Thursday, February 18, 2010

Well it’s about time: IAEA thinks Iran is working on a nuke

Practically anyone with two eyes and half a brain can figure out that Iran working toward developing a nuclear bomb. Iran has been less than coy with their actions. Last week, Iran’s admission that they can enrich uranium to purity greater than 20% is more than a tip off.

Finally, the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency has caught up to speed after denying Iran’s actions under Mohamed ElBaradei’s leadership: 
In unusually blunt language, an International Atomic Energy Agency report for the first time suggested Iran was actively pursuing nuclear weapons capability, throwing independent weight behind similar Western suspicions.
The IAEA seemed to be cautiously going public with concerns arising from a classified agency analysis leaked in part last year which concluded that Iran has already honed explosives expertise relevant to a workable nuclear weapon.
The report also confirmed Iran had produced its first small batch of uranium enriched to a higher purity -- 20 percent.
Both developments will intensify pressure on Iran to prove it is not covertly bent on "weaponizing" enrichment by allowing unfettered access for IAEA inspectors and investigators, something it rejects in protest at U.N. sanctions. 
Watching Iran saunter on its way to getting a bomb is like watching Hiroshima unfold in slow motion. It is painful to watch western leaders dither, deny and sit back as such a dangerous nation moves to acquire the bomb.

Thankfully there are signs that the administration is finally moving from its useless rhetoric about “engagement” and are talking more about sanctions. The big question is, is it too late for sanctions?

Via: Reuters

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