UN officials recently announced that Tehran had amassed enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Traces of weapons grade material have been found in Iran. In recent years, Iranian theologians have decreed that atomic weapons are permissible to use under Islamic law, thereby removing another potential impediment.
Iranâ€™s leaders once again employ tactics of deception by announcing they are prepared to work toward resolving the regimeâ€™s nuclear dispute with the West. Iranian President Ahmadinejad said Iran would take steps to resolve the issue in return for steps taken by the international community.
Yet these comments come just days after the Iran nuclear developers announced that they are installing modern nuclear centrifuges. The installation of these enrichment machines further undermines Iranâ€™s claims that the enrichment of uranium is for purely peaceful purposes.
Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani hasÂ stated his support of talks with the United States.
Tehran and Washington have not had diplomatic relations since 1979.
Rafsanjani, who is a bitter opponent of current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Ahmadinejad had already “broken the taboo of negotiations with the United States” by “sending letters to American officials (Bush and Obama) that remain unanswered.”
The former President added that he had attempted to initiate dialogue with the U.S. during his time in office but his efforts were vetoed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
An IRGC commander threatened Saturday that if the Iranian regime comes under attack over Iranâ€™s nuclear program, U.S. aircraft carriers will be targeted.
The Islamic Republic has threatened violent responses to strikes from the West in the past, but this declaration seemingly emphasizes the expanding range of Iranian missiles after more than a week of tests.
IRGC commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh said â€śAircraft carriers … are moving targets. If the enemy threatens us, we will target them.”
Public policy groups haveÂ plans to testify today on Hezbollahâ€™s Latin American expansions before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence. Congress will be reviewing its defense options in face of this growing threat of terrorism.
In recent statements on the subject to a Senate committee, Air Force GeneralÂ Douglas Fraser said Iran and Hezbollah are utilizing friendly relations with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Iran is expanding the number of its Latin American embassies, and teaching Islam to residents in the area.
In a speech Tuesday, IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) commander Gen.Mohammad Ali Jafari divulged that his military branch is overseeing Iranâ€™s domestic politics, and is heavily involved in the countryâ€™s economy and energy sector.
Jafari said U.S. claims that Iran could have a nuclear bomb in the next few years are nonsense. “Whenever they become disappointed or fail to achieve their goals, they resort to political accusations or assassination,” he said.
He also accused the U.S. of causing the uprisings in Syria.
The Iranian regime has plans to send a monkey into space next month as part of its space program. This move is likely to spark fears from Western countries regarding the progress of the Iranâ€™s nuclear weapons program. The regimeâ€™s long-range ballistic technology used in the space program, could potentially be used to launch atomic warheads.
Iranâ€™s leaders obviously deny this, claiming their nuclear program is purely peaceful.
Last year, the Islamic Republic announced that it has launched a rocket carrying a mouse, turtle and worms into space.
A member of the royal family in Saudi Arabia, Prince Turki al-Faisal,Â has said that if there is news from Iran that the regime is close to developing nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia would be compelled â€śto pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences.â€ť
He did not elaborate on this statement but a senior official in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia clarified that if Iran goes nuclear, the Saudi Kingdom will be forced to â€śfollow suit.â€ť He stated that his country will not stand for losing a nuclear arms race to Iran.
Iran and Saudi Arabia have been opposing powers in Middle East affairsÂ for many years, and now this conflict has reached new frightening levels.
Once again Ahmadienajd has insisted that Iran is not building a nuclear weapons arsenal. He added that should the Islamic Republic choose to do so, â€śno one can do a damn thing.â€ť
These statements come a mere two weeks after the chief of Iranian atomic organization announced plans to triple the regimeâ€™s uranium-enriching capabilities. Tehran claims the enriched uranium will be used to fuel future nuclear power plants, and not as material for atomic warheards.
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