So, How Are Those Sanctions Working Out?

I think Obama and Hillary finally have a hold of Iran by the balls this time, for sure. It won’t be long now before Iran gives up on their nuclear program and Ahmadinejad gets down on his knees and begs the West not to punish Iran anymore.

Iran increases uranium enrichment – IAEA

The International Atomic Energy Agency has said Iran has activated more equipment to enrich uranium more efficiently, violating UN resolutions.

The UN watchdog said a second set, or “cascade”, of centrifuges was operating at the Natanz pilot fuel enrichment plant when inspectors visited in July.

The move to enrich uranium to 20% purity means Iran could quickly advance to making weapons-grade material.

The West believes Iran is seeking to build a nuclear bomb. Iran denies this.

The UN Security Council, the US and EU have each imposed sanctions on the Iranian authorities to force them to halt enrichment activities.

Power station

Iran has been producing low-enriched uranium (LEU) of about 3.5% purity for some time, and announced in February that it had begun enriching uranium to 20% to make fuel for its Tehran research reactor, which produces medical isotopes. A bomb would require at least 90%.

“The IAEA can confirm that on 17 July, when agency inspectors were at [Natanz], Iran was feeding nuclear material to the two interconnected 164-machine centrifuge cascades,” spokeswoman Gill Tudor said.

Ms Tudor said the move was “contrary to UN Security Council resolutions affirming that Iran should suspend all enrichment-related activities”.

The centrifuges spin uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas at high speeds to separate the fissile U-235 atoms from the denser U-238 atoms.

Experts say that using two interconnected cascades increases efficiency by allowing leftover LEU to be re-fed into the machines.

See also:
Iran Expands Production of Higher-Enriched Uranium
IAEA: Iran activates enrichment equipment
Iran starts more efficient uranium enrichment – ISIS
Iran slams media hype over enrichment
IAEA: Iran boosts nuclear enrichment efficiency
Ten questions for the negotiators with Iran
Leaky Sanctions
Natanz [Kashan]
Natanz

Once again, Iran beats us like a drum. Hey Obama, how many times does Ahmadinejad have to laugh at you and kick sand in your face before you grow a spine and take this threat seriously? It’s painfully obvious to anyone with a third grade education that your “sanctions” are worthless and unenforceable. In fact, your “sanctions” do absolutely nothing to deter Iran and serve only to make them more defiant, the exact opposite of the desired effect. You’re desperately in need of a new, adult foreign policy team that doesn’t arrive for work every day in a clown car.

/all I can say is that when Israel finally does what has to be done, you’d better [expletive deleted] stay out of their way

Dénouement Coming

Iranian nuclear weapons soon to be a reality?

In direct defiance of an international plan to curb Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s president announced that his country will enrich uranium to a much higher level.

This could put Iran on the road to arming a nuclear warhead within months.

Iran denies any interest in developing nuclear weapons; however, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a comment in a recent speech addressing Iran’s enrichment program that implies a program that addresses much more than enrichment for power purposes only:

“I declare here that with the grace of God, the Iranian nation will produce 20 percent fuel and anything it needs itself.”

Iran’s current uranium stockpile is at 3.5 percent, and according to Ahmadinejad, Iran is now ready to enrich it to twenty percent which is the grade needed to power a small medical research reactor in the Iranian capital.

Uranium at low levels of enrichment can be used for fuel, but enriched to ninety percent and higher, it becomes weapons grade. The major world powers have been trying to persuade Iran to ship its uranium abroad for processing into fuel for their “research reactor”.

Iran agreed last October that it would ship its uranium out of the country for processing, but has since balked and now refuses to follow through and has presented counterproposals to keep the uranium supplies in Iran – shipping abroad would leave Iran without enough uranium to produce a bomb.

Ahmadinejad vowed that Iran would enrich the uranium itself.

Between thirty to seventy pounds of weapons grade (enriched to ninety percent or above) uranium would be needed to produce a nuclear bomb. Iran currently is in possession of 3,300 pounds of low-enriched uranium (3.5 percent) — enough to produce highly enriched material for two such weapons.

The Institute for Science and International Security – familiar with Iran’s nuclear endeavors – state the process of moving to twenty percent enriched uranium from 3.5 would take months, but from twenty percent to weapons grade would only require an additional couple of weeks. The ISIS went on to state that Iran could be enriching to higher levels within months after reconfiguring and testing its centrifuges, the machines that spin uranium gas into enriched material.

See also:
Defiant Iran vows to enrich uranium even more
Iran to Enrich Uranium to Higher Level
Iran Releases U.K. Sailors and Details Uranium Plans
Iran President Says Nuclear Enrichment Will Grow
Iran will enrich uranium to 20%: Ahmadinejad
Ahmadinejad: Iran will enrich uranium to higher levels
Germany: Iran uranium plans go in wrong direction
IAEA says not informed of Iran’s enrichment plans
Iran “Not Obliged” to Tell IAEA Of Home – Made Sites
Ahmadinejad Says Iran Can’t Be Isolated as U.S. Mulls Sanctions
Sanctions against Iran over nuclear issue not to work: president
Institute for Science and International Security
Institute for Science and International Security

At this point, we’re so many chapters into this book that there’s there’s only a few ways left that the plot line can continue to unfold.

/and none of them end happily ever after

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