Iran opens two more uranium facilities in defiance of IAEA, P5+1

posted at 12:41 pm on April 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Iranians have given a new response to the latest failed round of negotiations over their nuclear program, and it’s not “Let’s Stay Together.”  The Associated Press reports that Iran opened two more facilities for mining and processing uranium, defiantly proclaiming their insistence on producing nuclear fuel and expanding the self-sufficiency of a mass production capability for fissile material:

Iran announced two key nuclear-related projects on Tuesday that expand the country’s ability to extract and process uranium, which can be enriched for reactor fuel but also potentially for atomic weapons.

The development came just days after another round of talks with world powers seeking to limit Tehran’s atomic program ended in a stalemate.

Iran already has uranium mines and the ability to turn the raw ore into a material called yellowcake, which is the first step in the enrichment chain. But the new facilities — the country’s largest uranium mine and processing facility — give Tehran more self-sufficiency over the raw materials and underscore Iran’s drive to expand its nuclear capacities even as world powers press for concessions.

Actually, as CNN reports, the opening was hailed as part of “National Nuclear Day“:

Two days after nuclear talks with world leaders yielded little progress, Iran announced it has opened a new uranium-processing site to mark “National Nuclear Day.”

The country opened a uranium-processing facility as well as a uranium mine in the central province of Yazd, state-run TV reported Tuesday. …

“Enrichment is part of the rights of the Iranian people, whether we’re talking about 5% or 20%,” said Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili said earlier.

Nuclear power plants use uranium that is enriched to 5%, while making a nuclear bomb requires uranium to be enriched 20% or more, Arnie Gundersen, chief energy adviser with the nuclear consulting group Fairewindes Associates, said last year.

One Iranian politician floated a proposal that Iran would withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty entirely and end negotiations permanently on its nuclear program:

Iran will consider withdrawing from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if its right to uranium enrichment is not recognized and the West fails to fulfill its nuclear disarmament commitments under the treaty, MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Sunday.

“It is not acceptable that Iran respects the NPT and the (UN nuclear) agency’s regulations but the United States and the West ignore the NPT, including Article VI (nuclear disarmament) and Article IV (Iran’s inalienable nuclear rights). So, there is no reason for Iran to be a member of the NPT and the Majlis can review this issue,” Boroujerdi told Al-Alam News Network.

Looks like the P5+1 has really managed to make progress, eh? Well, perhaps Mother Nature will intervene where negotiations cannot:

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people in a sparsely populated area in the country’s south, state TV reported on Tuesday.

The report said the earthquake struck the town of Kaki some 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bushehr, a town on the Persian Gulf that is home of Iran’s first nuclear power plant. The Iranian media originally reported that the quake hit nearby Khormooj.

Shahpour Rostami, the deputy governor of Bushehr province told state TV that rescue teams have been deployed to Shomneh, the most damaged district in the region.

There has been no word as of yet about the status of the plant, but Bushehr was built with Western technology and the assistance of Russian and German engineers in a well-known earthquake zone.  Given its well-known location, it is almost certainly hardened against attack and quakes, so don’t expect a temblor to derail the Iranian nuclear project — and don’t expect negotiations to do it, either.  What is really needed, now that the nuclear genie is out of the bottle in Iran, is regime change.

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“Why shouldn’t we let the Iranians have nukes? I mean, we have them. Unfairness like that is why they don’t like us.” -Ron Paul

Shump on April 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

The genie is escaping from the bottle, and Obama doesn’t have a clue how to stop it.

I think we can legitimately make fun the North Korean saber rattling, but the Iranian threat is real, and as soon as they a get a weapon, they’re going to use it.

BobMbx on April 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

MeanWhile Iran gets hit with a 6.3 EarthQuake:

Iran tells UN nuclear agency that earthquake caused no damage to Bushehr nuclear plant – @Reuters

14 mins ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/iran-earthquake-april-9-2013

canopfor on April 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

“Why shouldn’t we let the Iranians have nukes? I mean, we have them. Unfairness like that is why they don’t like us.” -Ron Paul

Shump on April 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Your point? Ron Paul is an also ran.

I assume you do have a source for that quote?

davidk on April 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The genie is escaping from the bottle, and Obama doesn’t have a clue how to stop it.

I think we can legitimately make fun the North Korean saber rattling, but the Iranian threat is real, and as soon as they a get a weapon, they’re going to use it.

BobMbx on April 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

And then Israel will bomb the crap out of them. After which, Kerry will demand they apologize.

davidk on April 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

LOL re: in defiance of the IAEA

I’m sure that Iran’s defiance will go down in history alongside Japan’s League of Nations defiance, re: Manchuria.

When a fanatical country contemptuously defies a powerless and inept organization, you will usually have war.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

We need more diplomacy
-libs talking head

cmsinaz on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

National Nuclear Day

Was this yesterday. Because it’s also Holocaust Remembrance Day.

rbj on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

“Why shouldn’t we let the Iranians have nukes? I mean, we have them. Unfairness like that is why they don’t like us.” -Ron Paul

Shump on April 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Iranians can have ours, for all I care. We deliver, too!

