Iran Announces New Nuclear Milestone

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Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced this week that Iran now has “11,000 centrifuges active in [uranium] enrichment facilities.”

That’s a thousand more than the 10,000 centrifuges that, according to a May 25 report by the International Atomic Energy (IAEA), Iran was operating just two months ago.

Never fear. Also this week, the P5+1 powers (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) held their second round of expert-level nuclear negotiations with Iran in Istanbul.

Actually that event got little coverage, reflecting an understandable boredom. But if these talks—already downgraded from the level of diplomats to that of technical experts—are now understood by all to be a transparent joke, they continue to be important: along with the sanctions imposed on Iran, they allow President Obama and other Western leaders to tell themselves, and others, that they’re doing something—rather than nothing—to stop Iran’s march toward the bomb.

And the sanctions? If the talks are a sham, aren’t the sanctions a bit more meaningful?

The answer is no, because they’re full of holes.

As the Wall Street Journal noted earlier this month (full article reprinted here): “Though economic sanctions still haven’t slowed or stopped Iran’s nuclear drive, the Obama Administration has decided to make them even weaker…so weak, in fact, that all 20 of Iran’s major trading partners are now exempt from them.”

What that means is that once a country has “significantly reduced” oil imports from Iran, the State Department can—and generally does—exempt it from the sanctions regime. India, for example, merely pledged to cut its Iran imports by 11%—and can keep buying Iranian oil at will. Japan stopped 22% of its Iran purchases in 2011—and is now home-free to keep buying. The same holds true for Iran’s biggest customer, China, after Beijing cut 25% of its Iran imports.

“To be sure,” the Journal acknowledged,

Iran is feeling some pressure these days. The EU…has instituted a total embargo. South Korea has said it will zero out imports, too. All told,Iran’s exports have plunged 40% this year compared to last…. [T]his will cost Iran about $8 billion per quarter, or 10% of GDP. Throw in hyperinflation and stagnant growth, and Iran is suffering real economic pain.

But enough pain to stop the 30-year nuclear drive of a revolutionary regime built around a messianic cult of martyrdom? A regime with foreign currency reserves between $60 billion and $100 billion, and which would net more than $40 billion in oil revenue even with a 40% drop in sales?

Such questions, of course, answer themselves. Neither President Obama nor any other Western leader—no matter how much they keep insisting that talks and sanctions will ultimately work—claims that they’ve made a dent in Iran’s nuclear program so far, and the reason is that there wouldn’t be an iota of truth to it.

Not surprisingly, then, Iran shows no sign of being deterred by the West and indeed is openly contemptuous of its efforts. In addition to Ahmadinejad’s boasts about ongoing centrifuge production, Iran has publicized a plan to build nuclear-fueled submarines.

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  • William

    Iran's leader has made his decision to not stop their program no mater what . Negations are over they will never make a deal with the west.

  • Nakba1948

    Both Iran and Israel have detestable leaderships. They both oppress people within their borders, whether internationally recognized (Iran) or imagined (Israel). I don't support either nation, to be clear.

    There are some important distinctions between the two nations, however. No evidence available confirms the presence or development of nuclear weapons in Iran, despite the wealth Zionist and neocon propaganda; Israel is known to have nuclear weapons. Iran is a signatory to the NPT; Israel is not. Israel has been implicated in aggressive action against the United States (e.g., USS Liberty false flag attack, the Lavon Affair); Iran has not, despite tiresome Zionist propaganda. Israel has started or provoked war after war with its neighbors; Iran hasn't started a war in over a century. Israel occupies another people's nation; no such claim can be made against Iran. Iran is recognized by all nations on the planet as a legitimate polity; the same can't be said for "Israel." And lest we forget, Tel Aviv is the one threatening war these days; no such threats have emanated from Tehran (again, despite Zionist propaganda that would attempt to convince you to the contrary).

    It is in the United States' interest to avoid another unnecessary war for Israel's hegemonic aspirations. Zionist infiltration of the organs American foreign policy is a much bigger threat than a bunch of reactionary nuts in Tehran could ever be. Not that anyone around these parts really cares what's in the best interests of America.

