Iran Testing Centrifuges & Trigger Mechanisms...Still
The Word Unheard out of Teheran is that Iran is still testing nuclear weapons and weapons manufacturing components, long after the signing of an 'agreement' between the EU/E3 and Iran's mullah regime. From two seperate Reuters reports today:
A Western diplomat who follows the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Reuters on condition of anonymity Iran was performing quality control checks of "non-essential items" for centrifuges, machines that purify uranium to make fuel for nuclear power plants or weapons.
Iran has conducted successful experiments on a crucial triggering mechanism for a nuclear weapon, an exiled opposition group said on Thursday.
In the event that there are readers who have forgotten, Iran stands firm in their declaration:
Iran reaffirms that, in accordance with Article II of the NPT, it does not and will not seek to acquire nuclear weapons. It commits itself to full cooperation and transparency with the IAEA. Iran will continue to implement the Additional Protocol voluntarily pending ratification.
So what does Iran, who 'does not and will not seek to aquire nuclear weapons' want with a triggering mechanism? Take a stroll down to your local neighborhood nuclear power facility and ask an engineer: How many triggering mechanisms do you need to operate your power generation plant?
Naysayers can make an argument that the trigger accusation comes from exiled opposition groups.
To that The Word Unheard immediately responds with the largely unheard words of Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Hossein Moussavian, who had this to say after the signing of the 'agreement':
"The other important point is that the entire wording of the resolution, which could have included the threat of a 'trigger mechanism' for (automatic) referral of Iran's file to the Security Council, has been totally changed."
Iran purposefully and steadfastly demanded that language was changed. Can there be any doubt in anyone's mind as to their intentions? How can the EU/E3/IAEA claim they have an 'agreement' with Iran on ceasing their nuclear weapons program without restricting/halting work on trigger mechanisms? Is there anyone left in the room that is not now completely flabbergasted? You cannot close your eyes and wish it away.
We can not, must not continue to rely on the EU/E3 to halt Iran's nuclear weapons quest. Iran has stated flattly that it cannot be bought. Europe continues to make futile offers.
With every passing day, it becomes more and more obvious that the EU/E3 (and the UN's IAEA) continue to subscribe to a 'negotiating' strategy that is akin to throwing a snowball at a barbeque pit: "It might not melt...there's a chance, right?"
That's not a negotiating strategy. That's foolishness. And when the stakes are a nuclear armed state sponsor at the epicenter of international terrorism, it is irresponsible and inexcusable.
One must stretch the limits of imagination to understand the logic behind the thinking.
Nuclear Threats Initiative has a fairly comprehensive report today that also includes additional links and information:
Tehran has acquired or manufactured polonium 210 and beryllium — two elements of a “neutron initiator” — said members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, citing clandestine sources inside Iran’s nuclear program.
“Tehran has already succeeded in using beryllium in conjunction with polonium 210 for large-scale laboratory testing purposes, and is getting very close to the point of industrial production,” said the council’s foreign affairs committee chairman, Mohammad Mohaddessin (Agence France-Presse/SpaceWar.com, Feb. 3).
Meanwhile, Pakistan and the largest organization of Muslim countries said yesterday they support European efforts to negotiate a settlement with Iran, AFP reported.
“We don’t need any other intervention in the Muslim world,” said Organization of the Islamic Conference Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
“We support the approach of [France, Germany and the United Kingdom] and welcome the cooperation between Iran and the EU,” he said (Agence France-Presse/SpaceWar.com, Feb. 2).
It is apparent that The Word Unheard is missing completely the 'cooperation' of which Pakistan speaks.