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Iranian Satellite Launch Raises fears

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by BAK, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. BAK

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    UN nuclear boss warns warmongers over Iran

    · Heed lessons from Iraq, ElBaradei says
    · French foreign minister says world must brace for war
    · Iranian president talks of peace with US

    Peter Walker, Mark Tran and agencies
    Monday September 17, 2007
    Guardian Unlimited

    Mohamed ElBaradei says there should be no talk of the use of force. Photograph: Hans Punz/AP

    The head of the UN's nuclear agency today warned against any increase in "hype" about war with Iran, saying countries should heed the lessons of the build-up to the Iraq conflict.
    The strongly worded comments by Mohamed ElBaradei, who runs the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), followed a warning by the French foreign minister that the world should brace itself for a possible war with Iran.

    "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war," Bernard Kouchner told French TV and radio.

    While talks over Iran's nuclear programme should continue "right to the end", Mr Kouchner said, an Iranian nuclear weapon would pose "a real danger for the whole world". France has taken a much harsher line towards Iran since the election of Nicolas Sarkozy to success Jacques Chirac as president.
    In a perceived riposte, Mr ElBaradei urged caution. "We need to be cool," he told reporters at the IAEA's annual conference in Vienna. "We need not to hype the issue.

    "I would not talk about any use of force," he said. "There are rules on how to use force, and I would hope that everybody would have gotten the lesson after the Iraq situation, where 700,000 innocent civilians have lost their lives on the suspicion that a country has nuclear weapons."

    One of the major arguments put forward by the US and UK for invading Iraq in 2003 was that Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear arms. But nothing was found.

    The US has in recent days stepped up accusations of Iranian support for Shia militias fighting American forces in Iraq.

    Washington is seeking a third round of UN sanctions against Iran over its refusal to stop uranium enrichment, and has accused the country of working on developing nuclear weapons in secret.

    Iran has said its nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes, such as generating electricity.

    France's prime minister, asked about the issue today, said Mr Kouchner had been right to warn of the possible dangers, but France was not advocating military action.

    "Everything must be done to avoid war," Françla;ois Fillon said. "France's role is to lead towards a peaceful solution to a situation that would be extremely dangerous for the rest of the world."

    At today's meeting in Vienna, Iran's vice-president warned the US and others against provoking a confrontation.

    Western nations had "proved that you cannot tolerate the addition of independent states and developing countries to the ongoing movement of those seeking to achieve ownership of modern technology", said Reza Aghazadeh, who also heads Iran's nuclear agency.

    "The great nation of Iran has recorded your discriminatory behaviour and performance in its memory and will not forget," he was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

    Separately, the country's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said he wanted peace and friendship with Washington, despite mounting speculation over possible US strikes. "Our message to the American nation is a message of peace, friendship, brotherhood and respect for humans," the official IRNA news agency quoted Mr Ahmadinejad as saying. The remark was aired on the state-owned Jame Jam television network yesterday.

    Mr Ahmadinejad called on the US to leave Iraq, saying its presence was proof Washington wanted to plunder Iraqi resources.

    The Iranian president is expected in New York next week to address the UN general assembly. The Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney today said the invitation should be revoked. Mr Ahmadinejad's regime "has spoken openly about wiping Israel off the map, has fuelled Hizbullah's terror campaign in the region and around the world and defied the world community in its pursuit of nuclear weapons," Mr Romney said in an open letter to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

    "If President Ahmadinejad sets foot in the United States, he should be handed an indictment under the genocide convention," Mr Romney said.

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    The United States has voiced "great concern" after Iran launched its first domestically built satellite.

    Robert Wood, a US state department spokesman, said that Tuesday's satellite launch by Tehran could "possibly lead to the development of ballistic missiles".

    The fears were echoed by Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, who said that it raised suspicion that Iran was continuing to develop a missile of "increasingly long range".

    The satellite, named Omid (Hope), was launched into orbit by rocket and is the first in a series that Iran plans to put into space by the end of next year.

    "With this launch, the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially achieved a presence in space," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, said in a broadcast.

    Omid will stay in orbit for up to three months as part of a programme Iranian officials say is aimed at improving telecommunications and monitoring natural disasters.

    Nuclear fears
    Ahmadinejad has made scientific development, which often puts Iran at odds with the West, a central theme of his presidency.

    The satellite's launch demonstrates the development of technologies that many countries fear could one day be used to launch nuclear weapons. Iran insists it has no plans to do so.

    The Iranian Fars state news agency said the satellite "has been designed for gathering information and for testing equipment ... [that] is going to help Iranian experts send an operational satellite into space".

    It said the launch was "another achievement for Iranian scientists under sanctions".

    Iran is under two rounds of UN sanctions due to its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, which the US and other Western nations fear could lead to the production of nuclear weapons.

    Tehran says its nuclear ambitions are limited to generating electricity.

    A satellite was put into orbit by Iran in 2005, but was carried by a Russian rocket.
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    Uranium, once enriched, can form the core of a nuclear bomb. But enriching it requires hard-to-acquire technology—and time. The equipment includes centrifuges,which are critical to enrichment.

    Here’s how the process works

    1. Dig it—Uranium ore is mined, milled and soaked with sulphuricacid ,leaching out pure uranium

    2. Crunch it—Uranium is dried and filtered into a course powder called yellowcake

    3. Bake it—The yellowcake is exposed to fluorine gas and heated to 56*C converting it into gas, Uranium hexafluoride

    4. Spin it—The gas is pumped into a centrifuge that spins at the speed of sound. As it spins, The heavier U-238 moves towards the outside while the lighter, highly fissionable isotope U-235 collects closer to the center.

    5. Spin it again—The slightly enriched U-235 is fed into another centrifuge, where it is enriched further. It moves down a train of some 1,500 centrifuges. Once it is 20 percent pure the uranium is considered highly enriched. Only at more than 90 percent purity—which takes about a year—is it weapons grade

    5.Squeeze it—The enriched uranium is converted into a metal powder, uranium oxide, which can be molded into a sphere weighing 16 to 46 kg and placed in a weapon
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    ..I think that is good to Iran and Iranian scientist. I don't think is bad going ahead with their technology. However, I doubt on the discipline in the actual use of the same. That's where I strongly support that these staffs needs to be regulated.
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    Sio kila vita ni vita vibaya. Sio kila vita ni vita vya kuepuka.

    Israel wazubae waone...!

    Israel they have to go to war..watake wasitake..

    Isreal lazima wakalipue mitambo yote ya nuk ya Iran.

    Na wafanye hima before they regreat it!

    Iran haijasema inataka kuwafutilia mbali...? so what do they wait for? As long as bush and ramsfied are not there...Isreal isahau msaada wa US...They have to do it alone...wao wasahau hadithi hadithi za UN ...wakafanye hiyo shughuli mara moja ... Watajuta kama wakichelewa!!
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    hata kama iran atakuwa na nuke kali kuliko mataifa yote duniani, hawataweza kuifuta israel. ni kwasababu Mungu yupo pamoja na Israel, na atakikomesha kiburi cha iran,russia na mataifa yote ya kiarabu siku moja. this day is coming na itakuwa siku ambayo dunia nzima itajua ya kuwa Mungu wa israel ndio Mungu pekee anayestahili kuabudiwa, ni Mungu ambaye yuko juu ya mabaali wote, juu ya Muhamad saw, juu ya miungu ya wahidi wabudha na wachina. na huyo ndiye Mungu ambay dunia nzima itampigia goti siku moja. every knee shall bow before him and confess that he's Lord and king of kings. Amin.