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Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. played down Iran’s claim of a “major” nuclear breakthrough as an exaggeration to bolster nationalism amid tighter sanctions rather than a step toward developing an atomic weapon.
“This is more symbolism than anything else,” Dennis Ross, who served until recently as President Barack Obama’s chief adviser on Iran, said in an interview. Iran has “claimed for years that they are installing next generation centrifuges, and they continue to have material and technical problems that bedevil their operation.”
There is no evidence that Iran has overcome those failings, Ross said. They are trying “to create the image of progress even when they are not advancing, now because they want to suggest they are not being affected by the pressure and isolation” of sanctions, he said.
When you look at the history of the Iranian nuclear fearmongering, which has been going on for 2 decades now, it blows the whole idea that Iran is an imminent threat to world peace right out the window.
In that time, how many deaths is the US and NATO resposnible for, and how many countries has Iran attacked, or is attacking on a daily / weekly basis?
Barak dismissed the presentation as a "show," saying that Iran wants to create the impression that its nuclear capabilities are now irreversible.
Iran is trying to "make it seem … like the point of no return is already behind them, which is not the case," Barak said.
Separately, the semiofficial Fars agency on Wednesday reported that a "new generation" of Iranian centrifuges — used to enrich uranium toward nuclear fuel — had gone into operation at the country's main enrichment facility at Natanz in central Iran.
Barak said he doubted that claim. He did not offer reasons for the doubts or elaborate.
Israel has been a leading voice in an international campaign to halt the Iranian nuclear program. Like the West, Israel accuses Iran of pursuing atomic weapons. Tehran denies the accusations, saying its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by Phantom28804
I am thinking it was referring to the centrifuge advances claim dealing with the Qom or Fordoe site.
Ill try to find the article but during Irans last round of military exercises, they tested some of their longer range missiles. Apparently satellites caught some of the launches coming from a previously unknown "silo" area.
Ill try to find the article and link it here.
Originally posted by Unvarnished
Iran is too poor to make a nuke,