Is Iran’s Worm ‘Space Flight’ a Cover for Nuclear Missiles?
February 4, 2010
(ChattahBox—-Iran is playing international chess with the UN and the world’s superpowers, by employing the old adage, “give with one hand take with the other.” As President Ahmadinejad surprised the international community with his announcement on Tuesday, that he was amenable to shipping the country’s enriched uranium abroad to Russia and France for conversion into fuel rods, he also had a plan in the works to taunt the West and defy UN restrictions on its ballistic missiles program. And Ahmadinejad’s plan involved worms, rats and turtles. That’s right. Tehran’s state television showed the launch of the Kavoshgar-3 missile into space carrying passengers from the animal kingdom. Iran hailed the unusual missile launch, as the beginning of Iran’s space program.
But the international community denounced the worm rocket, as a cover for Iran’s long-range nuclear missile program. The White House called the worm launch a “provocative act.”
Ahmadinejad hailed the worm rocket as making inroads into the “the global domineering system” of Western powers. He said that Iran soon planned to send human astronauts into space. Perhaps he intends to strap the unfortunate astronauts onto a long-range nuclear missile?
On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad surprised the West with his announcement that Iran intended to agree to the enriched uranium swap. “Some made a fuss for nothing. There is no problem. We sign a contract. We give them 3.5 per cent [enriched uranium] and it will take four or five months for them to give us the 20 per cent [enriched uranium],” said Ahmadinejad in a televised interview. His announcement came on the heels of increasing pressure to impose UN sanctions on Iran.
But on Wednesday, came the launch of a long-range missile carrying worms, supposedly the first of many such launches, as part of Iran’s new space program. “This is the first presence of animals in space launched by Iran. It’s the start of bigger achievements,” declared Ahmadinejad.
Next move, the Western powers and the UN.