Ahmadinejad to unveil Iran's nuclear achievements today

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  1. Ray

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    One has heard of the Islamic bomb.

    Now, stand by for the Shia bomb!

    But, wait!

    It is for peaceful purposes!
     
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    Iran displays nuclear might, US tells world to isolate Tehran

    TEHRAN: State television reported on Wednesday that Iran has made advances in its nuclear programme, building new uranium enrichment centrifuges and producing its own nuclear reactor fuel plates.

    The announcement, due to be confirmed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad later Wednesday, was likely to further unsettle the United States and allies who believe Iran is also forging ahead with atomic weapon development.

    Meanwhile, the Obama administration has urged the world to isolate the Islamic country in the wake new nuclear announcements.

    Iran displays nuclear might, US tells world to isolate Tehran - The Times of India
     
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    Iran to unveil new uranium centrifuges, state TV says

    Iran is to unveil a "new generation" of faster, more efficient uranium enrichment centrifuges, state television says.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to make an announcement on Iran's nuclear programme later.

    Western countries fear that Iran is working towards making its own nuclear weapons.

    Tehran denies this, saying its nuclear programme is only for energy production.

    President Ahmadinejad said last week that his country would be announcing "great" nuclear achievements.

    He said that Iran would never halt its programme to enrich uranium.

    In January the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran had started the production of uranium enriched up to 20% at its Qom plant.

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    Iran will also load its own domestically made nuclear fuel rods into the Tehran Research Reactor for the first time, senior national security official Ali Baqeri said.

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    The key factors in the centrifuge announcement will be exactly how many are produced and how efficient they are.

    Nuclear experts believe that sanctions will make it hard for Iran to get hold of the kind of materials it needs to make its centrifuges as efficient as possible.

    In theory, faster, more efficient centrifuges would shorten the timeline for the production of highly enriched uranium - should Iran choose to take that step.

    A deal to provide fuel for the reactor from abroad collapsed two years ago - at which point Iran decided to make the fuel itself.

    One central point links these developments, says the BBC's Iran correspondent James Reynolds: Iran is determined to show that it can master nuclear technology on its own, and that international sanctions against its nuclear programme will make no difference.

    The US and the European Union have recently imposed new sanctions targeting Iranian oil sales as part of a drive to increase international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme.

    Talks between Iran and six world powers - the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China - on the nuclear programme collapsed a year ago and show little sign of resuming.
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    Self respect is one thing and foolishness and extremism is another.

    I think Iran is asking for trouble. you can not mess with whole world alone...

    I can see Iran's ass banged soon
     
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    Israel should launch surgical attack on Iran. Sooner or later, it's going to happen. Same thing happened when Iraq tried and Israel replied in no time.

    Nuke with Iran is dangerous for us as well as many other countries. May be KSA will also try to have nuke. Danger for everybody
     
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    No bomb is for peaceful purpose. Iran is going crazy.
     
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    ^^ Reminds me of Indira Gandhi who called 1974 Pokhran explosion a "peaceful nuclear explosion". :pound:
     
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    They were building the "Indira Gandhi canal" during that time
     
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    Was our nuke really intended for the "Indira Gandhi canal"? I don't think so - haven't heard that anywhere.

    In fact, this is the first time I am hearing the argument of "peaceful nuke explosion" in conjunction with canal development. :noidea:
     
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    :rofl: :rofl:

    the iranians are taking a leaf out of our book...unfortunately for them they cant copy us when it comes to keeping things secret.
     
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    The tribes in that region have been at each other's throat for ages, if the Persians will get the nukes then the whole region will arm with nukes. The worst part? These countries are so unpredictable that it will not be far fetched that these nukes would be used either directly by states or through non-state proxies... If this prospect won't send shivers down your spines I don't know what will.

    p.s. I have infinitely more faith in the countries of our region, we have more reason and tolerance (although I have some doubts with Pakistan only because they have an unstable system...).
     
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    US nuclear warship bears down on defiant Iran

    Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Feb 16, 2012, 03.12AM IST

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    WASHINGTON: A defiant Iran and a prickly US-Israel alliance moved further down the slippery slope to a shooting match on Wednesday as Washington sent a second aircraft carrier into the Strait of Hormuz even as Tehran announced key nuclear technology advances and threatened cuts in oil supplies to six EU nations.

