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  • Obama’s Fatal Nuclear Deal

    03/11/2015 5:24:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 11, 2015 | Majid Rafizadeh
    When President Obama was elected, he promised that he would free the world from nuclear weapons. In reality, and on the contrary, his policies are setting a dangerous stage for hyper-proliferation particularly in one of the most dangerous region of the world: the Middle East. Before the nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers (known as the P5+1:the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China) began, numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions demanded that the Islamic Republic put an end to its nuclear enrichment program. The economic sanctions brought the clerical government of Iran...
  • Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress [Obama to Boehner: "Get Lost!"]

    10/19/2014 8:08:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | October 19, 2014 | DAVID E. SANGER
    Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress By DAVID E. SANGER OCT. 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it. Even while negotiators argue over the number of...
  • No WMD Stockpiles in Iraq? Not Exactly ...

    10/08/2004 4:00:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies · 2,445+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 10/08/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Is it really true that Saddam Hussein had no "stockpiles" of weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invaded in March 2003? Not exactly - at least not if one counts the 500 tons of uranium that the Iraqi dictator kept stored at his al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons development plant. The press hasn't made much of Saddam's 500-ton uranium stockpile, downplaying the story to such an extent that most Americans aren't even aware of it. But it's been reported - albeit in a by-the-way fashion - by the New York Times and a handful of other media outlets. And one...
  • Secrets of Saddam's nuclear programme hidden under tree

    09/25/2004 1:15:57 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 25, 2004 | KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER
    AN IRAQI scientist-turned-author says the most significant pieces of his country’s dormant nuclear programme were buried under a lotus tree in his backyard, untouched for more than a decade before the US-led invasion in 2003.But their existence, Dr Mahdi Obeidi writes in a new book, is evidence that the international community should remain vigilant as other countries try to replicate Iraq’s successes before the 1991 Gulf war to develop components necessary for a nuclear weapon. In The Bomb in my Garden, Dr Obeidi details Saddam’s quest for a nuclear bomb: "Although Saddam never had nuclear weapons at his disposal, the...
  • Mahdi Obeidi and the real story of Iraq's Nukes

    09/28/2004 10:27:58 PM PDT · by TWohlford · 5 replies · 483+ views
    New York Times ^ | 28 sept 2004 | Mahdi Obeidi
    Saddam, the bomb and me Mahdi Obeidi NYT Tuesday, September 28, 2004 Iraq's nuclear program While the final report from Charles Duelfer, the top American inspector of Iraq's covert weapons programs, won't be released for a few weeks, the portions that have already been made public touch on many of the experiences I had while working as the head of Saddam Hussein's nuclear centrifuge program. Now that I am living in the United States, I hope to answer some of the most important questions that remain. What was really going on in Iraq before the American invasion last year? Iraq's...
  • US official: It’s possible Iran might have small, discreet enrichment program

    02/22/2014 1:14:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 02.22.14, 22:24 | Attila Somfalvi
    Visiting in Israel ahead of continued talks with Iran, US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said it is “possible that Iran might have a small, discreet enrichment program.” Elaborating on the possibility, Sherman said “the objective (of talks) is to ensure that Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon and that its program is exclusively peaceful. Whether, in fact, Iran will have a domestic enrichment program is part of the negotiations.” …
  • Israeli Officials Warn of Rapid Uranium Enrichment by Iran New technology could allow Iran to

    09/24/2013 3:20:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/24/13 | Abraham Rabinovich
    JERUSALEM—The red line drawn by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Iran’s nuclear program has been rendered obsolete by technology, according to Israeli officials who are pushing for a concerted new effort to block Iran’s possible acquisition of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu warned in his address to the United Nations General Assembly last year that if Iran enriches 250 kilograms of uranium to a level of 20 percent it would be in position to make a secret dash for nuclear weapon production before the international community could stop it. Netanyahu then hinted at Israeli military action if Iran tried it. Although...
  • Iran to Citizens: Flee Isfahan

