Iran has expanded sensitive nuclear work: U.N. agency

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scythe wrote:

former IEAA head Blix pours doubt on the integrity of the current IEAA analysis of Iran’s nuclear programme – if you are reticent and have no evidence, breathe through the nose and work on diplomatic solutions

http://online.wsj.com/video-center
Hans Blix Calls for Diplomatic Solution to Iran (3:26)

IEAA rhetoric and conjecture are no substitute for facts

Feb 24, 2012 5:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
TreyH. wrote:

How long are you gonna play the “Hide and seek” game? C’mon, DC; you know one of these days, Iran will say; “Oh, stupid Americans, we lied. We have a bomb. We tricked the world. Ain’t we smart.

Feb 24, 2012 5:15am EST  --  Report as abuse

When you see that really bright flash at the entrance to one of your caves, followed by a small mushroom cloud, then maybe it will occur to you that the “modality” should have been concluded.

When all of your port facilities have been turned to rubble, maybe it will occur to you that attempting to close the Straights was not such a smart move after all.

Sooner or later you will learn that stalling is not a viable option, and don’t bother with the “It ain’t fair” cry, ’cause Uncle Sam and David the Lion Slayer don’t much care what’s fair.

Feb 24, 2012 8:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
Pindaska wrote:

@scythe
Are you talking about the same agency? IEAA is the International Education Association of Australia while IAEA is the International Atomic Energy Agency… Getting back into the context, everyone has something to say, what this Blix boy spout is no different than any other guy trying to give their advice, now it is your decision to either take whatever he said into consideration or not.

Iran seems to be trying to postpone talks for quite a while and as every day goes by, it becomes clear that they are using what they have for strategic purposes, don’t we all? Difference is, when your enemy does gets information from you, they are spies, when you get information from your enemies, they are your beloved agents.
Self-service cut short, what may be really terrorizing people in the West, is that Iran actually said stuff like “Wipe Israel of the face or earth; U.S is the devil, finish them off.” The worst part is that it comes from higher ups, how far has the people being brain washed? Not that our government haven’t done the same.

Feb 24, 2012 10:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:

The so called “international community” probing Iran’s nuclear business is an Israeli designed contraption. At one end of the mechanism – at the controls – is Israel, who gives the signal to its staunchest, jointed at the hip Siamese twin ally the US, who in turn is spliced into and controls the EU and NATO. As Israel is pressing on the main control switch with its little finger, the whole apparatus is light up in goosesteps giving the false impression that the western end of world is stepping forward as one. When in fact what we witness is a cleverly orchestrated propaganda puppet show.

So much is made of Iran’s nuclear program. But where is the accountability of Israel’s nuclear secrets?

Feb 24, 2012 10:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:

The so called “international community” probing Iran’s nuclear business is an Israeli designed contraption. At one end of the mechanism – at the controls – is Israel, who gives the signal to its staunchest, jointed at the hip Siamese twin ally the US, who in turn is spliced into and controls the EU and NATO. As Israel is pressing on the main control switch with its little finger, the whole apparatus is light up in goosesteps giving the false impression that the western end of world is stepping forward as one. When in fact what we witness is a cleverly orchestrated propaganda puppet show.

So much is made of Iran’s nuclear program. But where is the accountability of Israel’s nuclear secrets?

Feb 24, 2012 10:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
usa.wi.vet.4q wrote:

Time is up Iran.

Feb 24, 2012 10:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
oneStarman wrote:

NUCLEAR WORK! – Should be what we think – when we see the MUSHROOM CLOUD over QOM from the Israeli Bomb that VAPORIZES the Ayatollahs along with the Underground A-Bomb Factory.

Feb 24, 2012 12:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
soulice wrote:

They will do whatever they want while their customers/supporters Russia and China allow it.

Feb 24, 2012 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Olijaan wrote:

“The IAEA report showed Iran had now produced nearly 110 kg of uranium enriched to 20 percent since early 2010. Western experts say about 250 kg is needed for a nuclear weapon.”

