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IAEA Confirms Iran Has Started 20% Uranium Enrichment

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The geopolitical foreplay is getting ridiculous. At this point it is quite obvious that virtually everyone involved in the US-Israel-Iran hate triangle is just itching for someone else to pull the trigger. And the latest report out of the IAEA will only precipitate this. Who - remember the IAEA? The same IAEA which did not find nukes in Iraq in 2003 only to be overriden by Dick "WMD" Cheney to "justify" an invasion. As RIA reports:  "The International Atomic Energy Agency officially confirmed that Iran has started enriching uranium to the 20-percent level, which can easily be turned into fissile warhead material. "The IAEA can confirm that Iran has started the production of uranium enriched up to 20 percent using IR-1 centrifuges in the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant," the agency said in a statement. However, IAEA Spokeswoman Gill Tudor said that all nuclear materials and operations in the Fordo facility are “under the Agency's containment and surveillance."" Naturally, that leaves the "use of uranium" variable quite subjective and in the hands of political manipulation. Which means at this point it is only a matter of days before the meme that Iran already has nuclear warheads becomes actively adopted by warmongers everywhere.

From RIA:

Iranian officials earlier said the Fordo plant, deep inside the mountains near the central Iranian city of Qom, was build to produce 20-percent uranium needed for a research reactor in Tehran, which produces medical isotopes to treat cancer patients.


The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoon Abbasi said last August that Iranian authorities planned to transfer all enrichment facilities from a plant in Natanz to Fordo, citing insufficient security.


He also said Iran had no plans to enrich uranium to higher than 20 percent.


The news is likely to further increase tensions between Iran and the West over the country’s clandestine nuclear research. Western nations suspect Iran of pursuing a secret weapons program while Tehran says it needs nuclear research for peaceful energy purposes. Negotiations have been stalled for 12 months.


The IAEA statement has already triggered harsh statements from diplomats in the United States and Europe.

And just like back in 2003 Iraq, the IAEA's finding will be used, if in a completely perverted fashion. Too bad Dick Cheney is not around to show how gross disinformation propaganda is really done:

"This is a further escalation of their ongoing violations with regard to their nuclear obligations," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.


"The fact that the IAEA has made clear that they are enriching to a level that is inappropriate at Fordo is obviously a problem," she went on.


UK Foreign Secretary William Hague described the move as "a provocative act that undermines claims that the program is civilian in nature."


The German foreign ministry expressed hope that the European Union will agree on a fresh round of sanctions against Iran during a meeting on January 30, because the start of operations at Fordo was “a step of further escalation.”


“With it, the international community’s concern that the Iranian nuclear program is serving military purposes is growing,” the ministry said in a statement. “So long as Iran does not move, there is no alternative to tough sanctions,” the statement said.

If at this point anyone is missing the parallels to 2003, we suggest getting bigger glasses. Our prediction is that within 2 years Ahmedinejad will be found by the US Army deep in some foxhole, to make the Iraq replica complete.

Our only hope is that by then the entire Middle East is not covered in radioactive glass.

Finally, to anyone assuming China (and Russia) will sit idly by and wait as its marginal oil producer is subsumed by the west, even as it is now expected to overtake the US in oil imports in under 2 years, we have for sale a 5th lien on a reverse Chinese IPO of a company building bridges to non-existing timberlands.

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Mon, 01/09/2012 - 18:53 | 2047954 Gubbmint Cheese
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War is bullish.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:05 | 2047982 DoChenRollingBearing
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Oh that's just great.  Now Iran is escalating this...

Maybe at the end of the day they will just make their damn nukes and the world will just deal with it like they have with India and Pakistan with The Bomb.  North Korea is close too.

But, North Korea and Iran are run by nuts!  Not just plain old psychopaths like here, but psychos who are INSANE!  Who knows what will happen?

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:17 | 2048011 LetThemEatRand
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That government propaganda you've been soaking in sure does keep the hands supple and soft, doesn't it.    Softens hands while it creates mindless citizen cheerleaders for yet another needless war.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:20 | 2048025 ihedgemyhedges
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SHUT THE HELL UP ALREADY!!!!!  Trying to get ready for the Bama/LSU game here.......I'm sure Katie Couric or whoever in the hell is on the news any more will break in if something important happens..........

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:33 | 2048066 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Who is the sideline reporter?

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:41 | 2048080 ihedgemyhedges
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It ain't Erin Andrews, she's hangin' with me tonight...................

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:48 | 2048099 The Big Ching-aso
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Mexico is gonna have phuckin' nukes the way things are going.  What R we gonna do, bomb the entire phuckin' planet with nukes to prevent nukes?

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:51 | 2048118 Triggernometry
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Either nobody should have nukes, or everybody should.  Nothing other than a level nuclear playing field is stable in the long term.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:58 | 2048138 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Why is Israel even a State? 

