Monday, January 28, 2008


Barak: Iran Nuclear Program "Quite Advanced" - Lally Weymouth
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview: "Clearly the Iranians are aiming at nuclear capability....We think that they are quite advanced, much beyond the level of the Manhattan Project. We suspect they are probably already working on warheads for ground-to-ground missiles...[and] that probably they have another clandestine enrichment operation beyond the one in Natanz."

Regarding Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, "There has never been a shortage of goodwill on Israel's side. What we have found is that the Palestinian side is unable to live up to the most basic commitments; stopping indiscriminate terror against our civilians." (Washington Post)

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, said on Thursday that Iran was continuing to amass the raw material for uranium enrichment. Aghazadeh said Iran had now stockpiled 250 tons of uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6), the feedstock that is injected into centrifuges for enrichment into fuel. Mark Fitzpatrick, nuclear non-proliferation analyst at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies, said 250 tons of UF6, if enriched to 90% or higher, would yield enough fuel for up to 50 nuclear warheads. Iran has so far enriched token amounts of UF6 only to 3-5%. Iran's parliament passed a bill last week obliging the government to accelerate its nuclear work. (Reuters/Ha'aretz)

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