New UN report: Sure looks like Iran’s working on nuclear missiles

posted at 6:50 pm on February 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

I can’t believe this qualifies as breaking news.

The report states in relatively stark terms that “outstanding issues” that remain unresolved raise “concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile. These alleged activities consist of a number of projects and sub-projects, covering nuclear and missile related aspects, run by military related organizations.”

This is the first time the IAEA has referred to possible “ongoing activities” related to nuclear weaponization, a senior administration official observed.

Another first, the official said, the IAEA saying that “Iran has not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the Agency to confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

A brief timeline of Hot Air posts over the past year or so:

February 12, 2009: Obama and Panetta claim Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons “capability”
August 2, 2009: The Times of London reports that Iran can now build a bomb and are awaiting Khamenei’s word to get started
September 17, 2009: Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the UN’s nuke agency, admits that Iran knows how to build a bomb and is working on missile delivery systems
September 28, 2009: Iran test fires medium-range nuclear-capable missiles
December 14, 2009: WaPo reports on a secret Iranian document discussing how to build “neutron initiators,” a.k.a. triggers for atomic bombs
February 11, 2010: Ahmadinejad claims that Iran’s now enriching uranium at 20 percent purity, a step closer to bomb-grade enrichment

Sounds like weaponization activities have been ongoing for awhile now, doesn’t it?

Here’s the real “news” from today’s scoop:

The U.N. nuclear agency on Thursday said it was worried Iran may currently be working on making a nuclear warhead, suggesting for the first time that Tehran had either resumed such work or never stopped at the time U.S. intelligence thought it did.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency appeared to put the U.N. nuclear monitor on the side of Germany, France, Britain and Israel. These nations and other U.S. allies have disputed the conclusions of a U.S. intelligence assessment published three years ago that said Tehran appeared to have suspended such work in 2003.

In other words, our disgraceful, politicized 2007 NIE on Iran claiming that the country had suspended its weapons program in 2003 — which the White House has already all but repudiated now that the document’s served its main purpose of tying Bush’s hands — has been discredited even by the dovish diplomats at the IAEA. But then that’s another story we’ve been tracking for months and months and months.

Exit question via yet another archived post: It sure would be nice to have a long-range European missile defense system in place sometime soon, wouldn’t it? Oh well.


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WOW, who knew. I guess without Bush to kick around, the EU wieners are getting nervous.

tarpon on February 18, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Exit question via yet another archived post: It sure would be nice to have a long-range European missile defense system in place sometime soon, wouldn’t it? Oh well.

Yeah but think of all we got from Russia for making that concession!

Oh wait…yeah…nevermind.

powerpro on February 18, 2010 at 6:53 PM

12th Imam here we come! Anyone know of a good online site that has plans for building an underground shelter with internet access points so I can get my daily fill of HotSalemAir? hehe

/s

alohapundit on February 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Wha?
I conclude that the UN wants Iran to have Nukes. Are they freakin’ kidding ????? wtf

bridgetown on February 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

New guy in charge of the IaEa. Same story, different singer.

Skandia Recluse on February 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

They’re for peaceful purposes though.

El_Terrible on February 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Hi U.N. welcome to “Things we’ve known for YEARS”

Useless idiots…

Razgriez on February 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Quick, somebody send the Ayatollah an Ipod with Honolulu Barry’s Cairo speech on it!

portlandon on February 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

What’s that word again…?

Oh, yea…. “Unexpectedly”!

Seven Percent Solution on February 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Exit question via yet another archived post: It sure would be nice to have a long-range European missile defense system in place sometime soon, wouldn’t it? Oh well.

Don’t worry. I’m sure a speech is being written at this very moment, complete with *look stern* prompts.

Weight of Glory on February 18, 2010 at 6:56 PM

pathetic.

question is how will Ozero react when the Israeli’s take care of business?

we all know.

we need to stand ready to push back hard against that rudderless radical criminal Obama when he comes out against them.

elduende on February 18, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I got nothin’. [bangs head on desk]

thomasaur on February 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM

But Obama said Iran was just a tiny little country? Nothing to worry about.

JellyToast on February 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

Oldnuke on February 18, 2010 at 7:01 PM

A late valentine to the UN, from me.

