Iran Begins Work on New Nuclear Site as Tougher UN Sanctions Considered
April 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A senior Iranian official reported to a government news agency on Monday that the Islamic country is breaking ground on a new nuclear facility to enrich uranium. This latest news of Iran’s expansion of its nuclear capabilities, comes on the heels of a secret memo penned by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, leaked to The NY Times, warning the Obama administration of the danger of not having a coherent plan to deal with a nuclear Iran.
According to a report by the Washington Post, a senior official close to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the continuing expansion of its Iranian enrichment program, which the government insists is for peaceful purposes only:
‘”The president has confirmed the designated location of a new nuclear site and on his order the building process has begun,” Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi, a senior adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the semi-official ILNA news agency.New locations on which the plants should be constructed this year have been determined and initial construction is underway,” Samareh-Hashemi was quoted as saying.”
Despite sanctions and international condemnation, this latest move by Iran proves that the Islamic regime has no plans to stop its march towards nuclear development.
The White House is promoting another round of tougher United Nations sanctions, to curtail Iran’s enrichment programs. But without the full cooperation of China and Russia, they are not expected to make a serious dent in Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
And the leaking of the secret Gates memo, indicates factions within the defense department and the Obama administration, are pushing for a more direct role by the U.S. in dealing with the dangers of a nuclear Iran.