    01/02/2013 12:46:36 PM PST · by bayouranger · 55 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 02JAN12 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian officials tell citizens to vacate city located near nuke site Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan’s one-and-a-half million people to leave the city “because pollution has now reached emergency levels,” the BBC reported. However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material. Tehran went to great lengths in December to deny these reports, telling state-run media outlets...
  • Susan Rice’s Enrichment Program...Rice has investments in companies doing business with Iran

    11/29/2012 3:05:04 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The Washigton Free Beacon ^ | 11/29/2012 | Adam Kredo
    The portfolio of embattled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice includes investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in several energy companies known for doing business with Iran, according to financial disclosure forms. Rice, a possible nominee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down, has come under criticism for promulgating erroneous information about the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Rice has the highest net worth of executive branch members, with a fortune estimated between $24 to $44 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A Free Beacon analysis of Rice’s...
  • Iran suspends uranium enrichment

    11/03/2012 8:34:59 PM PDT · by Abiotic · 72 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, 11-04-2012 | Josh Layton
    Iran has suspended the enrichment of uranium stockpiles to the 20% purity needed to bring it a short step from building a nuclear device, news services in the region have reported. Mohammad Hossein Asfari, a member of parliament responsible for foreign policy and national security, was quoted as saying that the move was a "goodwill" gesture, aimed at softening Iran's position before a new round of scheduled talks with the United States after this week's presidential elections. Asfari said he hoped sanctions would be lifted in return for Iran's actions, otherwise it would resume the programme, according to a website...
  • US Attack On Iran Could Cause Tens-Of-Thousands Of Civilian Casualties

    10/05/2012 1:15:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | ober | Robert Johnson
    The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble written by Khosrow B. Semnani, and published by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah has concluded a strike would include four sites and irradiate up to 100,000 Iranian citizens and soldiers. The four locations include: Isfahan: The Nuclear Technology/Research Center in Esfahan (ENTC) is supposed to be the main location of the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Semnani predicts 1,000 workers here will be killed, and up to 70,000 casualties in the surrounding areas from toxic plumes: 71,000 Natanz: One-hundred miles north of Isfhahan, this location has been in use for about 12 years and...
  • Time to Authorize Use of Force Against Iran

    09/28/2012 9:17:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 21, 2012 | Elliott Abrams, former Asst Secretary of State
    How America can stop what the New York Times calls “Israel’s March to War” is the hot topic this month. The issue—for the Times—is whether Israel is on the verge of bombing Iran’s nuclear sites, or can be persuaded to delay that decision and rely on the United States instead. This is what a parade of U.S. officials visiting Jerusalem this summer have counseled (and pressured) Israel to do. But the comments of Israel’s top officials suggest that its patience is wearing thin and that it may act soon, in weeks if not months. As the Associated Press put it,...
  • 'Iran discovered listening device near nuclear site'

    09/23/2012 11:35:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/23/2012 | Staff
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guards discovered an electronic monitoring device near the Fordow nuclear site in northern Iran last month, The Sunday Times reported Sunday, citing western intelligence sources. Soldiers were checking on communications terminals at Fordow when they discovered a rock, according to the report. When the soldiers attempted to move the rock, it exploded, presumably self-destructing. The device was reportedly capable of intercepting data from computers in Fordow. The Iranians did not report the discovery, according to the Times. Iran uses the Fordow facility to enrich uranium to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, the part of its work...
  • Iran starts uranium enrichment, condemns American to death

    01/09/2012 11:31:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 9, 2012 7:56pm EST | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun enriching uranium deep inside a mountain and sentenced an American to death for spying, angering the West and undermining hopes that diplomacy could avert further sanctions or war. The start of enrichment at the Fordow bunker near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom was confirmed on Monday by an Iranian official in Tehran and by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran says its nuclear program is purely non-military but the West believes it is designed to produce nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic's decision to carry out enrichment work deep underground could eventually make it much...
  • US indicts Iranian nabbed in Philippines over nuke export plot

