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    Iran Advances Nuclear Program, Boasts About Its Increased Military Power

    Iran Advances Nuclear Program, Boasts About Its Increased Military Power

    In light of findings that Iran may be in violation of nuclear deal, Iran announces new more advanced centrifuges

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s9cht-bdiU

    Commemorating Iran’s National Nuclear Day, President Hassan Rouhani announced that the Islamic Republic would soon make advanced centrifuges operational, the Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday.

    Rouhani, according to the report, which was based on a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), not only announced the installation of 20 IR-6 centrifuges but seemingly threatened, “If yesterday you feared our IR-1 centrifuges—well, here you go!” He also boasted that during the past year “we have acquired missiles and weapons that you could not have imagined.”

    An IR-6 centrifuge is more advanced than an IR-1, which are currently installed, so it can enrich uranium faster. Iran is allowed a limited number of these advanced centrifuges during the first eight and a half years of the nuclear deal. However, the faster Iran can enrich uranium, the faster it can create sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon, thus reducing its breakout time even further.

    Nonetheless, the belligerent nature of the announcement is disturbing, coming, as it does, after studies of the nuclear archive Israel recovered last year that indicated Iran’s nuclear weapons program is more advanced than previously thought.

    “There is considerable information in the archive that shows that Iran deceived the IAEA and the international community about its nuclear weapons activities throughout the 2000s and provided incomplete and misleading declarations,” a paper co-authored by David Albright and Andrea Stricker of the Institute for Science and International Security, and Olli Heinonen of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies asserted in February. “There are actually ‘deception folders’ in the archive that catalogue Iran’s lies to inspectors, to enable it to be consistent from meeting to meeting.”

    The contents of the archive, according to the paper, show that “Iran will be well positioned to make nuclear weapons at a time of its choosing once the nuclear deal limitations end, and could also make them much more quickly than the world previously assessed.”

    Despite President Obama’s promises that the deal would ensure that Iran would never acquire nuclear weapons, the terms of the agreement only delayed Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran’s continued advances and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ineffectiveness in overseeing all aspects of Iran’s nuclear program mean that once the deal expires, Iran could reach their goal even faster.

    In addition to boasting about the new IR-6 centrifuges, Rouhani promised that Iran would soon have even more advanced IR-8 centrifuges enriching uranium, saying, “If you persevere in your injustice and wrongdoing, you will also see a chain of IR-8 centrifuges in the not-so-distant future. You cannot prevent the scientific progress of the Iranian people. If the purpose of your sanctions was to diminish Iran’s military power, know that in the past year—as you are fully aware—we have acquired missiles and weapons that you could not have imagined.”

    The boastful belligerence from Rouhani, who is often called a “moderate,” accompanying the announced advances in Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, raise real questions as to how “peaceful,” the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is.

    [Photo: MEMRI TV Videos / YouTube ]

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    Arminius | April 14, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I am so culturally appropriating everything.

    Is this a surprise?

    Look, the Mullahs are content to sit at home and enjoy the perks of their position. But, they have to deal with the ideological monster that they created, the IRGC. The Syrian civil war, maintained and expanded by the US, was a godsend for them. Because of the internal pressure on Assad, Iran was able to move a significant amount of the IRGC into Syria, where it could threaten Israel. Foreign adventurism has long been used to reduce internal threats to the rulers of a nation by exporting those threats. And those threats only become a problem if they come home. Well, due to the recent US declaration of the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, the Mullahs have had to recall the IRGC forces in Syria to Iran, or risk having to go to war with Israel, a nuclear armed nation. That would trigger international armed action which the Mullahs would not survive. This creates a problem for the Mullahs. In order to maintain some control over the IRGC, they have to appear strong and dedicated to using force of arms. So they make threats of being on the verge of acquiring the big gun, nuclear armaments. Hopefully to forestall armed action by the IRGC.

    Do the Mullahs actually want to possess a viable nuclear device? Who knows. On the one hand, it would increase their international prestige, in the same way that a street gang’s prestige is heightened by arming themselves with Uzis. On the other hand, they have to worry about the ideologues of the IRGC gaining control of such weapons. Iran has been running a nuclear weapons program for the last 35 years [since at least 1984]. Even with the roadblocks thrown up by Israel and the international community, does anyone really believe that, with all the knowledge, technology and enriched uranium floating around, that Iran could not have constructed, or obtained, at least one fission weapon in that time? All Iran needs to become a nuclear power is a single operational nuclear weapon. They do not need an ongoing nuclear arms program.


     
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    MajorWood | April 14, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Of course, once you have such a weapon, there is the danger that it might accidentally go off, or, one of your neighbors delivers one of theirs to a spot near where you store yours, such that it then appears that yours accidentally went off. I think Iran needs to take some lessons in how to not be seen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-M2hs3sXGo


     
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    Arminius | April 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Major, there is no danger. I have all kinds of weapons. None of them go of by accident. My pistol will die by rust before I kill with it. Unless I am forced to.


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