Skip to comments.A Hitch in Iran's Nuclear Plans?
Posted on 10/16/2009 12:57:16 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Since you're probably not a regular reader of the trade publication Nucleonics Week, let me summarize an article that appeared in its Oct. 8 issue. It reported that Iran's supply of low-enriched uranium -- the potential feedstock for nuclear bombs -- appears to have certain "impurities" that "could cause centrifuges to fail" if the Iranians try to boost it to weapons grade.
Now that's interesting. The seeming breakthrough in negotiations on Oct. 1 in Geneva -- where Iran agreed to send most of its estimated 1,500 kilograms of low-enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment -- may not have been exactly what it appeared. Iran may have had no alternative but to seek foreign help in enrichment because its own centrifuges wouldn't work.
"The impurities, certain metallic fluoride compounds, would interfere with centrifuge enrichment" at Iran's facility at Natanz, reported the newsletter's Bonn correspondent, Mark Hibbs.
This news strikes me as a potential bombshell. If the Nucleonics Week report is accurate (and there's some uncertainty among experts about how serious the contamination problem is), the Iranian nuclear program is in much worse shape than most analysts had realized. The contaminated fuel it has produced so far would be all but useless for nuclear weapons. To make enough fuel for a bomb, Iran might have to start over -- this time avoiding the impurities.
You've got to hand it to the Iranians, though, for making the best of what might be a bad situation: In the proposal embraced in Geneva, they have gotten the West to agree to decontaminate fuel that would otherwise be useful only for the low-enriched civilian nuclear power they have always claimed is their only goal.
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I’d rather see bunker busters taking them out than counting on some impurities.....
Well maybe we can add some impurities....just to help them out....for a fee of course.
either Iran has patriot saboteurs working in their labs, or George W was not bull———ng the Israelis when he said we had a covert op underway
Fluorine, a rabidly reactive chemical, is used in refining uranium by centrifuge, and if metallic stuff that is going to foul up later stages of attempting to get weapons purity uranium got in, it might have come off of the centrifuges themselves. Who supplied those durn things to them anyhow?
Being absolutely out of the know and WaPo publishing this, I have no choice but to see this as nothing other than convenient thinking in support of Obama’s charm offnsive at all costs. Once again we are to believe that Iran is not a threat and anyone that disagrees is unilateral in a repressive W way.
It would be nice if this monkey wrench in Iran’s plans were true, but at best it is a luck factor. Bummer’s alleged charm had nothing to do with it.
This news strikes me as a potential bombshell.
Really? It strikes me as a strategic deception designed to buy the Iranians enough time to complete the test phase. I have about as much proof as you do Mr. Ignatius.
I think a German company had a hand in it. Could be wrong but seem to recall something about that from several years ago.
:’) I think a 5000 degree “hitch” would be more appropriate.