What irresponsible scaremongering. About 250 kg is indeed needed for a nuclear weapon – but of uranium enriched to *90%*, rather than 20%, which is the level they are at. Incidentally, the uranium enriched to 20% is needed for the production of medical isotopes – and falls clearly into the category the development of a civilian nuclear technology and enrichment of uranium for peaceful purposes to which Iran has an “inalienable right” as enshrined in the NPT.

I think a little more rigour regarding facts and a little less selectiveness is called for.

Feb 24, 2012 12:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kafantaris wrote:

Iran faces a delicate issue. On the one hand it wants to show the world all it’s got and put it at ease, while on the other hand it fears that such show ‘n tell will give its enemies a roadmap to bomb it.
Saddam Hussein faced a similar dilemma ten years ago. Though he wanted the world to know he had nothing to hide, he also wanted to bluff his archenemy Iran into believing Iraq still had WMD.
Bluffing did not go well for Saddam, and it might not go well for Ahmadinejad.
But since the price tag for ridding Saddam proved high, maybe we ought to reflect what we are asking of Iran now. On the eve of a threatened attack, we are asking it to take us to the depths of its arsenal and show us all it’s got.
Such great expectations are a sign we have been talking to our friends too long and are in need of a broader perspective. Exactly when was the last time we asked Pakistan, India, China or Russia to show us their arsenal?
“But those countries are not advocating the destruction of Israel.”
True, but Israel is not a thorn on their side either.
Surely, however, we can see beyond the hyperboles and figure out their underlying purpose. Or have we forgotten that not all Iranians are thrilled with Ahmadinejad?
He sure hasn’t forgotten.
Nor has he forgotten that that his countrymen hate Israel even more. So he tells them that Israel will be wiped from the face of the earth. Expectantly, this nonsense unites them against a common enemy. It is even a diversion from the misery and isolation brought on by his theocratic regime.
Quite clever work by Ahmadinejad — and not a rial spent or a bullet fired.
So why are we letting the crazy talk about destroying Israel get us all worked-up — to the point of turning the world topsy-turvy again.
Can we not see the desperate attempts of an unpopular regime simply trying to hold on?

Feb 24, 2012 1:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
reader292b wrote:

> Enriched uranium can be used to fuel nuclear power plants, which is Iran’s stated aim, or provide material for bombs if refined much further, which the West suspects is Tehran’s ultimate aim.

“which the West suspects is Tehran’s ultimate aim.”

Reuters your storyline is getting seriously out of date.

Read Clapper’s Testimony to the Sentate. Read Panetta’s statements to the press. Read what Mossad is saying publicly Read the NIE’s. Read Seymour Hersh’s articles. It all says. No, they are not currently building a bomb. We don’t know if they intend to.

Feb 24, 2012 1:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
amostofi wrote:

The people who are making these nukes are Hezbollahis not Iranians.

Feb 24, 2012 2:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Binary wrote:

@Olijaan:

Not quite – since 20% HEU is described as ‘weapons-usable’, rather than the 80%+ HEU that is ‘weapons-grade’, you need more of it to ensure the required number generations of chain-reaction for a detonation. That volume required is known as the critical mass. Little Boy (the Hiroshima shot), used about 60 kg HEU at 80%. HEU at even higher concentrations of U-235 would need a smaller critical mass again.

Granted, at 250 kg of fissile material (that is excluding casing, etc.), Iran may have difficulty fitting that mass in an IRBM weapons bay.

None of the above explains why Iran wants to play games on this one. That is the big mystery, so if someone could explain to me for what benefit or motive they are willing to risk their Revolution, their sovereignty, their regional status, their lives, I would really appreciate some insight.

