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Iran Is Ready To Build Nuclear Weapons

From the UK’s Times:

Iran is ready to build an N-bomb – it is just waiting for the Ayatollah’s order

August 3, 2009

Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times.

The sources said that Iran completed a research programme to create weaponised uranium in the summer of 2003 and that it could feasibly make a bomb within a year of an order from its Supreme Leader.

A US National Intelligence Estimate two years ago concluded that Iran had ended its nuclear arms research programme in 2003 because of the threat from the American invasion of Iraq. But intelligence sources have told The Times that Tehran had halted the research because it had achieved its aim — to find a way of detonating a warhead that could be launched on its long-range Shehab-3 missiles.

They said that, should Ayatollah Khamenei approve the building of a nuclear device, it would take six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. The Iranian Defence Ministry has been running a covert nuclear research department for years, employing hundreds of scientists, researchers and metallurgists in a multibillion-dollar programme to develop nuclear technology alongside the civilian nuclear programme.

“The main thing (in 2003) was the lack of fissile material, so it was best to slow it down,” the sources said. “We think that the leader himself decided back then (to halt the programme), after the good results.” …

“If the Supreme Leader takes the decision (to build a bomb), we assess they have to enrich low-enriched uranium to highly-enriched uranium at the Natanz plant, which could take six months, depending on how many centrifuges are operating. We don’t know if the decision was made yet,” said the intelligence sources, adding that Iran could have created smaller, secret facilities, other than those at the heavily guarded bunker at Natanz to develop materials for a first bomb. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency only keep tabs on fissile material produced at monitored sites and not the number of centrifuges that Iran has built.

Washington has given Iran until next month to open talks on resolving the nuclear crisis, although hopes of any constructive engagement have dimmed since the regime’s crackdown on pro-reformist protesters after June’s disputed presidential elections…

British intelligence services are familiar with the secret information about Iran’s experiments, sources at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said. Although British agencies did not have their own “independent evidence” that Iran had successfully tested the explosive component of a nuclear warhead, they said there was no reason to doubt the assessment…

Last week, during a series of high-level US visits to Israel, officials outlined Washington’s plans to step up sanctions on Iran, should Tehran fail to agree on talks. Robert Gates, the Defence Secretary, and General James Jones, the National Security Adviser, said that Iran had until the end of next month, when the UN General Assembly is to meet, to make a positive move towards engagement.

If Tehran fails to respond, Washington aims to build a tough international coalition to impose harsh sanctions focusing on petroleum products — an area where Iran is particularly vulnerable because it sends almost all of its crude abroad for refinement.

Experts believe that the unrest of the summer will make Iran particularly vulnerable to sanctions. They would also hit the Revolutionary Guards Council, which finances its operations by running a huge conglomerate of international companies, rather than drawing directly from state coffers.

Isn’t it funny how the media trumpeted the NIE report two years ago.

Now we know why:

A US National Intelligence Estimate two years ago concluded that Iran had ended its nuclear arms research programme in 2003 because of the threat from the American invasion of Iraq. But intelligence sources have told The Times that Tehran had halted the research because it had achieved its aim — to find a way of detonating a warhead that could be launched on its long-range Shehab-3 missiles.

Well, maybe this will be able to wake up the 12th/Hidden Iman sooner than we hoped.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Iran Is Ready To Build Nuclear Weapons”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Where can I purchase lead lined long johns?

  2. beautyofreason says:

    You know, I’ve been wondering if perhaps the election was stolen to insure that Iran developed the bomb without complications. Other reformist candidates, including Khatami in 1997 have won by a landslide in the past so it seems strange to rig the election now, when the whole system is already rigged in favor of the supreme dictator.

    Perhaps the Ayatollah realized the regime was close to a bomb and wanted to make sure that the future president, even if he is only a public figurehead, would not promote transparency, engage the West or jeopardize the process of building warheads. Then again, most Iranians want nuclear weapons and I believe Iran would develop it anyway.

    If there was any time to detonate their nuclear facilities, it’s now. The libs won’t stand for it, yet they seem to be willing to stand for the mass murder that will result from third world regimes obtaining warheads.

  3. Enthalpy says:

    Ready or not, here it comes. I wonder how well Obama’s brains Rahm and Axelrod will handle this. Rahm’s Chicago shtick of stabbing the table and yelling out dead!, dead!, dead! should just scare the hell out of all of them in the Middle East. Or not. Netanyahu won’t put up with their bs.

    What would Biden do?

  4. canary says:

    I’m sticking with believing earlier articles, it’s already built.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Yup. just waiting for accurate delivery platform.
      Don’t want to nuke Syria or Jordan by mistake!

    • JohnMG says:

      Nah. They don’t have nuclear capabilities. I mean, Saadam didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction either………..did he?

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    While the majority of countries will condemn Israel’s unilateral effort in eliminating most if not all of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, ALL of them will be breathing a sigh of relief, secretly grateful that the Israelis stepped up to fill the huge void left by the Obama “talk and cajole” method of diplomacy.

    Iran and NorKo both relish having a weak and ineffective person in the White House, and watch with glee that finally the Great Satan itself is embracing the very ideology that destroyed their own societies…thus rendering them impotent to stop nuclear ambitions, and their regional domination resulting from the lack of any real consequences for their stupidity.

    All of the countries surrounding Iran are flat scared out of their wits. All of their past screaming about the “infidel America great Satan” is ringing hollow in their ears. They now see that we finally have a President who agrees with them, and is doing everything he can to eliminate our “bad image” in the Middle East, even at the cost of giving a psychopath cult leader the ability to strike willy nilly within a couple of thousand miles of Tehran. They are scared to death…..because they dont have the protection of the United States to rely on….and now Iran and Israel are going to have a duke out nuke bout….and the USA is unwilling to help because it would make a bad impression elsewhere.

    I love it. To watch the “worlds oil” rendered useless by radioactive contamination would also be the death knell of the constant use of petro dollars to fund Islamic terrorism abroad….and once faced with the stark reality of walking to work, it wouldnt take America long to tell the eco freaks to shove it up their collective touch holes and we could emerge as a self reliant energy power in under three years if we HAVE to. It will make me giggle too….because a lot of liberals and leftists will be blamed for the lack of fuel and it’s resulting chaos….and people will take it out on them.

    Obama is a eunich. The world sees an opportunity to take advantage of his impotence. They are ill equipped both mentally and in material to fill the void left by America’s withdrawal from the world power scene. They will fail miserably, and America will emerge from the resulting power struggles in a position of dominance…..because they need us….for a variety of reasons. And once Washington is cleansed of the rotting minds of the party faithful, and replaced with those who’s idea of governing is FOR the people…it will be a lot better.

    Then I woke up. He’s still there, isnt he?

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