    07/13/2012 8:45:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    ABS CBN (Reuters) ^ | 07/14/2012
    A US federal grand jury has indicted two men, one from Iran and the other from China, on charges of conspiring to send materials from the United States to Iran for the purpose of enriching uranium, the US Justice Department said on Friday. Using a Chinese company as a go-between to avoid trade sanctions, the men tried for three years to obtain US materials, such as high-strength steel, that could be used in an Iranian nuclear program, the department said. Iranian citizen Parviz Khaki was arrested in May in the Philippines, while the other man, Zongcheng Yi of China, remains...
  • Experts: Iran Was Able to Clean Out Stuxnet

    02/14/2012 10:51:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/2/12
    Computer experts from Europe and the United States said on Tuesday that they believe engineers in Iran’s nuclear program were able to completely neutralize their computer systems from the Stuxnet virus which seriously damaged Iranian nuclear equipment about two years ago. According to the experts, the virus was implanted in the computer systems already in 2009 and disrupted...
  • Iran Begins Moving Uranium Enrichment Machines To Underground Bunker

    08/22/2011 5:37:44 AM PDT · by edpc · 14 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 22 Aug 2011 | Reuters
    Iran has started moving the machines that enrich uranium for nuclear fuel from its main atomic complex in the central city of Natanz to an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom, its top nuclear official was quoted as saying on Monday. "Transferring Natanz centrifuges to Fordow (near Qom) is under way with full observance of standards," Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani told state broadcaster IRIB, adding "Fordow's facilities are being prepared and some centrifuges have been transferred."
  • IAEA: Iran reaches breakthrough in suspected nuclear weapons push

    09/03/2011 9:49:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 9/3/11 | Yossi Melman
    The United Nations nuclear watchdog released a report Saturday stating that Iran is pursuing the development of nuclear weapons, adding that the Islamic Republic has upgraded its nuclear facilities in order to defend them from possible cyber attacks. According to the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has installed new and improved 2IR as well as 4IR centrifuges, which according to experts, will be immune to cyber attacks that were able to breach the older centrifuges. The centrifuges have allegedly been installed, the report states, in a fortified underground facility for uranium enrichment near the city of Qom.
  • Nuclear Leak In North Korea

    06/23/2010 11:33:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/23/2010 | Gordon G. Chang
    Is Kim Jong-il building a new type of weapon? On Monday Seoul announced that the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety had detected unusually high levels of xenon gas near the North Korea border on May 14. The concentration of xenon was eight times higher than normal, and the presence of the gas is indicative of nuclear activities. Because the wind was blowing south at the time, the source of the gas could not have been one of South Korea's nuclear plants. The xenon might have originated in China or Russia, but the most likely place was the land of unexplained...
  • Diplomats: Iran expands enrichment facility

    05/14/2010 1:07:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 130+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/14/10 | ap
    Second "cascade" of centrifuges for enriching Uranium to critical 20% level ready to go online VIENNA — Iran has set up new equipment that will allow it to boost its efficiency at enriching uranium at higher levels, diplomats said Friday. The move is likely to give the US more leverage with Russia and China in its push for new UN sanctions on Teheran. Iran's clandestine enrichment activities were discovered eight years ago and have expanded since to encompass thousands of centrifuges churning out material enriched to 3.5 percent. But despite three rounds of Security Council sanctions meant to enforce demands...
  • Iran picks new enrichment site

    04/19/2010 11:05:10 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 154+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-19-2010 | Associated Press
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has approved the site for a new enrichment facility Iran plans to build, his top adviser said Monday, the latest step in expanding a nuclear program that the United Nations has demanded Teheran halt. Still, in an apparent attempt to ward off a new UN sanctions, Iran's foreign minister said his country wants to hold further discussions on a nuclear fuel deal that was originally touted as a possible way to ease the standoff but has since hit a dead end. The United States and its allies are trying to rally support for new UN sanctions...
  • 'Qom a proof Iran's program is military'

