Iran says that it has enriched its uranium
- 04-11-2006, 11:47 PM
Iran says that it has enriched its uranium
Iran says it joins nuclear technology club
12 April 2006
TEHERAN - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran wants to achieve industrial-scale uranium enrichment, setting his country on a collision course with the United States, which fears Teheran wants to make an atomic bomb. On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad said Iran had successfully produced the enriched uranium needed to make nuclear fuel for the first time, triggering a warning from Washington that Teheran’s latest declared nuclear advance could heighten international pressure.
Ahmadinejad said in a televised address: “I am officially announcing that Iran has joined the group of those countries which have nuclear technology. This is the result of the Iranian nation’s resistance.”
“Based on international regulations, we will continue our path until we achieve production of industrial-scale enrichment,” he told officials and some ambassadors from regional states gathered in the northeastern city of Mashhad.
The United Nations has said Iran must halt uranium enrichment, a process Western nations fear Teheran wants to master so that it can develop nuclear weapons. Teheran insists its aims are entirely peaceful.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that Iran’s announcement could force further talks among the UN Security Council powers.
“If the regime continues to move in the direction that it is currently, then we will be talking about the way forward with the other members of the Security Council and Germany about how to address this going forward,” he said.
The US State Department said it was unable to confirm Iran’s announcement, and some experts said that even if Teheran’s assertions were accurate, it would still be years before the Islamic state was able to produce a nuclear weapon.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the announcement gave “more weight to the international community to act in a concerted fashion”, but some experts said it was unclear if Russia and China, veto-wielding members of the Security Council, would be willing to back sanctions.
China, which traditionally opposes slapping Iran with sanctions, urged a diplomatic solution.
“We still believe that negotiations and a diplomatic solution are the best way out of it,” Wang Guangya, China’s envoy to the United Nations, said in New York on Tuesday in comments carried by the official Xinhua news agency.
It was not immediately clear if Wang, who is also the current president of the Security Council, was speaking in direct reaction to Iran’s announcement.
The Security Council has demanded Iran shelve enrichment activity, and on March 29 it asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to report on its compliance in 30 days.
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei is expected to visit Iran later this week to seek full Iranian cooperation with the Council and IAEA inquiries. The announcement of advances in enrichment work casts an embarrassing cloud over that trip.
The IAEA had no immediate comment.
Iran, the world’s fourth largest oil exporter, has one nuclear power plant under construction but has plans for more. It says it needs to make its own nuclear fuel to secure supply and has rejected UN demands to stop enrichment.
The high-profile announcement about Iran’s nuclear achievements at a time when tensions with the West are already high, puzzled some analysts. But they said it could be grandstanding ahead of a possible softer approach to follow.
“They can say, ’we reached our rights, we reached our goals and it is not necessary to continue any more because we are able to do the job.’ This is my guess,” political analyst Saeed Laylaz said.
A Western diplomat said it was possible Iran was “putting on this drama to step back”, but said this was still speculation. “It’s totally the wrong signal,” the diplomat added.
Reflecting anxiety about the nuclear dispute, investors shifted into the safe-haven Swiss franc after Iran’s announcement, traders said. The nuclear dispute has also been a factor helping to push up oil prices to record levels.
The level of enrichment needed to trigger the nuclear chain reaction that detonates bombs is far higher than the 3.5 percent Iran says it has reached.
It would take Iran years to produce enough highly enriched uranium for one bomb with its current cascade of 164 centrifuges. But Iran has told the IAEA it will start installing 3,000 centrifuges later this year, enough to produce material for a warhead in a year.
- 04-12-2006, 02:10 AM
What do u guys think?
Personally I think it might just be a bluff, so that the US and Israel don't attack them.
- 04-12-2006, 02:24 AM
If they don't want to be attacked, wouldn't it be easier to just don't go nuclear?
04-12-2006, 02:32 AM
Yup...Originally Posted by BioHazzard
They're looking to start ****, plain and simple. Huge oil reserves and they're worried about nuclear energy? lol
04-12-2006, 02:34 AM
Its going to come down to a military action regardless. Its going to be way later that sooner, but Iran is in no way shape or form slowing. The world will be the one to stop this.. not just the U.S.Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
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04-12-2006, 06:56 AM
Baloney, hogwash, zippity doo. They ain't got nothing. Complete waste of time. They still throw rocks at tanks. lol Nothing to see here. lol Let's just leave them alone.But Iran has told the IAEA it will start installing 3,000 centrifuges later this year, enough to produce material for a warhead in a year.
04-12-2006, 09:25 AM
Iran is an interesting case to talk about. The government and reigning mullahs and ayatollahs HATE America, but the common people LOVE everything about American culture. The reason Iran is considered such a serious threat is not because of their ability to attack the US, but their ability to destabilize the entire Middle East and possibly cause another world war. Please do not underestimate their military power, all that oil wealth buys the absolute best. Russian planners all but built a deep ground bunker for the Iranians modeled on the one in Moscow. The only feasible method of penetrating this bunker is with a nuclear weapon. Although the Iranian military was decimated during the Iraq/Iran war, it has been rebuilt completely and they are capable launching missiles as far as Europe. However, they only really care about reaching Israel.Originally Posted by Mach .78
My hunch is that we, the US, will intervene militarily by the end of summer. I am thinking aristrikes on government/military installations. It almost seems like a 'severe the head kill the body' situation. If we take out the top government and military, the Iranian people should do the rest. That being said, we couldn't do it in Iraq or even with Al-Qaeda. I still firmly believe that is Osama had been killed in the 90's, we would never have had 9/11. I think GWB has the same opinion on Ahmadinejad, if he doesn't take him out now something terrible will hit down the road.
There were a great deal of articles written on Iran over the weekend. However, Kwycke had the best point in his post - Common sense tells you that a country with one of the largest oil reserves in the entire world would not need nuclear fuel to make electricity. Do you really think with the level of hatred toward the US, and really all Western culuture, that Iran is not a threat if they acquire nuclear capability? I think that pretending a threat does not exist to maintain the status quo is more dangerous than facing the threat head on. It almost sounds like the French political philosophy.
04-12-2006, 12:31 PM
04-12-2006, 12:49 PM
Iran has constent rolling black outs through the whole country...in most of Iran you only get electricity for a couple days a week.....The president Iran has about as much power to do anything as a left shoe lace...hes a puppet for the loser the grand ayatollah..thats the main dude that needs to get taken out...him and all his loser buddies....The U.S would be insane to invade Iran its on another level military wise then any other middle eastern country...except for pakistan..and we wont count Isreal....They need to help the Iranian people overthrow their Govt the sameway the CIA helped them overthrow the Shah during the 1979 Revolution...its funny how the U.S and Britian help bring the Religon freaks to power in Iran to help create a Green belt around was once the USSR...everything our country does always comes back to bite us in the ass
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