Nuclear Evidence Against Iran Mounts

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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What is likely the final diplomatic push prior to military intervention against Iran is off to a tense start. Yesterday, a five-hour kick-off to renewed negotiations took place between senior U.N. nuclear watchdogs and Iranians at the diplomatic mission in Vienna. There, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials reported that they believe a site at the Islamic Republic’s Parchin military complex was used to test components of nuclear weapons capability, directly undercutting Tehran’s oft-stated claim that the country is developing such capability strictly for “peaceful” purposes.

The Parchin complex came into focus when the Associated Press (AP) publicized a drawing from a country keeping track of Iran’s nuclear program. It depicted a containment chamber that is used to test multipoint explosives of the type used to set off a nuclear charge. The official who shared the computer-generated drawing with AP says it is based on information from an informant inside the Parchin complex, and that going into further detail would endanger the informant’s life. The official also demanded that he and his country remain anonymous in exchange for sharing secret intelligence information.

Olli Heinonen, the former senior official in charge of the Iran file prior to his departure from the IAEA last year, says the drawing is “very similar” to a photo he has seen and identifies as that of the Iranian chamber. He further noted that even the colors of the two images match. His contention was buttressed by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack, who said intelligence agencies are familiar with the drawing as well.

This follows two earlier references to the structure. The first was a November 8 report by the IAEA describing “a large explosives containment vessel” for experiments on triggering a nuclear explosion, one for which they had satellite images “consistent with this information.” The second was from IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, who said his agency had “credible information that indicates that Iran engaged in activities relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices” at the site.

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  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack.

    A dollar to a bagel says that Israeli Defense Minister Barack, is more endowed, sagacious, and competent than the Democrap Barack!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Our marxist president of muslim heritage, the one with the nobel peace prize has blood on his hands.
      Libya is a classic example of how he wants war, just against the 'wrong' kind of people.

      And he seems to move in Iran's interests over and over again. Of course he will stall and talk and buy them time to finish this program.

  • crackerjack

    A "drawing" from a "country keeping track of Iran’s nuclear program", and even the "colors" match?

    Sounds like the long sought-after smoking gun has finally been discoverd. LOL

    Even the "drawings" to Colin Powell's historic UN security Council "Iraqi Weapons programm" lie, were a better try at missleading the world into another war.

    • tagalog

      You raise an interesting point. In the trial of the Rosenbergs for treason for helping steal America's atomic bomb secrets, one of the most valuable pieces of evidence was a rough sketch made by David Greenglass, a member of the Julius Rosenberg spy cell and tech at Los Alamos, of the explosive lenses to be used for the making of an implosion bomb. When I read this commentary today, I was struck that the drawing you refer to "…depicted a containment chamber that is used to test multipoint explosives of the type used to set off a nuclear charge." To my layperson's perception, that sounds just like the David Greenglass sketch of the lens makeup of the U.S. "Fat Boy" bomb's heart. If you're curious about the Greenglass sketch, Google "David Greenglass;" it's published on the Wikipedia article that comes up as one of the links.

  • H&R_ Barack

    SUGGESTION: Let's Scooter over and ax Middle East alchemist, and political machinator,
    Gen. Colin Powell
    , to define and clarify "weapons of mass destruction" (on his terms).

    Second chance to Put Up, or SHUT UP, General Powell, sir.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Liberals may put up on rare occasions. But they never ever shut up.

      • Looking4Sanity

        They more often than not throw up rather than put up…as in regurgitate stale old fascist talking points.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Is this where they call you a racist homophobe for noticing?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The World's leading Nation in terrorism and what has the World done to them for all of the murder_and mayhem they have brought about. Knowing they are behind thousands of American deaths_in Iraq and Afghanistan alone should have brought down a destruction of their abilities to cause_trouble so severe the worst they could be able to front is a fight in their gay bars.__Diplomats fom the EU and America think they will have a breakthrough, I wonder, what is the_diplomatic track record so far anywhere, zippo………….The World grows to be a more hostile_place every day, no one is safe anywhere but diplomats spend Billions of dollars every year_living the high life. It may come to the attention of Americans that the roadway to progress_for peace has been. so far so foolish. Can you negotiate away a broken toe, a cold, old age,_cancer, no you must do something unless you think you could get Obama to talk to any_of it and it will either go away or change dynamically into happy face material like say smoke_and mirrors.

