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Old 12-03-2007, 05:50 PM   #16
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Default Re: U.S. report: Iran stopped nuclear weapons work in 2003

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We cannot rule out that Iran has acquired from abroad—or will acquire in the future—a nuclear weapon or enough fissile material for a weapon.


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C. We assess centrifuge enrichment is how Iran probably could first produce enough fissile material for a weapon, if it decides to do so. Iran resumed its declared centrifuge enrichment activities in January 2006, despite the continued halt in the nuclear weapons program. Iran made significant progress in 2007 installing centrifuges at Natanz, but we judge with moderate confidence it still faces significant technical problems operating them.

http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/images/12/03/iran.nie.pdf

A lot of in and out dancing going on in the report.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:55 PM   #17
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Default Re: U.S. report: Iran stopped nuclear weapons work in 2003

The truth is that Iran has some technical issues with these centrifuges...which, if worked out changes everything.


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Iran's 3000 Centrifuges
[Stanley Kurtz]
Friday, November 16, 2007
If you thought the press was burying news about the surge, look at what they’re doing to the nuclear news from Iran. The IAEA has now confirmed that Iran has 3,000 working centrifuges, a ten-fold increase from just a year ago. If those 3,000 centrifuges can be made to work efficiently, Iran could manufacture a bomb in 12-18 months. This is major news. Iran has reached a red line that could easily trigger an Israeli strike. Yet The New York Times has buried its story on page 12, while The Washington Post has gone deeper still, at page 22.

So let me get this straight. We are supposed to relax because, at worst, it may be mere months before Iran gets its 3,000 centrifuges up to nuclear-weapons speed?

David Albright, a former UN inspector and now an independent nuclear expert in Washington, said ElBaradei appeared to be trying to put "a happy face" on a worsening situation. "The main issue is that Iran now has 3,000 centrifuges," he said.
Exactly. With 3,000 centrifuges up and working, with the Iranians making a ten-fold improvement in their capacity in just one year’s time, how secure can we feel when they could conceivably be only months away from bomb-level efficiency, and an additional 12-18 months away from actually producing enough fuel for their first bomb? It seems obvious that official claims by U.S. intelligence that Iran won’t have a bomb until 2015 are nonsense. It seems much more likely that Iran is about two-to-four years away from a bomb. And consider that the IAEA report makes it clear that Iran is blocking inspectors from gathering critical additional information. There may already be significant additional capabilities we don’t know about.

Direct confirmation that Iran now has 3,000 working centrifuges, even if not yet working at peak efficiency, is a major story. But the Post and Times alike have buried and downplayed this story, like the IAEA itself. And all because it gives credibility to the concerns of those nasty Republicanhawks.


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Old 12-03-2007, 06:00 PM   #18
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oh....well then



I guess we could see a stealth bomber over there in a few years
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:55 PM   #19
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Default Re: U.S. report: Iran stopped nuclear weapons work in 2003

The US is supporting Pakistan's military government for the reason they want to use the basis in Pakistan to attack iran. Its not a matter of if anymore more a matter of how soon.
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