“We have not seen concrete evidence that Tehran has an ongoing nuclear weapons program”
Chief Mohamed El Baradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency as he addressed the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in an article on Iran’s nuclear program.
Last week, United Nations inspectors met with Iranian leaders to hash out a deal to negotiate and resume peace keeping talks and also allow Iran to maintain their current nuclear program.
Iran’s nuclear program raised lots of questions due to a report presented by the U.N. suggesting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad allowed production of plans to make bomb-grade uranium at site in Qom, Iran. Over the last six years, the US and some of the U.N. treaty nations have questioned Iran’s intent for the use of uranium enriched products; including alternative power and energy resources, as a means to decrease the world’s dependence on oil and gas. According to former Bush administration officials in the CIA and other high ranking classified agencies while serving in office, alleged Iran ceased operations of this facility around 2003. When the G8 conducted their global meetings in Pittsburgh this past September, the U.N. had published a report indicating President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad allowed this activity to manifest.
In a surprising and non-confrontational outcome, Iran has accepted the terms of the United Nations agreement; allowing them to continue with their nuclear program. But there’s a caveat. First, U.N.’s inspectors must visit the military base near Qom, Iran and investigate and tour the country’s nuclear hotspot. Two, allow Iran to place only 3,000 centrifuge machines in the plant, a number small enough provide fuel to a civilian power plant. According to last Saturday’s Washington Post article written by Joby Warrick, he states “intelligence analysts calculated that it would take Qom’s high-end centrifuges at least 20 years to produce enough low-enriched uranium to meet the needs of a typical 1,000 megawatt nuclear power reactor for a year.” This is just enough to allow Iran to create up to three bombs’ worth of weapons-grade fuel, according to U.N. officials.
With all the hoopla and world media hype surrounding President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s nuclear program, Chief Mohamed El Baradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency addressed the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. El Baradei adds, “in many ways, I think the threat has been hyped. Yes, there’s concern about Iran’s future intentions and Iran needs to be more transparent with the IAEA and the international community … But the idea that we’ll wake up tomorrow and Iran will have a nuclear weapon is an idea that isn’t supported by the facts as we have seen them so far.” As the week progressed, the media took to this a major accomplishment, yet the Middle East is still witnessing and experiencing some to worst bloodshed of innocent lives in Afghanistan. President Ahmadinejad’s nuclear problem has shifted globally to President Karzied’s Afghan election snafu and illegal opium trafficking.
There’s never been actual documentation Iran has wanted to create atomic weapons. It seems other countries like North Korea, Pakistan, Syria, Israel, Russia, and Libya have and had nuclear reactors using uranium enriched products. It’s known fact France and China, allies of the United States, are Iran’s biggest supplier of uranium. Somehow, the press continues to sleep on this issue. Yet, the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership last week announced, “is working to set up a framework to supply countries with fuel for their civilian atomic power plants. The program would eliminate the need to develop uranium-processing facilities that could also provide weapons-grade material.”(Bloomberg News article Iran May Qualify for Nuclear Fuel Supply Plan, Poneman Says (Oct. 24 ) The GNEP countries include the US, Russia, France, and China to supply nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes.
I don’t understand how our allies have been supplying our “so-called” enemy, but want Iran to befriend the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. There’s a saying “politics makes strange bedfellows” and the US is now trying to befriend a country that’s had a history of resenting us. For decades the world has viewed and seen Iran as harborers of terrorists and extremely difficult in trying to restore peace and sanctions in the Middle East. Now the U.N. has come to an agreement that would allow Iran to maintain their nuclear operations. This is only a ploy to keep the US and the U.N. treaty nations to “butt-in” to Iran’s business affairs. Again, the U.S. continues to befriend, yet keep other countries to move forward in becoming a player on the world front. Iran finally figured out how to use their nuclear program as a mark of producing alternative energy. This is a hard pill to chew on the world and corporate front. The Iranian nuclear weapon hype was much to do about nothing. We can’t point and pressure Iran to water down their program when our allies are supplying them their dirt. Something to think about.
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