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Iran Orders 20% Uranium Enrichment

From Iran’s Press TV:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wears eye protection goggles as he visits an exhibition of Iran’s laser science, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010.

Ahmadinejad orders 20% uranium enrichment

Sun, 07 Feb 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has tasked the country’s atomic chief with enriching uranium to 20 percent, in order to meet the demands of the country’s cancer patients.

Speaking at the exhibition of Laser Science and Technology Achievements in Tehran, the president called on Ali Akbar Salehi, to start the process.

"Mr. Salehi you start enriching up to 20 percent and we are still open to negotiations on the issue," he told the head of the country’s atomic energy organization who was sitting in the audience.

Thousands of Iranian patients, in need of post-surgery drug treatment with nuclear medicine, will suffer if domestic production dries up when a research reactor in Tehran runs out of fuel.

The Tehran research reactor, which produces 20 different kinds of radio-medicine for cancer patients, runs on uranium that is some 20 percent U-235 — an enrichment level higher than what is currently produced at Iran’s Natanz enrichment facility.

Iran has requested the International Atomic Energy Agency to arrange for supplying of the fuel to the country. The West has been pressuring Iran to accept a UN-backed draft deal which requires Iran to send most of its domestically-produced low enriched uranium (LEU) abroad for conversion into the more refined fuel that the Tehran reactor requires to produce medical isotopes.

Iran says its concerns over the proposal, which was first floated by the US, should be heeded.

The development comes as Tehran has been trying to find a middle ground with the West over the nuclear swap.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki expressed hope on Saturday that an agreement on the nuclear fuel proposal will soon be reached with the Western side, but with the changes that Tehran seeks.

His remarks were largely ignored by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates who has instead insisted on the imposition of fresh sanctions on the country.

How soon before we get articles from the New York Times bemoaning the suffering of Iran’s cancer patients because of US sanctions.

Assuming Mr. Ahmadinejad didn’t get the idea from them in the first place.

But look at how the world trembles at the power of sanctions.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Iran Orders 20% Uranium Enrichment”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What’s laughable is all this dancing and singing does nothing to assuage my belief that Iran wants weapons-grade material so that it can threaten Israel, if not out-and-out launch a nuclear strike against it. Even though that is the stupidest, most foolish thing that could be done. But for a dic(k)tator like Achhh-I-need-a-job, it means power and power means everything.

    He is completely unaware that Iran would become glass if he pulled anything. Or if he is aware, he cares not. Such is the mind of a megalomaniac and a parallel with his little cousin in the White House.

    Which brings me to this: I think Obama would LOVE to have Iran try something. One, so he can bask in his hatred of Jews and two, so that he can have Israel come begging for help. But, most of us in the conservative camp know that Israel would never come to Barry and the Deaftones for anything. They would just take care of business themselves. And rightfully so.

    But meanwhile, all the rhetoric and BS is just time and money wasted while Iran slowly but surely works up their nuke weapons program. To believe otherwise is beyond blind.

  2. proreason says:

    Rather then sanctions, we should broadcast in the Moron’s speeches around the clock.

    The mullah’s would conver to Judaism within a day.

    • JohnMG says:

      Wouldn’t broadcasting the Moron’s speeches be tantamount to spreading toxic waste? I think there are laws against that.

      If there aren’t, there ought to be.

  3. bousquem says:

    Wow, now they’re claiming they need bomb fuel to make things to save lives.

  4. canary says:

    How come global warmers don’t walk around wearing white goggles.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Beer Googles!

  6. Chuckk says:

    Are you sure Ahmadinejad and the boys were not at an Avatar screening in the picture above?

    • GL0120 says:

      Funny you should notice that because it’s exactly what Our Dear Leader thought when he saw the picture; that’s why he’s not concerned over events in Iran.
      After all, how much trouble can the Iranians be while watching a movie?

    • Right of the People says:

      Everything’s cooler in 3D.

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