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"The Iranians have begun removing (UN) seals at Natanz in the presence of IAEA inspectors," said a spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.
The move is considered a violation of the Paris agreement.
These activities are clearly related to enrichment," Cristina Gallach, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, said by telephone.
An EU diplomat told Reuters on Monday Iran intended to begin producing nuclear fuel using 164 centrifuges at Natanz.
Centrifuges are machines that purify uranium for use in nuclear power plants or weapons.
U.S.: Iran could face Security Council if it pursues nuclear activities
"If the regime in Iran continues on the current course and fails to abide by its international obligations there is no other choice but to refer the matter to the Security Council," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
If Iran started nuclear enrichment and reprocessing it would be considered a "serious escalation," he said.
NRO: Let Iran Go Nuclear?
Scenario One, very familiar to U.S. war planners. Tehran closes off the Straits of Hormuz and subjects the world to energy blackmail, an “access denial” strategy.[...]
Scenario Two. Iran launches a ground invasion through southern Iraq and into Kuwait, then, not making the mistake Saddam Hussein made, drive right on into Saudi Arabia. [...]
Scenario Three. The long-awaited democratic revolution begins to develop in Iran. [...]
And by the way, these scenarios assume the Iranian leaders are “rational actors” who won’t just wake up one day and decide that they don’t want to live in a world with New York, Washington, D.C., or a variety of other cities. They send their surrogates out to punish the Great Satan, and the rest is God’s will. Or maybe terrorists or a radical faction within the government get hold of the weapons and use them without permission. Would you gamble your life against the bribe level of an Iranian nuclear-weapons manager?
like any other soverign nation they have a right to produce their own fuel for their energy needs
They have still pledged to only do research right now, and not enrichment... that says a lot.
So far, they haven't broken any rules
They've also placed their nuclear programme under the direction of the Revolutionary Guard, ie, not just military control, which would be bad enough, but the radical elements of the military.
Actually, Iran doesn't have a sovereign right when it comes to nuclear technology. They made an agreement with the international community to receive nuke tech in exchange for guarentees of inspections and verifications and international conditions. If the community placed these seals on this facility, what legal right do they have to break it?
Technically, any nation can break any treaty that it makes with another nation of course.
You mean they haven't broken any rules since the last time they broke the rules.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
I think we should give Iran all the nukes they could ever want...conveniently and quickly delivered by our friendly Minuteman and Trident missiles.