Feb 24, 2012 3:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DominicPaz wrote:

Iran is an enemy of peace. Their pursuit of a nuclear weapon is obvious. – there is no other explanation for the level of uranium enrichment they are going after. They wouldn’t be going through all the trouble, and spending all that money if it weren’t for a purpose. It isn’t necessary or practical to generate power. The only reason is a nuclear weapon.

That fact, combined with their overt hostility, and their leadership, controlled by hardline theocrats, willing to sacrifice their people for religious ideology is a dangerous combination that the rest of the world shouldn’t tolerate.

This whole – “well we have a bomb, why not let them have a bomb” talk is beyond ridiculous. Why would you let someone arm themselves when they have made it abundantly clear that they would love nothing more than to kill you?

Feb 24, 2012 3:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TruthMonitor wrote:

So many trolls flattering themselves with ideas of American invincibility, mushroom clouds over Iran, blah blah blah. Tell you what – if you guys could have done it, you would have done it already. The fact however, is that you can’t. It’s one thing to bomb countries who can’t defend themselves (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia), but quite another to fight a real war with one that can not only defend itself but inflict a comprehensive defeat on you.

Just ask your own commanders on the ground who do the actual fighting for you (err Israel). Here’s one for you: “I wake up thinking about Iran, I go to bed thinking about Iran,” Kevin Cosgriff, Commander of US Naval Forces, Central Command (December 2007).

So if you think that Iran is shuddering in its boots at the prospect of some mushroom cloud, give it a try will you, and see what they give you in return. Cheers

Feb 24, 2012 4:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

Tricky cowards keeping their nuclear projects under some lady’s dress.

Feb 24, 2012 4:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:

nuclear power only needs 3% or 5% enrichment for most commercial power plants. Going beyond 20% only is for research into medicine or weapons. Iran should not be playing hard ball as the evidence points to weapons. There rhetoric is anything but peaceful, just like Israel and the US.

Feb 24, 2012 4:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:

@Truthmonitor

Iraq had the best military in the middle east in 1980s. One of the largest militarys in the world. They got crushed in several weeks. No military in the world can match or defend against the US Airforce. US gets air superiority, crushes land and sea targets for a month, and then rolls into your capital. If you see our navy leaving the strait and getting out to see, that is when we are taking actions, bombs will follow, and Iran wont be able to do anything about it.

Feb 24, 2012 4:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UnknownAce wrote:

From what i’ve read…..most people seem to get the big picture save for a few propagandists and brain washed ignorants.

Ask yourself does Iran even stand a chance against most of the international community and are they really going to be stupid enough to use a nuclear bomb on Israel which is located between multiple Islamic countries ?

assuming they can get their hands on a nuclear bomb in the first place

nuking Israel is going to harm many civilians from all religions and ethnic groups and this will definitely harm the iranian image for eternity and will turn most of the world against it even some of it’s allies.

Bottom line……..this does’t make any sense just like when the war on Iraq didn’t make any sense and now you can see the disasteruos effects and trust me a war with Iran will have much worse consequences on the whole world especially the western world’s fragile economy.

Feb 24, 2012 4:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
thejiggse wrote:

Everybody let Hitler go quite some time without intervention. That didn’t end up so well for all governments and nations involved. And Hitler didn’t quite obtain nuclear weapons. Hitler told many lies and made false assurances that he was all for European peace. The leadership of Iran has the same kind of hollow ring to their rhetoric. Actions always speak far louder than words. It’s time for someone to step out on a limb, and it appears that it will be Israel. Too bad that the U.S. will fail to be a leader here. It’s ok for America to invade Iraq when oil is involved, but let’s turn a blind eye to a very important and cause in preventing Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. Do you really think that sanctions will deter Iran? Crippling sanctions didn’t deter Hitler. Anybody know anything about irrational dictators and history? Anyone paying attention (besides Israel), anyone? Anyone???

Feb 24, 2012 4:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAalltheway wrote:

Truth, it would be real easy to drop Nukes on Iran and put and end to this scenario. We have the technology and capability. No boots on the ground needed when the sand turns to glass and the inhabitants have all been vaporized.