    12/15/2009 2:24:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 405+ views
    The Jeusalem Post ^ | 12/15/2009 | Yaakov Katz
    Discovery of Iran's secret uranium enrichment facility near Qom several months ago is a "warning sign" for anyone who thinks that the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is for civilian purposes, head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said Tuesday. Speaking at a conference on security challenges in the 21st century at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Yadlin said that Iran is extremely close to mastering the necessary nuclear technology and will wait on the threshold until it feels that the international community is too weak to stop them to move forward towards the bomb. Iran, he...
  • Iran Wants Big Changes to Nuclear Deal With Powers

    10/27/2009 3:52:18 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 9 replies · 535+ views
    Reuters via New York Times ^ | 10/27/09 | Unattributed
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran wants major amendments within the framework of a U.N. nuclear fuel deal which it broadly accepts, state media said, a move that could unravel the plan and expose Tehran to the threat of harsher sanctions. The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday there was no need to rework the U.N. draft and he and France's foreign minister suggested Tehran would rekindle demands for tougher international sanctions if it tried to undo the plan. Among the central planks of the plan opposed by Iran -- but requested by the West to cut the risk of...
  • MOP + UON Spell Trouble For Iran (Will U.S. Bomb, Bomb Iran?)

    10/08/2009 5:37:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 1,886+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 8, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • Bust Iran's Bunkers

    08/03/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,355+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: As the failure of engagement with Iran grows more apparent, the administration that has talked very softly may be getting the mother of all sticks ready. Guess we need high-tech Cold War weapons after all.Western intelligence sources have told London's Times that Iran has perfected the means to develop and detonate a nuclear bomb and is merely awaiting word from its supreme leader to produce its first one. Should the order be given, it would take just six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. Time's up. Recently, and perhaps not coincidentally, Defense...
  • US Officials Think Iran Might Have More Undisclosed Enrichment Plants

    10/07/2009 9:54:32 PM PDT · by buszero · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Pravda ^ | 10/07/2009 | junebug
    At a landmark session that included the highest-level bilateral contact between U.S. and Iran in years Iran and six world powers put nuclear talks back on track The meeting ended with a pledge to meet again this month. Disputes, however, surfacing shortly after its conclusion indicated a rough road to agreement ahead. Iran accepted a demand Thursday at the talks in a villa outside Geneva to allow U.N. inspectors into its covertly built enrichment plant, in a move that appeared to defuse tensions that had been building for weeks. Western officials at the session said the Islamic republic had also...
  • Officials: Iran has revealed existence of a second uranium enrichment plant

    09/25/2009 12:26:23 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 102 replies · 5,601+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | September 25, 2009 | N/A
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  • N. Korea says it has reached the final phase of uranium enrichment

    09/03/2009 3:56:12 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 8 replies · 470+ views
    yonhap news ^ | september 3, 2009
    SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Friday that it has entered a final phase of uranium enrichment, and is also building more nuclear weapons with spent fuel rods extracted from its only operating plutonium-producing reactor.
  • Education Activity Offers Free Summer Enrichment Program

    04/14/2009 4:54:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 168+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – For military students who can’t squeeze enough learning into the school year, the Department of Defense Education Activity has the perfect solution. For the fifth year, the agency is offering eligible students in kindergarten through 8th grade a free, four-week summer enrichment program with a curriculum emphasizing math and language arts. DoDEA officials expect enrollment of about 10 percent of all the 6,500 students in kindergarten through 8th grade in the activity’s school system, Joel K. Hansen, DoDEA’s special projects coordinator, said. “It’s not a remedial program. It’s not a program to help students...
  • US may cede to Iran’s nuclear ambition(allowing enrichment?)

