More uranium found in Syria
While President Barack Obama (D) traveled all the way to Cairo, Egypt to tell the Muslim world the U.S. is your friend so please no more 9/11s, according to an extensive account in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz look what the U.N. sponsored watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found.
Oh, what a surprise!
The United Nations nuclear watchdog has discovered traces of processed uranium at a second site in Syria, the agency said on Friday, heightening concerns about possible undeclared atomic activity in the Arab state.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has been examining U.S. intelligence reports that Syria had almost built a North Korean-designed nuclear reactor meant to yield weapons-grade plutonium before Israel bombed it to rubble in 2007.
Similar traces were found at a small research center a year ago. In February, the inspectors said they had found enough uranium in the soil to constitute "a significant find."
Meanwhile, back in Iran, where Obama plans to chat and turn on the charm to make a new best friend
A separate IAEA report said that Iran is continuing to expand its uranium enrichment, despite three sets of prohibitive UN Security Council sanctions.
International Atomic Energy Agency report said Iran had increased its rate of production of low-enriched uranium (LEU), boosting its stockpile by 500 kg to 1,339 kg in the past six months. (snip)Commenting on the Iran report, the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, a think tank that tracks proliferation issues, said that at the present pace of production of enriched uranium, Tehran could make two nuclear weapons - should it choose to do so - within eight months. (italics added)
Some experts believe that Iran has already enriched enough uranium at the low, 5% level that if they chose to boost enrichment to the 85% necessary to weaponize, they could make one bomb.
Oh my, and to think the IAEA, under the leadership of Egyptian Mohammed elBaraidi was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize! But then again, so was Yasser Arafat! Where are the no nuke, we are a nuclear free weapon zone people when you need them? Cheering for Iran you say; encouraging Ahmadinejad to speak at the UN and Columbia University about how peaceful they are?