Feb 24, 2012 4:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
thejiggse wrote:

The leaders of Iran are far more astute that Hussein and his cronies. They hold their cards much closer to their chests, and if you don’t think they have some really bad surprises for the U.S. Navy you are very naive.

Feb 24, 2012 4:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GiantRobo wrote:

Why doesn’t the IAEA insist on inspecting Isreal’s most secret atomic weapons sites? I’d like to see Isreal get off the nuclear path.

Why is the international community not alarmed by the massive quantities of WMD held by war-crazy USA and Isreal? IAEA should by more concerned about these known reckless aggressors stockpiles of global destruction.

Nobody has greater investments in this industry of death. It is so sad the wealth is not used for life, but to bring more killing.

USA is the only country who used nukes, killing 100,000s of people. They cannot be trusted, yet they are somehow in charge of this?

Rationally, standards must apply across the boards to all nations! We can not have atomic favorites who are allowed by to threaten & bully everyone else, understandably this is wrong.

First they came for Iran and I was not an Iranian so I did nothing… by the time they get to the more popular countries it will be too late. The path is resource grabs (oil) to global domination. Wake up people and stop this.

Feb 24, 2012 4:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UnknownAce wrote:

@ UnPartisan

Iraq was starved for many years due to sanctions and other reasons…..so by the time the US came the country was about to collapse…..Iran is a different story since Iraq depended on the US support especially in its war with Iran in 1988 while Iran been depending on itself since the beginning so it’s not gonna be as easy as you think.

needless to say the US has a huge advantage when it comes to firepower but firepower is not always what turns the tides of war.

Feb 24, 2012 4:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DrSpaceman wrote:

This is easy; if you want to know what it would be like if we nuked Iran, just watch WarGames or Dr. Strangelove.

Game over.

Feb 24, 2012 5:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
beancube2101 wrote:

We aren’t smart, we are practical and we see multi-facet as multi-facet and make our understand more dynamic because we have two greatest countries side-by-side in North America. We all know IAEA is not doing real jobs for the population of the region and the world. IAEA needs reform or nobody sees them creditable since the Bush/Cheney Iraq invasion.

Feb 24, 2012 5:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RobertFrost wrote:

The US claims:

“The White House said the IAEA report confirmed that Iran was violating U.N. Security Council resolutions with its nuclear enrichment program.”

This is the umpteenth time the same vacuous statement was issued by the State Department over the last decade. No one apart from the US allies agree with that.

At the same time, the US and its allies cannot strike at Iran, as they had and still wish they could. The financial quagmire, the defeats in Iraq and the upcoming one in Afghanistan, the absolute resistance of the people of the US to spending money on war while 50 million US citizens live BELOW the poverty level – all that makes the dream so hard to fulfill, despite the need to submit to Israel’s pressure, and it is an election year.

One way to do so would be to get IAEA to stop issuing unscientific, tentative, hearsay, thriller-turned-science reports and concentrate on facts, findings and non-partisan fulfillment of the objectives of their organization.

Not possible. One could hear the champagne glasses clicking in Washington and Tel Aviv when the previous Director-General of IAEA (Al-Barad’ei) retired handing over to the current… I will not permit my self to describe him!

Feb 24, 2012 6:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RobertFrost wrote:

The US claims:

“The White House said the IAEA report confirmed that Iran was violating U.N. Security Council resolutions with its nuclear enrichment program.”

This is the umpteenth time the same vacuous statement was issued by the State Department over the last decade. No one apart from the US allies agree with that.

At the same time, the US and its allies cannot strike at Iran, as they had and still wish they could. The financial quagmire, the defeats in Iraq and the upcoming one in Afghanistan, the absolute resistance of the people of the US to spending money on war while 50 million US citizens live BELOW the poverty level – all that makes the dream so hard to fulfill, despite the need to submit to Israel’s pressure, and it is an election year.

