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“Today we started to make 20 per cent enriched nuclear fuel”

Official says Tehran will process weapons-grade uranium


 

Monday, the orders were given; Tuesday, the plan was in full swing. 24 hours after warning the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has begun processing weapons-grade enriched uranium. Iran claims the 20 per cent uranium will be used for medical research. But Western nations are suspicious of this claim – largely because Iran lacks the technical ability to make the enriched uranium fuel rods that are used for medical purposes. Many hope this latest move will be enough to convince Russia and China to cooperate with international sanctions (the two have yet to get on board.) On Tuesday, China called once more or diplomatic talks with Iran.

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“Today we started to make 20 per cent enriched nuclear fuel”

  1. Perhaps now we can finally abandon the fantasy that one of the most oil-rich countries on earth was developing nuclear technology strictly for power plants. Unless, of course, anyone actually believes the latest "medical research" angle.

    Life must be a perpetual series of surprises for leftists.
    Lefty: "They're just a peaceful nation, developing nuclear for alternative energy. And anyway, they won't have it for decades!"
    Righty: "They're going to develop a nuke, mount it on a missile, and take out Tehran."

    Four years later:
    Lefty: "They're developing enriched uranium? WTF? Oh ok, for medical research."
    Righty: "When they launch at Tehran and Israel retaliates, there's going to be World War 3. This will be bad."

    Four years later:
    Lefty: "They've detonated a nuke? WTF? Oh ok, for self-defence purposes."
    Righty: "Have I mentioned that they're going to nuke Tehran?"

    One year later:
    Lefty: "They've nuked Tehran? WTF? …"

    …and so it goes.

    • On the premise that we naturally must believe every word that comes out of Ahmedinjad's mouth? The liberal opposition to the dictator takes a rather more skeptical view.

    • Good grief. Tel Aviv, not Tehran.

      On second thought maybe this really does represent the average conversation between lefties and righties. Perpetual confusion on one side, perpetual clusterfark-articulation on the other.

  2. as an interesting countervailing perspective:

    <block>In particular: Why don't we offer Iran something its public cherishes — the acknowledged right to enrich uranium — in exchange for radically more intrusive inspections, along with ratification of the additional protocol? A version of this idea has been advanced by a group of experts that was convened by the American Foreign Policy Project and co-chaired by former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and the aforementioned Gary Sick. It's worth checking out.

    I'm not betting that Iran would accept this deal, but I don't see the downside of finding out, and that's something we've never done; no comparable deal has ever been put on the table. The closest such overture was a 2008 offer that would have imposed tougher inspections but denied Iran the right to enrich uranium as allowed under the N.P.T. until “the confidence of the international community in the exclusively peaceful nature of your nuclear program is restored” — which to the average Iranian means, “not until America says so.”</block>

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/t

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