On The John Batchelor Show Monday evening, John Loftus said that Iran had “crossed a red line today.”
It is believed that they have solved some of the technical problems with an array of centrifuges since it was today that they began firing up part of the large cascade of spinning centrifuges which — if they are able to solve the technical glitches — will begin the process of turning uranium hexafluoride into enriched uranium. This decision violates all the IAEA mandates and will mean the ire of the U.S. and the U.N.
Meanwhile, Iran has also postponed its meeting with Russia regarding the nuclear facility at Brushehr, which Iran has built under an agreement with the Russian government. The deal was to have been that this facility would generate energy and the spent rods, which would be left over, would be returned to Russia. However, since the postponement of the March meeting in Russia, that plan has fallen through.
There is no use for spent rods from nuclear reactors except to make nuclear weapons.
So in addition to having at the helm of the state a certifiable nutjob, Iran now has:
1. Russia angry and suspicious because of the double-cross on the Brushehr facility, and
2. the concern of the United States because of their start on manufacturing their own enriched uranium, thus violating the IAEA mandates.
Do you think they care? Look what international ire earned for North Korea while Bill Clinton and China stood by. Do you think George Bush and Russia are going to have a different outcome with Iran?
What could either country use as leverage?
It looks as though what Nazi Germany, with its might and astonishing efficiency, could not accomplish, will be finalized by Persians.
That is beyond sad; it is unbearable.