(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


More troubling news in the Middle East, as the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is making rapid progress in its nuclear development.


“The UN nuclear agency believes that Iran is ready to expand its uranium enrichment program at its Fordo site.” (Video via BBC)

“The report says Iran will be technically ready within days to ramp up production … That would cut in half the time it takes to make enough to fuel a bomb.” (Video via Fox News)

The report says Iran has installed four new cascades at the site, bringing it to its full capacity. The IAEA also says it can’t verify the nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

The New York Times reports there’s even more troubling news: “satellite photographs show Iran has worked for months to alter another site that the agency has long suspected may have been used for weapons-related experiments.”

And Al Monitor reports missiles used by Hamas in the latest conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip have been traced to Iran.

The Guardian says Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn a “red line” for military action at 240kg of enriched uranium — if Iran creates that much, it’ll have enough to construct a nuclear weapon.

With the new centrifuges, that “red line” could be reached by next spring. All in all, the news means a confrontation with the U.S. and Israel is that much closer to reality, and leaves little time for a diplomatic solution.

President Obama mentioned Iran in his press conference this week, saying he still prefers a diplomatic solution.

“I will try to make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue between, not just us, but the international community, to see if we can get this thing resolved.” (Video via Politico)

But many analysts have their doubts that talks will resolve anything. A writer for Al Arabiya says confrontation is the smart way forward.

“A hard-line stance, the isolation of Iran and its weakening in economic terms could have an impact over the long term on a regime that should disappear. Otherwise, establishing creative diplomacy with Iran gives it legitimacy, because it might understand this as American weakness.”

But there could be some hope for talks. Two Middle East analysts writing for Al Jazeera say while Iran’s leadership is all bluster and confrontation, the intelligence community is more pragmatic.

The Intelligence Ministry has reportedly been advising Iran’s leaders to adopt a more diplomatic  attitude toward the U.S., and there are signs the leadership is listening. (Via Intelligence Ministry of Iran)

“It appears as if the most important elements among Iranian elites are preparing the political and ideological grounds for serious and decisive negotiations with the US. If this persists, it can provide the very opportunity that Obama has been looking for.”

UN Nuclear Watchdog says Iran can Double Uranium Enrichment

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Nov 16, 2012

UN Nuclear Watchdog says Iran can Double Uranium Enrichment

 

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


More troubling news in the Middle East, as the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is making rapid progress in its nuclear development.


“The UN nuclear agency believes that Iran is ready to expand its uranium enrichment program at its Fordo site.” (Video via BBC)

“The report says Iran will be technically ready within days to ramp up production … That would cut in half the time it takes to make enough to fuel a bomb.” (Video via Fox News)

The report says Iran has installed four new cascades at the site, bringing it to its full capacity. The IAEA also says it can’t verify the nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

The New York Times reports there’s even more troubling news: “satellite photographs show Iran has worked for months to alter another site that the agency has long suspected may have been used for weapons-related experiments.”

And Al Monitor reports missiles used by Hamas in the latest conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip have been traced to Iran.

The Guardian says Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn a “red line” for military action at 240kg of enriched uranium — if Iran creates that much, it’ll have enough to construct a nuclear weapon.

With the new centrifuges, that “red line” could be reached by next spring. All in all, the news means a confrontation with the U.S. and Israel is that much closer to reality, and leaves little time for a diplomatic solution.

President Obama mentioned Iran in his press conference this week, saying he still prefers a diplomatic solution.

“I will try to make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue between, not just us, but the international community, to see if we can get this thing resolved.” (Video via Politico)

But many analysts have their doubts that talks will resolve anything. A writer for Al Arabiya says confrontation is the smart way forward.

“A hard-line stance, the isolation of Iran and its weakening in economic terms could have an impact over the long term on a regime that should disappear. Otherwise, establishing creative diplomacy with Iran gives it legitimacy, because it might understand this as American weakness.”

But there could be some hope for talks. Two Middle East analysts writing for Al Jazeera say while Iran’s leadership is all bluster and confrontation, the intelligence community is more pragmatic.

The Intelligence Ministry has reportedly been advising Iran’s leaders to adopt a more diplomatic  attitude toward the U.S., and there are signs the leadership is listening. (Via Intelligence Ministry of Iran)

“It appears as if the most important elements among Iranian elites are preparing the political and ideological grounds for serious and decisive negotiations with the US. If this persists, it can provide the very opportunity that Obama has been looking for.”

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