say Iran uses tunnels to hide atomic work
ReutersThe National Council of Resistance of Iran, which first made allegations of the tunnels in September, said their sources in Iran had evidence of underground complexes in 14 locations, near Tehran, Isfahan, Qom and other cities.
Bunker bombing is an option, a good option
Meanwhile back at the masturbatory-talks-that-stall,
Iran has spelled out clearly that it will not back away from its bid to conduct sensitive nuclear fuel work, limiting the chance for a compromise at a key meeting on Wednesday with Britain, France and Germany. [you think the Europeans are still holding Iran's feet to the fire and threatening the most serious punitive diplomatic measure? Iran's exclusion from the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament scheduled to take place in Germany next summer.
ooooo, I can see the Ahjamaniac right now, quivering in the corner -Atlas]
EC chairman: Iran determined to make use of its nuclear rights
Islamic Republic News Agency
Iran - Rafsanjani - Nuclear Expediency Council (EC) Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Tuesday told the Dutch Ambassador to Tehran Henry de Vries that Iran's nuclear approach is clear and that it is determined to make use of its legal rights for peaceful application of atomic energy and access to complete nuclear fuel cycle.
I love the way they use the word peace. Going forward when you read these news stories, supplant the word WAR for peace or peaceful. You will understand things enormously.
UPDATE: SYRIA AGREES TO HIDE IRAN NUKES (next to Iraq's WMDs I suspect)
SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Syria has signed a pledge to store Iranian nuclear weapons and missiles. The London-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported that Iran and Syria signed a strategic accord meant to protect either country from international pressure regarding their weapons programs. The magazine, citing diplomatic sources, said Syria agreed to store Iranian materials and weapons should Teheran come under United Nations sanctions.
(and the news (?) channels are still running small plane crash story)
Iran also pledged to grant haven to any Syrian intelligence officer indicted by the UN or Lebanon. Five Syrian officers have been questioned by the UN regarding the Hariri assassination, Middle East Newsline reported.
"The sensitive chapter in the accord includes Syria's commitment to allow Iran to safely store weapons, sensitive equipment or even hazardous materials on Syrian soil should Iran need such help in a time of crisis," Jane's said.
The accord also obligated Syria to continue to supply the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah with weapons, ammunition and communications. Iran has been the leading weapons supplier to Hizbullah, with about 15,000 missiles and rockets along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
The accord, negotiations of which began in 2004, was signed on Nov. 14 and meant to prepare for economic sanctions imposed on either Iran or Syria. Under the accord, Jane's said, Iran would relay financial aid to Syria in an effort to ease Western sanctions in wake of the UN determination that Damascus was responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Someone tell the President he expended the little political capital he had going into Iraq, he will be vilified no matter what.
UPDATE: Send in the clowns, dont bother they're here...........
U.S. alters nuclear weapons policy
Congress rejects 'bunker busters' for more reliable arms
After struggling in recent years to redefine U.S. nuclear policy, Congress turned the country in a new direction this month by giving millions of dollars for a program aimed at producing a smaller arsenal of more reliable warheads.
Lawmakers killed the widely criticized nuclear "bunker buster" concept, which critics regarded as too aggressive, and instead appropriated $25 million for research on what is called the reliable replacement warhead, or RRW. Though that initial sum is relatively modest, it signifies an important policy shift that could end up costing many billions of dollars.
Even some arms control advocates have applauded the decision, because many see the new program as a sharp scaling back of the Bush administration's once soaring nuclear ambitions.
Democrats as well as Republicans were so enthusiastic that they voted for almost three times the amount of money requested by the White House, in large part because the program is viewed as an exercise in restraint.
"This is about tinkering at the margins of the existing weapons systems, nothing more," said Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Walnut Creek, a member of the House Appropriations Committee's energy and water subcommittee, which controls the nuclear weapons budget "They (the White House) aren't getting what they wanted."
hat tip David T
UPDATE December 22: EU, Iran on nuclear collision course
The European Union and Iran still seem to be on a collision course over Tehran's alleged atomic-weapons intentions despite the revival of talks, diplomats and analysts said on Thursday.
I'd rather a collision course then a Nuclear Holocaust, wouldn't you?