Iran

Inspectors Say Iran Has Fuel For a Bomb

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Here's something that definitely did not happen under a Democratic president: Iran has gathered enough material to produce at least one nuclear weapon.

That's according to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) who say Iran has produced enough fuel and stopped allowing inspections at certain sites.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Trump’s decision to abandon what he called a “terrible” deal has backfired for now. Iran has moved from complying with the accord’s strict limits on uranium production to beginning to rebuild its stockpile.

Iran’s leaders appear to have allowed the IAEA to document these violations, which are likely to drive home the fact that it is responding to Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign with one of its own.

“The situation is a paradox,” [IAEA director Rafael Mariano Grossi] said in a recent interview in Washington, his first since taking over at the IAEA. “What we’re verifying is the gradual diminishing compliance with the agreement we’re supposed to be verifying.”

In other words, Iran is telling the United States to kiss their ass.

And why shouldn't they?

Trump made the decision to unilaterally withdraw from the nuclear deal. The United States, not Iran, breached the agreement. The United States under Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran even though Iran was still complying with the terms of the deal. Iran even continued to comply with the terms of the deal after Trump reimposed sanctions, but they eventually abandoned some sections of the deal after the European Union failed to provide relief from sanctions. Iran fully abandoned the deal after Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

This is all on Trump.

There are no reports that Iran has actually begun development of a nuclear weapon, but they could and maybe they should. Trump's interactions with North Korea have made it abundantly clear to the world that Trump will reward you for developing nuclear weapons, not punish you. The road to respect apparently runs through a warhead.

Trump has been a nightmare for nuclear proliferation.

  • Trump has been a nightmare for [insert ANY issue here].

  • muselet

    The latest figures, contained in a confidential report to the agency’s 171 member states, show that for the first time since the nuclear accord went into effect, the country has surpassed 1,000 kilograms, or 2,200 pounds, of uranium fuel enriched up to 4.5 percent. If further enriched, to 90 percent, that is enough fuel to produce a single nuclear weapon, a step the Iranians insist they would never take.

    No one should be lighting their hair on fire over this. Having enough U-235 to make a single weapon, but only after further enrichment, isn’t the stuff of nightmares. It’s the Iranians tweaking the Americans.

    All of this could have been avoided if Donald Trump weren’t so determined to undo everything Barack Obama did. The JCPOA was working just fine until Trump decided it’d be fun to destroy Iran’s economy.

    –alopecia