Iran’s supreme leader calls for significant boost to uranium enrichment capacity

posted at 8:01 pm on July 8, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In December, President Barack Obama said he believed the odds that negotiation with Iran over the dismantling of their nuclear program would be successful were no better than 50-50. He got that half right.

With the P5+1 talks in Vienna over a potential nuclear accord with Iran resuming just last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published his country’s latest demand on his official website.

“Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would need to significantly increase its uranium enrichment capacity, highlighting a gap in positions between Tehran and world powers as they hold talks aimed at clinching a nuclear accord,” Reuters reported.

Khamenei called the prospect of shutting down one key underground enrichment facility “laughable.”

Iran insists it needs to expand its capacity to refine uranium to fuel a planned network of atomic energy plants. The powers say Tehran must sharply reduce that capacity to prevent the country being able to quickly produce a nuclear bomb using uranium enriched to a far higher degree.

Atomic negotiators seemed to suggest that the announcement comes as a surprise as Iranian officials had recently reduced their amount of uranium enrichment that they sought to secure in negotiations.

Director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Mark Fitzpatrick told Reuters that this move confirms for him that Iranian nuclear negotiators are not free to accept terms limiting the Islamic Republic’s enrichment program.

Consenting to this latest demand is a non-starter for Western powers, and the July 20 deadline for the conclusion of talks is fast approaching.

Secretary of State John Kerry will reportedly travel to Vienna in the coming days where he will personally preside over the failure of the latest round of nuclear talks.


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It’s a small country.

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry will reportedly travel to Vienna in the coming days where he will personally preside over the failure of the latest round of nuclear talks.

Made me chuckle, Noah …

ShainS on July 8, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I can’t wait to hear what Rosie will have to say about this on The View.

Get busy living on July 8, 2014 at 8:10 PM

And why wouldn’t they ?
I’m sure miss Valery speaks
with her countrymen every
day to assure them that o
approves of enrichment .

Lucano on July 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM

And Obama, his Regime and his cultist followers are ALLLLL FOR IT.

They WANT a nuclear Iran, and they’re going to do whatever they have to do, to make it happen. The State-Run media will gladly give them a way to skate it politically.

Meople on July 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Iran will build its bomb.

It will mount that bomb on a missile and aim it at Israel.

It will fire that missile at Israel.

Israel will immediately launch an all out counterattack.

There will be millions of dead, many millions more injured.

This is so obvious, its like predicting the sun coming over the horizon tomorrow morning.

Barack Obama has the power to stop it dead in its tracks without placing a single solider on the ground in Iran.

Its called a ballistic missile submarine – and its sole purpose was for just such a scenario.

Can I be Secretary of State now?

turfmann on July 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Hi , haven’t seen you since the fires in NM .
Hope you’re ok . It could be I’m not hanging
out here in the evenings too much these days .
: ) !

Lucano on July 8, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Iran will build its bomb.

turfmann on July 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

OR they will build their bomb, smuggle it through a tunnel across our southern border and destroy an entire US city.

And it will squarely be the fault of every pro-illegal immigration supporter and their cultist leader Obama.

Meople on July 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Iran will build its bomb.

turfmann on July 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

OR they will build their bomb, smuggle it through a tunnel across our southern border and destroy an entire US city.

And it will be the fault of every pro-illegal immigration supporter and their cultist leader Obama.

Meople on July 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Wow, sorry for the double post. Don’t know how that happened.

Meople on July 8, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Can I be Secretary of State now?

turfmann on July 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

You’re too wealthy … or is it, not wealthy enough — I forget?

But you appear to lack elements of the now primary qualification of idiocy … so no.

ShainS on July 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Bend over Barack, you’ve been pawned…..again!

GarandFan on July 8, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Can I be Secretary of State now?

turfmann on July 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Sh!t , run for some office . I’ll vote for you !

Lucano on July 8, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Nice knowin ya Israel.

docflash on July 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM

…JugEars will ship him some!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Another week, and another time for Barry to get his ass kicked around the block by another country. Same old.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Who, anywhere, is afraid of Obama except for real Americans in America?

You thought the world was laughing before?
It’s gonna be a 2-year party, kids, ending in…..

Tard on July 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Raise you hand if you know the difference in the level of enrichment between nuclear fuel and a nuclear bomb.

antifederalist on July 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Raise you hand if you know the difference in the level of enrichment between nuclear fuel and a nuclear bomb.

antifederalist on July 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Nuclear bombs require far greater enrichment.

The proportion of of U-235 in U-238 is boosted only by 4-5% to make nuclear fuel, but by at least 90% to make nuclear bombs.

ShainS on July 8, 2014 at 9:44 PM

antifederalist:

Nuclear fuel: 3.5%
Nuclear bomb: 90% or higher.

conservative hispanic on July 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Well, if were gonna get to 300 warheads, we’ll have a lot of uranium and plutonium we’re not using……

I smell DJIA 18,000!!!!!!!!!

WryTrvllr on July 9, 2014 at 1:01 AM