Countries Warn Military Action as Iran Nuke Standoff

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  1. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Countries Warn Military Action as Iran Nuke Standoff Continues
    Saturday, January 21, 2006

    •JERUSALEM — Israel's defense minister hinted Saturday that the Jewish state is preparing for military action to stop Iran's nuclear program, but said international diplomacy must be the first course of action.

    "Israel will not be able to accept an Iranian nuclear capability and it must have the capability to defend itself, with all that that implies, and this we are preparing," Shaul Mofaz said.

    His comments at an academic conference stopped short of overtly threatening a military strike but were likely to add to growing tensions with Iran.

    Germany's defense minister said in an interview published Saturday that he is hopeful of a diplomatic solution to the impasse over Iran's nuclear program, but argued that "all options" should remain open.

    Asked by the Bild am Sonntag weekly whether the threat of a military solution should remain in place, Franz Josef Jung was quoted as responding: "Yes, we need all options."

    French President Jacques Chirac said Thursday that France could respond with nuclear weapons against any state-sponsored terrorist attack.

    Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Saturday that Chirac's threats reflect the true intentions of nuclear nations, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

    "The French president uncovered the covert intentions of nuclear powers in using this lever (nuclear weapons) to determine political games," IRNA quoted Asefi as saying.

    Israel long has identified Iran as its biggest threat and accuses Tehran of pursuing nuclear weapons. Iran says its atomic program is peaceful.

    Iran broke U.N. seals at a uranium enrichment plant Jan. 10 and said it was resuming nuclear research after a 2 1/2-year freeze. Germany, France and Britain said two days later that talks aimed at halting Iran's nuclear progress were at a dead end and called for Iran's referral to the U.N. Security Council.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, will meet Feb. 2 to discuss possible referral.

    Israel's Mofaz said sanctions and international oversight of Iran's nuclear program stood as the "correct policy at this time."

    In Germany, Jung called himself "confident that there will be a diplomatic solution in the case of Iran."

    Israeli leaders have also repeatedly said they hope the crisis can be resolved through diplomacy, and they said any military action would have to be part of an international effort. They have denied having plans for a unilateral preventive strike.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Tehran might still agree to Moscow's offer to move its uranium enrichment program to Russia, a step backed by the United States and Europeans as a way to resolve the deadlock.

    Israel's concerns about Iran have grown since the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said last year that Israel should be "wiped off the map."

    On Friday, Iran's Students News Agency reported Friday that Central Bank governor Ebrahim Sheibani said Iran had begun moving its foreign currency reserves from European banks and transferring them to an undisclosed location as protection against possible U.N. sanctions.

    Sheibani backed away Saturday from his statement that the transfers were already underway, and Iran's Central Bank said there had been no change in its currency policy.

    Estimates put Iranian funds in Europe at as much as $50 billion.
  2. Galactus

    Galactus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    For Sale:

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  3. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Lots of "sabre rattling" going on here.... hope it doesn't escalate unexpectedly.... watch this one closely..... Markets are already jittery....
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Do we know if this is weapons research or Power research? My research showed Iran at Waaaaay less than capable of nukes... maybe 15 yrs away. They have no centrifuges yet and I thought the "seals" were put on voluntarily while negotiations were going on...

    doesnt much matter as the war machine is aready in motion... but I think we are listening to the Powers that Be and not the real story here
  5. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    if we just nuked them preemptively, problem solved. We could rename it radioactivstan and then build all nuclear power plants and use it as a nuclear waste dump for the world. We could also extract the oil from the Iraq or Afghanistan similar to how we want to suck ANWAR dry (which I support)[booze]
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Enrichment facilities can be used for either power or weapons. Weapons grade is way more highly enriched in isotope U235 than you need for power reactor fuel. There is more than one way to get the enrichment needed, the two I know anything about are the gas centrifuge and the gaseous diffusion methods (both of which are hungry for electricity.) Nor do I think they are in research mode, I'm pretty sure they are capable of production. So: Unless we know they have a power plant in the works, it seems like weapons manufacturing or sale is the reason they want to make fuel. To my mind, sales is the far greater worry.

    As to time frame, the enrichment facilities govern; the more the shorter. It took us what, 4 years or so to gin up the Hiroshima bomb? And that was basic research included in an all out war effort with primitive facilities. So, depending only on the size and sophistication of their enrichment plant, they might turn out bomb fuel in a relatively short time. Power fuel has a much more sophisticated manufacturing process. The knowlege for both bombs and power reactors is well established.

    And of course you are right, the PTB will give us all we need to know. I trust them to keep us apprised of the details so we can back their play with full knowlege. Yeah, right.
  7. Galactus

    Galactus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Oh no they do not have the techincal ability to make bombs yet...
  8. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Galactus!! You are back! I missed you, where have you been!
  9. Galactus

    Galactus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Around the universe and back again [alien]
  10. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

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