Monday, December 14, 2009

Iranian Smoking Gun?

If The Times has not unveiled the smoking gun, or “smoking uranium” if you will, on Iran’s nuclear weapon ambitions, it appears they have come very close to doing so:

Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.

The notes, from Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme.

An Asian intelligence source last week confirmed to The Times that his country also believed that weapons work was being carried out as recently as 2007 — specifically, work on a neutron initiator.

The technical document describes the use of a neutron source, uranium deuteride, which independent experts confirm has no possible civilian or military use other than in a nuclear weapon. . . .

“Although Iran might claim that this work is for civil purposes, there is no civil application,” said David Albright, a physicist and president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, which has analysed hundreds of pages of documents related to the Iranian programme. “This is a very strong indicator of weapons work.”

I suspect this means an attack on Iran will come sooner than later. . . . And it needs to come sooner than later and in massive force.

Israel has the sense and the manhood to do so. I doubt anyone else does.

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