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Iranian nuclear threat real

December 4, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

It may be too late to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapons arsenal. Ironically, Iranian leaders claim their most recent move toward that end resulted from international pressure against the regime.

Clearly the problem has not been that the international community has done too much to stop Iran. To the contrary, not enough power has been brought to bear.

Iranian leaders announced during the weekend that they plan to build 10 new uranium enrichment plants. That would give the regime a gigantic boost in its campaign to build nuclear weapons.

The decision to build the new plants came as a result of an official censure against Iran, issued last Friday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to Iranian officials. Plans for the new plants are "a firm reply to the indecent move" by the IAEA, claimed Iranian Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi.

The IAEA, a United Nations agency, censured Iran after learning of another uranium enrichment plant that Tehran had kept secret.

For years, members of the U.N. Security Council have discussed what to do about Iran's nuclear weapons program. Obviously, nothing done by the world body has been effective. Again, it may be too late now. Iranian officials said the 10 new plants will be hidden in a mountainous region, to deter military strikes.

President Barack Obama's reaction was more of the same heard from his predecessors, both Republican and Democrat. "Our patience and that of the international community is limited, and time is running out," a White House spokesman said. Indeed it is - but time seems to remain on the side of the Iranians.



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