Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Iran's Nuclear Sunrise

Drudge is reporting that the US believes that Iran is already in possession of enough of a certain type of nuclear material to make 10 nuclear weapons:
The United States has alleged that Iran has enough uranium gas to make 10 nuclear weapons and has called for new inspections in the Islamic Republic, a diplomat in Vienna told AFP Wednesday.

A senior US official made the claim at a closed-door meeting in Vienna of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the diplomat said.

US ambassador Gregory Schulte told the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors that Iran had failed on every count to meet the watchdog's call for it to suspend uranium enrichment.

Uranium is enriched so it can be used as fuel in a nuclear power reactor or, if enriched further, to make an atomic weapon.

Schlulte said Iran had 85 tons of the uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas and said this was enough to make 10 atom bombs, the diplomat reported.

He said there now should be special inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities.

A copy of his speech was not immediately available.
Iran turns around and threatens harm and pain on the US.

Iran wants nuclear weapons, although there are still more than a few diplomats (and regular folks) who are fooling themselves that Iran doesn't want nuclear weapons. What kind of harm and pain does Iran have in mind? Terrorism? Dirty bombs? Nuclear weapons lobbed on missile technology from North Korea? Spiking the price of oil to absurdly high levels?

The Moderate Voice thinks that we're now beyond just words and getting into threats. Umm, Iran has been pushing this envelope since last year when Ahmadinejad came to power and started on his messianic and apocalyptic visions for Iran. It's only more recently that the rhetoric has been ratched up going the other way as the world realizes that they've been willingly duped (that would be most Europeans) by the Iranians.

And Israel isn't going to sit idly by while Iran works towards its nuclear goals when the IAEA, UN, and Europeans aren't going to act to stop Iran. They've got their own national security to worry about - especially since Iran repeatedly calls out Israel for special targeting. Sister Toldjah has more on that.

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