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AP: 'Iran now speaking openly on nuclear bomb prospects'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: August 04, 2022 03:43PM
A growing difficulty

Iran now speaking openly on nuclear bomb prospects
[apnews.com]


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian officials now speak openly about something long denied by Tehran as it enriches uranium at its closest-ever levels to weapons-grade material: The Islamic Republic is ready to build an atomic weapon at will.

The remarks could be bluster to force more bargaining-table concessions from the U.S. without planning to seek the bomb. Or, as analysts warn, Iran could reach a point like North Korea did some 20 years ago where it decides having the ultimate weapon outweighs any further international sanctions.

All this could be put to the test Thursday as Iran, the U.S. and the European Union prepare for a snap summit that appears to be a last-ditch effort in Vienna to revive Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal amid the new pressure. That includes one Iranian video online suggesting the country’s ballistic missiles could “turn New York into a heap of rubble from hell.”

Hyperbole aside, the language taken as a whole marks a distinct verbal escalation from Tehran.

“In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium. ... Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build one,” Kamal Kharrazi, an adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told Al Jazeera in mid-July. Uranium enriched at 90% is considered weapons-grade.

Ataollah Mohajerani, a culture minister under reformist President Mohammad Khatami, then wrote in Iran’s Etemad daily newspaper that Kharrazi’s announcement that Iran could make a nuclear weapon provided a “moral lesson” for Israel and President Joe Biden.

And finally Mohammad Eslami, the head of Iran’s civilian nuclear agency, made his own reported comment about a potential military aspect to Iran’s program.

“As Mr. Kharrazi mentioned, Iran has the technical ability to make an atomic bomb, but there is no such plan on the agenda,” Eslami said Monday, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.

Eslami’s agency later said he had been “misunderstood and misjudged” — likely a sign Iran’s theocracy didn’t want him to have been so specific. Eslami’s threat also carries more weight than others as he’s directly worked for Iranian defense agencies linked to Iran’s military nuclear program — including one that secretly built uranium-enriching centrifuges with Pakistani nuclear proliferator A.Q. Khan’s help.
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Re: AP: 'Iran now speaking openly on nuclear bomb prospects'
Posted by: Ted King
Date: August 04, 2022 06:15PM
This was probably inevitable. Even Obama's agreement with them was only going to last something like ten years.



e pluribus unum
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Re: AP: 'Iran now speaking openly on nuclear bomb prospects'
Posted by: pdq
Date: August 04, 2022 08:01PM
Well, we could have had a situation where Iran did nothing for 10 years, and then maybe something, or maybe nothing.

Or we could gave the situation now, where there are few options. Trump chose the situation now.

What should we do? Invade?

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Re: AP: 'Iran now speaking openly on nuclear bomb prospects'
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 05, 2022 04:59AM
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Steve G.
That includes one Iranian video online suggesting the country’s ballistic missiles could “turn New York into a heap of rubble from hell.”

This has already occurred according to a campaign video I saw from a Republican candidate although the video left out any mention of Iran or ballistic missiles.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: AP: 'Iran now speaking openly on nuclear bomb prospects'
Posted by: samintx
Date: August 05, 2022 02:08PM
All thanks to the noble Trump for this good fortune.facepalm
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