    In acts of mutual provocation, the nuclear-powered USS Abraham Lincoln sailed within sniffing distance of Iran, going through the Straits of Hormuz,that is only 21 nautical miles wide at its narrowest point, inviting an Iranian patrol boat to tail it within two miles.


    Iran also responded by upping the nuclear ante, defiantly showcasing advances in nuclear technology in the face of US-Israel led sanctions regime aimed at curtailing its possible development of nuclear weapons.

    Iran had earlier threatened to shut down the Straits of Hormuz, through which 20% of the world's oil supply passes (not to speak of US supplies to the Af-Pak theatre), if it was attacked.

    Teheran was reported to have cut oil supplies to six European nations, including the PIGS countries (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) which are in an economic crisis, in an effort to get ahead of European sanctions that is expected to kick in soon.

    All these moves followed violent and mostly covert confrontation between the US-Israel alliance and Iran. There have been mysterious assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists which Teheran thinks is the handiwork of the US-Israel alliance.

    Now, Israeli diplomats and assets have been attacked in three capitals across the world, including New Delhi, which Israel believes is the handiwork of Iranian agents.

    New Delhi is stuck between Iran, vital to India's energy security, and a hard place (US and Israel) that is key to its military and technological well-being. The duo is putting tremendous pressure on New Delhi to forsake Iranian oil.

    But like China, India remains unmoved, causing much handwringing in Washington.

    In fact, even loyal US allies like Japan and South Korea are reluctant to follow the US-Israel diktat, causing some pundits to pronounce the sanctions a failure. Each of the four countries imports about 10% of their oil supplies from Iran.

    In US, polls show there is little appetite for another war even though a section of the neoconservative establishment is itching for a shootout to punish Iran.

    Having shut down US military operations in Iraq, president Obama is also winding down from Afghanistan ahead of the November elections, and some pundits seen the Iranians pushing the envelope knowing the US president's political constraints.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...down-on-defiant-Iran/articleshow/11905824.cms
     
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    Updated Feb 16, 2012 at 07:45am IST

    US calls Iran's Nuclear claim a 'mere hype'

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    Tehran: Iran flexed its nuclear muscle on Wednesday claiming major advances in its nuclear programme. It displayed its nuclear facilities on Television.

    Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, however, maintained that nuclear technology was being used for peaceful purposes and that his country was not making bombs.

    The US reacted to this dismissing Tehran's claims as 'mere hype'. It said that Iran was lashing out to the world to distract attention from the damage done by international sanctions.

    Russia has also urged Iran to work with the IAEA.

    US pushes global banks to eject Iran banks

    The United States is now pressuring the European Union and a global electronic banking system to expel Iranian banks from a network used to transfer money, another step in Western efforts to deprive Tehran of funds needed to develop nuclear weapons.

    Kicking Iranian banks out of the Belgium-based SWIFT, or Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, would cut off one of the only remaining avenues for Iran to transact business with the rest of the world.

    Oil prices rise

    Meanwhile, world oil prices spiked on Thursday with London Brent striking a six-month peak.

    This came following reports that Iran was stopping its crude exports to six European countries. The Iranian Oil Ministry, though, later denied this.

    Brent North Sea crude for April delivery surged to $ 119 a barrel whereas New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate light sweet crude for delivery in March soared as high as $ 102 per barrel.

    The Iranian President on Wednesday came out in defence of his regime's thirst for nuclear energy, saying that the programme was for peaceful and civilian purposes.

    In an address to the nation, Ahmadinejad said that nuclear energy costs low in price, adding that his country’s programme would be helpful in knowledge, clean energy and medicines.

    In an apparent attack on the West, the Iranian president pointed that for so many years, seven or eight counties had this technology, why other nations were deprived of it.

    Reacting to the actions against Iran in wake of the nuclear programme, Ahmadinejad said, "They started to impose sanctions and threats. They tried to stop us."

    He, however, said that the programme had not been easy for Iran as "our scientists went through difficult times".

    The president further said, "They tried assassinations of our scientists. They do not want us to have knowledge and progress."

    Ahmadinejad also hit out at the IAEA saying that the body was informed two years ago about Iran running out of fuel and that they had assured that they would look into it, adding that "this reactor is research reactor for medical purposes".

    Reacting angrily over the alleged inaction of IAEA, he said, "If they do not provide us with fuel, we will produce it ourselves."

    Referring to the showcasing of new uranium enrichment centrifuges and domestically made reactor fuel by Iran, the president said, "We have taken one long step in nuke arena."

