Maybe Iran has no intention at all of producing nuclear weapons.
Then again, maybe not.
A pacific, beneficent nuclear program - even one pursued in defiance of United Nations demands - would be a nice change of pace from "Death to America" and "Death to Israel." (October 6, 2007)
If it wasn't the same lot in charge in Tehran, I might be more willing to believe what Iranian officials said today.
From recent news:
"Iran gained another nuclear achievement as it marked the National Day of Nuclear Technology.Related posts:
"The Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoun Abbasi said on Saturday that the country is to launch a unit of Ceramic Grade Uranium Dioxide with natural purity at uranium processing firm in central city of Isfahan soon....
"...He also added Tehran and Arak research reactors enjoy unique facilities to produce medical radioisotopes for incurable diseases."
"Iran's foreign minister has confirmed claims by an exiled Iranian opposition group that a factory west of Tehran is manufacturing centrifuge parts.
"Ali Akbar Salehi, quoted by the state news agency IRNA, says the facility is no secret and that many other facilities in the country are involved in manufacturing parts for Iran's nuclear program.
"Iran has long said it produces centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium, a process that the U.N. has demanded Tehran halt...."
(Associated Press, via FoxNews.com)
"...The comments by Ali Akbar Salehi came two days after the Mujahedeen-e Khalq announced at a press conference in Washington that its spies identified the factory, called the TABA facility, saying workers there produced centrifuge casings, molecular pumps, tubes and bellows for the centrifuges.
"Iran has long said it is producing its own centrifuges for its uranium enrichment program. Enrichment can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or the material for a nuclear warhead...."
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- "Jundallah, Iran, Islam, and the U. S. State Department"
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- "U.A.E. Ambassador and Iran: One Insane Speech Too Many?"
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- "Iran's Need(?) for Power, the Natanz Underground Uranium Enrichment Site, and the IAEA"
(December 5, 2009)
- "Iran gains nuclear achievement, marks National Day of Nuclear Technology"
ISNA (April 9, 2011)
- "Iran Confirms Facility Producing Centrifuge Parts"
Associated Press, via FoxNews.com (April 9, 2011)
- "Iran confirms factory producing centrifuge parts"
Associated Press (April 9, 2011)