Iran: “Not a Bluff” That We Can Start Enriching Uranium Immediately
In a warning to the world that could just as easily serve as the final condemnation of Obama’s nuclear agreement, Iran’s nuclear chief said Thursday that if European countries don’t live up to their end of the JCPOA terms, the country can easily snap their nuclear program back into place. In a tour of Tehran’s Fordow nuclear facility, Ali Akbar Salehi signaled that his plants were ready, willing, and able to ramp up uranium enrichment the moment they got the nod from the Islamic government.
“I would like to warn that this is not a bluff; I have kept my word whenever I’ve said something,” Salehi said. “Now I’m emphasizing once again that if the establishment wants, we can easily return to the 20-percent enrichment, and meet the country’s needs at any level and volume.
“Enrichment is currently underway, but we would put aside the 300kg limit whenever we wish, and would do the enrichment at any volume and level,” Salehi continued. “We currently have 1,044 centrifuges in Fordow, and if the establishment wants, we will restart 20-percent uranium enrichment in Fordow.”
That, he noted, would be “seen as well above the level suitable for fueling civilian power plants.” Which is his sly way of saying-without-saying that the country would be immediately back in the nuclear weapons business.
When John Kerry and Barack Obama inked this deal with Iran, their big selling point to the American people was that they could “snap back” sanctions into place at any time if international inspectors concluded that Iran was violating the terms of the agreement. What they didn’t tell us was that Iran could “snap back” into nuclear production in just as little time. In fact, this was exactly the opposite of what they said. They insisted all along that it would take more than a year for Iran to ramp up production of their enriched uranium. Of course, they also downplayed the fact that the Fordow plant was largely off-limits to those inspections.
Iran’s capabilities were at the forefront of a UN Security Council session on Wednesday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the other member countries to once again ban Iran from developing ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, a ban that was lifted in 2015 to make way for the nuclear agreement.
“Iran’s ballistic missile activity is out of control,” Pompeo said. “Iran has been on a testing spree and a proliferation spree that must come to an end.”
Unfortunately, the other member countries – including Iranian besties, Russia – are committed to the nuclear agreement and are working against American efforts to curb the Islamic nation’s ballistic missile development.
As usual, the United Nations wants to wait until Iran rolls a nuclear weapon out to the launch pad before taking any action. By then, of course, it will be too late and we’ll have North Korea, Part II: Middle East Version on our hands.