    04/07/2009 9:49:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 744+ views
    FT ^ | 04/03/09 | Daniel Dombey
    US may cede to Iran’s nuclear ambition By Daniel Dombey in Washington Published: April 3 2009 17:29 | Last updated: April 3 2009 17:29 US officials are considering whether to accept Iran’s pursuit of uranium enrichment, which has been outlawed by the United Nations and remains at the heart of fears that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons capability. As part of a policy review commissioned by President Barack Obama, diplomats are discussing whether the US will eventually have to accept Iran’s insistence on carrying out the process, which can produce both nuclear fuel and weapons- grade material. “There’s a fundamental...
  • Ahmadinejad says Iran now has 5,000-to-6,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment

    07/26/2008 3:20:47 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 315+ views
    AFP via translation | July 26, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - Nuclear: Iran has 5,000 to 6,000 centrifuges TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday that Iran had 5,000 to 6,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment activities, confirming that the Islamic Republic has expanded its controversial nuclear programme, reported state radio.
  • UN chief renews appeal to Iran to halt uranium enrichment

    07/11/2008 3:06:48 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 1 replies · 51+ views
    UNITED NATIONS - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday made a fresh appeal to Iran to comply with UN demands that it halt sensitive nuclear fuel work and urged all Middle East parties to pursue peaceful dialogue. "I have been calling on Iranian authorities to fully comply with all relevant Security Council resolutions and continue their negotiations with European Union and concerned parties," he said on his return from a two-week, three-nation Asian tour. A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana refused to confirm Iranian press reports that he would visit the Iranian capital on July 19 to...
  • No sign of enrichment freeze in Iran letter: France

    07/09/2008 5:14:41 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 94+ views
    PARIS - Iran's written response to an incentives package aimed at curbing its nuclear programme made no mention of a suspension of uranium enrichment, a process that could potentially make fuel for bombs, France said on Tuesday. France, Britain, Germany, the United States, Russia and China made the revised offer to Iran last month, and Iran sent a reply to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana last week. "There was no mention of a suspension of sensitive activities in this letter," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier told a news conference, using an expression that refers to enrichment-related activities. Iran...
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran won't stop enrichment

    02/11/2008 11:48:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 101+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/08 | Ali Akbar Dareini - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a defiant tone Monday on the 29th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, vowing not to slow Iran's nuclear program and announcing plans to launch more rockets into space as part of its drive to orbit a domestic satellite. Like Iran's nuclear activities, the country's space program has provoked unease abroad because the same technology needed to send satellites into space can be used to deliver warheads. Iranian officials insist both the space and nuclear programs are intended for peaceful purposes, and Ahmadinejad rallied Iranians against U.N. Security Council demands that Iran stop enriching...
  • Uranium Traces Found on N. Korean Tubes

    12/21/2007 2:51:34 AM PST · by notes2005 · 14 replies · 218+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2007 | By Glenn Kessler
    U.S. scientists have discovered traces of enriched uranium on smelted aluminum tubing provided by North Korea, apparently contradicting Pyongyang's denial that it had a clandestine nuclear program, according to U.S. and diplomatic sources. The United States has long pointed to North Korea's acquisition of thousands of aluminum tubes as evidence of such a program, saying the tubes could be used as the outer casing for centrifuges needed to spin hot uranium gas into the fuel for nuclear weapons. North Korea has denied that contention and, as part of a declaration on its nuclear programs due by the end of the...
  • Iran blocked UN inspectors on test visit to nuclear site

    05/10/2007 12:55:43 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 414+ views
    Excerpt - VIENNA (AFP) - Iran blocked UN atomic experts on a first unannounced test inspection of an underground nuclear site where it enriches uranium, despite a pledge to allow such visits, diplomats told AFP Thursday. The watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency had in March told Iran to allow its inspectors to install surveillance cameras at the site in Natanz but Tehran refused this and in return promised to allow frequent, unannounced visits. A first test on April 21 of this agreement "was a total failure," said a diplomat in Vienna, home to the IAEA, who added that a successful...
  • U.N. Nuke Chief: Iran's Program Limited

    04/12/2007 10:22:53 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 14 replies · 347+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 04/11/2007 | EagleUSA
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Iran is still only operating several hundred centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant outside the city of Natanz, despite its claims to have activated 3,000 of the devices, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Monday that the Natanz facility had begun "industrial-scale" production of nuclear fuel in a major advance in Iran's uranium enrichment program, which the United Nations has demanded be halted. Iran's top nuclear negotiator said that workers had begun injecting uranium gas into a new array of 3,000 centrifuges, a large jump over the...
  • Iran stops inspectors visiting nuclear site: diplomats

