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Iran To Open Second Enrichment Site Near Qum

A top official with Iran’s nuclear program announced over the weekend that the country is on the verge of breaking ground on a second uranium enrichment site. This rebellious announcement comes amid new international sanctions against the country due to its dispute over their nuclear program. The announcement was made through new media reports and came after weeks of escalading confrontations between Tehran and Washing. This included a threat that Iran could potentially respond through military force if the US tried to send their aircraft carriers through the Strait of Hormuz.

The second enrichment site, the Fordo plant, which is located near Qum, puts the US in a difficult position about how far they will need to go in order to limit the nuclear abilities of Iran. The Fordo plan is located underground and is well defended against attacks. This makes the plant more resistant to missiles and other forms of air strikes than the first plant at Natanz.

The Fordo plant was first talked about in 2009 by President Barack Obama. At the time, the US, France and Great Britain were not convinced that Iran would go far enough to develop the plant. Once the plant goes into operation it will be much more difficult to disable it. Fereydoon Abbasi made the announcement on Saturday that the facility was nearly completed. Abbasi was made the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization in 2010 after surviving an assassination attempt.

Iran has been known to exaggerate their abilities, however, nuclear experts claim that an operational site is plausible. Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency reported enrichment centrifuges in December, which makes the story even more probable.

Iran has been deeply hurt by four years of sanctions, but it appears that the nuclear energy program is flourishing. The oil embargo in Europe and the new sanctions by America could undercut the government and lead to a cutoff of their biggest revenue source: oil. These sanctions seem to have only made Iran more determined to proceed with their enrichment program.

Iran has threatened to close shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, which could increase oil prices immensely. Iran has conducted exercises with their military to close the waterway and stated that they would use military force to bar the reentry of the John C Stennis, a US aircraft Carrier.

Iran Ready for Nuclear Talks Without Preconditions? OK…

Austria Nuclear IranIs the Persian Empire crumbling finally? Last time it took a massive slaughter at the hands of the Spartans at Thermopylae to stop them at the most famous battle in ancient European history. Now, all it seems to have taken was a backdoor American threat to let Israel loose on them, stamping a deadline for talks on September, and rounded off with a little bit of political instability, as nearly the entire country is ticked at having been cheated in the rigged Iranian reelection of Ahmadenijad.

I figure one of two possible causes. One possibility, the Iranian regime is finally beginning to feel the grasp around its throat, especially with the latest challenge by a group of reformists against the leadership of the Ayatollah, who supposedly has sanction from Allah himself. I wonder how he got that. We could all use some good sanction from Allah for brutal, totalitarian rule over others. It is, after all, quite convenient for such purposes. To challenge that, takes some guts indeed.

The other possibility is that the Iranian regime is engaging in a little time-buying trickery, giving in to America’s demand to “resolve our differences through words,” while during that time, building and completing the nuclear project. After all, think about it. If they give the US a straight out “NO,” then that’ll probably give a green light to Israel to go and bomb Natanz, setting them back another 10 years, after which Israel would probably have to bomb again and reset the clock. Or then again, maybe not. Saddam after all couldn’t do anything after the 1981 bombing of Osirak and Iraq’s nuclear ambitions haven’t since been seriously rekindled. On the other hand, if Iran says, “Let’s talk,” then Israel will definitely not be allowed to attack so long as a chance remains that the “talk” will work.

I wonder what they’re going to talk about. They want nukes, but what would they settle for? Dollars? Those things are almost worthless these days, and America is nearly bankrupt anyway. But here’s the quote.

“Talks without preconditions is Iran’s main stance in negotiations on the nuclear issue.” This was said by Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA. The Iranian television report added that Soltanieh had made the announcement based on “mutual respect” for the West.

(Put a Kippa on that guy and he looks just like a nice welfare-peddling Shas guy.)
Well, I’m glad everyone respects each other. Now let’s juts put away the weapons of mass destruction and murder before somebody loses an eye.

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