Thursday, November 08, 2007

Iran Enriching Uranium In Huge Amount ... Israel Ready To Strike

Remember when Iran told the world that they only wanted to have heavy-water nuclear reactors so they could cure cancer and AIDS? Then they claimed to have cured AIDS without the help of uranium? Funny thing was that they didn't end their nuclear program with that great scientific breakthrough (that they didn't share with anyone). Perhaps Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying Iran didn't have any gays had something to do with it. Then again, that was just a slip of the tongue.

Anyway, we all know there have been some major problems with Iran cooperating with the UN on their nuclear program. They have been impeding the UN's ability to monitor their program and they are enriching uranium at a march larger scale than originally thought.

Just so you know, about a 100 enrichment centrifuges are necessary to enrich uranium to about 3.5% to be used in a nuclear reactor. You'd need thousands of enrichment centrifuges to enrich uranium to 90% for a bomb. Iran has 3,000 enrichment centrifuges, and Israel is getting itchy.

A claim by President Ahmadinejad that Iran has 3,000 working uranium-enriching centrifuges sent a tremor across the world yesterday amid fears that Israel would respond by bombing the country’s nuclear facilities.

Military sources in Washington said that the existence of such a large number could be a “tipping point”, triggering an Israeli air strike. The Pentagon is reluctant to take military action against Iran, but officials say that Israel is a “different matter”. Amid the international uproar, British MPs who were to have toured the nuclear facility were backing out of their Iran trip.

Even before President Ahmadinejad’s announcement, a US defence official told The Times yesterday: “Israel could do something when they get to around 3,000 working centrifuges. The Pentagon is minded to wait a little longer.” US experts say 3,000 machines running for long periods could make enough enriched uranium for an atomic bomb within a year.

What's most amazing about this fiasco is the UN's flip-flopping of the issue. First the UN says Iran is violating the treaty, then they aren't ... etc. It's like the oil-for-food scandal all over again.


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