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Friday, November 18, 2005

Iran got Nuke Plans from Khan


Iran turned over to U.N. inspectors instructions for assembling a key part of an atomic weapon, a diplomat familiar with a confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday. The diplomat described it to Reuters as a 'cookbook' for making the enriched uranium metal core of an atomic weapon. 'Also among the documents was one ... on the casting and machining of enriched, natural and depleted uranium into hemispherical forms,' the report by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei to the IAEA board of governors, seen by Reuters, said. The United States and European Union suspect Iran is developing nuclear weapons under cover of a civilian atomic energy program. Tehran denies wanting nuclear weapons, insisting its atomic ambitions are limited to the peaceful generation of electricity. The Iranians told the IAEA they had received the document from individuals linked to the nuclear black market set up by disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. Iran stated that the document had been provided on the initiative of nuclear black marketeers, not at its own request, the report said.
It would be very interesting to know if Iran turned this over on it's own, or if the IAEA already knew it had this information. With this sort of thing we never know the full story. There is also this from Forbes:
ran is still blocking UN nuclear inspectors from crucial military sites, the UN atomic watchdog agency reported today, saying full Iranian cooperation was overdue. 'Iran's full transparency is indispensable and overdue,' Mohamed Elbaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a report released here. He said this was despite the access Iran has provided during the past two months, after the UN body threatened to take Tehran to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions over non-compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
I don't think Iran has any real reason to comply with international pressure at this point. The EU threats are entirely toothless and I don't think the U.S. is prepared to take signifigant action either. I hope I am wrong about that last one, as I think that the world will deeply regret a nuclear armed Iran, and absent a credible U.S. military threat it looks like that is going to happen. And of course, the obligatory link.


Blogger tsykoduk said...

When I saw the title in my newsreader... well.. the first thought was

"Whaaa? Iran got Nukes from Khan? Kirk did not stop it?"


11/18/2005 07:59:00 AM  
Blogger Cubicle said...

Europe will have to deal with a nuclear iran, long before we do.

We can do and say what we want, if Iran launches a missle, they are not going to be able to reach us and we are going to blow them to hell and back just to make an example of them.

11/18/2005 01:06:00 PM  

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