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January 11, 2006

Iran Fallout

Topics: Iran

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Yesterday, we wrote an extensive post on Iran's removal of the U.N. seals on uranium enrichment equipment and it's resuming of nuclear research - defying demands that it maintain a two-year freeze on its nuclear program.

Cox & Forkum put the issue in a visual perspective that we thought you'd appreciate, and adds:

Strategic Policy Consulting chief Alireza Jafarzadeh, a FOX News contributor, alleged that Iran has manufactured as many as 5,000 centrifuges during the two-year timeframe that it claimed its activity was suspended. Jafarzadeh, an Iranian opposition activist who was responsible for exposing the Natanz facility in 2002, said he believes Tehran had pre-positioned these centrifuges for installation at Natanz before the "official" restart announced Tuesday and thus is much closer to weapons production than previously believed.

If Iran chooses to install these centrifuges, "it would put Iran only months away from having a nuclear bomb," he told a news conference held by the Iran Policy Committee. ...

And after "years" of Iran's cheating, lying and simply leading the EU and the U.N. around by the nose, Mohamed El-Baradei, the UN 's "top nuclear watchdog" at the IAEA told Sky News last week that he is losing his patience with Iran. So when does he actually "loose his patience"?

But clearly, if the past years are any indication of the UN and EU's performance, at the present rate Iran will have nuclear weapons long before any action whatsoever will be taken, and any action out of the UN is highly likely to be insufficient to stop Iran from putting nuclear weapons in the field.

Related: DEBKAfile - "Iran has crossed the point of no-return to a nuclear weapon - undeterred by international censure" (After all - isn't N. Korea Iran's model for dealing with the international community?)

Posted by Richard at January 11, 2006 9:07 AM



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