As Iran inches ever closer to the bomb…


Not the best news for a Sunday…

Tehran media trumpeted the news Sunday, Jan. 8 that Iran’s deep underground uranium enrichment site at Fordo near Qom goes stream soon, thereby crossing another line in its faceoff with the West on its weapons program. The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoun Abbasi Davani told the Kayhan daily: … 20 percent, 3.5 percent and four percent enriched uranium can be produced at this site.” debkafile’s military sources report that 60 percent is equally feasible, just one step before weapons grade.

And once it’s online, we can’t attack it. Something had better be done pronto before it’s too late.

We waited too long with North Korea and now look where we are.

Meanwhile, South Korea is wise to reconsider its dependence on Iran’s oil.

UPDATE

Ex-military bloke JM Heinrichs in comments says there would, actually, be a few ways to render even a deep underground facility ineffective.

UPDATE II

The situation is ramping up.

Iran launched a military maneuver near its border with Afghanistan on Saturday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, days after naval exercises in the Gulf increased tensions with the West and pushed up oil prices.

And this:

Tension in the oil shipping lanes of the Gulf looks set to intensify amid indications that Iran, Israel and the US will hold military exercises designed to test weaponry and tactics.

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    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • January 8th, 2012

    If someone knows the location of the plant then it is no longer secure. And given that it is underground, there are now four or five means by which it can be ‘rendered ineffective’.

    Sometimes the amateurs really don’t quite understand what they are claiming.

    Cheers

    • Well I’m more than happy to be wrong and you be right. Much more.

    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • January 9th, 2012

    The Iranian Army/Air Force/Navy is generally competent; The Revolutionary Guards are not competent, being focussed more on religious devotion and personal loyalty to the Supreme Leader; the Basijis are really religious but more of a street gang than a military force.

    The regular military is competent in the sense that a 12 year-old schoolboy can be a very good rugby player; their equipment dates from 1977-79, they have no spares, their most experienced personnel have retired since 2000. Thinking of the Iranian Army in battle is to think of the British Army as of 01 Jul 1916, on the Somme; remembering that the Brits were actually fairly well trained at the time but the Iranians aren’t.

    Cheers

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