    03/19/2007 7:13:08 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 305+ views
    Agence France-Presse (excerpt) ^ | March 19, 2007 | Michael Adler
    VIENNA (AFP) - Iran stopped UN inspectors from visiting an underground bunker where it is building an industrial-scale plant to make enriched uranium but the inspectors will try again, diplomats told AFP Monday. Iran had however promised "frequent inspector access" to the site in Natanz, the UN watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported in February. The highly sensitive inspections, and talks over how they are to take place, came as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was expected to plead Iran's case this week before the UN Security Council, which is considering tightening sanctions on the Islamic republic over fears...
  • Iran - Ahmadinejad say ready to halt uranium if the West does the same

    02/20/2007 3:40:04 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 486+ views
    AP News Alert ^ | February 20, 2007
    AP News Alert Iranian president says his country ready to halt uranium enrichment provided the West does the same and shuts down its own nuclear programs.
  • News Analysis: Iran's Boast On Uranium Enrichment Is Put To Test

    02/03/2007 5:17:28 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 404+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 2-3-2007 | William J Broad - David E Sanger
    News analysis: Iran's boast on uranium enrichment is put to yest By William J. Broad and David E. Sanger Published: February 3, 2007 After decades of largely clandestine efforts, Iran is expected to declare in coming days that it has made a huge leap toward industrial-scale production of enriched uranium — a defiant act that the country's leaders will herald as a major technical stride and its neighbors will denounce as a looming threat. But for now, many nuclear experts say, the frenetic activity at the desert enrichment plant in Natanz may be mostly about political showmanship. The many setbacks...
  • Report: Swiss Had Role In S. African Nukes

    10/27/2005 9:16:37 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 542+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-28-2005
    Report: Swiss Had Role in S. African Nukes Friday October 28, 2005 4:01 AM GENEVA (AP) - Switzerland played a key role in building the nuclear weapons of the former apartheid regime of South Africa, a government-sponsored report said Thursday. More than a decade ago, then-South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that his country had dismantled its nuclear weapons program. Peter Hug, the author of a report in the Swiss National Science Foundation's six-year investigation into Swiss-South African relations, said Switzerland and other countries provided technical support for South Africa's uranium enrichment efforts. Hug, a history professor at the...
  • Iran begins installation of 3,000 centrifuges at Natanz uranium enrichment plant

    02/01/2007 2:11:17 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 730+ views
    AFP via translation | February 1, 2007
    ALARM - Iran installs centrifugal machines with Natanz VIENNA - Iran started to install centrifugal machines on its site of Natanz, where it hopes to use 3.000 of them to enrich by uranium in spite of the calls of UNO, declared Thursday of the diplomats.
  • Iran blocks IAEA camera installation at Natanz uranium enrichment plant

    02/01/2007 12:13:36 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 518+ views
    AFP via translation | February 1, 2007
    Iran prevents the work of inspectors of the IAEA VIENNA - Iran prevents inspectors of the IAEA from installing cameras of monitoring in a nuclear installation where Teheran wishes to place 3.000 centrifugal machines to enrich by uranium on industrial scale, diplomats Thursday indicated to AFP. Inspectors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are currently with the nuclear installation of Natanz (center of Iran) where an underground site is in the process of construction.
  • Iran Nuke Work Seems Slow, Puzzling West

    01/15/2007 12:29:37 AM PST · by Schnucki · 21 replies · 725+ views
    AP via NYT ^ | Jan. 11, 2007 | George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran's uranium enrichment program appears stalled despite tough talk from the Tehran leadership, leaving intelligence services guessing about why it has not made good on plans to press ahead with activities that the West fears could be used to make nuclear arms, diplomats said Thursday. Outside monitoring of Iran's nuclear endeavors is restricted to International Atomic Energy Agency inspections of declared sites leaving significant blind spots for both the agency and intelligence agencies of member countries trying to come up with the full picture. Still, Tehran's reluctance to crank up activities at its declared enrichment site...
  • Iran doubles nuke enrichment capacity

