Iran Announces 3,000 Centrifuges Online
Ahmadinejad is spewing forth on Iran's nuclear program with the announcement that Iran now has 3,000 centrifuges (used in the refinement of uranium ore0 online and fully operational, with plans to expand that to 54,000 centrifuges in coming years.
The Jerusalem Report states that with 3,000 centrifuges online, Iran is in a position to generate enough weapons-grade uranium to have its first nuclear bomb within a year. It is important to remember that the only thing slowing Iran down in this respect is the need to generate sufficient material to build nukes. The technology for building nuclear weapons has been available to them for decades.
From the JR:
The US and some of its Western allies believe Iran is using its civilian nuclear program as a cover for weapons' development. Teheran denies this, insisting its nuclear program is geared toward generating electricity, not a nuclear bomb.
Of course Tehran denies that they intend to use these facilities to develop nuclear weapons. All they have to do is refine uranium-235 in sufficient quantities for weapons (this can be as small as 12 pounds of material), pass it off to al Qaeda or Hezbollah, and then let the terrorists do the dirty work of building and detonating a bomb in New York or Tel Aviv. The only thing preventing mushroom clouds over major Western cities right now is the availability of uranium-235 or plutonium in sufficient quantities.
Despite Iran's claims that they are only intending to use nuclear technology for electricity, can we really be sure that is the case, and can we afford to accept their claims at face value? It wasn't that long ago that North Korea made these same claims and now we have to deal with another communist dictatorship in possession of nuclear weapons. The two major differences between North Korea and Iran is that the U.S. taxpayer isn't footing the bill for Iran's nuclear tech, and North Korea isn't an Islamo-Fascist state that has a history of supporting terrorist organizations and calling for the annihilation of Israel.
Ahmadinejad continues to defy the U.N. and refuse to enter into talks regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions.
"I, as your representative, told those who brought the message that we didn't ask for talks ... If talks are to be held, it is the Iranian nation that has to set conditions, not the arrogant and the criminals," Ahmadinejad said.
Ahmadinejad is half-right: conditions for talks should not be set by "the arrogant and the criminals." That being said, Ahmadinejad, being an arrogant criminal and supporter of terrorists that have killed hundreds (more likely thousands) of Americans going back to the Beirut Marine barracks bombing in the '80s. Not to mention is alleged involvement in the Embassy hostage crisis in Iran when the Ayatollahs seized power in that country, deposing the Shah of Iran (thank you, Jimmy Carter).
Iran and its totalitarian rulers have proven time and again that they cannot, nor should they be, trusted. The line of "we're only using it for peaceful purposes" has been used and abused before by North Korea. We cannot afford to assume that Iran is any different in their claims than North Korea was. We could choose to believe that Iran is sincere in its claim that it is for electricity only. Let us hope and pray that we don't learn the hard way that Iran was lying through its teeth.