    …Iran is the first of many problem states that need to be dealt with, are we waiting
    until we have depleated ourselves into a lost cause………….Intentionally?…………William

    • Looking4Sanity

      Good question, William. The best answer I can give you is that it is Biblical. Mockers have mocked, blasphemers have blasphemed, and God has spoken. Now we all get to see who was right from the very beginning. If you do not see Biblical prophesy unfolding in front of your eyes or the Word of God being fulfilled with each passing day, then you are consciously trying to avoid seeing it.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Yes events are following the Biblical script by alignment of Nations, attitudes and proclivity
        for evil, all lined up for the ending of the age………as was written………………..William

    • http://ajl.smugmug.com/911 winston

      'The World's leading Nation in terrorism…'

      Do you mean the MILLIONS of innocent humans being US Forces killed in Vietnam? in a war fought purely for corporate profits? And not the nonsensical 'Domino Theory' the war-mongering spin masters fed the American people.. -that we were fighting Communism). If Communism was the problem we would not have paid the North Vietnamese liberators of their own country billions in US taxpayer dollars within weeks of the war's 'end' in 1973, I think it was that Congress sent this generous gift to Ho Chi Minh (Just look how this man is portrayed today, -even by the History Channel, -as a hero and liberator of his people. How can Americans have such short memories?
      We set up trade relations within a decade with the same regime, -would we have?? (No, you do not support your enemies)

      These wars are no different. It is we with our monstrous military machine that have killed hundreds of thousands of completely innocent children, teens, women and men. Have blown up countless homes, hospitals, and mosques newspapers with brutal disregard for truth and justice. How can anyone hope to be taken even remotely seriously regarding the threat of Islamic extremism in the face of such barbarism? (it is beyond hypocritical)
      I have no love for the Mullahs in Iran but I know they would not be there had it not been for Operation Ajax,,,
      Now we have ripped apart yet another 2 nations and their people. Iraq's museums pillaged, her people raped and slaughtered and abused with less dignity and legal protection than we grant cats and dogs in America.. and you actually have cojones to talk of the dangers of Iran? It is not Iran who has committed these acts. Overthrown our democratically elected leaders, invaded our streets with their helicopter gunships and phosphorus bombs…bombed cities with nuclear bombs (as we did in WWII against an already beaten Japan). It is not Iran who today refuses to sign the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty (as the US & Israel have) or they who have hundreds of nuclear weapons as Israel is said to possess. All while terrorists regularly blow up their scientists in the streets. It is beyond insulting, its is the skewed perspective of the hopelessly brainwashed.. America has completely destroyed yet another country based on lies (those of 911 and WMD's in Iraq) with the real motivations being strictly economic and geopolitical. (And pathetic embarrassment puppet of a 'president' Bush's nutty religiosity Im sure did not help). Obama has not brought any Change but extended the same course and is now even murdering American citizens (and their children) without any due process whatsoever. This is the very definition of a dictatorship. Truth is, America is a one party corporate-run military empire that cares more about elite interests than those of the common people. (See Scott Noble's Lifting the Veil) Nothing new here. Anyone who does not see this is true verifiable fact is getting misinformed by the corporate press, which regulates the dialogue from the outset. We have only the illusion of a free press. We have a corporate press and facts like (the demolition of wtc 1 2 & 7 backed by a mountain of irrefutable evidence) or anything contrary to those corporate interests simply will not get aired. (as most Americans have never even heard of WTC 7 (because it stands in defiance of the US Constitution and it's protection of a 'watch-dog' free press. We have a gatekeeper elite-controlled press instead) – and that should trouble every one of us, no matter where along the political spectrum one stands.

      • Ghostwriter

        Great,another disciple of Noam Chomsky here to extol the evils of America. And just so you know,Chomsky is a great fan of the psycho Mullahs in Iran.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        In Iran you would be buned alive, maybe skinned or run a gamut of torture and beheading,
        just as you are and with all that you think and believe. Iran is the subject, stay on point and
        never attack a Nation of 300 million people with accusations that are speculation at best,
        however foolish and inane. What you espouse is leftist propaganda, some truth mixed in
        with falsehood, rant overriding connectivity that disabuses beleiveability. Make your point
        staying on subject and it will be reviewed, otherwise you will be ignored.
        William

  • StephenD

    “Yet a regime that believes it must hasten the second coming of the Mahdi, or Hidden Imam — as well as the Koran-inspired apocalypse that must precede that second coming —“
    The problem is we are willing to “negotiate” with a zealot in the face of that zealotry. How foolish can we get? There is no talking to them. They actually believe they are obligated to wreak destruction and usher in this leader of their religion. You think you can “talk” them out of what they believe is their destiny? No. The only response is to forcefully eliminate their capabilities. Every road, bridge, power station, fuel storage, naval port and airfield should and can be taken out without even touching their nuclear materials making it impossible for their deployment. They understand an enemy stronger than them and know this is the only thing that will slow them down.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      The holy pop tart flying out of the well will cause tremendous problems and if Pakistan goes
      along with it's Jihadists and they take on nukes, who knows at any rate you are so correct
      Stepehn they will not get it until they are beaten down into dust…………………..William

    • patriothere

      We were able to talk to the red chinese. And they were red godless, soul-less, commie radicals. But we talked to them and we made peace. We talked to the red russians and they had 40,000 nuclear weapons pointed at America.

  • H&R_ Barack

    Colin Powell's move to the left has been, (as some suggest,) because of his embarrassment over his 2003 U.N. lecture to the world on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when he was secretary of State.

    Powell's reputation never really recovered from his lack of honesty.

    SO! the pressure is now off Gen. Powell. He has the complete freedom to speak his "mind" regarding Iran.

    GO for it General Fried Chicken Wings.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      And Powell was only continuing Clinton's talking points on Iraq.