    • WildJew

      This rant of yours is full of holes, contradictions and lies.

      • EthanP

        I've seen comments from Nakba1948 before. They are all anti-semitic/anti-zionist anti-USA rants.
        It's right there in his handle. It must be terrible to be so filled with hate.


          EternalNabka1948 is "progressive" – like his furher SHlTler and his "prophet" muhammed.

          • Zionista

            you don't respond to anyone who calls you out on your Jew hatred – a typical moslem coward. Israel has used REMARKABLE restraint for many years. After all, for years she has had a nuclear arsenal that can wipe iran off the map, yet it's iran constantly threatening to destroy Israel. Get your facts straight nakky

          • Moe

            It is an obvious anti-semitic remark. They will always hate Israel until they die. There will be peace, but only after the Big intervention by G-d Himself.

    • Ghostwriter

      You know,Nakba1948,why are you shielding the Mullahs? They not doing anyone any good,so why are you siding with them?

    • Mike<M

      Hey, these are all good points that I guess no one has an answer to. Keep it up Nakba1948.

    • reader

      Yeah, the same Nazi1948, who just hours ago posted "Allah Akbar" here, is indignant over USS Liberty. Talk about false flag.



      The "Islamic Regime of Iran" signing the NPT is as sincere and honest as Socialist SHlTler signing the piece of paper that Neville Chamberlain waved.

      P.S. Infidels know about Taqiyya – Koranic sanctioned lies to promote islamofascism.

      Happy Eternal Nakba!

    • Looking4Sanity

      Here's wishing you a brand new Nakba every day for the rest of your life, Hadji!

  • EthanP

    The Iranian mullahs regime is cracking. The are facing the chaos of Syria and Lybia. An attack by the little satan Israel would unify the nation as nothing else could. They like the USA. So an American attack (not likely) might not serve. But they HATE Jews/Israelis with a passion. Hence I believe the mullahs would welcome an Israeli attack.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Can Iranian muslimes hate Israel and Jews anymore than they already do? Jew hatred is part and parcel of the islamic faith — regardless of whether you're Sunni, Shitite, Sufi etc. I can only imagine what the lives of Iran's dwindling Jewish population are like.

      Robert Spencer thinks the Iranian theocracy is crazy enough to make a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Israel. To commit a genocide of Jews to appease allah, their psychopathic death god of hate.


        The Islamic Regime of Iran is cracking and will fall soon.

        All the islamofascist ayatollahs will end up at the end of a hangmans noose.

  • bubbaland1

    Netanyahu has been threatening to strike Iran for a long, long, time. In fact, Netanyahu makes a lot of threats against Iran and other terrorists and never follows through. Who believes anything that he says?

    The cold fact is that the West is content to let the Iranians acquire nuclear weapons, regardless of that nations threats to wipe out Israel. Israeli leadership has long ago sold out its security to the United State of America. Witness for example the American radar facility at Har Karen in the Negev, which is part of the "missile shield". This facility can also monitor Israeli movements and relay that information to Washington. I would not be surprised if Obama would tip off the Iranians of an impending Israeli strike. In many respects the Israelis have only themselves to blame for the situation that their are in visa vis Iran and for that matter Hamas and Hizbullah.
    It is time that Netanyahu and Israel in general man up and defend themselves.

    • Bert

      It is true that Israeli leadership is corrupt and cowardly. They fear displeasing the hostile pretender in the White House more than they fear G-d. They are incapable of even speaking truth to power. A normal Israel government would declare before the world that any restraint by Israel is linked to trust in Obama – and there is NO trust in Obama. That would put the world on notice that any preemptive action by Israel, and its consequences, can be blamed directly on Obama.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Psalms, Psalm 46: 10

  • Fred R.

    Nakba 1948, your comments are a perfect example of transference. The USS Liberty attack was a tragic "friendly fire" mistake. If Israel had wanted to sink the Liberty, she could have. It is the Muslims, not the Jews, who oppress people, including the Palestinians. And as far as terrorism is concerned, case closed when it comes to Islam.

