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April 18, 2007

Iran Vows to Boost Nuclear Capability

Well it looks like everyone’s favorite bad boy of the Middle East, Iran, is giving the ole’ Middle Finger to the UN and sanctions with regard to developing nuclear capability.

Iran vowed on Tuesday to press ahead with plans to sharply increase its capacity to enrich uranium, defying international pressure to halt activities the West fears are aimed at making nuclear bombs.
Eight days after Iran announced it was capable of industrial-scale enrichment, its top nuclear official said United Nations sanctions would not stop work to install more centrifuges in the main Natanz uranium enrichment plant.

You mean the “threat” of UN sanctions didn’t work? I’m shocked.

Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, suggested it could take between two and four years to reach the goal of 50,000 centrifuges there, depending on the situation at home and abroad.

Iran has previously said it aims to build 54,000 centrifuges, which spin at high speeds to produce fuel for power plants or, if uranium is enriched further, bombs.

So, a two to four year window of opportunity. Hey, at least they’re giving us a timetable!

Aghazadeh called for “serious negotiations” on the nuclear issue and warned that Security Council members would also pay a price if they introduced any further sanctions against Iran, without elaborating.

“Therefore from now on both sides will pay,” he said.

Now, this is interesting. Is it bluster or is it a real threat that Iran will start being actively involved in plots against UN nations, or will they just not sell their oil anymore. Maybe I’m blind, but I just love it when these heads of agencies threaten the rest of the world. Maybe the West should take the bait, and move a bit more forcefully than sanctions with more sanctions to come. In any case, the window that Iran is stating is two to four years. Something tells me that there may be something off with that number.



  1. I am an Iranian! and I would like to discus this subject with you.

    Comment by Shahab — April 18, 2007 @ 1:19 am | Reply

  2. The saddest part about this is, because of the absolute distortion and misunderstanding about the true state of affairs in Iraq, people will never back stopping Iran militarily unless they try to attack us with nukes, no matter how desperately we try. It should not even be connected or play a factor in the debate.

    Let’s hope if Iran does try something military/terrorist against us, it’s in plenty of time for the current President to do something about it, or someone like Huckabee or Guliani has been elected.

    Comment by thelonedrifter — April 18, 2007 @ 2:25 am | Reply

  3. Agreed. The misrepresentation of the war in Iraq and of why it is essential that the Coalition succeeds will undoubtedly leave many Americans (and many others around the world) feeling very reluctant to back any military action without some kind of major attack. By then, it may be too late.

    Comment by libertas01 — April 18, 2007 @ 2:35 am | Reply

  4. There is something inherently evil about this diminutive man. It might be his megalomania or his weird obsession with ushering in the end times- I am not entirely sure.

    I was speaking with someone close to me and they raised an interesting point. It won’t be long until Iran has the nuclear capability to nearly entirely eradicate Israel. It has been said that with only 4 or 5 nukes could wipe out 80-90% of the Israeli population.

    At which point, my friend postulated, that the world would not allow or sanction a nuclear retaliatory strike for two reasons. First, Israel as a nation simply would not exist with 80-90% of it’s population dead. Second, the recent protests occurring in Iran that have been shown on the news will be used to deter any nuclear retaliation since so many innocent folks who disagree with the regime would be among the dead. (this led my friend to theorize that the sudden loosening of speech controls in Tehran is deliberate and calculated).

    What worries me most? I think he is right.

    Comment by totaltransformation — April 18, 2007 @ 11:14 am | Reply

  5. #1
    Talk away! 🙂
    I try to reply to all that ask a direct question.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 18, 2007 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

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