One way to do so would be to get IAEA to stop issuing unscientific, tentative, hearsay, thriller-turned-science reports and concentrate on facts, findings and non-partisan fulfillment of the objectives of their organization.

Not possible. One could hear the champagne glasses clicking in Washington and Tel Aviv when the previous Director-General of IAEA (Al-Barad’ei) retired handing over to the current… I will not permit my self to describe him!

Feb 24, 2012 6:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Austell wrote:

“The confidential IAEA report showed that Iran since last November had tripled monthly output of uranium refined to a level that brings it significantly closer to potential bomb material, an official familiar with the agency’s probe said.”

This is an absolute white faced lie, and is not backed by science or evidence.

Iran has NOT enriched and noes NOT plan to enrich uranium past 20%, that is why they are using these types of centrifuges.

20% is absolutely necessary for civillian research reactors.

In stark contrast to this lie, the MINIMUM 93% necessary for a weapon is absolutely worlds away from the ‘low-level’ enrichment nuclear science calls 20%. And an entirely different process!!!

Reuters is lying to you, the so called ‘officials’ are lying to you, and the US government is lying to you, period.

There is no threat.

Feb 24, 2012 6:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse

When Iran has the bomb it will be a nightmare for Israel. Israel cannot stop Iran unless Israel nuke Iran first. In my speculation Israel is very possible to use nuclear weapons against Iran soon, as Israel does not have the capabilities to campaign against Iran and win the war alone.
Of course those actions have huge price, and the all world will remember that day (if happens, I hope not, and to find any other way but this).
Sad is that Russia and China help Iran playing its game.

Feb 24, 2012 10:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
txgadfly wrote:

No more wars for Israel! None!

No more tax money to protect them from the consequences of their actions either. Force AIPAC and other instruments of the Israeli Government out of the USA and out of American politics. We are an independent country and not Israel’s colony.

Feb 24, 2012 11:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:

I have seen the enemy and he is us! As far as I am aware the USA is the only nation guilty of dropping atomic weapons on a sovereign nation. How hypocritical of us to assert that no one else should have the technology to do so. The only countries immune from our imperial invasions are those that can defend themselves, if Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, they should be.

Feb 25, 2012 4:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:

@UnknownAce

I was referring to Desert storm. There was no sanctions on Iraq then. Their military force was 4th largest in the world pre Desert Storm.

Feb 25, 2012 4:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:

@Austell

3% to 5% LEU is all that is needed for power. 20% is considered HEU and weapons usable. 85% is considered Weapons Grade. Iran is already at 20% and working for higher.

Feb 25, 2012 4:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlphaQ wrote:

Just one fact USA did not win the war in Iraq or Afganisthan it is still inconclusive and US has made a decision to pull out due to US casualties Americans have no stomach for.
Justifiabily so, too expensive and what makes anyone think that they could win this war with Iran With china and Russia firmly on their side.
What USA is now looking for is a way out of this posturing, time for Iran to step up to the plate and start talking involving china and Russia.

Feb 27, 2012 12:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlphaQ wrote:

Just one fact USA did not win the war in Iraq or Afganisthan it is still inconclusive and US has made a decision to pull out due to US casualties Americans have no stomach for.
Justifiabily so, too expensive and what makes anyone think that they could win this war with Iran With china and Russia firmly on their side.
What USA is now looking for is a way out of this posturing, time for Iran to step up to the plate and start talking involving china and Russia.

Feb 27, 2012 12:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlphaQ wrote:

Just one fact USA did not win the war in Iraq or Afganisthan it is still inconclusive and US has made a decision to pull out due to US casualties Americans have no stomach for.
Justifiabily so, too expensive and what makes anyone think that they could win this war with Iran With china and Russia firmly on their side.
What USA is now looking for is a way out of this posturing, time for Iran to step up to the plate and start talking involving china and Russia.

Feb 27, 2012 12:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
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