    Fred R.

    • Looking4Sanity

      They never get tired of trotting out that crippled old horse. It's the only incident that even remotely has a chance of driving that wedge of theirs home. Unfortunately for them, anyone who knows anything about the incident isn't buying it.

  • Choi

    Israel has a FREELY ELECTED Government ,NOT "detestable leadership".
    Israel has NEVER even hinted at using Nuclear Weapons despite hourly threats and ATTEMPTS
    from Muslims to DESTROY her,for 63 yrs.
    But ,IF she has them,they would be sending a clear message: THIS TIME THE JEWS DON'T DIE ALONE!
    If a country and a People who has continuously contributed to the well-being of humanity is/are under a threat of DESTRUCTION,her would-be Destroyers must KNOW that this time they won't be having picnics watching their Jewish neighbors machine-gunned into mass graves(as at Babi Yar),but THEY TOO DIE!
    You'll have a REAL Nakba !
    As far as the USS Liberty,that was a FOG of WAR mistake,yet a POS like you keeps beating that dead horse.
    What was NOT a FOG of WAR mistake was:9/11,the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut-1983,the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing,Khobar Towers,various American Embassy and Consulate Bombings,the USS COLE,etc,ALL perpetrated by YOUR people.

    • Mensch Keymelon

      Wow that's some crystal ball you have there…nakba1948 is so nebulous… "YOUR people. " You lumped together every racially and religiously bigoted emotion you had and just threw up on poor nakba1948.

      • Kufar Dawg

        There's no problem being prejudiced or bigoted against islam, it's called commonsense, particularly if you're not muslime. BTW, islam isn't a race — except maybe in your islamofascist delusions of grandeur. Is your
        zabiba bothering you?

      • Looking4Sanity

        As I told you before…you're NO mensch.

    • patriothere

      "Israel has NEVER even hinted at using Nuclear Weapons despite hourly threats and ATTEMPTS
      from Muslims to DESTROY her,for 63 yrs."

      Haven't you heard of the samson option revealed by seymour hersh? If only Kennedy would have stopped them from getting them. Some people think that is why he was assassinated.

      "As far as the USS Liberty,that was a FOG of WAR mistake,yet a POS like you keeps beating that dead horse."

      You keep repeating the lie that Iran is working on nuclear weapons when the new york times even admits they are not.



        – 9/11
        – 1993 bombing of the WTC
        – Londons 7/7/05 transport bombings
        – Pan Am 103
        – need for ultra security at the London Olympics
        – need for checkpoints at every airport in the world
        – bombing of the USS Cole
        – beheading of captives
        – assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
        – Fort Hood massacre
        – Mumbai India massacre
        – honor killing of girls by their family members

        There is something wrong with Islam, and apologists for Islamofascism like you traitorhere.

        Happy Eternal Nakba to you too!

        • Roger

          Isn't it cute how a paid troll that said this:

          6 minutes ago @ – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
          "I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out."

          How he pretends to have any credibility or relevance?

      • Looking4Sanity

        Why am I not surprised that you consider the NYT as a credible research source? What country did you say you were from again?!?



      During this holy month of Ramadan, the month where killing continues in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, killing Muslims by fellow Muslims,

      I wish you and yours a Happy and Nabka filled Ramadarn!

    • Ghostwriter

      Here was have the perfect examples of people with heads in the sand. Both Mensch Keymelon and "patriot"here are both prime examples of it. They don't mind that the Mullahs get nukes as long as they kill Jews,that's perfectly all right with them. They don't get is that we're next on the list and they won't be happy until everyone who isn't like them is wiped out.

      • Kufar Dawg

        Have you ever thought they might be deliberately spreading disinformation?

  • Saltire

    The reason the President weakened the sanctions is that his Administration is weak in foreign policy. Former Secretary of State, the late, Lawrence Eagleburger described the White House foreign policy as "amateur hour". And, now, his description appears to have a ring of truth to it.

