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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Iran thumbs its nose at the World again

Iran has informed the United Nations that it will continue to enrich uranium whenever, however and wherever it pleases.
Iran will not stop uranium enrichment activities the UN has demanded it halt, the country's nuclear chief said Monday.

Iran says it needs stockpiles for a medical research reactor, and that the level of enrichment up to 20 percent is far below the more than 90% needed to build a nuclear weapon. But US officials have expressed concern Iran is taking steps toward greater enrichment.

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The official IRNA news agency on Monday quoted nuclear chief Fereidoun Abbasi as saying that Iran will continue to enrich uranium to 3.5% in its main uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, but will carry out 20% enrichment activities at its underground Fordo site.

IRNA also quoted Abbasi as saying Iran had asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to provide documentation of accusations about its nuclear program "so that we can examine them."

He added: "These allegations must be limited and not continue. We are not required to respond should thousands of claims be raised regarding our country's nuclear issue."

The International Atomic Energy Agency claims that Iran continues to stonewall attempts to follow up on information it has received from member states that points to possible experiments with a nuclear weapons program.

Iran accuses a "few arrogant countries" a phrase it often uses to refer to the United States and its allies of providing misinformation and false information to the IAEA.
It sounds like Ahmadinejad is betting that no one will confront him and try to stop him. And unfortunately, so long as Obama is in power, Ahmadinejad is right.

What could go wrong?

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2 Comments:

At 11:27 PM, Blogger free said...

Carl wrote; "..., so long as Obama is in power, Ahmadinejad is right." ------------ Why does it always fall to the USA to do what the entire free world should be doing together?

 
At 12:27 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Free,

Because the US is still the only superpower and therefore we still expect the US to lead the free world. (And I say that with all due respect and as a dual citizen of the US and of Israel, a country that does not generally call on others to do our dirty work).

Of course, Obama is working hard to change that expectation....

 

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