Re: Bush Warns Of World War III If Iran Goes Nuclear

On Oct 18, 10:28 am, richardcas...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Richard Casady)
On Wed, 17 Oct 2007 21:09:20 GMT, PaPaPeng <PaPaP...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having
the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon,

Doesn't he realize that the technology has been around for more than
sixty years? Nukes are actually fairly simple devices, or at least
they can be.


Yes, the trick is getting the stuff to make it go boom.

Has Iran paused its uranium enrichment program?
By Matthew Schofield | McClatchy Newspapers

* Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2007

VIENNA - Iran appears not to have significantly expanded its uranium
enrichment program this summer, a development that has many experts
wondering whether the threat of sanctions finally has had an impact on
the Iranian government.

Experts won't know for sure if Iran has paused its program until a
report this week from a team of International Atomic Energy Agency
inspectors, who were in Iran last week for the third round of
inspections this summer. A public debate on the report is scheduled
for the IAEA's Sept. 10 meeting.

But after five years of frustration at a lack of Iranian cooperation,
those who closely follow Iran's nuclear program believe that Iran's
resumption of IAEA inspections coupled with the apparent halt in
expansion may signal that the Islamic Republic is willing to

The apparent slowing of Iran's uranium enrichment program has
surprised many at a time that the United States is again ramping up
efforts against Iran.

The Bush administration reportedly is considering labeling the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard - Iran's elite military force - a terrorist
organization. The move comes after Washington accused the guard of
aiding insurgents in Iraq against the U.S., a charge the guard denies.

There are also reports that the Bush administration is debating air
strikes against Iran to stop its nuclear program.

At the center of speculation about the Iranian nuclear program is how
many centrifuges - the devices that spin uranium ore into ever-purer
concentrations - Iran is operating.

Experts had expected that over the summer Iran would begin operating
18 cascades, or sets, of centrifuges, numbering 164 centrifuges each.
That number, 2,952 centrifuges in all, would allow Iran to enrich
enough uranium in one year for a nuclear weapon, if the centrifuges
were operating at full capacity. Experts also note that the IAEA
believed early this summer that Iran would have 8,000 working
centrifuges by the end of this year.

But experts say indications are that Iran has frozen the program at
about 2,000, the same number it was operating in June when IAEA
Director General Mohamed ElBaradei declared himself deeply worried
about Iran's program and the increasingly bellicose Western reaction
to it.

That number, ElBaradei said then, was "more than adequate" for
research and development, one of the goals Iran has said it has in
maintaining an enrichment program in the face of Western objections.
He worried that the expansion would lead to a military confrontation
unless diplomatic efforts were able to resolve the standoff.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and within
it's national rights. But Iranian officials agreed earlier this month
to resolve any outstanding issues with the IAEA.