John on September 18, 2008 at 3:52 pm
From the Telegraph, some disturbing news:
The Isfahan complex, which enriches raw uranium “yellow cake” into material that can be used for either nuclear power or atomic weapons, is supposed to be subject to close supervision by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). But the Iranians only allow IAEA inspectors access to the final stage of the production process, where the uranium in gas form – UF6 – is stored.
By conducting a careful study of the amount of material stored at Isfahan, and the amount of “yellow cake” known to have been processed at the plant, nuclear experts believe between 50-60 tons of uranium – which if enriched to weapons grade level would be sufficient to produce five or six atom bombs – has gone missing from the plant.
IAEA officials believe the Iranians have deliberately removed the uranium at a stage in the production process that is not under their supervision. “The inspectors only have limited access at Isfahan, and it looks as though Iranian officials have removed significant quantities of UF6 at a stage in the process that is not being monitored,” said a nuclear official. “If Iran’s nuclear intentions are peaceful, then why are they doing this?” Nuclear inspectors have also been concerned to discover that Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, recently ordered scientists to increase the amount of UF6 being diverted from Isfahan to another storage facility.
Expect Israel to strike, using US bombs, before the year is out.
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