A-Jad: Iran Has No Fear (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 06/08/12)
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ranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran has no intention of
building nuclear weapons - but fear is not the reason.
Ahmadinejad´s comments ahead of June 18-19 talks with world powers
over Tehran´s nuclear program marked a toughening of rhetoric.
The P5+1 – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus
Germany – want Iran to shut down its highest level uranium enrichment
facilities. Ahmadinejad´s remarks suggest Iran would refuse.
The US and its allies suspect Iran is seeking to develop nuclear
weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes
like power generation and cancer treatment.
However, nuclear proliferations experts say Iran´s enrichment of
uranium to 20% purit – a key jumping off point should Iran make a
sprint for 90% weapons grade material – far exceeds what Iran would
need for medical isotope research.
Additionally, recent International Atomic Energy Agency reports have
charged Iran has conducted – and likely continues to conduct –
nuclear weapons research.
Of note was a high-explosives test chamber at the Parchin military
base outside Tehran, where IAEA inspectors believed Iran was
attempting to develop a nuclear trigger.
Tehran says Parchin is a conventional weapons facility, and insists
the Iranian nuclear program is peaceful.
However, satellite photographs of the site taken on May 25 show two
buildings at Parchin the IAEA had sought access to had been razed
over by Iran.
“These activities raise further concerns of Iranian efforts to
destroy evidence of alleged past nuclear weaponization,” the
Washington-based ISIS said in a six-page written analysis.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/08/12)
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