Roses are red,

Iran has nukes.

You’re a lil late to the table,

and you make me wanna puke.

A big fat DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH to the UN. Good God they’re a waste of time.

capejasmine on February 18, 2010 at 7:02 PM

But Obama said Iran was just a tiny little country? Nothing to worry about.

JellyToast on February 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM

And they’re military budget is puny compared to ours

El_Terrible on February 18, 2010 at 7:02 PM

A couple of high altitude bursts over the continental US would produce a powerful enough EMP to basically wipe out civilization.

…just saying.

Asher on February 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Wow ….this could escalate to strongly worded letters all in BOLD CAPS.

BL@KBIRD on February 18, 2010 at 7:11 PM

this is just…well….UNEXPECTED!

SDarchitect on February 18, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Rollin’ on out wid my *shocked face*….

Remember those bomb shelters back during the Cold War?…. might be making a comeback.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Just think what Iran can do with a nuke in orbit. A continental de-oribt is relatively easy.

tarpon on February 18, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Obama’s internal monologue: “Damn! This whole ‘extend a hand’ thing didn’t work… maybe it’s time to pull out my old fail safe – the bow”

RightWinged on February 18, 2010 at 7:14 PM

OT,Uhmm, Ed, Allah, why no news on the Muslim soldiers try to poison the food/water supply at Ft Jackson? I caught a snippet on the bottom scroll on Fox Special Report, what s going on with this? Anyone know anything about this?

Bueller?

Archimedes on February 18, 2010 at 7:15 PM

A couple of high altitude bursts over the continental US would produce a powerful enough EMP to basically wipe out civilization.

Asher on February 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM

It might wipe out electronic systems, but with fewer computers, electronic surveillance systems, digital government and degrading TV programmes I think we’d probably have an increase in civilisation.

YiZhangZhe on February 18, 2010 at 7:15 PM

RightWinged on February 18, 2010 at 7:14 PM

by the time we’re done with Ozero he’ll be proficient at the “bend over” because he’s going to need it at the federal pen.

elduende on February 18, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Duh Frakking DUH!!

Maquis on February 18, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

Oldnuke on February 18, 2010 at 7:01 PM

as long as you aren’t nuked!

upinak on February 18, 2010 at 7:18 PM

capejasmine on February 18, 2010 at 7:02 PM

I may be out to lunch on this but, I predict that the first candidate who vows to to cancel all US funding of the UN and turning the bldg into condos will be the first Prez to sweep all 50 states!

Archimedes on February 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Remember those bomb shelters back during the Cold War?….

Actually, yes I do.

Oldnuke on February 18, 2010 at 7:24 PM

as long as you aren’t nuked!

upinak on February 18, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I nuke till I puke 24/7 365 :-)

Oldnuke on February 18, 2010 at 7:25 PM

No worries, our CnC will get right on this, he is tough!

“no soup for you!”

JusDreamin on February 18, 2010 at 7:26 PM

A couple of high altitude bursts over the continental US would produce a powerful enough EMP to basically wipe out civilization.

Asher on February 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM

As I have long argued, a couple of well placed EMP’s would grind Iran WMD to a halt as well. They are already in theatre, on board any destroyer or better tooling around in the Persian Gulf.

This story about there being no way to be sure of success due to their being underground is utter non-sense. If their underground in a hardened, sealed bunker, without electricity the Iranians can’t even ride the elevator to turn the centerfuges off/on. There in the stone age and a bic lighter becomes high-tech equipment.

If/when the Isrealis do anything about Iran, I am sure they’ll at least entertain the EMP route.

Archimedes on February 18, 2010 at 7:28 PM

What’s that word again…?

Oh, yea…. “Unexpectedly”!

Seven Percent Solution on February 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Beat me to it.

Yakko77 on February 18, 2010 at 7:29 PM

It sure would be nice to have a long-range European missile defense system in place sometime soon, wouldn’t it? Oh well.

We could use that super secret particle beam – ray gun thingie that I saw demonstrated so effectively in Transformers II.

That’s ready to go – right?

oldfiveanddimer on February 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM

That’s ready to go – right?
oldfiveanddimer on February 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Actually it was, mounted on the nose of an air force plane.

