surprise if we did take action.
Summary of US military buildup in the Persian Gulf area since the first of the year:
Over the past month, the U.S. Navy has given orders to the U.S.S. John Stennis carrier battle group, based in Bremerton, WA, to steam toward the Persian Gulf, where it will join the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Navy sources say the Pentagon is getting ready to announce the dispatch of a third carrier battle group the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan from San Diego. That will make three carrier battle groups in the region starting at around the end of January.
Oh, and along with them is the amphibious assault group led by the U.S.S. Boxer, which can land several thousand U.S. Marines to seize and destroy strategic sites near the coast at a moments notice. (Busheir? Bandar Abbas? Jask? The three Persian Gulf islands Iran seized from the UAE in the 1990s and has since fortified to harass Gulf shipping? Your pick).
Other recent US Naval and Marine Corp additions to handle/control/kill the Iranian Serial Killers:
Bataan Transits Suez Canal, Enters U.S. 5th Fleet Story Number: NNS070130-14 Release Date: 1/30/2007 7:00:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joanne De Vera, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/ Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs
USS BATAAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and the Sailors and Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) successfully transited the Suez Canal on Jan. 30 and entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
While in the region, the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) will conduct maritime security operations (MSO).
MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
U.S. 5th Fleets area of operations encompasses 2.5 million square miles of water and includes the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean.
Well continue our role as the surface warfare commander and the air defense commander for the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group, said Cmdr. Jon Carriglitto, Bataans operations officer. Together with the MEU, we bring the ability to insert a quick, capable amphibious force where its needed.
While in theater, approximately 6,000 U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to the ESG and the 26th MEU provide the combatant commander a versatile sea-based force that can be tailored to a variety of missions. The Bataan ESG has the capabilities to support MSO, combat operations and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief.
Bataan ESGs presence in the U.S. 5th Fleet will require the crew to conduct what it does best: well deck and flight deck operations, said Carriglitto. Well be conducting varsity-level operations, but much of it falls right in line with our ongoing training, so I know were ready to meet those challenges.
Bataan, commanded by Capt. David Hulse, left its homeport of Norfolk on Jan. 4 for a regularly-scheduled deployment as the flagship of the Bataan ESG. The ESG is comprised of the Bataan Strike Group, commanded by Commodore Donna Looney, commander, Bataan Strike Group/Amphibious Squadron 2, and the 26th MEU based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., commanded by Col. Gregg Sturdevant.
In addition to Bataan, the strike group consists of USS Shreveport (LPD 12), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Underwood (FFG 36), and USS Scranton (SSN 756).
For related news, visit the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.
"Due to rapidly developing events in Somalia, U.S. Central Command has tasked USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to join USS Bunker Hill, USS Ramage, USS Anzio and USS Ashland to support ongoing maritime security operations off the coast of Somalia," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for 5th Fleet in Bahrain.
Update on USS Reagan, it has arrived on station with 5th Fleet in the Mideast: USS Ronald Reagan joins 5th Fleet in Middle East By Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Wednesday, February 22, 2006 The Navys newest aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, has replaced the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Middle East as the nuclear-powered carrier marks its maiden operational deployment, Navy officials said. The San Diego-based carrier, which leads Carrier Strike Group 7, arrived in the Navys 5th Fleet area of operations Saturday, and is there to support U.S. military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our past nine months of training have been in preparation to support our troops on the ground in Iraq and carry out maritime security operations, Rear Adm. Michael Miller, strike group commander, said in a Navy news release. Aboard the $4.5 billion carrier is Carrier Air Wing 14, with about 85 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The Reagan left its home port Jan. 4 for an expected six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf.
More Iranian related news:
Pentagon official tells LA Times aggressive new tactics designed to deter Iranian assistance to Iraqi militants may include more forceful patrols by fighter planes along Iran-Iraq border to counter smuggling of bomb supplies from Islamic Republic; For every improvised explosive device that goes off in Iraq, a bomb should go off in Iran, retired Air Force lieutenant general says.
IRAN CLOCK IS TICKING
Thursday, February 01, 2007 - FreeMarketNews.com
LINKED NEWS ANALYSIS
Military and intelligence sources continue to tell me that preparations are advancing for a war with Iran starting possibly as early as mid-to-late February. The sources offer some differences of opinion over whether Bush might cite a provocation from Iran or whether Israel will take the lead in launching air strikes against Irans nuclear facilities.
