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Iran (MULLAHS) Start Atom Tests in Defiance of EU Deal

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:34 pm    Post subject: Iran (MULLAHS) Start Atom Tests in Defiance of EU Deal Reply with quote

Iran Starts Atom Tests in Defiance of EU Deal

July 27, 2004
Anton La Guardia

Iran has broken the seals on nuclear equipment monitored by United Nations inspectors and is once again building and testing machines that could make fissile material for nuclear weapons.

Teheran's move, revealed to The Daily Telegraph yesterday by western sources, breaks a deal with European countries under which Iran suspended "all uranium enrichment activity".

It will also exacerbate fears that the regional power is determined to make an atomic bomb within a few years.

Enrichment is the most controversial part of Iran's "peaceful" nuclear programme because the same technology used to make low-enriched uranium to fuel nuclear reactors can be used to refine material for bombs.

America has in recent weeks renewed its call for Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

However, diplomats said senior officials from the "EU-3" - Britain, France and Germany - would try to coax Teheran back to the path of co-operation at a secret meeting in Paris on Thursday.

Their chances of success seem slim, however, because Teheran now appears to have calculated that America is paralysed by the presidential election campaign and that Europe is too divided to exert real pressure.

Western sources said Iranian officials last month reclaimed equipment for uranium enrichment centrifuges sealed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The centrifuges separate the fissile isotope U235.

In what may be a further escalation, some western sources said Iran was carrying out its threat to begin producing uranium hexafluoride, the gas fed into the centrifuges, but the claim could not be corroborated last night.

Under a deal reached with the EU-3 in October, Iran agreed to come clean about its nuclear programme and announced it would suspend "temporarily" all uranium enrichment as a confidence-building measure.

However, Iran interpreted this to mean only that it would not introduce gas into the centrifuges while remaining free to build and test them.

Under a deal in February, the EU-3 closed this loophole when Iran accepted a wider definition of "suspension" - and it is this "Brussels agreement" which has collapsed.

Angered by the IAEA's condemnation last month of repeated failures to reveal all about its nuclear programme, Hassan Rowhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, wrote to the EU-3 saying his country would resume manufacture, assembly and testing of centrifuges.

Iran argues that its nuclear programme is designed solely to generate electricity for civilian use.

It argues that it is entitled to enrich uranium under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and insists that the suspension deal was a voluntary agreement that could be revoked.

America believes that a succession of reports by IAEA inspectors "revealing that Iran [has lied] systematically for 18 years and has yet to answer many troubling questions about its activities" provide ample evidence that Teheran has violated the treaty.

Inspectors have found that Iran made small quantities of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium.

Teheran has yet to explain the origin of highly-enriched uranium "contamination" detected at several sites.

Nor has it revealed the extent of its more sophisticated "P2" centrifuge programme that only came to light this year, with the unravelling of the "nuclear supermarket" operated by the disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist, AQ Khan.

British officials say they have no illusions about Iran's intentions, but have hitherto advocated patient diplomacy.

They want to allow inspectors to keep working to "box in" the Iranians to the point where they either give up nuclear weapons ambitions or commit such a blatant violation that the West can win international support for sanctions.

"Iran has resumed research and testing, and every day that passes means it gets closer to mastering the technology," said one western source.

"If the Europeans think they can outfox the Iranians in the carpet bazaar, they are deeply mistaken."
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iran just "months away" from making nuclear bomb
Deutsche Press Agency - World News
Jul 27, 2004

LONDON - Iran is just "months away" from being able to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb, Britain?s The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting Western diplomatic sources.

"Iran appears to be further advanced in acquiring the relevant nuclear technology than we had initially thought," a British official told the newspaper.

Teheran had bought time through appearing to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and with a diplomatic initiative led by Britain, France and Germany, the report said.

But officials now believed the situation was "grave", it added.

"Actually they have just continued with the research work and now they are only a few months away from completing the programme," a source told The Times.

Iran is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but is allowed to develop nuclear technology for civilian purposes.

US President George Bush has named Iran as part of the "axis of evil" and accused Tehran of wanting to develop nuclear weapons.

Officials told the Times the IAEA was monitoring Iran closely, and that the country could be referred to the United Nations Security Council in coming months.

Teheran had chosen to use centrifuge technology to enrich uranium for making a bomb, rather than extracting plutonium from used fuel from a reactor under construction at Bushehr with assistance from Russia.

"Even if they complete the centrifuge technology, it would still take time to spin the material through the system and to make a bomb, and we?re monitoring activities rigorously," a source told the Times.

The Times reported recently that Israel would mount a military attack to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities if it thought Teheran was close to having a bomb.

Israel took action against Iraq in June 1981, destroying the French-built Osirak nuclear reactor in an air raid.


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The Soviet Union had more bombs than the Mullah$ could ever dream of having, did that save the USSR? No.

The Mullah$ bomb will publicly embarrass the EU and its policy of appeasement. But Bush and his misguided preemptive strike against Iraq is publicly embarressing the US. So the EU and the US will both be embarressed, the US with Iraq and the EU with Iran. They will be equal in that, failed misguided strategies on both sides.

Meanwhile unlike North Korea, the Mullah$ rely exclusively on their foreign mercenaries for holding on to power at this point, so naturally they have to cater to their bad boys, and they will cater to this lot. Unlike North Korea, they are not getting a bomb to just sit there pretty and secure as a meglomaniac dictator, but they owe favors to their bad boys, and these favors will get cashed in and I'm afraid there will be nuclear terrorism as a result with massive casaulties.

The Iranian population hates the Mullah$ in ways that North Koreans still don't, the Mullah$ desperately need their terrorist partners in their campaign of internal terror and suppression to hold on to power, and these mercenaries want their pay in radiation! Iran will become a nightmare that makes North Korea look like a walk in the park. And they will engage in nuclear terrorism, guaranteed!
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