Iran is a bit closer…
Iran is a bit closer to nuclear technology than previously thought.

Iran has successfully enriched uranium for the first time, a major development in its quest to develop nuclear fuel, former President Hashemi Rafsanjani said Tuesday.

Current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad added that the country “will soon join the club of countries with nuclear technology.”

Iran’s nuclear chief, Vice President Gholamreza Aghazadeh said Iran has produced 110 tons of uranium gas, the feedstock for enrichment. The amount is nearly twice the 60 tons of uranium hexaflouride, or UF-6, gas that Iran said last year that it had produced.

Yup, what we need now is an even more strongly worded UN report. Or how about promises of US aid if they stop pursuing this? Never mind that it’ll encourage other countries to try to go nuclear so they can get a shot at some cash. (Oh, and if you think Ahmadinejad would take the money and be nice, you’re only half right.)

And while all these oh-so-stern looks continue, a country who’s leader said he wants to wipe Israel off the map continues merrily on its way to be able to do just that. If we wind up making military strikes against Iran to prevent these madmen from getting the bomb, there’s no doubt in my mind that the anti-war crowd will say we should have let the negotiations “work”. Well, for future reference, this isn’t working, and if we wait until after they have the bomb, negotiations won’t be possible. I certainly hope Iran can be persuaded, but based on everything up to now, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

Speaking to a crowd in northeastern Iran, Ahmadinejad was quoted by state television as saying, “Enemies can’t dissuade the Iranian nation from the path of progress that it has chosen.”

Progress indeed.

(Cross-posted at Stones Cry Out and Blogger News Network. Comments welcome.)

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