Iran to join nuclear club at all costs- Natanz informant

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    Iran Moves Uranium Enrichment to Secret Plants -Exile
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    By Louis Charbonneau

    VIENNA (Reuters) - An exile who has previously released key nuclear information about Iran said on Tuesday Iranian leaders decided at a recent meeting to seek an atom bomb "at all costs" and begin enriching uranium at secret plants,

    Alireza Jafarzadeh, who disclosed in August 2002 that Iran had a hidden uranium enrichment facility at Natanz and a heavy-water plant at Arak, told Reuters his new information came from the same "well-informed sources inside Iran."

    He said the Islamic republic's top leaders, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gathered after the father of Pakistan's atomic weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, admitted leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea (news - web sites).


    "At this recent meeting, they decided to join the nuclear (weapons) club at all costs," Jafarzadeh said, adding that the leaders decided it was "vital for the survival" of the country.

    "They set a timetable to get a bomb by the end of 2005 at the latest," he said, speaking from Washington.

    Jafarzadeh said the people at the meeting said they would have to stop enriching uranium at Natanz, as Tehran had promised France, Britain and Germany in October. But in order to make the weapons-grade uranium needed for a bomb, they decided to move their enrichment to smaller secret sites in the country.

    "They will heavily rely on smaller secret enrichment sites at Karaj, Esfahan and at other places," he said.

    Jafarzadeh said Tehran was in a better position to hide the full extent of its centrifuge enrichment program from U.N. inspectors now it was able to build centrifuges domestically, without relying on imports.

    Jafarzadeh said the Iranian leaders also agreed at their secret meeting to adopt a generally "aggressive and confrontational approach" with the IAEA before "muscling their way to the finish line to get the bomb."


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    time for non-nuclear countries to become nuclear is running out...lets hope that Iran and others can be stopped with aggression and loss of life
     
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    Next stop for the american millitary, Iran. I would say 1 month ago that the reformers are working from within but with the sweep of the hardliners in the latest election i have noo faith anymore in the interanl reforme in Iran, if they get a nuke a free Iraq is in BIG TROUBLE and i mean BIG TROUBLE looks like we have to seroiusly sit down and think about what we are willing to do about this action. we CAN NOT sit ideally by and let these people get a bomb. It would be absolutley horibale and the UN won't do anything about this, I hope to see some kind of reponse from the admin or at least the UN.
     
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    The UN wont do nothing till they see the mushroom cloud in the sky and then they will wonder how could this be? they seemed so nice....they held their tea cups just so...
     
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    I wonder if we can expect to see another Israeli attack in the near future, like the 1985 incident against the Iraqi nuclear reactor.
     
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    well.. we have 215,000 troops in iraq right now, with the 82nd airborne freed up. Isreal striking would likely open up to a big can of worms and their f-16s are not as good as our stealth bombers against aaa. More likely they will provide support and defend iraq air space while we move into Iran. If that happens.
     

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