Offer to help Iran purchase medical isotopes will further expose their real intentions?
February 10, 2010
(ChattahBox) - Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, recently announced that Tehran has informed the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog that it intends to launch construction of 10 new nuclear fuel plants in the Persian calendar year starting March 2010. Those seemingly overly ambitious plans also call for producing 20% enriched uranium to provide fuel for a Tehran medical reactor. Up until now, Iran has only produced reactor-grade 3.5% enriched uranium and has managed to build only one functioning nuclear fuel plant.
In response to this and Iran’s general foot dragging in proving it’s intentions aren’t for developing nuclear weapons, President Obama told reporters that his administration is “developing a significant regime of sanctions” to impose on Iran. Typically but also unfortunately the U.N. Security Council, is currently being blocked by China’s objections to a fourth round of sanctions on Iran. The Washington Post reports in response to Iran’s new uranium enrichment plans, the United States and other nations are offering to help the Islamic republic purchase medical isotopes on the international market. The offer, officials said, is meant to persuade Iran to halt its controversial push to produce fuel for a medical research reactor, and is how many nations — including the United States purchase the materials for medical purposes. It all sounds very reasonable and perhaps tactically further paints Iran in a corner should they refuse the offer, which could help strengthen the efforts for sanctions. But since many believe that Iran’s ambitions are certainly to develop nuclear weapons it’s just another situation where the Islamic republic might pretend to consider the offer, but will eventually find and excuse to carry on with it’s real intentions.