Iran’s President Boasts, Taunts West: Iran Now a ‘Nuclear State’

February 11, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Iran continued with its campaign of taunting the West with its nuclear capabilities on Thursday, as the regime celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution amid muted street protests by anti-government protesters. Earlier in the week Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei boasted of an action on Thursday that “will punch the arrogance” of Western powers. And Iran also announced that it would begin producing uranium to a higher level of enrichment. Now today, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while addressing a massive rally of supporters in Tehran’s Azadi Square, said that Iran is now “a nuclear state” and that if Iran “wanted to” manufacture a nuclear bomb the Islamic regime would announce it to the world.

Thursday’s speech was made in the wake of the announcement by the United Nations and the U.S. of the imposition of tougher sanctions against Iran, specifically targeting the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which runs the country’s nuclear program. The UN, the United States and other Western nations are pressuring China and Russia to support the financial sanctions, or they would have little affect, since Russia and China are two of Iran’s biggest customers.

During Ahmadinejad’s speech, he boasted of Iran’s new capability to enrich uranium more than 20 percent. If true, this is troubling, since nuclear experts say that once a nuclear enrichment program reaches 20 percent, it can quickly climb to the 90 percent enrichment needed to produce a nuclear bomb:

“When we say we do not manufacture the bomb, we mean it, and we do not believe in manufacturing a bomb,” Ahmadinejad told the crowd. But he added, “If we wanted to manufacture a bomb, we would announce it.”

“Right now at Natanz we have the capability to enrich uranium to much higher levels,” Ahmadinejad said.

“I want to announce with a loud voice here that the first package of 20 percent fuel was produced and provided to the scientists,” he said. “In the near future we will treble its production,” declared Ahmadinejad.

He continued to add: “We have the capability to enrich uranium more than 20 percent or 80 percent.”

Although authorities only provided limited access to the event by foreign reporters, and cut off communication to the outside world, by slowing down the Internet, shutting down text messaging services and banning Google’s Gmail service, scattered reports of street clashes between protesters and security forces leaked out.

The Iranian opposition Web sites, Green Voice and Jaras, reported of protester arrests and security forces firing shots and tear gas at supporters of opposition leader, Mir Hussein Moussavi, at an anti-government rally in central Tehran.

In response to Iran’s increasing saber rattling, the United States Treasury Department imposed unilateral sanctions on Wednesday against a corps commander and four companies linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

President Obama announced on Tuesday that the White House and the UN were working towards “developing a significant regime of sanctions.” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is pushing for a UN resolution imposing strict sanctions against Iran to be put into place by March.

Photo Source: Abedin Taherkenareh/European Pressphoto Agency

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Comments

4 Responses to “Iran’s President Boasts, Taunts West: Iran Now a ‘Nuclear State’”

  1. Iran Analysis « FAT REPUBLIC on February 11th, 2010 1:34 pm

    [...] It is not without a sense of irony, and very little coincidence, that the US announced new sanctions on Iran just hours before 22 Bahman. Oh, the beauty of political theatre.  Predictably, Iran responded, claiming to now be a “nuclear state.” [...]

  2. Old Man Dotes on February 11th, 2010 1:37 pm

    Having one nuke when nobody else has one (think the USA in 1945) makes you a power to be feared. Having one nuke when there are at least a half-dozen nations with multiple nukes, at least two of whom have the capacity to turn your entire nation into a radioactive glass plain, makes you a very small frog in a very large pond. Making threats on the basis of having that one nuke at some future date is suicidal.

    I predict that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities before the end of 2010. The Russians and Chinese will make disapproving noises, but won’t do anything about it. The Arab states will make angry noises but won’t do anything about it, because Iran is as big a threat to their rulers as it is to Israel.

  3. Mr Opinionated on February 11th, 2010 5:15 pm

    @ Old Man Dotes:

    Having one nuke when there are at least a half-dozen nations with multiple nukes, at least two of whom have the capacity to turn your entire nation into a radioactive glass plain, makes you a very small frog in a very large pond.

    Though I can see where you are coming from, I could not disagree more with your statement. To the contrary this small frog has become the most dangerous frog IN the pond. They only have one… they only have one shot… they intend to use it and use it to inflict great harm. No matter where it were to go off it would lead to great destruction. Russia, China, the middle east, and the rest of the world would all do nothing… and we all know what the target would be, so they wouldn’t respond either would they.

    Many WMD’s = deterrent

    One WMD = global threat

    That is the reality of the matter.

    Additionally, should Israel decide to take unilateral action on Iran, I believe the rest of the world – including the US & UK – will not be jumping on board that carnival ride. Israel would only serve to alienate itself and bring itself greater danger, therefore I do not think any such actions are forthcoming as it would not be in their best interest. It’s all saber rattling from both sides. But what do I know… thanks for you time.

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