Sadly it was one of the programs that PBHO recently canceled, so you better dig a bunker instead.

Bishop on February 18, 2010 at 7:32 PM

They are already in theatre, on board any destroyer or better tooling around in the Persian Gulf.

Archimedes on February 18, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Unless something’s changed they took all the tactical nukes off ships around 1986.

Oldnuke on February 18, 2010 at 7:37 PM

The enriched Iranian uranium will be for medical purposes only.

To remove that unsightly tumor known as Israel.

profitsbeard on February 18, 2010 at 7:37 PM

…without electricity the Iranians can’t even ride the elevator to turn the centerfuges off/on.

Archimedes on February 18, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Yup. We don’t need no steenking “surgical strikes.” Sure, we’ll do some serious bunker-busting after we dial them back to the Stone Age, but this meme that we can’t get them all so lets leave them alone is BS.

EMP Baby, EMP.

Maquis on February 18, 2010 at 7:46 PM

This is simply a slap in the face to the muslim ElBaradei who helped conceal Iran,s activities.

royzer on February 18, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Archimedes on February 18, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Ace has a post up on the poisoning story.

As to Iran, there is also evidence they have done work on a 2 stage thermonuclear warhead design. You know, the megaton yield is just so much more useful than the kiloton A-bombs. A couple of useful links:

http://www.iranwatch.org/update/

http://www.wisconsinproject.org/bomb-facts/nuclearessay.htm

GnuBreed on February 18, 2010 at 7:57 PM

It’s comforting to know that when the U.N. isn’t pushing flat out lies like global warming, they are telling us what we already know, like Iran wants teh bomb.

uknowmorethanme on February 18, 2010 at 7:58 PM

MEMORY LANE……..

Let me be perfectly clear, If I am elected your president, Iran will never acquire or be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.

mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm

bluegrass on February 18, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Didn’t Olberman once say Bush needs to apologize to Iran for claiming they were working on nukes, after an NIE claimed Iran stopped its program in 2003?

What’s that old song…Who’s Cryin’ Now?

Liam on February 18, 2010 at 8:04 PM

GnuBreed on February 18, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Thanks for the links!

Archimedes on February 18, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Expect these headlines in the not too distant future:

Iran unexpectedly test nuke bomb

Iran unexpectedly test fires long range rocket with nuke payload capability

Iran unexpectedly rejects UN inspectors

Iran unexpectedly mobilizing armed forces

Israel unexpectedly clobbers Iran out of stone age and into radioactive dust age.

Sigh.

Bruno Strozek on February 18, 2010 at 8:31 PM

A couple of high altitude bursts over the continental US would produce a powerful enough EMP to basically wipe out civilization.

Asher on February 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM
It might wipe out electronic systems, but with fewer computers, electronic surveillance systems, digital government and degrading TV programmes I think we’d probably have an increase in civilisation.

YiZhangZhe on February 18, 2010 at 7:15 PM

In addition, only Great Britain, France, and Russia have any capability of doing that.

GB and France won’t, Russia has no reason to do it.

The other nuclear powers: China, India, Pakistan, Israel (I think that’s all) don’t have a lift capabilty to do it.

Note: I don’t include N. Korea on the list simply because they have not demonstrated the ability to successfully employ a weapon that works. The fizzle of a few years ago does not count….although its about as close as you can get and not get on the list. We’ve made bigger conventional bombs than the nuke N. Korea produced.

BobMbx on February 18, 2010 at 8:40 PM

In a related report the U.N. has come to the conclusion that water is wet.

MeAlice on February 18, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Unless something’s changed they took all the tactical nukes off ships around 1986.

Oldnuke on February 18, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Torpedos and missiles (TLAM-N, etc…), yeah.

But the B61s are in ready service on CVNs.

BobMbx on February 18, 2010 at 9:34 PM

The UN is outdated and useless.

I hope our next Prez gets us out of it. On top of that its a big waste of taxpayer money.

RedbonePro on February 19, 2010 at 10:49 AM

We invaded Iraq for WMD…and now while we’re mired in another nation-building mess, it becomes clear that not only does Iran actually HAVE some, but are putting together stuff that can hit the US homeland. Oh the irony.

Dark-Star on February 19, 2010 at 6:38 PM