    Actions like the weakening of the sanctions, have China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and others beginning to consider expansions of military programs because of the perception of the US as having weak leadership and being in disarray economically and politically.

    • Roger

      I don't know if this president is working deliberately to weaken us with his foreign policy or is as clueless as that damage would take.

      He seems to have a knack of damaging us in every possible way, or lessoning what sets us apart from the rest of the world. And his is just one convenient way to go about it.-

  • crypticguise

    I hope Mitt Romney unequivocally states that "…Jerusalem is the Capitol of Israel…" and says that as President he will give full support to our ally Israel in the Middle East.

  • umustbkidding

    The window of opportunity is closing quickly for Ahmadinejad. Soon Zero won't be president here in the USA and Ahmadinejad will no longer have free rein.

    Pancakes for breakfast anyone?

  • Western Sspirit

    Israel took Sadam's nuclear capabilities out and the West ended up thankful they did. Iran needs an equal dubbing to end its nuclear threat.

    We have an enemy in the White House who won't look out for America's interest. So Israel is the only hope we have. I know Israel will undergo a whirlwind of trouble if she acts for the benefit of the entire world. But which is worse trouble, which Israel already has, or being annihilated by someone promising to do just that.

  • Roger

    There was a little noticed story that shouldn't slip through the cracks unnoticed.
    The peaceful iran has been attacking Jews in more places than europe.

  • Roger

    Of course you are, why deny it now? You already explained it once.

    6 minutes ago @ – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
    I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out.


    traitorhere, Ali Baba and his 40 Thieves were you boys.

    Even the incorrectly named "Arabic Number System" was stolen from Hindus.

  • Roger

    You pretend islam is a race?

    And you have admitted you are a paid hack. You realize that once you say something, it's a quote. So, your words are a 'quote'.

  • Roger

    Of course you did. Then pulled it when you realized your handler didn't like it.

    So, why would you think I'm an anti-semite?
    And finally no, I'm not a paid hack, why do you keep talking like you mom is behind me?

  • Roger

    Still insulting with cut and paste?So you know your'e wrong and don't want to waste effort lying?

  • Roger

    Why do you think your mom makes money from my posting?

  • Roger

    Still being nonsensical? The Jews are semite just like the arabs.
    Only they aren't stuck in the 8th century like the muslims.

  • Looking4Sanity

    You're the product of revisionist history. Congratulations! You're a DUPE!

  • Roger

    It seems that your handlers (since you have admitted to being a paid troll) forgot to actually read the story.

    It doesn't mention anything about hardship to get food stuffs, only that your native iran is buying them.

    So, you admit that iran attacked the Jews in India?

  • Roger

    Why do you always bring your mother into this?

    I've never rented her or had her in my home when I post comments.

  • Roger

    Both are children of Abraham.

    Does iran still have that silly notion about who the khazars are? I know a lot of people would rather be associated with Jews than iranians, but really. Is that the best your handlers can come up with?

  • Looking4Sanity

    How can you say that? Have you conducted DNA testing of every Israeli citizen? You talk a lot of unsubstantiated BS…and that's the KINDEST thing I can think to say to you.

  • Looking4Sanity

    …whom the Muslims conveniently murdered to cover their thieving tracks!

  • Looking4Sanity

    Talking to yourself again?

  • Roger

    He keeps dragging his mother in this, why does he want do that? I don't even know his mother, and don't want to help her earn another $5, so he can forget about it.

  • Roger

    Not these Jews, they're genetic descendants of Abraham and Isaac, a race.

    You want to help the Khazar's elevate themselves so what?

  • Roger

    And so do the rest of us.

    You want to play cowboy and muslim militant?

  • Roger

    But you haven't shown anyone starved.
    Even the story you linked to was about iran building up stockpiles. If the people go hungry while the corrupt leadership builds up stockpiles, blame the people that are doing it.

  • Looking4Sanity

    No sense dragging his mother into things. I'm sure she's drug herself through enough places without anyone's help.

  • Roger

    All this talk about the troll hole makes me want to donate some vinegar and water for her.