Meanwhile, Back At The Nuclear Clown Rodeo

The IAEA sends Iran a strongly worded letter and, predictably, like clockwork, Iran tells the IAEA to shove their letter up their collective ass.

Iran to move its most sensitive nuclear equipment to bunker

Iran is moving production of higher enriched uranium to a mountain bunker where it aims to triple output by using more advanced centrifuges, state television reported Wednesday.

Iran says the announcement is a response to a letter by Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday, which reiterated “concerns about the possible military dimensions” of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

“Our answer is increased work in the sphere of nuclear technology and know-how,” Iran’s nuclear chief Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

See also:
Iran to Triple Higher-Enriched Uranium Production
Iran To Enrich Triple Uranium Enrichment Capacity
Defiant Iran plans big rise in nuclear enrichment
IAEA should end political disputes over Iran’s nuclear program: Soltanieh
Iran Said to Plan Nuclear Fuel Production Increase
Iran’s Nuclear Program, Charging Ahead
Goodspeed: Iran may be two months from bomb, two new studies say
RAND: Deterring Iran unlikely, but opportunities exist
France labels Iran’s further uranium enrichment “provocation”
Iran Swiftly Dismissed Amano’s Latest Whistle Blowing Report
Iran urges IAEA to meet commitments

Okay, we’ve waited and waited and waited and done nothing concrete or effective to stop Iran’s nuclear program and now it’s too late. At this point, not even military action can likely stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

/Obama was too busy golfing and couldn’t be reached for comment

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Lucy Says: C’mon, Kick The Football Charlie Brown

Iranian FM: Iran Ready for Uranium Fuel Swap

Iran says it is ready to exchange some of its enriched uranium stockpile for nuclear fuel rods, a key demand of a United Nations-backed proposal aimed at easing global fears over Iran’s nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Saturday Iran will exchange 400 kilograms of low-grade uranium for nuclear fuel enriched to 20 percent of capacity in phases. He told a regional security conference in Bahrain that the exchange should take place on Iran’s Kish island in the Persian Gulf.

The United States dismissed Mottaki’s offer.

An unidentified senior U.S. official said Iran’s proposal on Satruday was inconsistent with the “fair and balanced” draft agreement proposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency in consultation with the U.S., Russia, and France.

See also:
Iran Says It ‘Explicitly’ Accepts Uranium Swap Deal
Iran’s Mottaki defiant on UN nuclear sanctions threat
Iran offers to swap 400 kilos of LEU on Kish for atomic fuel
Iran Avows Willingness to Swap Some Uranium
US says ‘nothing new’ in Iran nuclear offer
U.S. unsatisfied with Iranian nuclear proposal: report
US rejects Iran nuclear offer
Analysis / Tehran heard Obama’s Nobel speech loud and clear
Iran deplores India’s yes vote on IAEA resolution
The UN Security Council, Iran and its nuclear deception

/when is Charlie Brown going to finally give up on the futility of trying to kick Lucy’s football and just kick Lucy’s ass instead?

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