Possible Weapons Grade Uranium Found in Iran
More Uranium Reportedly Found in Iran
VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. atomic agency found traces of highly enriched uranium at an Iranian site linked to the country's defense ministry, diplomats said Friday, adding to concerns that Tehran was hiding activities aimed at making nuclear arms.
The diplomats, who demanded anonymity in exchange for revealing the confidential information, said the findings were preliminary and still had to be confirmed through other lab tests. But they said the density of enrichment appeared to be close to or above the level used to make nuclear warheads.
Uranium enriched to between 3.5 percent and 5 percent is used to make fuel for reactors to generate electricity. It becomes suitable for use in nuclear weapons when enriched to more than 90 percent.
Iran's refusal to give up enrichment ambitions has led to involvement by the UN Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions but remains split on how firmly to pressure Tehran.
Key U.N. Security Council members agreed Tuesday to postpone a resolution that would have delivered an ultimatum to Tehran, giving Iran another two weeks to re-evaluate its insistence on developing its uranium enrichment capabilities.
The Islamic republic denies accusations it wants to make nuclear arms and says it is only interested in uranium to generate power.
To argue that it never enriched uranium domestically to weapons grade, it cites the IAEA's tentative conclusion last year that weapons-grade traces collected from other sites within the country with no suspected ties to that military came in on equipment from Pakistan.
The origin of the samples now under perusal created some concern in that regard.
One of the diplomats told The Associated Press that the samples came from equipment that can be used in uranium-enriching centrifuges at a former research center at Lavizan-Shian. The center is believed to have been the repository of equipment bought by the Iranian military that could be used in a nuclear weapons program.
I do not see anything happening with this.
Perhaps I am a pessimist, but what can we do?
We could strategically bomb them, try and wipe out the suspected sites, but our ever leaky government has already leaked that to the press, and the Russians have sold Iran anti-aircraft weaponry after it was leaked out.
We could put in specialized teams to try and take out the sites, but again, because of our leaky government, that would put our men in jeapordy because now the Iranians would be expecting that because information has been leaked to the media, and now Iran can prepare against this kind of action.
Sanctions? It will not work in this case. It will only work if you do not have other countries undermining the effort, countries like Russia and China. Did sanctions work for Iraq? Not with a corrupt UN and corrupt members of the UN that participated in the 'oil for food' program. The only thing sanctions did was hurt the Iraqi people, it did nothing to hurt Saddam, and if a dictator cares nothing for his own people, then Sanctions will never work.
Sadly I think the UN has become useless.
It has no teeth, and defying the UN will get you a stern letter.
Ignoring the UN will get you another stern letter.
Laughing at the UN will get you, yet again, another stern letter.
The UN is full of corruption and countries that are the worst for human rights seem to sit on committees for human rights. You would think this was a joke, but it isn't.
Without support, especially a unanimous agreement for dealing with Iran's nuclear ambition; Iran's increasingly incinderary rhetoric about 'wiping Israel off the Map' and other threats against sanctions and other possible actions; without support in dealing with this, there is nothing we will be able to do.
I fear Iran will become nuclear, and with it's close ties to Hamas, and other terrorist organizations, it is only a matter of time before terrorists, instead of using bomb belts, are using nuclear bomb belts.
So when a nuclear bomb goes off, say in Israel, remember who opposed doing anything about Iran. Remember those that gave aide to the terrorists in making nuclear terrorism a possibility.
Others blogging this issue:
Stop the ACLU, Right on the Right, Counterterrorism Blog, Flopping Aces, FullosseousFlaps