Tuesday, 10 April 2007

President of Iran Proudly Announces"We Have Joined the Nuclear Club" and Threatens the West

A year ago, Iran announced that it had produced enriched uranium for the first time. Unfortunately today they have come a long way from that first announcement.

At the ceremony at the Natanz nuclear facility Monday Ahmadinejad said, "With great honour, I declare that as of today our dear country has joined the nuclear club of nations and can produce nuclear fuel on an industrial scale." This announcement has heightened fears that Tehran aims to produce warheads, not energy.

Iran announced in February that it had set up two cascades of 164 centrifuges each at Natanz. It said it planned to have 3,000 centrifuges by the end of March. The United Nations has repeatedly demanded Iran halt its uranium enrichment programme. Previously Iran was only known to have 328 centrifuges, machines which purify uranium, in operation. But now officials say that Tehran has begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges thus vastly expanding its nuclear programme . David Albright, a former U.N. nuclear inspector, said 3,000 centrifuges would be enough to build a nuclear warhead within a year.

Iran claims it wants the fuel to generate electricity so it is able export more of its oil and gas. But the West fears, with good reason, it will bring Tehran closer to building atomic bombs. Uranium enrichment can produce fuel for a nuclear reactor or material for a nuclear warhead. Iran maintains its nuclear programme is purely peaceful. However, when referring to the UN increasing sanctions Ahmadinejad said,'Don't do something that will make this great nation reconsider its policies," a clear threat to the west.

Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator with the West, said at Natanz on Monday that Iran had begun injecting gas into many of the centrifuges. He did not specifying a number. The most sensitive areas at Natanz, deep underground, are thought to be halls that can hold up to 50,000 centrifuges. Mr Larijani also warned that Iran would have no choice but to review its membership of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if further pressure was applied by the West over its nuclear programme.

Iran's clear defiance of the UN sanctions shows the ineffectiveness of the resolutions. Ahmadinejad is a terrorist who, will very soon possess the capability of nuclear warheads. Iran has already supplied Iraq with the bombs killing our soldiers. They attack our sailors and marines in international waters and hold them hostage. Their children, the future of Iran, are celebrating in the streets chanting "Death to Britain, Death to America", and receiving text messages congratulating them. And we really believe that Iran, if they are allowed to continue with the enrichment of uranium, will not develop nuclear warheads? Once they have nuclear warheads it will be too late. They will at best use the threat of them to achieve their goals and at worst we will have a nuclear war. Iran should never have been allowed to progress this far but now that they have this facility needs to be destroyed. As history has shown, sanctions and diplomacy do not work with terrorists, and it is most certainly terrorists we are dealing with.

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