reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Most crazy thing is that US and France had started to help Iran to get nuclear weapons, before the Iranian revolution of 1979.
The article is unfortunately in French, so I will summarize it. It is an article about a book written by Edouard Valensi.
E. Valensi has been working for 10 years as the head of the team who is organising the French nukes, employed by the French defense ministry.
. He says that in 1959, the Teheran nuclear research center is created. It has been equipped with a 5MW research reactor provided by Washington. This
reactor became operational in 1967, using highly enriched uranium.
. in 1974, France borrowed 1,18 billion $ to Iran, who in turn received 10% shares of Eurodif (French company specialised in uranium enrichment), and
10% of Eurodif production.
France promises Iran to build 5 nuclear plants, via Framatome (merged in 2001 with Siemens to become Areva), and to provide enriched uranium to
France also promises to build a nuclear (research?) center in Iran, via Technicatome (absorbed by Areva in 2006).
. at the same time, an agreement was reached between Iran, Westinghouse and General Electrics.
. in 1976, US president Gerald Ford approves the sale to Iran by US of a nuclear fuel treatment installation, which can extract plutonium (!!!).
Ayatollah Khomeiny takes power in 1979, and all these things are basically frozen (France kicks Iran out of Eurodif).
In 1991 France had to reimburse 1,6 billions $ to Iran due to the Eurodif issue.
all this seems legit to me, knowing that Israel received lots of information regarding nuclear weapons design from France (that, plus drawing of the
Mirage 3, which became the IAI Kfir when built by Israel), in return for attacking Egypt (to retaliate against the Egypt action against France and UK
in the Suez canal).