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    • BobofPhiladelphia
    • 14.11.13 | 07:58 (IST)

    David; I regret to observe that your comment is quite deceptive. Western powers and Israel first started claiming that Iran was a few years away from "the bomb" in the mid-1980s. In 1992 (21 years ago) Iran invited in the UN IAEA inspectors for regular inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, and presently the IAEA inspects 26 Iranian sites on a regular basis, usually monthly, and have been allowed to install sealed CCTV cameras and flow-meter instruments to monitor the Iranian activity at these sites when the inspectors are not physically present. By these means the IAEA inventories all Iranian fissile material; natural uranium (0.7% U-235), which Iran has by tens of thousands of kilos, to the kilo; all materials enriched past that point inventoried to the 100 gram level of detail. Every quarter the IAEA issues a 14-18 page report, and in every report (which I judge to be very argumentative and unfair) they admit that in 21 years they have not detected the diversion of a gram of fissile material to other purposes. Contrary to hasbara, the inspectors have visited already Parchin twice, and last inspected the Arak reactor under construction in 2011. The US supplied the Tehran medical reactor loaded with enough bomb-grade uranium to make 2-3 bombs, and neither the Shah nor the "mad mullahs" diverted it away from its medical purposes. Currently Iran is operating about 6-7 reactors, and is building two more. My inventory of the fissile material within Iran's borders tallies to enough uranium and plutonium to, with further processing in all cases, make about 105 bombs. (Most of that material is in Russian custody.) The CIA, in 2000, in Vienna, cleverly gave the Iranians modern blueprints for a Russian nuclear bomb trigger. If Iran wanted a bomb, they could certainly make one. (I also think that there is a chance that they already have nuclear weapons.) As Iran is presently able to put 2000 warheads into Israel, and since that Israel probably could not stop 10% of them if they expended all of their Arrow II interceptors, Israel does have a problem. A lot of it is of its own making, unfortunately.

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    First published 19:45 12.11.13 | Last updated 19:45 12.11.13
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