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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Iran Watch: Iran Received Black Market Nuclear Designs

The U.N. atomic watchdog agency revealed Friday that Iran received black market nuclear designs that diplomats say appear to be blueprints for the core of a nuclear warhead — a finding expected to used by Washington and its allies in their push to have Tehran referred to the U.N. Security Council.


The revelations also came as Iran said it had begun converting a second batch of uranium into gas, a step that brings it closer to producing the enriched uranium used to either generate electricity or build bombs.


The chief U.S. delegate to the IAEA, Gregory L. Schulte, said Washington was "very concerned" about the design, along with the "large cache of documents uncovered by the agency" showing detailed instructions on how to set up uranium enrichment facilities.

"This opens new concerns about weaponization that Iran has failed to address," he said.

Former nuclear inspector David Albright said the design is "part of what you need ... to build a nuclear weapon."

It's pretty delusional to believe that negotiations could ever successfully disarm Iran.


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