    Calling the West (without naming) savage beasts, the Iranian president said, "One atomic bomb kills 5000 people. There are 10 thousand atomic bombs. They can explode the whole planet several times. Is this called progress? They are only political games."

    (With additional information from Agencies)

    US calls Iran's Nuclear claim a 'mere hype' - World News - IBNLive
     
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    Iran to produce new yellow cake: Abbasi

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    Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereydoun Abbasi

    Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereydoun Abbasi says Tehran will start producing new yellow cake next year.


    Abbasi said Wednesday that new generation centrifuges have been installed and activated at Natanz nuclear facility.

    He made the announcement at the ceremony held to place indigenous fuel rods into the heart of the Tehran research reactor.

    Iran also added 3,000 new generation centrifuges to its uranium enrichment program, bringing the number of its active centrifuges to 9,000.

    In December 2010, the first consignment of indigenous yellow cake was transferred to Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) from Gachin mines under the surveillance of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA).

    Iran maintains that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

    Despite different Western allegations against Iran, in its numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities the IAEA has never found evidence of diversion in the country’s civilian nuclear program.

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    PressTV - Iran to produce new yellow cake: Abbasi
     
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    Indian delegation to visit Iran

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    According to an Indian business newspaper India has finalized the dates for an India delegation to visit Iran next month.


    This delegation is expected to be in Iran from the 10th till the 14th of March .This development comes at a time when there is increasing pressure on India by the US and EU nations to toe their line as far as sanctions on Iran are concerned.

    Indian exporters are looking at an estimated 8 to 10 billion dollar business opportunity with Iran after the fresh round of sanctions forced European and American companies to stop business dealings.

    Auto components, textile machinery, heavy tires, forging and casting machines and sugar machinery are among the sectors that have been identified.

    India exports high quality rice, tea and wheat and now barley soya bean, butter and red meat have been the other items.

    India is also looking to increase its trade balance that is currently tilted in Iran's favor. Exports from India to Iran were only about 2.7 billion in 2010-11 while oil imports from Iran stood at 9.4 billion dollars in 2010-2011.

    According to official sources as part of the proposed payment mechanism, India is to make 45 per cent of oil import payments in rupee terms. This will then be utilized by Iran for payment of imports from India. Iranian banks will deal with UCO bank that will serve as the nodal bank in India for all transactions.

    Observers say India will stick to its plan to increase trade ties with Iran and remain positively engaged in its relations with other nations despite the fresh round of sanctions.

    PressTV - Indian delegation to visit Iran
     
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    Iran places indigenous fuel rods into Tehran reactor

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    Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the country’s latest nuclear achievements on February 15, 2012.

    Iran has placed the first indigenous fuel rods into the heart of Tehran Research Reactor as President Ahmadinejad unveils the country’s latest nuclear achievements.


    According to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the fuel rods were produced at Isfahan nuclear facility and transferred to the Tehran Research Reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.

    By placing nuclear plates into the Tehran reactor, Iran has taken the final step in completing the nuclear fuel cycle.

    Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereydoun Abbasi were also present at the ceremony on Wednesday.

    Several radio-pharmaceuticals made by Iranian experts were also unveiled by Ahmadinejad.

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    PressTV - Iran places indigenous fuel rods into Tehran reactor
     
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    'Iran to be nuclear equipment exporter'

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    Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoon Abbasi

    Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoon Abbasi says Iran will become one of the world's major exporters of nuclear equipment in the near future.


    The country has reached self-sufficiency and will become one of the world's main exporters of nuclear equipment in the near future, Abbasi told reporters on Tuesday, IRNA reported.

    He said that Iran has turned pressures and sanctions into opportunities, adding that the country's nuclear achievements were indebted to 15 years of work and efforts by Iranian scientists.

    Abbasi said that the launch of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, the launch of Arak research reactor, fuel production at Isfahan's nuclear site as well as uranium enrichment were among the country's nuclear achievements.

    He said that the development of nuclear technology would lead to the development of scientific industries and expressed hope that nuclear technology would be used to serve public welfare in the country.

    Iran officially launched the Bushehr nuclear power plant on September 12. The plant had been connected to the national power grid on September 3, supplying 60 megawatts of its 1,000-megawatt capacity.

    The Bushehr nuclear power plant will initially generate electricity at 40 percent of its capacity and will reach its full capacity of 1,000 megawatts in about two or three months.