    10/27/2006 11:19:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 455+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/27/06 | Nassir Karimi - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has doubled its capacity to enrich uranium by successfully executing the process with a second network of centrifuges, a semiofficial news agency reported Friday, sending a defiant new message to the U.N. Security Council. Council members are working on a draft resolution that would impose limited sanctions on the Islamic republic because of its refusal to cease enrichment, a process that can produce fuel for a civilian nuclear reactor or fissile material for a warhead. The Iranian Students News Agency quoted an anonymous official as saying Iran has successfully begun injecting gas into a second network...
  • Iran feeds gas into 2nd atomic fuel network: ISNA

    10/27/2006 3:28:50 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 11 replies · 446+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 27, 2006 | Staff
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has injected gas into a second network of centrifuges and has obtained the output, Iran's student news agency ISNA reported on Friday, referring to part of a program the West fears is aimed at making bombs.ISNA quoted an "informed source" saying "the injection of gas was carried out" in the past week. "We have obtained the product of the second cascade," the source said. But the report also said uranium had not been put into the system yet, although it said this could happen in the next few days. It was not immediately clear what gas...
  • EU set to back limited Iran sanctions [Europe & Iran's oil.]

    10/17/2006 2:59:02 AM PDT · by familyop · 5 replies · 275+ views
    Reuters (SA) ^ | 17OCT06 | Reuters
    LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union was set to back limited United Nations sanctions against Iran on Tuesday after Tehran spurned conditions for opening negotiations on its nuclear programme. Diplomats said the EU's 25 foreign ministers were due to discuss possible incremental measures targeted initially at individuals and materials involved in Iranian uranium enrichment activities, which the West suspects is aimed at making a bomb. "The most important thing is to have a united response as we showed with North Korea. We must show Iran that the international community is completely determined to remain united," European External Relations Commissioner Benita...
  • Western position in nuclear dispute getting weaker - Ahmadinejad

    10/11/2006 11:37:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 9 replies · 518+ views
    DPA by way of Monsters and Critics ^ | 11OCT06 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    Tehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that the Western position in the nuclear dispute is getting weaker. 'The Western position against us is day by day getting weaker while ours is getting stronger,' Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the city of Shahriar, west of the capital Tehran. 'The West is getting unstable in its decisions. One day they threaten us, the other day they come with a smile,' the Iranian president said in the speech carried live by the news network Khabar. Ahmadinejad reiterated that Iran's nuclear programmes would continue despite all pressures and intimidation, but stressed...
  • North Korea Test Could Complicate Iran Nuclear Talks, say Experts

    10/11/2006 9:21:00 PM PDT · by familyop · 2 replies · 476+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 11OCT06 | Gary Thomas
    Thomas report - Download 525k Listen to Thomas report North Korea's claims to have detonated a nuclear weapon are expected to have wide-reaching effects on efforts to stem nuclear proliferation, especially with regard to Iran. Tehran will be calculating what the international response to the North Korean test will be, and how it will affect its bargaining position. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il The physical shock waves from North Korea's test may have been limited, but the political shock waves are far more profound, and no more so than in Tehran.Karim Sadjapour, an Iranian affairs analyst with the International...
  • Russia for negotiations on Iran problem

    10/10/2006 4:30:40 PM PDT · by familyop · 1 replies · 322+ views
    ITAR-TASS (Russian Federation) ^ | 10OCT06 | ITAR-TASS
    MOSCOW, October 10 (Itar-Tass) - The situation regarding the Iranian nuclear problem was in the focus of attention during the conversation on Tuesday between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak and ambassador of the Republic of Iran to Moscow Gholamreza Ansari. The diplomats also exchanged opinions on a number of international problems, the ministry noted. The meeting was held at the request of the Iranian ambassador. Nicholas Burns, the US undersecretary of state, said earlier to the BBC that the drafting of a new Security Council resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme would start this week. He said the resolution would...