Iran's nuke program in trouble.
Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Head: 'We Have the Right to Enrich Uranium to 100%'
In a January 9, 2010 interview on Iranian TV, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran had the right to enrich uranium to 100%, but that it nevertheless preferred to purchase the nuclear fuel it needed from other countries.
It should be noted that uranium enriched to 90% or higher is used only for military purposes, in the construction of nuclear weapons. According to International Atomic Energy Agency regulations, uranium for peaceful purposes may be enriched to no more than 5%, with prior authorization from the agency. Additionally, with the IAEA's authorization, uranium enriched to 19.75% can be used to operate research reactors for medical purposes, like the one in Tehran (this type of uranium can be purchased from countries that operate enrichment facilities).
Following are excerpts from Salehi's interview:
In response to a question about exchanging Iran's 1,200 kilograms of uranium, already enriched to 3.5%, for 120 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20%, Salehi said: "Although we informed the IAEA in advance that our centrifuges are set up in such a way that we do not enrich uranium to over 5%, we do have the right to enrich uranium to a level of up to 100%, and we will always have this right. Enrichment to a level of 20% is also within our rights, but we prefer to obtain the [nuclear] fuel from abroad."
Salehi added, "The [Western] countries that negotiated with us on the [nuclear] fuel issue asked us not to publicize [their] informal proposal for the exchange of [nuclear] fuel [meant] for the research reactor in Tehran. Publishing it could have brought us much political advantage." He said further that Iran demanded "tangible guarantees that it would [actually] receive uranium enriched to 20% in a deal of simultaneous [exchange] carried out on Iranian soil."
During the interview, Salehi reiterated several times that even though Iran had the ability to supply its own needs, it preferred to purchase the enriched uranium, so that Iran and the rest of the world could assess the sincerity of the West's proposals.
Iran has the ability to make a dirty bomb, but currently they may not have the
ability to make a nuke for a year or more. There is some discussion about their
potential to import a nuke from N. Korea or maybe make a very low yield atomic
Their current stockpiles are contaminated, and further prepossessing will
destroy their centrifuges.
-- the potential feedstock for nuclear bombs -- appears to have certain "impurities" that "could cause centrifuges to fail" if the Iranians try to boost it to weapons grade.
Our Paradigm Intel indicates they are back to square ONE.
Do not pass GO, do not collect $100.
Iran has a very large and involved propaganda and false info
They believe takiyya, Muhammad sanctioned lying by saying that Allah will not hold a Muslim accountable when he lies in war, espionage, concealment, or in weakness.
Juan Cole, whom I respect, may have been taken in by one of their false info programs.
"...and despite the fatwa or formal legal ruling of theocratic Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei that deploying nuclear weapons in war is constrary to Islamic law. " I posted a comment on his blog about the lack of evidence on this ruling and my comment was deleted.
This position has been advanced by the Iranian negotiators, but the Fawa has never
been made public which leads to doubts about its actual existence.
N. Korea and now Iran may be setting a disastrous precedent for the future
of proliferation of nukes in the Gap. N. Korea and Iran prove sanctions do not work.
Bombing may be the last resort, but nuke proliferation in the gap will eventually
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