      These liberals are so confusing. The daily talking points shift and change so often it's hard to keep track of what the politically correct 'facts' of the day are.

  • Schlomotion

    It would be beneficial to the United States for Iran to get a nuclear weapon. China has them. India has them. Pakistan has them. Israel has them. Iran should have them.

    If Iran had nuclear weapons, two important things would happen:

    1) Israel would have to shut up.
    2) Saudi Arabia would have to stop sending jihadis out to extend the unofficial border of Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan.

    Those would both be great for the USA.

    • Looking4Sanity

      It would be beneficial to the United States if YOU shut up.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        He isn't even really comic relief, not any more.

    • pagegl

      Wrong and wrong. If Iran gets nuclear weapons Israel will go ballistic on them. Iran may get a missile launched towards Israel, but that would be it, then Israel will bomb the living daylights out of it. And if Saudi Arabia feels really threatened by Iran I wouldn't be surprised if there would be some very secret negotiations with Israel so that Israel removes the Iran problem for Saudi Arabia.

      • patriothere

        How is iran going to get nuclear weapons when they are signatories to the NPT, inspected by the IAEA, and are only enriching uranium to 20% ? hmmm…? I wish Iran had nuclear weapons so war can be averted but the simple truth is that Iran does not have them and is not working on them. And why should we listen to the same people who said that IRAQ had nuclear weapons only to find out that they didn't, and they were wrong. They were wrong on Iraq WMD, they were wrong about liberating iraq and being greeted as freedom fighters and the war will be paid for with oil revenue and the connection to 9/11 etc. etc. They were wrong wrong wrong wrong and they are wrong again on Iraq. Why do you give these creeps such respect? They should be laughed at. they should be on the fringe.

        • Schlomotion

          I agree!

    • patriothere

      But Iran does not have nuclear weapons. This front page mag place is a well known anti-islamic hate site. And it is not even credible. The fact that they took up THIS story is proof that it is a joke. Any website or newspaper that printed or posted this propaganda is shameful and stupid. Some guy drew a picture of what some anonymous person thought he saw and people say that is proof? LOL! It proves nothing other than the fact that the western world is a zionist mouthpiece for the zionist takeover of the middle east and the rest of the world. Rest assured america that there will be a false flag attack this year that will be blamed on Iran starting the war with Iran. These talks are planned to only buy time. The US and Israel have been planning this coming false flag for years. Probably since 2008. America will be all mad at the Muslims again, all by design because most americans are stupid, and then they will all draft their young boys and girls to go fight this huge war that will be fought all over the middle east in egypt, in palestine, in Iran, In saudi arabia, in oman, qatar, yemen, libya, syria etc. Iraq was just the beginning of zionist prophecy.

      • Ghostwriter

        patriothere,you're a fool and an anti-semite. How about directing your ire at Iran that wants to wipe Israel and every other non-Muslim nation off the face of the earth? You're just another sickening Jew hater that wants more dead Jews.

  • Looking4Sanity

    Israel should EMP Iran back into the stone age. Even if they had a bomb that still worked after that, they'd have to deliver it by camel…and no one would be killed. It's a win-win.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      That poor camel.

  • mrbean

    Hmmm… Obama put them on triple-double probation a year ago. What is next? Oh yes…. triple-triple probation accompanied by more frowns and stern words from his teleprompter.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      And a stern warning from his next campaign speech.

    • pagegl

      And I thought he was just doing the ol' wink-wink, nudge-nudge routine with them.

    • patriothere

      I hope so. That sounds a heck of a lot better than war.

  • maria

    intellegence of many countries confirmed that Irak had WMD. Leftists gave Irak time to bring WMD out of their country. That mission was accomplished by Russian Counculat convoy. US military tried to stop row of big Raussian tracks but they did not stoped. Russian Ambassador was wounded. When he returned to Moscow he was awarded by Medal by Putin. It was published in Russian newspepers.
    Second prove: Sadam Hussein used chemical weapons against Kurds. Do you think that WMD just evaporated? Don't be gullible people. Our Democrats did everything for our country defeat including that misleading fact distortion. To compare Iran with fanatical Islamists in power to any other country having Nuclear bombs (except Pakistan, of course) is absurdity. It is like to compare Police officer with gun and cerial killer with gun as well.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      The UN inspectors observed the WMD and Sadam hid them and possibly sent them to Syria
      on one of the truck convoys that traveled daily from when GWB started his warnings which
      took one and a half years to act on, plenty of time and space to hide them…………William

  • Fred Dawes

    Third world war will happen soon, The Big Christ Boys want it the big muslims want it and the big Jews want it so that means you all want it. God will be unhappy with you all. On a happy note Obama is sending info to the Boys in iran by using the little yellow brothers in China.

    GET Out of the big cities if you can.

    • mrbean

      And take lots of supplies, vegetable seeds, weapons including crossbows and big game arrows, ammunition, and tools and find a place back up in the wooded mountains that is only accessable by all terrain vehicle, easy to protect, access to fresh water, and difficult to see from the air. 'Cause a country boy can survive…. twang twang,,,,