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Iran’s enriched uranium ready for bombs? Not by a long shot.

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Iran does not have the capability of making weapons-grade enriched uranium.

I know, you heard that there was more enriched uranium there than previously thought. But there are, apparently, many grades of enriched uranium, and bomb material is far cry from what Iran has.

Here’s U of Michigan Prof. Juan Cole:

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Iran Nuclear Program Hyped again

Note to mainstream media:

Iran cannot construct nuclear bombs with uranium enriched only to less than 4%.

It needs to be enriched to something like 90% to make a bomb. Iran is not known even to have that capability, and no it cannot be done in 2 months (try a decade), assuming they were trying to do it, which our $40 bn. a year intelligence agencies say they are not.

So all the silly articles on Friday about how iran now has enough enriched uranium to make a bomb are just illiterate.

Moreover, the report in question actually says that Iran is slowing its enrichment activities.

h/t Jay McDonough.

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Reason for panic? Threat to world peace? Justification for a strike from Israel?

Hardly.

Why is it “reasons for war” stories are so rarely true?


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Iran demands UN nuclear Inspectors in Israel

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clipped from www.haaretz.com
For the first time, Iran directly confronts Israel on nuclear arms …
Iran demanded that United Nations inspectors visit Israel to investigate its nuclear capability … at an assembly of the UN atomic watchdog in Vienna on Friday …
United Nations officials at a 149-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna said they had no memory of the two rival nations ever engaging each other directly at previous meetings …
Israel is widely assumed to have the Middle East’s only atomic arsenal, though it has never confirmed or denied this …
It is also one of just three states to shun the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, along with India and Pakistan. …
Arab countries and Iran railed at “persistent international double standards and silence” over Israeli nuclear exclusivity in the Middle East. …
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Does Iran have a point here?


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Written by Monte

September 23, 2007 at 9:41 am

Posted in Iran, Israel, Politics, Terrorism