Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeking nuclear weapons for offensive purposes?
Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad creating nukes to hurt us, or is he just creating nukes so his country can defend itself and become prosperous. Doesn't every currently prosperous country have Nuclear Weapons?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Possibly, the leaders in Iran may be seeking nuclear weapons for offensive purposes.
It is Iran's Supreme Leader, Sayyid Ali Khamenei, who is the commander-in-chief of the military, though. He has power above and beyond Ahmadinejad.
The preamble to the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran states: "The Assembly of Experts for Constitution...fram[ed] the Constitution...[after input] by the government...with the hope that this century will witness the establishment of a universal holy government and the downfall of all others"
Hmmm......DOWNFALL of all others......
ISIS is skeptical of Natanz FEP being fully operational with 3,000 centrifuges by May 2007 to produce HEU and plutonium at Arak.
Prior to 2002 there were several NPT violations. Since the 2002 construction of the underground facility at Natanz, Iran has made steady progress to producing weapons grade material
2002 - Iran builds underground plant at Natanz.
At a 13 December 2002 briefing, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters the facility was being built partially underground, and as such is inconsistent with Iran's claims that its nuclear intentions are peaceful: "It appears from the imagery that a service road, several small structures, and perhaps three large structures are being build below grade, and some of these are already being covered with earth. Iran clearly intended to harden and bury that facility. That facility was probably never intended by Iran to be a declared component of the peaceful program. Instead Iran has been caught constructing a secret underground site where it could produce fissile material." Based upon what Boucher termed "hard evidence," Iran appears to be constructing a uranium enrichment plant at Nantaz, as well as a heavy water plant. "The suspect uranium-enrichment plant ... could be used to produce highly-enriched uranium for weapons. The heavy-water plant could support a reactor for producing weapons-grade plutonium. These facilities are not justified by the needs of Iran's civilian nuclear program," he said. By mid-2004 the Natanz centrifuge facility was hardened with a roof of several meters of reinforced concrete and buried under a layer of earth some 75 feet deep.
2002 - Davood Aqajani, director for the Natanz heavy water project, also manages Kala-Electric which is developing the capability to make separated plutonium and highly enriched uranium, the two main nuclear explosive materials
2003 - It was reported on August 26, 2003, that the IAEA had found particles of highly enriched uranium in environmental samples taken at Natanz
2004 - Iran did not declare to the IAEA the existence of a pilot enrichment facility at the Kalaye Electric Company Workshop, and laser enrichment plants at the Tehran Nuclear Research center and at Lashkar Ab’ad. Because experiments at these sites involved the use of nuclear material in equipment, Iran was obligated to report them to the IAEA. Iran continues to deny the IAEA access to equipment and areas of the Physics Research Center at Lavisan-Shian and elsewhere for environmental sampling, and despite repeated requests, has not made available for interview one of the center’s former directors. IAEA entry to another site, Parchin, was granted only after repeated requests and under circumscribed conditions. Iran recently balked at a request by the IAEA to visit the
underground halls at Natanz. As noted below, Iran has refused outright to discuss sensitive issues related to alleged high explosives testing, the design of a missile re-entry vehicle and apparent linkages between its nuclear program and Iran’s military.
2004 (Using only P-1 centrifuges)...... By some time in 2006, Iran could be producting fissile material for atomic bombs using both uranium enriched at Natanz and plutonium produced at Arak. The Natanz facility might produce enough uranium for about five bombs every year, and the Arak facility might produced enough plutonium for as many as three bombs every year.
2005 - Pakistan has confirmed that the former head of its nuclear weapons programme, AQ Khan, on the nuclear black market, sold centrifuges for enriching uranium to Iran.
2006 - Iran Centrifuge Technology Company has built at least 15 (P-2) advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges. Iran has already been enriching uranium with slower P-1 centrifuges, made from an older design.
Iran is progressing in its work at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) at Natanz, and continues to deny IAEA requests to resolve outstanding questions in a number of areas. The IAEA states that between August 13 and November 2, 2006, Iran reported that approximately 34 kg of UF6 was fed into the centrifuges and enriched to levels below 5 percent U-235. HEU contamination was reported in the IAEA’s August 2006 report. The plutonium is a new finding
Since 31 August 2006, centrifuges in the single machine test stand, and the 10-machine, 20-
machine and first 164-machine cascades at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) have been run,
mostly under vacuum, with UF6 being fed during intermittent periods. The installation of the second
164-machine cascade was completed and, on 13 October 2006, testing of the cascade with UF6 gas was begun. Iran has not provided the Agency with full access to operating records at PFEP.
2007 - UNANIMOUS VOTE - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1747 on 24 March 2007. As reported by the UN press office, the resolution imposes further sanctions on Iran and reaffirms that Iran must take the steps required by the IAEA Board.
We know that they have two 164 centrifuge cascades above ground in the "R&D" facility at Natanz. They have also said but sometimes denied that they have two further 164 centrifuge cascades below ground in in Natanz.
19 February 2007 - ElBaradei - six months away - since the country has already acquired considerable technical knowledge from enriching uranium in a "research and development" facility.
Jan 18, 2007 Iran is ready to start assembling 3,000 centrifuges to produce enriched uranium - a possible pathway to nuclear arms - after finishing most preliminary work on an underground facility housing such machines, a diplomat and a UN official said Thursday... Iran's leaders have suggested those machines would be in place by March 20, the end of the Iranian year.
Feb 25, 1007 GeoEye’s OrbView-3 satellite imagery of Arak 40 MW Heavy Water Reactor construction. When fully operational, the reactor is estimated to be able to produce about 9 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium per year.
March 15, 2007 - Iran intends to have one of the largest nuclear fuel cycle programs in the developing world..with the capability to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU) and weapon-grade plutonium for nuclear weapons. Natanz - Urenco’s “P1” (slow) and “P2” (fast) centrifuges - In January, Iran started to install about 3,000 centrifuges underground in the FEP. The centrifuges are slated to be organized into eighteen 164-machine cascades that operate together under a common control system to produce low enriched uranium, what Iran calls a “module.” The underground halls of the FEP can hold about 17-18 modules, for a total of about 50,000 to 53,000 centrifuges.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
NEWS FLASH PAL!
In Iran, hardliners called for their government to remain firm.
At Sunday's protest, several dozen policemen prevented the protesters from entering the embassy compound, although a few briefly scaled a fence outside the compound's walls before being pushed back, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene.
The protesters chanted "Death to Britain" and "Death to America" as they hurled stones into the courtyard of the embassy. They also demanded that the Iranian government expel the British ambassador and close down the embassy, calling it a "den of spies."
Britain's Foreign Office said there had been no damage to the compound.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
NO one knows for sure
he claims that he is creating nuclear technology for his electicity purposes
yes u r rite that countries build nukes to proctect themselves but u have to realize that iran indirectly supports hezbollah ( terriorist organization) they have threatned to wipe off isreal from the face of earth
they are sending insurgents in iraq to kill american soldiers
therefore how can u trust a nation who claims that they are creating nuclear missiles for destuction but for their own purpose
what if iran nukes america ?
would u still ask a question like that
- SkyhawkLv 51 decade ago
Iran is a terrorist country, with a formally stated goal to wipe out the State of Isreal.
It is also rabidly anti-American and Anti-West.
Nothing good would come of it.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
If Iran had two nukes, what would they do. Israel has hundreds, we have thousands. Not to mention lack of a delivery system
- SaraLv 41 decade ago
America and Britain are therrorists. Why?
Who did bombed Japan 2 times with Nuclear weapon.
No country had made that much wars that the UK and US has.
If British didnt have pride their sailors would have been free.
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