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:04 | 2048158 NotApplicable
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We needed something else to fight over, duh!

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:35 | 2048237 Hugh_Jorgan
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Cheney was one man and he didn't have the media in his back pocket like the current administration. Why does the author dwell on "tricky" Dick Cheney, while describing the new version of the same theater that is developing before his eyes by a completely different cadre of evil dirtbags?

He could have saved everyone a bad read by paraphrasing "Wow, it is getting real scary in the Middle east. Oh by the way; GRRRRRRRR, I HATE that Dick Cheney!"

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:40 | 2048246 escargot
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I hear you....and yet, I find it hard to be offended or annoyed in any way at all by someone dwelling on how much Cheney sucks.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:20 | 2048491 Comay Mierda
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Aren't these the same geniuses that "confirmed" WMDs in Iraq?

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 00:02 | 2048715 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Highly enriched uranium (HEU)

Highly enriched uranium (HEU) has a greater than 20% concentration of 235U or 233U. The fissile uranium in nuclear weapons usually contains 85% or more of 235U known as weapon(s)-grade, though for a crude, inefficient weapon 20% is sufficient (called weapon(s)-usable);[2][3] some argue that even less is sufficient[citation needed], but then the critical mass for unmoderated fast neutrons rapidly increases, approaching infinity at 6%235U.[4] For critical experiments, enrichment of uranium to over 97% has been accomplished.[5]

The very first uranium bomb, Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, used 64 kilograms of 80% enriched uranium.



Tue, 01/10/2012 - 00:12 | 2049023 Betty Swallsack
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20%?! Say it ain't so! Imagine. Medical isotopes and nuclear power. Ahhh! 2 points here: Iran is legally able to enrich uranium as they are a signatory member to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, and 2nd, 95% enrichment is required to make weapons.  But the sky is falling over 20% enrichment.  What a yawner.

As the US is also a signing member to the NPTT, all this noise could be squelched if they acted in accordance as a signing member and assisted Iran in it's nuclear enrichment and power ambitions, then they'd know full-well what is going on instead of ignoring IAEA inspection reports.  If I'm not mistaken, the US is legally obligated to do just that, acorrding to the NPTT.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 00:46 | 2049106 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Tue, 01/10/2012 - 10:14 | 2049897 Betty Swallsack
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...And in this corner...

From AP:

[Panetta] says Iran is laying the groundwork for making nuclear weapons someday, but is not yet building a bomb and called for continued diplomatic and economic pressure to persuade Tehran not to take that step.


Iran says its nuclear program is only for energy and medical research, and refuses to halt uranium enrichment.

...and they don't have to as Iran has the legal right to do so, in accordance with the NNPT and the IAEA.



Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:59 | 2048710 Socrate
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Is there anyone who still trusts IAEA?

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 23:45 | 2048928 TradingTroll
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I trust them completely to push nuclear as safe for man, even useful. Codex alimentarus says all food needs irradiating. If WHO has a news rellease IAEA decides on its release-or not

Trust them to do what they have always done-you won't be disappointed

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:50 | 2048264 LetThemEatRand
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What main stream media exactly was not behind Cheney and Bush before the Iraq war?  I remember not being able to stomach any MSM at all during the lead up to shock and awe because it was all consistent pro-war propaganda.  I don't think there was a single major news source that seriously questioned the merit of bombing the Taliban either.  The wars themselves were covered like a football game.  You're not buying that whole left-wing media crap, are you?  The Red Team and the Blue Team are the same.  They are both owned and operated by oligarchs, and the supposed differences between left and right are there to keep you voting for your favored team.  

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:56 | 2048694 12ToothAssassin
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I marvelled at Red State vs Blue State the first POTUS election cycle. I couldnt help but marvel at the genius and how it so simplified and distilled the we into us versus them.


Pure genius.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 23:48 | 2048936 TruthInSunshine
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Tastes Great vs Less Filling


Bread & Circus


Ignorance is Strength

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 00:47 | 2049110 CrockettAlmanac.com
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The walrus was Paul.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:35 | 2048238 Randall Cabot
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It's the capital of the One World Government-Solomon's Temple, Wailing Wall, that sort of thing.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:00 | 2048441 jerry_theking_lawler
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don't forget knights templar....

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:04 | 2048450 Randall Cabot
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Right. Those dudes ended up in Scotland in the 1300s and morphed into the Freemasons which were later infiltrated by the jewish Illuminati starting in the 1700s..

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:05 | 2048451 Conrad Murray
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Or the Black Pope.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:10 | 2048470 Randall Cabot
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Jesuits also infiltrated by the Illuminati.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 09:04 | 2049733 Think for yourself
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So it's all the same faction, different and infighting on the surface yet all luciferians at the core. Look up who Ignatius de Loyola was...

