Iran warns ‘will take next step’ to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level if new deal isn’t reached
On Wednesday Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned European nations and the world, Tehran will “take the next step” in increasing its stockpile of uranium enrichment, also that it will further enhance the uranium in stock to a better-enriched state, thus having it closer to a weapons-grade material, one that will take weeks, not years to bring about a weapon.
He went on to say that if a deal with Europe is not reached by this coming Sunday, they will begin enriching to “any amount that we want.”
Speaking in a Cabinet meeting in Tehran, he said, “In any amount that we want, any amount that is required, we will take bring it over the threshold of 3.67.
Our advice to Europe and the United States is going back to logic and the negotiating table. Go back to understanding, to respect the law and resolutions of the U.N. Security Council. Under those conditions, all of us can abide by the nuclear deal.”
Under the deal signed with Obama, Iran agreed to not enrich uranium above 3.67%, which is enough for nuclear power plants but far below the 90% purity needed for weapons.
This week, Iran has claimed to have breached that low-enrichment weight of its uranium stockpile limitation. Under the terms of the multinational 2015 nuke deal, they can keep a stockpile of no more than 660 pounds of low-enriched uranium. The country initially pledged to stay within those limits if Britain, France, Germany, and the rest of the signatories in the EU agreed to provide Iran with access to the international banking system.
The deal started to collapse after the US withdrew from it. The original deal saw sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for limits on its nuclear program, but Trump restored the crippling sanctions against Iran after he pulled the US out of the accord, thus weakening the agreement.
Now that we have dealt with the reported facts let’s dig deeper. Iran, for starters, is the number one sponsorer of terrorism in the region, they have their hand in almost all the terrorist groups in the area except ISIS, are aiding uprisings all over the Middle East. Much of this is due to the influx of cash they had after Obama, as part of this deal, agreed to send them planeloads of unmarked bills, billions of currency and transfers that have financed their terror to date.
Now that Trump has pulled out of the accords put back in place the sanctions we had prior, the crunch is seriously hitting Iran, so they are doing what they have always done, threaten to escalate if Europe does not support them.
The problem here is even though Europe over the years has become of the shell of what they used to be, are so weakened that they are willing to make a deal with the devil like Iran. Trump is not; he has told our partners, if you wish to trade with Iran, then you will lose your ability to do so with the US.
The other problem is that Iran has shown a willingness to open their doors and arm terrorist around the region with their weapons, one may wonder, would they do the same if they developed nukes? How do you think Hezbollah would react if they got their hands on one? They have already stated what they would do; they would not hesitate for one second to use it on Tel Aviv.
I think looking at Iran; we are like Britain, and France was in the early 1930s looking at Germany, had they acted, would there have been the bloodshed there was in world war two? Would have over 50 million lives have been lost and would have Germany put in effect the Holocaust, something that continues to sear our soul to this day?
You have to wonder if France and Britain had known what was in store for them, would they have taken on Germany much earlier, before they had grown in strength? This is where we are with Iran now, they have an Air Force, that while it has numbers, it is mostly filled with Generation 3 fighters, a few more modern early Generation 4 planes, but these numbers are low enough not to be a problem.
Iran, for the most part, is the same with their tanks and APC, these are for the most part vintage 1960’s and early 1970’s equipment, items that would find their survivability measured in seconds in a modern battlefield.
I am not itching for a fight, but it is good to know what you are facing, the one item we would meet is the staggering numbers of missiles and rockets Iran has. There is also the probability that any conflict would see them doing what Iraq did in the ’90s, attack Israel trying to drag them into a war to strip away our Arab allies.
This was a big problem in the first Iraq war if Israel would have responded with force, there was a possibility that most if not all the Arab coalition partners would have pulled out, they could not afford to have been seen by their citizens as working in cooperation with Israel. Today this is all different, many of the Arab nations are actively reaching out to Israel, finding them a strong ally to have against a familiar foe, having Israel respond would not bring the split that would have been seen in the past.
Looking at this, we could ask, “Is a war with Iran desirable?” I would say that no war is desirable, only people that never have fought in a war, nor served in the military think it is a heroic thing to throw our youth into the jaws of war, but part of diplomacy is you need to have the big stick to back up your threats. There is also the case that if you are going to threaten the use of this “stick,” then you better be willing to take it out and use it if negotiations fail.
Iranian leaders, like many of these despotic leaders, want to survive, they know if they are taken out of power, they would not have much a life expectancy if the people threw their rule off, so they are willing to do just about anything to stay in power. I feel that the threat of violence, with the moving of troops to carry this out, will force Iran to meet and try to work something out, or they will dig in, do nothing, then it would be up to our military to dig them out.