Iran delivers a resolution to the six world power who were to meet for talks about a resolution for Iran and says that they are not stoppable in their nuclear ambitions.
If this doesn’t spell out that Iran is seeking to weaponize their nukes, then I don’t know what would.
Iran is making good on every word that they have spoken. The yellow cakes are the beginnings of a nuclear arsenal and Iran is going to produce it on a very LARGE scale
Iran voices defiance on eve of nuclear talks:
Originally published: December 5, 2010 8:36 PM
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI. AND GEORGE JAHN. The Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran – The Islamic Republic of Iran delivered a resolute message yesterday on the eve of talks with six world powers: We’re mining our own uranium now, so there is no stopping our nuclear ambitions.
Iran said it has produced its first batch of locally mined uranium ore for enrichment, making it independent of foreign countries for a process the West fears is geared toward producing nuclear arms.
No matter the UN sanctions over the program, “our nuclear activities will proceed and they will witness greater achievements in the future,” Iranian nuclear chief Ali Salehi told state-run Press TV.
Western officials downplayed the announcement, saying it had been expected and that Iran did not have enough ore to maintain the large-scale enrichment program that Tehran says it is building as a source of fuel for an envisaged network of nuclear reactors.
“Given that Iran’s own supply of uranium is not enough for a peaceful nuclear energy program, this calls into further question Iran’s intentions and raises additional concerns at a time when Iran needs to address the concerns of the international community,” said Mike Hammer, spokesman for the U.S.National Security Council.
Yesterday’s announcement makes clear that Iran does not consider uranium enrichment to be up for discussion at talks beginning today in Geneva. Tehran is determined to expand the program instead of scrapping it as the UN Security Council demands.
Expectations for the talks had been low even before the announcement, with Iran saying it is prepared to discuss nuclear issues only in the context of global disarmament. Officials from some of the six powers have said they would be pleased if negotiations yielded no more than agreement to meet again later.
The talks in Geneva, the first in over a year, are meant to lay the cornerstone for establishing trust. Tehran says it does not want atomic arms, but as it builds on its potential capacity to make such weapons, neither Israel nor the United States have ruled out military action if the Islamic Republic fails to heed Security Council demands to freeze enrichment and other nuclear programs.
The talks are expected to take two days. Saeed Jalili, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, will meet with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton. Senior officials for the six powers will do much of the talking with Tehran.
British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said Saturday that the Geneva talks need to make a serious start toward resolving the issue. “We want a negotiated solution, not a military one – but Iran needs to work with us to achieve that outcome,” he said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Iran to come to Geneva prepared to “firmly, conclusively reject the pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
Iran Says It Has Produced Its First Yellowcake Uranium:
Edward Yeranian | Cairo05 December 2010
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, cuts a ribbon during a ceremony, as a truck containing Iran’s first domestically mined raw uranium arrives at the Isfahan uranium conversion facility, 05 Dec 2010
Iran’s nuclear energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi says his country has produced its first batch of yellowcake uranium, the material used for enrichment. Salehi said the development “strengthens” Tehran’s position in the next round of nuclear talks, set to start Monday in Geneva.
The announcement by Salehi on Iranian TV had a dramatic pitch and a gave what appeared to be a solid plug for the well-being of Iran’s nuclear program. Iranian TV commentators also took pains to deny rumors of a set-back to the program due to damage from the Stuxnet computer virus.
Salehi described Iran’s production of yellowcake uranium as a major achievement, stressing that Tehran would inform the International Atomic Energy Agency of the development.
He says that today, Iran has witnessed a new achievement with the first shipment of yellowcake uranium produced domestically in Iran. He says the yellowcake was shipped from the Gachin mine in Bandar Abbas to the Isfahan production facility, and the IAEA would be informed, because Iran, in his words, respects its international obligations.
But Iran’s nuclear energy chief did not indicate the quantity of yellowcake produced by the Isfahan plant.
Salehi completed his melodramatic announcement by insisting that Iran has become self-sufficient in the nuclear fuel cycle, going from exploration to mining, to production of yellowcake, to the conversion into uranium hexofloride, and finally into fuel plates or pellets.
The Iranian announcement was made one day before a new round of talks is due to be held in Geneva with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran insists its program is intended solely for civilian purposes, but the West suspects it is trying to build nuclear weapons.
A senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Mark Fitzpatrick, points out the announcement appears unusual because experts believe Iran already was able to produce yellowcake.
“The announcement is surprising because many outside analysts thought Iran had been producing its own yellowcake for at least two years, according to a December 2008 article by a well-respected expert,” he said. “It seems we were wrong about that.”
Fitzpatrick says Iran’s production of yellowcake would be unlikely to meet the needs of its one nuclear plant.
“The announcement does not mean that Iran’s nuclear program can be self-sufficient. The Gachin mine and mill are small-scale, designed to produce less yellowcake annually than is needed by one Bushehr-sized reactor. No other uranium mines are operating in Iran, although one with low-grade uranium has been under development for 15 years,” he said. “To be self-sufficient in full fuel cycle, Iran will have to find a lot more good quality uranium ore. Otherwise they will have to continue to rely on imported uranium.”
Iranian-born analyst Alex Vatanka of the Middle East Institute in Washington argues Salehi’s announcement appears to have little solid substance, adding that he believes it was intended for political purposes.
“The way he sort of formulated [the announcement] suggested to me that it is aimed as a political message, because he very swiftly turns around and makes the connection to the upcoming talks, which start [Monday] and he says ‘We are not going to go to the table of negotiations from a position of weakness,” said Vatanka.
Vatanka says Iran may be trying to play tough for its domestic audience, but be more willing to negotiate in private once in Geneva.