Friday, December 24, 2004

Iran plays nuclear poker

World Net Daily has a great article on how Iran fooled the EU and the IAEA over their nuclear programs.

The mullahs of Iran have given the E.U.-3 and the International Atomic Energy Agency their word that they will stop enriching uranium and, after negotiating back and forth for weeks, they are allowing for IAEA verification. That was the word at the end of November. So, we can all stop worrying, right?

Not so fast. Not even one month later, and the mullahs have created enough exceptions to fly a Shahab-3 through.

First, the Iranians insisted they needed to keep some 20 or 30 centrifuges running, for "research purposes," of course. Besides, the centrifuges wouldn't have any uranium in them, or if the centrifuges had some low-grade uranium in them, that would be the uranium already in the pipeline, not new uranium, just the old stuff already there. Not to worry, the IAEA could run cameras on a 24-hour basis to watch the centrifuges real-time, just to make sure nobody cheated. The IAEA bought it. Why not? Sounds fully verifiable, doesn't it?

Sure, but what was the real point the Iranians were after. Intelligence specialists in the United States pointed out that our satellites are able to detect the unique sound centrifuges make. The Iranians needed to keep some centrifuges running, somewhere, somehow – just so they could keep the secret ones going, the ones they had always planned to keep running no matter what the agreement said, to enrich the uranium they hadn't disclosed.

There's lots more.

The Telegraph reports on how Iran is bolstering support at home for their desire to get a nuclear weapon.

Iran has arrested more than 10 people since March for spying on its atomic projects, the intelligence minister has said.

Ali Yunesi claimed the spies had been working for America and Israel and said three of them were working within the state nuclear programme.

So, what's the plan?

A senior Israeli official said he knew nothing about the arrests but added he suspected the timing of the revelation was intended to whip up fears about a "Zionist threat" to distract from the mounting pressure on Iran.

The official said: "This is a way for the regime to bolster support at home. The last time they uncovered a 'great spy ring' was when they were under great pressure. This is always a good way for them to justify their policies at home."

And the game continues.

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