Iran has secretly stocked enriched uranium for four nuclear bombs

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    The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, American's scientific watchdog on world nuclear weapons production, estimates that by Dec. 2008, Iran had accumulated enough U-235 to fuel one nuclear bomb; by 2009, enough for a second, by August 2010 material for a third bomb and by April 2011, enough enriched uranium for a fourth bomb.
    These estimates presuppose an Iranian decision to further process low-enriched material to weapons grade - a process taking no more than a couple of months.
    Iran, says the Wisconsin Project, is consolidating its status as a "virtual" nuclear weapon state – meaning it can set about building a bomb whenever its rulers so decide.
    In its twice-annual report published Thursday, June 2, Wisconsin revealed three further developments in Iran's nuclear drive:

    1. Since November 2010, when Iran stopped enriching uranium in all cascades at the Natanz plant for about a week (the report does not give the reason for the stoppage – possibly a Stuxnet virus invasion of its computer control system), the enrichment rate has increased. The 5,000 centrifuges spinning in February 2011 increased to nearly 6,000 in May 2011.
    debkafile's Iranian sources add: Prof. Ferei-doon Abbasi Davani has taken over as director of the enrichment complex at Natanz. He was formerly in charge of combating the Stuxflex worm. Last November, Prof. Abbasi Dayani escaped with light injuries from an attack by a pair of motorcyclists who attached a sticky bomb to his car. It occurred near the Imam Hossein University in Tehran where most of Iran's secret nuclear labs are located.

    2. Wisconsin quotes the International Atomic Energy Agency's May 2011 report that one of its seals was broken in the "feed and withdrawal area" of the Natanz enrichment plant.
    This means that Iran took action to conceal the real amount of is enriched uranium stockpile from the nuclear watchdog and the fact, as Wisconsin reports, that it has accumulated enough material for building four nuclear bombs. Its steady progress will go undetected until the next IAEA inventory in October or November.
    debkafile's intelligence sources point out that Tehran has won a period of six to seven months for keeping its nuclear activities hidden from oversight with no one in the West or in Israel able to find out what is going on at the Natanz enrichment plant.
    3. Wisconsin goes on to state: "Uncertainties about the number of centrifuges operated by Iran make it difficult to draw a conclusion about the performance of individual machines." More machines may be switched on when IAEA inspectors are not present while less, more advanced centrifuges, may take over after the inspection is over.
    Our sources stress that these revelations are highly pertinent to the controversy taking place in Israel over the surprising comments by ex-Mossad Director Meir Dagan.
    Dubbed "Mister Stop the Bomb" for reputedly directing covert operations that held off Iran's nuclear threat for five or six years – though this may an exaggeration - Dagan suddenly began speaking out strongly against any Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear program. Wednesday, June 1, he implicitly warned that such an attack would precipitate a regional war in which Israel would fare badly.

    Israel's political and defense establishments have always had their doves but Dagan is sounding one like for the first time.

    The controversy around his comments reflects a similar argument afoot in US political and defense circles over whether the time has come to smash Iran's nuclear capability or stand by and let the Islamic Republic becomes a "virtual nuclear weapon state."

    In the last three years, the two schools of thought for and against military action against Iran have been joined by a third, which affirms that the US and Israel can live with an Iran armed with one or two nuclear bombs because this number would be dwarfed even by Israel's reputed stock let alone the American arsenal. Therefore, until Iran stockpiles a serous arsenal of weapons, it does not constitute an existential threat to Israel.
    The Wisconsin Project's latest report explodes this argument because it exposes the steady accumulation of materials for four bombs in two-and-a-half years and Iran's dogged advance toward a serious arsenal unless it is stopped.
    That is the reason why the military option is back on the table in Jerusalem.
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    how far are people willing to let this go?
     


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    O.o first bin laden now this dam the should really stop this
     
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    Islam is a homicidal, genocidal religion that threatens the peace of the entire world. The Jews are almost just as bad with their "eye for an eye" philosophy. And fundamentalist Christians are playing right into the hands of the Muslims and the Jews with their belief that the "end times" are coming soon.

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    I am impressed if this is the case- covert enrichment to weapons grade is quite a feat.
     
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    Wow... Why can't the USA stop this? Iran clearly wants to destroy both Israel and the USA, yet the USA doesn't act. Dang these guys would cause World War 3, there president is the second Hitler.
     
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    Because USA doesn't control the world.
     
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    They still have to act, this is a huge threat.
     
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    This^ Also, why would the US strike a nation that has made no clear nuclear aggressive action towards any other country. Additionally, we cannot prove they are going to use the weapons against the US or if they're even operational. If the US were to act against Iran right now, another nuclear weapon state would retaliate, especially China or Russia who would immediately feel threatened.
     
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    I wasn't saying they should have attacked it, but I mean the USA should have some kind of agreement. If agreements can't be met then their would be a reason of why the country would want to use the nuclear weapons.
     
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    US and Iran have absolutely no diplomatic negotiations whatsoever. The leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, does not want any relations with the US either. Trying to come to an agreement at this point in time is highly unlikely. Also, Iran may have highly enriched uranium, but that does not necessarily mean they're building nuclear weapons. The technology used to make nuclear fuel for power plants is exactly the same for nuclear weapons, so one can easily mistake Iran's actions as hostile. Right now, they're not an imminent threat; if they were to nuclear strike Israel or the US, they're guaranteed to be blown off the face of the earth. So, they would not be foolish enough to use a nuclear weapon against the US.
     
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    Yes it does. It is constantly telling everyone else what to do. This is a country that describes its president as 'the leader of the free world'. Funny because I don't remember being asked to vote on this.
     
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    US doesn't control the world, we just influence it heavily. Any nation can choose to go against the US, but that would result in that country being screwed, at least right now. In the future another nation will eventually rise up and/or surpass the US. China is doing fairly well in that regard, but no guarantee that they will. US is just the largest and most powerful country that makes the international rules, for now. No one has to follow, they will just be penalized if they don't. Does make the US appear like an incredibly arrogant country...
     
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    Did you ever think that acting on this is what might cause WW3? The US has known, getting prepared.

    Iran is no Iraq or Afghanistan, the US can't just invade and expect the same result here.

    Even though the US wants to badly get in there and set up bases and take control of the country she is waiting.

    If you take a look at a map of the world you will see what is happening here. Multiple attack fronts and numbers just like the game of RISK.

    If you don't believe the US is the world police you are ignorant. Take a look at what is happening to America, It is becoming one big police state.
     
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    I agree that the US is definitely acting as a police state; however, the US only does so when it feels like it. The US is probably preparing for WW3, but that won't workout to well if we have our troops spread out to thin and we are in a constant state of debt. Also, the US could, in theory, invade Iran and see good results because of our superior military, but right now we wouldn't because our resources are spread thin. The US is a police state, like you said. Again, shows how arrogant we are...
     
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    A little bit of history :
    Mossadegh was removed by us secret services (which will be officially recognized by the United States in 2009, by Barack Obama)
    because he wanted to share the Iran oil money with the people.
    After the fall of Mossadegh, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi is gradually implementing an autocratic and dictatorial based on U.S. support.
    The dictatorship of Shah makes people protest, and after years, the islamic goverment took control, and the leads us to the actual situation
    of Iran.

    See what happend the last time United States acts in Iran.

    The main problem is: How can you say to someone that it is forbidden to hold something, if you hold it ?
     
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    In this scenario, Iran is "forbidden" to hold nuclear weapons because they agreed to not hold them after signing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. By building nukes, they would violate this treaty. That's why US has sanctions on Iran right now.
     
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    Ok sorry, I must have read more. =)
     

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