A Quote from: The Dogs of War - Lessons of the 20th Century. By Victor Davis Hanson, (author most recently of Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power):
"I would not wish to fight the United States - either militarily, politically, or culturally. For every threat, our history teaches us that Americans offer not just a rejoinder, but the specter of a devastating answer of a magnitude almost inconceivable to those now chanting and threatening in the streets of the Middle East.
Do they have any idea of what sort of dangerous people we really are? Do they understand the history of the names of those ships now off their coasts, like the USS Peleliu or Enterprise, or the pedigree of the 82nd or 101st Airborne?"
In spite of all the reality above, the insane Islamofascist serial killers in charge of Iran are going ahead with naval war games in the Persian Gulf.
Iranian navy, air forces to launch wargames in Persian Gulf, Oman Sea IRNA / Reuters ^
Posted on 02/06/2007 10:20:34 AM PST by maquiladora
Missile units of the air and naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will begin a specialized wargame in southern and central parts of Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman from Wednesday.
The announcement follows mounting tension with the United States, which has said it will step up pressure on Iran. This has included despatching a second aircraft carrier to the Gulf, a major shipping lane for oil exports.
The exercises will be staged on Wednesday and Thursday by the missile units of the Guards' naval and air forces, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, citing a Guards source.
Posted on 02/20/2007 8:15:53 AM PST by nypokerface
MANAMA (AFP) - A second US aircraft carrier has arrived in Middle Eastern waters as promised by US President George W. Bush in January amid an escalating crisis with nearby Iran over its nuclear program.
The USS John C. Stennis and its accompanying strike group joined the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Sea of Oman but has not yet entered Gulf waters, the US Fifth Fleet said Tuesday from its base in Manama.
The Stennis "entered the US 5th Fleet area of operations... to conduct maritime security operations in regional waters, as well as to provide support for ground forces operating in Afghanistan and Iraq," said a US statement.
Bush on January 10 unveiled his new strategy for Iraq which included deploying a second aircraft carrier group and a Patriot anti-missile defense system "to reassure our friends and allies."
Washington accuses arch-foe Tehran of stoking the insurgency in Iraq and of seeking to develop a nuclear bomb, charges denied by the Islamic republic.
Days after Bush's announcement, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Stennis's redeployment was a signal to Iran, which, he said, has a "very negative" attitude.
Iran has also been carrying out military exercises in the region, including test-firing missiles and building drones that military commanders boasted could hit the US Navy.
The White House has repeatedly insisted it has no plans to strike Iran, and downplayed the significance of reinforcing the US military presence in the Gulf region.
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised the US military build-up in the Gulf, saying it did not fit in with Washington's Iraq strategy.
Hey, what is causing all those bright lights and loud noises!
The nuclear bomb used at Hiroshima was puny compared to what we have ready for the Islamofascist serial killers in Iran:
Atomic blast in Hiroshima
An atomic blast demolished the centre of Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6,1945. Japan agreed to surrender after a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9.
Iranian Map: Before we unleash the real hell on earth shown below for the Iranian Whackjobs:
Then, we show the suicidal Islamofascist serial killers in charge of Iran, what real nuclear weapons will do.
Iranian Map: After the above!
Besides the obvious air and missile strikes, we can cause a lot of economic problems for Iran using their techniques against them like the following: (Iranian) Pipeline blown up
Daily Times (Pakistan) ^ | February 21st, 2007
Posted on 02/21/2007 2:41:24 AM PST by M. Espinola
Quetta: Suspected Baloch militants blew up a gas pipeline near Quetta on Tuesday, cutting supplies to a power plant and several areas, a gas company official said. Gas supplies were cut to four districts near Quetta and a 95 MW city power plant. Supplies might be restored to some areas within 24 hours, Nawaz said. No one was hurt in the early morning blast in the outskirts of Quetta. They planted explosives under an 18-inch pipeline that blew out a 4-foot piece of the pipe, said Sheikh Nawaz, general manager of Sui Southern Gas Company. agencies
Taggin' this thread...
Correct. De-fang them as well. Plink all their Navy and render their Air Force and military airfields inoperable. Take out every ASCM coastal firing point and repeat as necessary.
There is the question of nuclear fallout. I wonder if conventional weapons could take out Iran's nuclear capacity?
War is coming...the only question is how soon and how horrific.
Clearly, this situation calls for a stern UN resolution.
Name it Operation Salamis, make sure there are plenty of B-52s involved, and pound them until the regime is dust. The beauty is, if the President did it right, he could accomplish it all before his War Powers Act window closes.