Friday, May 19, 2006

Iran Using Chinese Material To Hasten Nuclear Development

I don't think I can say much more on this, so here it is. Read it and draw your own conclusions.

Another must read is this piece by William J. Broad and Elaine Sciolino of The New York Times detailing the history of nuclear inspections in Iran. It's not news, per se, but it is a one stop shop for all the pertinent details in the current debate. On the issue of Iran booting inspectors in February, the authors say"The result is that the outside world is losing its ability to address the most pressing questions about Iran's nuclear ambitions: how fast Tehran could make an atom bomb and whether it harbors a secret program to do so. International diplomats and nuclear experts say the diminished view increases the risks of miscalculation, and possibly war, just as the Iranians are raising their rhetoric and the impasse with the West is reaching a volatile new stage." Indeed.

Clicking on the authors' names above takes you to their recent work, which just so happens to chronicle recent UN (not strictly US) findings on Iran, including a critical April 20 IAEA report. Why Tehran thinks the IAEA will be easier to dupe than the Security Council would be beyond me if I didn't think Iran's leaders were lying through their teeth and biding for more time.


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