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January 31, 2006

Moscow Believes Iran Has Developed A Large Nuclear Device In its 'Preliminary Stage'

Topics: Iran

Is It Time To Eliminate Iran's "Manhattan Project" ?

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From a DEBKAfile exclusive report (although not always reliable and not always exclusive), according to Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, Russian intelligence estimates that Iran is now capable of detonating a nuclear device, or in other words carrying out its first nuclear test. The information was supposedly put before the five permanent UN Security Council and Germany, which Tuesday night, Jan. 30, agreed for the first time to haul Iran before the UN body over its nuclear program.

Ahead of the IAEA's Thursday meeting in Vienna, a leaked report claimed Iran had last week given the watchdog sensitive documents which apparently showed how to mold highly enriched uranium into the hemispherical shape of warheads, in an effort to stave off referral to the Security Council.
BBC News is reporting that Iran recently admitted that it had received a black-market document on the construction of a nuclear device from the Pakistani scientist AQ Khan, which gives some credence to the DEBKAfile report.

It's hard to believe much of what Russian intelligence says about Iran, though, after all, back in February 2005 Putin said that he is convinced Iran is not trying to develop nuclear weapons and that Russia will continue cooperating with Iran on its nuclear program - which of course was wrong, else why would Iran troubled to acquire black market documents for the construction of a nuclear device and more recently, have documents on how to mold highly enriched uranium into the hemispherical shape of warheads?

Even more telling of Russia's lack of knowledge relating to Iran is that back in 2003 Iran assured Moscow that it had no plans to develop nuclear weapons and wouldfully comply with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog group. With todays' reports it's becoming ever more clear that this was simply more Iranian lies and misdirections for the purpose of buying time to develop and/or acquire in some other manner - nuclear weapon technology.

Trust Iran? I don't think so! Trust Russia to know or say what Iran is realy up to? Forget it. Russia's record on Iran is as about as reliable as Bin-Laden's offer of a truce (while he better positions al-Qaeda for the next attack on the West). Perhaps we should listen to what the then "authoritative military expert" lieutenant-colonel Vladimir Putin himself said in October, 2002, when he expressed the necessity to eliminate the threat of nuclear attack before it deveops:

"If anyone intends to use weapons of mass destruction against our country, we will respond with preventive measures adequate to the threat - wherever there are terrorists, or organizers of the crime, or their ideological or financial sponsors are. I underline, no matter where they are."
For Israel, the alternative to a preventive strike is unacceptable. Nuclear weapons and the means for their delivery in the hands of an Iranian president, who seems passionate in his desire for the destruction of Israel, cannot be ignored. The same applies to the United States and Europe, whether the Europeans realize it or not. Iran having a nuclear device is equivalent to all of it's Islamic terrorist friends having a nuclear device, and we all know what they would be all too happy to do with it.

One final thought. Iran has claimed all along that they have no interest in developing a nuclear weapon, that they desire nuclear technology for "peaceful purposes" (as in Islam being the religion of "peace"?). If this is the case, why and how is it that Russian intelligence estimates that Iran is now capable of detonating this nuclear device, or in other words carrying out its first nuclear test, that Iran recently admitted that it had received a black-market document on the construction of a nuclear device, and that Iran is in possession of documents which apparently showed how to mold highly enriched uranium into the hemispherical shape of warheads?

It's clear that sooner, rather than later, one way or another, Iran's actions, lies, deceptions and rhetoric leave the West with only one option: "Ten to 15 dispersed key objectives of Iran's "Manhattan Project" must be eliminated before they assemble a nuclear warhead."

Related:
Iran Faces Isolation
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IAEA to report Iran to UNSC tomorrow
Iran thumbs nose at UN threat

Posted by Richard at January 31, 2006 4:59 PM



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