October 31, 2012

Iran Blinks, Just a Bit, for Now

Daily Telegraph, Daily Telegraph

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The suggestion by Ehud Barak, Israel’s Defence Minister, that Iran has pulled back from the brink of its confrontation with the West over its nuclear programme is intriguing. In his interview with The Daily Telegraph today, Mr Barak argues that Iran’s decision to consign a proportion of its enriched uranium stockpile to civilian use has averted a crisis that could easily have led to Israel launching air strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. By converting its enriched uranium to fuel rods used for medical isotopes, Iran has helped to reassure the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that its intentions are peaceful.

But that is only half the story. Iran still possesses significant quantities of enriched uranium, which could be used for a nuclear weapons...

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TAGGED: Nuclear Weapons, Israel, Iran

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