Saturday, May 13, 2006

Highly Enriched Uranium Found in Iran

Yesterday, diplomats reported that U.N. inspectors had found traces of highly enriched uranium on equipment that came from a former Iranian military base. The density of enrichment appears to be well above the low-enrichment levels required to produce electricity and not far below the level needed to make nuclear warheads. If confirmed, this report would prove that a/ Iran is enriching uranium at much higher levels than announced, and b/ its nuclear program is not purely civilian.

Interestingly enough, the equipment came from the Lavizan complex, an undeclared facility in a military base which became public after Iranian exiles disclosed its existence. Suspected to be a major center of research into nuclear enrichment, the site was razed and its topsoil removed by the Iranians after the disclosure and before the IAEA would be allowed to visit it… More recently, and as the Telegraph reported, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards cut down thousands of trees in a parkland next to the Lavizan complex, raising further suspicion that the trees may have contained incriminating nuclear traces.

This recent discovery is just the latest proof that Iran's nuclear program is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. One may even wonder why proofs are needed for a country which has the world's second largest natural gas reserves and the third largest oil reserves in the world, and who really does not need nuclear energy. Once again, discussions will take place at the IAEA, at the UN, and in the Western World, and precious time will be lost while the Iranians pursue their apocalyptic nuclear dream…


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