Iran once again engages in saber rattling

Posted by: ST on April 11, 2006 at 3:18 pm

From the AP:

Iran has successfully enriched uranium for the first time, a landmark in its quest to develop nuclear fuel, hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday. He insisted, however, that his country does not aim to develop nuclear weapons.

In a nationally televised speech, Ahmadinejad called on the West “not to cause an everlasting hatred in the hearts of Iranians” by trying to force Iran to abandon uranium enrichment.
“At this historic moment, with the blessings of God almighty and the efforts made by our scientists, I declare here that the laboratory- scale nuclear fuel cycle has been completed and young scientists produced enriched uranium needed to the degree for nuclear power plants Sunday,” Ahmadinejad said.

“I formally declare that Iran has joined the club of nuclear countries,” he told an audience that included top military commanders and clerics in the northwestern holy city of Mashhad. The crowd broke into cheers of “Allahu akbar!” or “God is great!” Some stood and thrust their fists in the air.

The U.N. Security Council has demanded that Iran stop all uranium enrichment activity by April 28. Iran has rejected the demand, saying it has a right to develop the process. The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, is due in Iran this week for talks to try to resolve the standoff.

The White House denounced the latest comments from Iranian officials, with spokesman Scott McClellan saying they “continue to show that Iran is moving in the wrong direction.”

Ahmadinejad said Iran “relies on the sublime beliefs that lie within the Iranian and Islamic culture. Our nation does not get its strength from nuclear arsenals.”

Mark Steyn, as usual, is on the mark as to what we need to do in order to tackle the growing threats coming from Iran.

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    1. Baklava says:

      Lordy. And the position that liberals have put us in is scary. We won’t be able to deal with these religious fanatics until they attack us first (referring to the “preemptive war” comments from liberals.

      BTW, Did Germany do Pearl Harbor?

    2. steve says:

      Iran’s nuclear program was given to the Shah on the advice of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. These people are conservative Republicans not Liberals. As a matter of fact, the Iranian Revolution was, in large part, caused by the sale and outright gift of this nuclear program to the Shah. The Zionist lobby in the USA has alot to answer for as does bush, for being so stupid. Peace

    3. Baklava says:

      No link to your inaccurate accusations again Steve?

      BTW, name calling isn’t debating. Even more peace.

    4. G Monster says:

      The Ayatollah Khomeni came to power under Jimmy Carter’s watch. Jimmy Carter is the worst president this country has ever had.

    5. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      No link to your inaccurate accusations again Steve?

      Proof? The Ministry of Truth doesn’t do proof. That would be counter-revolutionary.

      But don’t worry, Baklava. The UN and Mohamed ElBaradei are on the case. Don’t ya feel safer already?

    6. forest hunter says:

      Baklava! Why the hell do you expect proof from full blown morons. It’s never been about reality for these types. Lichens, molds, fungi, toadstools and mushrooms have more historic perspective, not to mention their abilities to survive and adapt.

    7. NC Cop says:

      That’s right steve!! You tell ‘em!!! Don’t forget about Elvis who was a secret agent for the Zionists. He worked with Bigfoot who was a neocon spy planted by the Jews to weaken the country. Hasn’t anybody noticed that Bigfoot was only spotted during Republicans rule?!??! That’s right!! He was a right wing conspirator with George Bush. Don’t forget Jimmy Hoffa! He was Bigfoot’s right hand man who worked with the Zionists in their attempt to control all the world’s money. The Loch Ness monster is also suspected of collaborating with them, but we don’t have much information on it…..yet!!!!

      This would be funny if it didn’t resemble most of steve’s posts.

    8. forest hunter says:

      steve what?

    9. “I formally declare that Iran has joined the club of nuclear countries”

      – Iran is trying to do an end run of the conscriptions it faces from the world community. If they can declare fete accompli, then the UN sanctions become meaningless. Just one more ploy of the merchants of chaos and calamity.

      – Bang **==