Archivarix on April 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Photo of earthquake damage in southern Iran – @BBCBreaking http://t.co/Z2ywRJ28cJ http://t.co/Nkj1BUWK4M

13 mins ago from twitter.com/BBCBreaking by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/iran-earthquake-april-9-2013

canopfor on April 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

O/T: Having an argument with a friend. I can’t tell from google searches,is it true the ACORN videos were faked? I saw GAO put out a report clearing some of them of any wrongdoing.

Donald Draper on April 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

‘I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently…If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view…My sister is half-Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years. And so I’m intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspective these folks have. And those are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world…then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer…’

- Senator Barack Obama, 21 November 2007

‘Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.’

- Senator Barack Obama, 18 May 2008

The Soviet Union, at least, could be held in check by MAD.

Members of the Hojjatieh Mahdatieh Society? Good luck with that.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Time for another strongly worded e-mail. Ahhhh, there, that’s settled.

Jackalope on April 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

is it true the ACORN videos were faked?

No they weren’t Don and thanks for your “concern” and thread-jacking.

And WHY would the GAO be involved?

JFKY on April 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

The US, weasely weak land of late, appeases N. Korea.

Iran and Syria Qauida unite.

The world shows Obama a big finger…because they can.

Obama is a shame to the world and the US deserves the Fool they elected, twice.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Link to N. Korea appeasement…in the meanwhile N. Korea will test a missile, any moment now.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

JFKY on April 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Just trying to get a conservative resource i can trust, jerk. I thought I posted enough around here to not get that response. I’ll be sure and ignore you from now on.

Trying to find something refuting this huffpo piece or pointing out a flaw http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/06/21/acorn-gao-investigation-finds-no-misuse-of-federal-dollars/

Donald Draper on April 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Earthquake near Bushehr

Clearly Bush’s fault.

The Rogue Tomato on April 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Donald Draper on April 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Yeah, way OT, but JFKY seemed a little harsh!

Jackalope on April 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Those to stupid to learn, will never understand Iranian intransigence, those capable of learning probably already know what is certain to come. Nuclear negotiations with Iran burst into flames… Again… West stunned.

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I’m off topic because I don’t feel like waiting for a corruption thread to open up. No big deal. I just figured someone would know of an article off the top of their head they could find quickly

Donald Draper on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

The genie is escaping from the bottle, and Obama doesn’t have a clue how to stop it.

He has a clue. He prefers not to use it. After all, if we have nukes and nuclear energy, who are we to deny other nations that capability.

hawkeye54 on April 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Iran opens two more uranium facilities

thereby becoming a target-rich environment.

socalcon on April 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

No big deal. I just figured someone would know of an article off the top of their head they could find quickly

Donald Draper on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Wish I did…but I’d say that with all of the facts that came out during the original story, the burden of proof is on those who dispute the loads of video and other documented evidence.

Jackalope on April 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I’m off topic because I don’t feel like waiting for a corruption thread to open up. No big deal. I just figured someone would know of an article off the top of their head they could find quickly

Donald Draper on April 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Don’t sweat it, but, it is generally considered poor form to go off topic on the first page. (Not to mention that Ed does find it, ummm, annoying) {{Not to be speaking on Ed’s behalf}}

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Given its well-known location, it is almost certainly hardened against attack and quakes, so don’t expect a temblor to derail the Iranian nuclear project — and don’t expect negotiations to do it, either. What is really needed, now that the nuclear genie is out of the bottle in Iran, is regime change.

Would hugging it out work?

Seriously, this administration is of the leftist thinking that if everybody has nukes, nobody will use them. That’s why they’ve essentially had their figurative thumbs up their nether regions these last few years. They were never serious about deterrence in either Iran or North Korea.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

BBC now has death toll over 37 (so it is likely much higher). Russia says plant ok (who knows?).

Limerick on April 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Russia says plant ok (who knows?).

Limerick on April 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

They said the same thing about Chernobyl, after they said nothing was wrong.

BobMbx on April 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

USGS shows eight quakes today. 6.3 and 4.2 about 55 miles from Bushear and the others, all in 4.4 range, up to 70 miles from Firuzabad.
Bushear probably wouldn’t suffer too much because of the distance but we can hope.

countrybumpkin on April 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

What is really needed, now that the nuclear genie is out of the bottle in Iran, is regime change.
Ed Morrissey

Sorry Ed, but you’re getting it twisted in that quoted part. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Israel need Iranian regime change – not us. We need to get cracking on domestic energy development and let our friends and enemies handle their own affairs without consuming what little is left of our money, military capacity, and public’s patience.

abobo on April 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

countrybumpkin on April 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

As the folks in Riverside how the Sylmar quake was. About the same distance, about the same magnitude.

Limerick on April 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Maybe the earthquake is a sign that Allah is getting tired of waiting for us humans to do something to stop Iran’s nuke ambitions.

PJ Emeritus on April 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Iran is convinced the US is about as useless as when Carter was president.

Speakup on April 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM