Moscow looks like it will make good on its threat to back the Iranian case, in retaliation for Western penalties for its annexation of Crimea.
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Nuclear Commission, candidly admits Iran has found ways to get around its commitment under the interim deal. They have continued to enrich low-grade uranium.
Referring to US President Barack Obama’s public statement last November that Iran had agreed to halt the Arak plutonium reactor, Salehi pointed out, “The Arak reactor was never in operation for it to cease”. Iran has been working on equipment they now intend to install in the Arak reactor now that the interim accord is up. He also noted the cessation of the heavy water reactor was not covered in the Geneva Accord, despite the propaganda in the West.
According to data from the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium is now sufficient, after further enrichment, to fuel approximately six nuclear warheads. By using its first-generation centrifuges operating at its Natanz enrichment plant, Iran could theoretically produce enough weapon-grade uranium to fuel a single nuclear warhead in about 1.7 months.
Some critics believe it is a done deal. Iran will get a bomb. Some experts believe Obama does not want to stop them. He does not want a friendly regime in Iran. He wants Iran as a counterforce to the American military complex and Israel. Some believe President Obama sees the U.S. Congress and Israel as imperialistic and oppressive.
However, Israel and the Saudis believe the Shia Mullahs want to take over the Arab world including Mecca and Medina. The Ayatollah Khomeini sent Revolutionary Guards to Saudi Arabia and seized Mecca. French paratroopers had to go in and get them out.
Most experts believe diplomacy will not stop the Iranian nuclear project. President Obama can use bunker buster bombs capable of taking out Iran’s hardened nuclear sites, but apparently does not want to.
Israel can not afford heavy bombers. They rely on F-15 and F-16s, multi-purpose aircraft. However, with Saudis support, Iran becomes a closer target and Israeli jets may not need to refuel in flight.
Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon recently indicated during a speech at Tel Aviv university that his view has shifted, and he is now likely to support a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran, in light of his assessment that the Obama administration will not do so.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the army to continue preparing for a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities at a cost of almost $3 billion in 2014.
U.S. military Chief of Staff, General Dempsey recently said military ties between U.S. and Israel are “as solid as ever” and “our clocks are ticking at the same time.” However, critics say Israel reserves the right to unilaterally defend itself against perceived threats of annihilation.
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Dr. Stephen Johnston
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