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:38 | 2048386 Ewe235
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It helped ease the guilt of the western powers for closing their borders in WW2 and ensuring they went up in smoke.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:43 | 2048249 covsire
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That sounds great, until you consider we already have a suicide cult nearly 2Billion in size.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:03 | 2048293 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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US armed forces?

And I'll say I have a lot of friends in the military, and I love them, but I will never understand why any of them join up, other than they think they can make a difference, which isn't a good reason considering they won't.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:39 | 2048390 Sabibaby
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They get a paycheck, three square meals, and place to sleep. What are you offering?

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 23:31 | 2048861 cranky-old-geezer
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Sorta takes the wind out of "protecting American freedom" and "defending the Constitution" and all that.

I wonder what percentage really do sign up for a 3 squares a bunk and a paycheck ...and "see the world", can't forget that.

... no, actually I don't wonder, couldn't care less.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:54 | 2048126 johnu78
Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:24 | 2048214 Doña K
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Oh! Dear Tyler, time to reinstitute IQ tests before posting at ZH. Please!

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:26 | 2048502 IndicaTive
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show us your tits.   :)

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 06:12 | 2049534 Sunshine n Lollipops
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Oh, I see your still trying to sell your truck. What a fantastic idea. This is the absolute perfect place to try to do that. Wouldn't it be great if Tyler added a classified ads section so people don't have to keep going to your ebay link? He could have a Deal of the Day page like ebay, too. Yeah, that's what we need. Until then, I guess people will have to advertise here the old-fashioned way. BTW, if a ZH reader buys it, does Tyler get a cut?

"Preach it, brother, preach it?" Gawd you're a fucking tool.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:00 | 2048143 lemonobrien
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fuck yeah, "cruel to be kind".

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:16 | 2048317 xela2200
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Mexico? Man, the only country in this continent with Nukes is the USA.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 06:34 | 2049556 Mitzibitzi
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I wouldn't bet big money on that one. During the Cold War, a whole bunch of nukes were emplaced in friendly countries, including Canada, and dual control authority was granted over them.

While officially they were all repatriated into the US afterward, I wouldn't be hugely surprised if a few are still strategically scattered all over - on the principle that it's harder to guard against a warhead incoming from an unexpected direction. Especially if it's fired from relatively short range on a sneaky low-altitude cruise missile.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:52 | 2048114 BigJim
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OH MY GOD!!!! THE IRANIANS ARE ENRICHING THEIR URANIUM TO 20%!!!! *runs around room wild-eyed with terror*

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:03 | 2048154 Triggernometry
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There does seem to be superfluous panic in the article, but 20% enrichment is something of a magic number because a large enough amount of 20% enriched uranium can be quickly spun to enough material at super-critical purity to make a weapon.

Iran simply seeks "breakout capacity," which is to maintain the ability to quickly weaponize as a contingency.  It is obviously a defensive nuclear strategy.  Nobody who isn't a fervent zionist zealot actually thinks Iran is dumb enough to assemble one nuclear device, then use it against the most powerful declared nuclear arsenal, or the most powerful undeclared nuclear arsenal.

Given the history in the middle east in the past 5 decades, theres only one country which concerns me, and its not islamic.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 20:37 | 2048243 Randall Cabot
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You must mean the country that attacked the USS Liberty and murdered 34 American sailors and tried to blame it on Egypt?

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:13 | 2048310 Pay Day Today
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And for completeness, please state how many Iranians the Americans murdered in the same conflict.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:51 | 2048423 Randall Cabot
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The USS Liberty attack was during the 1967 War, no Iranians involved.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 13:54 | 2050798 wkwillis
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Technically, the Iranians were supporting us at the time, because the Shah was still in charge in 1967. Only technically, because they probably didn't really care one way or the other how many American ships were sunk by the Israelis, or the other way around.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:31 | 2048364 lakecity55
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The same country made up mostly of Khazar "jews,"/zionists, not blood jews per se.

If average Christian Americans would study the history of the Khazars, they might not be so willing to go nuts over Israel.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 21:59 | 2048436 Randall Cabot
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Ever wonder why so many jews look European? Because they are: modern DNA testing is proving that many jews have European genetics. Up until around the 5th century AD jews actively converted the locals in the European countries that they migrated to.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 22:02 | 2048444 Conrad Murray
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The support of the Synagogue of Satan isn't due to a lack of understanding regarding lineage, although it certainly doesn't help, so much as it is due to the typical Red Team vs Blue Team stupidity.

That said, if average Christian Americans would even bother to simply read their holy book(as opposed to going to Church once in a while to show off a new suit, or try to fuck their neighbor's wife or little son), or study the deceptive nature of its creation, they would be a lot better off.

But, let all the sinners go on sinning. Let them bask in their ignorance and consumerist idolatry of crucifixes and New Testament Paulism. The wrath of god will be sure and just, and the fires of Hell burn fiercely in wait.

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