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Iran Has Material For 1 Or 2 Atom Bombs

From a quietly cheering Reuters:

Iran has material for 1-2 atom bombs: ex-IAEA aide

August 26, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – Iran has stockpiled enough low-enriched uranium for 1-2 nuclear arms but it would not make sense for it to cross the bomb-making threshold with only this amount, a former top U.N. nuclear official was quoted as saying.

And the Iranians are famous for being sensible.

In unusual public remarks about Iran’s disputed nuclear programme Olli Heinonen, the former chief of U.N. nuclear inspections worldwide, told Le Monde newspaper that Iran’s uranium reserve still represented a "threat."

The hell you say. (By the way, the United States dropped only two nuclear bombs on Japan.)

Until he stepped down earlier this month for personal reasons, Heinonen was deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency and head of its nuclear safeguards department, which verifies that countries’ nuclear programmes are not being diverted for military use.

Which to our ears sounds like he was more than just an “aide.”

A no-nonsense Finn, he was one of the U.N. agency’s leading experts on Iran, which denies Western suspicions that its nuclear programme is aimed at making bombs despite intelligence indications to the contrary, which he investigated for years.

And yet this ‘no-nonsense Finn’ said nothing about this until now? What is the point of the IAEA again?

In the interview published on Thursday, Heinonen said the Islamic Republic now possessed three tonnes of low-enriched uranium, material which can be used to fuel nuclear power plants, or form the core of a bomb if refined much further.

"In theory, it is enough to make one or two nuclear arms. But to reach the final step, when one only has just enough material for two weapons, does not make sense," Heinonen said in the interview carried out just before he left office.

Once again, retirement seems allow some people to speak the truth.

In comments translated from English to French, he suggested this was not sufficient to constitute a serious bargaining chip in any negotiations with the United States, the Islamic Republic’s old adversary.

After all, what harm can one or two nuclear weapons do?

"But this constitutes a … threat," he said, apparently referring to Iran’s LEU stockpile

Heinonen said the United States estimated that Iran would need a year to convert its low-enriched uranium to higher-grade material, adding that this was a not a "bad estimate." …

Except that ‘a year’ is a lot shorter of a time frame than ‘never.’ Which is what we were told by the IAEA and our own wonderful nuclear watchdogs.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Iran Has Material For 1 Or 2 Atom Bombs”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    No big deal!
    New York, LA, DC, San Francisco…
    Lose two major collection points for Liberalism and the sleeping giant may wake up again.

    Seriously, will this administration ever worry about anything more dangerous than that evil Tea Party?

    • Mithrandir says:

      Oh well…….so some terrorists will sneak in through our southern border and kill off San Francisco or New York….

      That’s what they get for not supporting our immigration laws.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Imam Rauf says that the US sanctions of Iraq were directly responsible for the death of 500,000 Iraqis, yet now we pursue the same diplomatic course with Iran.

    If I were the president and I believed that to be true, why, war is the only humanitarian choice then! Think of how many lives could be saved!

    Schtick of course, but it’s the sad reality.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    “I Barrack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

    Phew! for a minute there I thought Obama swore to protect us from all powers foreign & domestic. He Didn’t! Joe Biden Did!

    I feel soooo much safer now. Don’t you?

  4. P. Aaron says:

    The best we can hope for is the Iran nuke facilities having a ‘workplace accident’.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      You may not be too far off the mark. Given their general philosophy on things and going back in time when they were once considered our “allies”, their whole uptake on everything is remarkably skewed from good sense.

      My first estimation is that the people who will run the power plant will be Russians. Why? Because even the “best and brightest” that Iran has to offer cannot think logically and without the pollutions of a cult-infested mind. They do not think logically, or analytically but instead emotionally and ideologically. That is to say, when they get stuck with a complex problem, they “let go and let allah”. So, if Russians are NOT manning the place, look for a meltdown in fairly short order.

      It’s quite possible we’ll be looking at Chernobyl II and some day, we may be airlifting in medical personnel to rescue them from their own screw up.

      Finally, why the “need” for nuke power anyhow? So Achmed can have a lightbulb in his adobe hut? And who pays for that? And why would Ach-I-need-a-job want any of Iran’s citizens to have any improvement at all. If they have electricity, they have TV, if they have TV, they can receive satellite transmissions, if they can receive satellite transmissions, they can see how life is in the West. If they can see how life is in the West, they can wish and desire it to be that way in Iran. Thus, the makings of civil unrest and so on.

      How many people risked their lives from Cuba and were reported as saying they started to long for freedom by listening to US radio and watching US TV?

      How many people tried to defect to Western Europe as a direct result of hearing Radio Free Europe?

      Seems to me the mullahs haven’t thought this through. That is, not to the extent of unintended consequences.

  5. canary says:

    Reuters now saying Iran is nuclear ready, makes it official what Israel has been trying to tell us for a year.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    What we knew would eventually happen…….has happened. We shouldn’t be so surprised. Pakistan has nukes for goddsake!

    As sonar was the antidote to German U-boats in WWII, and the stealth bomber outwitted conventional radar, we need to be a step ahead of other threats (*Ahem*, Regan’s Star-Wars plan comes to mind…..).

    Had we invested in lasers, like we should have, all those countries with 50+ year old missile technology would be obsolete. Imagine launching a nuclear missile, and having it lasered and blown up above the launch site? ~How’s that for deterrence?

    It’s partly our own fault depending on sanctions, angry soap-box harangues, and trying to prevent one nuclear arab country from arming another, when we should have prepared for the inevitable.

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