The UN Report: Iran Consistently Working to Produce Atomic Bomb

(Ha'aretz) Yossi Melman - While the findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency's report deal with technical details and are formulated in soft diplomatic jargon, they are unequivocal. Iran has systematically and consistently been working in the past decade to produce its first atomic bomb. The report describes the full chain of Iranian actions, carried out in the dark while trying to cover up, confuse and spread disinformation throughout the world. Iran has succeeded in purchasing the knowledge, technology and designs, and in carrying out the experiments that got it ever so close to producing a nuclear weapon. Iran has conducted experiments in miniaturizing a nuclear warhead on a Shihab missile. Unlike the IAEA's former Egyptian director general, Dr. Mohamed El Baradei, its new head, Yukiya Amano of Japan, wasn't intimidated by the pressure and threats of Iran, or of Russia and China, who tried until the last moment to prevent the publication of the report. Yet in spite of the smoking gun that's on the table for all to see, it seems that the only sanctions that could work will not be applied.

2011-11-09 00:00:00

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