yes yes I have been railing for months on Iran's explosive (no pun intended) NUKES and the Bolton nomination as they are inextricably connected (as is Israel, Eurabia, China, well you get the picture). Iran's nukes set up a punishing set of circumstances, as this ain't no dress rehearsal. These boys are bad to the bone and if America's cujones aren't big enough then it's the end of the world as we know.
It was my fervent prayer that Bush and Sharon were strategizing this very thing while Bush was serving up them Star of David sugar cookies.
Iran Official Says It Will Resume Uranium Enrichment Despite Outcome of Talks With Europeans
The Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran Apr 24, 2005 — Iran will resume uranium enrichment regardless of the outcome of its negotiations with three European powers over its nuclear program, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday.
Speaking to reporters five days before Iran is to resume nuclear talks with France, Britain and Germany, Hamid Reza Asefi said the Europeans appeared to be serious in seeking an agreement with Iran. But he added that any settlement had to respect Iran's right, as a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to enrich uranium.
The Europeans have been offering economic incentives in the hope that Iran will turn its temporary suspension of uranium enrichment activities into a permanent freeze.
Asefi said Iran would not continue its suspension of enrichment for long.
"It is not a matter of a year, but months," he said of the suspension, which was imposed last year to boost confidence ahead of negotiations.
"If Iran feels that the Europeans intend to waste time by prolonging the talks, Iran won't insist on continuing the talks."
The United States, backed by Israel, believes Iran is using a civilian nuclear development program as a cover to make atomic weapons. It has threatened to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council, which can impose sanctions, but has held off pending the negotiations with the Europeans.
The photo below is Iran's Uranium Conversion Facility, just outside the city of Isfahan, 410
kilometers, south of capital Tehran, Iran, is shown in this March 30, 2005, file
photo. The conversion facility in Isfahan reprocesses uranium ore concentrate,
known as yellowcake, into uranium hexaflouride gas. The gas is then taken to
another site at Natanz and fed into the centrifuges for enrichment. Iran's
president escorted reporters on an unprecedented visit to the once-secret Natanz
nuclear complex, giving a glimpse into the underground uranium enrichment plant
that the United States and Europe demand be shut down. (AP Photo/Vahid