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    PressTV - 'Iran to be nuclear equipment exporter'
     
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    Iran unveils N-progress, deepens rift with US-EU

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    In past few years, there have been series of mysterious incidents involving Iran's nuclear industry and people working in it. Iran says its nuclear program is purely for civilian use but Western powers believe it has military goals. In this file pic: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 25th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran. (Text & photo: Reuters)

    Iran on Wednesday announced new strides in nuclear programme, including centrifuges able to enrich uranium much faster, in a defiant blow to US and EU pressure to rein in its atomic activities and amid signs of an increasingly vicious covert war with Israel over the issue.

    The move came on the day when Israel’s ambassador to Thailand Itzhak Shoham linked the Bangkok blasts to the one in New Delhi — in which wife of an Israeli diplomat was injured — and blamed both on Iran, which denied the charge.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled on state TV what was said to be Iran’s first domestically produced 20% enriched nuclear fuel for Tehran’s research reactor. He said Iran had added 3,000 more centrifuges to boost its uranium enrichment effort. And he ordered Iran to “go build” four more research reactors.

    Iranian officials said the new generation centrifuges at Natanz would produce three times more enriched uranium. The developments underlined Tehran’s determination to forge ahead with its nuclear activities despite increasingly tough sanctions — and speculation that Israel or the US could be months from launching military strikes against it.

    “The era of bullying nations has past. The arrogant powers cannot monopolise nuclear technology...,” Ahmadinejad said. “Our nuclear path will continue.”

    However, Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam television said the government had handed a letter to the EU foreign policy chief expressing readiness to “hold new talks over its nuclear programme in a constructive way”

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    Israel, which is the region's sole but undeclared nuclear power and feels its existence is threatened by a nuclear Iran, is widely held to have been carrying out clandestine acts against its arch foe.

    Those acts have included the murder of four Iranian scientists and the deployment of a computer virus, Stuxnet, which damaged many of Iran's centrifuges. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement.

    Iran denied a state media report that it had cut off oil exports to six European Union states. Brent crude oil prices jumped up $1 a barrel to $118.35 in reaction to the announcement.

    Iran unveils N-progress, deepens rift with US-EU - Hindustan Times
     
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    Iran unveils three new achievements of its nuclear program

    15 February 2012, 16:30 (GMT+04:00)

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    Iran has unveiled three new achievements of its nuclear program at the official ceremony today in Tehran, PRESS TV channel reported live.

    The ceremony is taking place Tehran's Nuclear Facility in Amirabad, in presense of country's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and other government officials, as well as nuclear scientists and journalists.

    At the beginning of the ceremony, congratulations were spread to the scientists who contributed to the development of country's nuclear program, and those who were killed as a result of terror attacks.

    According to Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Abbasi, the three new achievements of country's nuclear program are: the increased number of centrifuges, production of new IR-4 generation centrifuges and successful loading of domestically-made fuel rods into the nuclear reactor.

    Unlike centrifuges of previous generations (IR-1, IR-2, IR-3), the IR-4 centrifuges have higher speed and production capacity. the centrifuges were unveiled in the Natanz nuclear plant.

    The natural uranium containing rod has been delivered to Tehran research reactor after testing. The fuel rod has already been exposed to 1500 MWH of radiation and has been successful in neutron tests concerning radioactive levels or leakage. The rod is currently under exposure to more radiation to test its endurance qualities. IRI experts have already supplied the country with its needed radio isotopes immorally sanctioned by the West.

    Earlier, Deputy Chief of Iran's national security council Ali Bagheri said that "because Western countries were unwilling to help us, we began enriching uranium to 20 percent to make nuclear fuel rods".

    IRIB news reported in January that experts in Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) managed to build and test a first-ever nuclear rod in the country. The results of the test have not been announced.

    Iran says its nuclear program is confined to production of peaceful atomic energy which it says is a fundamental right of any country. Western nations and Israel have charged that Tehran is secretly working to build nuclear weapons - an assertion Iran vehemently denies.

    Tensions in the region over Iran's nuclear activities have been on the rise in recent months as speculation has mounted that Israel may be preparing for a strike on Iranian facilities that the Jewish state says constitute a threat to its national security.

    Ahmadinejad and other top Iranian officials have said they are prepared to return to international talks about their nuclear program provided Iran is treated with respect.


    Iran unveils three new achievements of its nuclear program - Trend
     

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