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Monday, December 14, 2009

Iran testing key nuclear weapons component

The Times of London reports that Iran is testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb (Hat Tip: Allahpundit via Twitter).
The notes, from Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme.

An Asian intelligence source last week confirmed to The Times that his country also believed that weapons work was being carried out as recently as 2007 — specifically, work on a neutron initiator.

The technical document describes the use of a neutron source, uranium deuteride, which independent experts confirm has no possible civilian or military use other than in a nuclear weapon. Uranium deuteride is the material used in Pakistan’s bomb, from where Iran obtained its blueprint.

“Although Iran might claim that this work is for civil purposes, there is no civil application,” said David Albright, a physicist and president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, which has analysed hundreds of pages of documents related to the Iranian programme. “This is a very strong indicator of weapons work.”

The documents have been seen by intelligence agencies from several Western countries, including Britain. A senior source at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that they had been passed to the UN’s nuclear watchdog.


Mark Fitzpatrick, senior fellow for non-proliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, said: “The most shattering conclusion is that, if this was an effort that began in 2007, it could be a casus belli. If Iran is working on weapons, it means there is no diplomatic solution.”

The Times had the documents, which were originally written in Farsi, translated into English and had the translation separately verified by two Farsi speakers. While much of the language is technical, it is clear that the Iranians are intent on concealing their nuclear military work behind legitimate civilian research.

The fallout could be explosive, especially in Washington, where it is likely to invite questions about President Obama’s groundbreaking outreach to Iran. The papers provide the first evidence which suggests that Iran has pursued weapons studies after 2003 and may actively be doing so today — if the four-year plan continued as envisaged.
Fitzpatrick goes on to refer to this as a smoking gun. Read the whole thing.

Looks like Ahmadinejad has unclenched his fist to stick his middle finger up at Obama. And Obama's response?

The moron still has a smirk on his face.


At 7:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

After news like this, you'd think the US would begin recruiting allies to contain and defeat Iran. Its not even begun.

What could go wrong indeed

At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is clear that obama isnt going to attack iran. How much longer can Israel afford to wait? Every morning when i wake up i expect to see a report the Israel has attacked iran and every morning i am disappointed.


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