Iran SQUIRMS After UN Catches Them Acting Suspiciously
(RepublicanNews.org) – Iran inches closer to producing and testing its own atomic weapons every single day. That fact alone raises global concerns about how the Middle Eastern country’s military might decide to use such tech. US officials in April attempted to forge a new nuclear deal with Iran, hoping to reduce these risks, but faced intense stumbling blocks along the way. Now, a recent incident involving a UN camera is raising questions about the foreign country’s true intentions.
On April 8, the Iranian government shut off two cameras owned and operated by the UN. Inspectors were apparently using the devices to closely monitor Iran’s uranium enrichment. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was apparently using the same cameras to monitor the enrichment of uranium gas via the Online Enrichment Monitor (OLEM) system.
A state television broadcast first reported on by AP News confirmed that authorities shut down “beyond-safeguards cameras of the measuring Online Enrichment Monitor… and flowmeter.”
Iran’s decision to pull the cameras came just before an IAEA board meeting in which the organization approved a resolution to criticize Iran for refusing to be transparent about its nuclear program. Now, it’s more difficult than ever for outside sources to monitor Iran’s nuclear program from a distance.
The state-run TV program also pointed out that Iran has generously and willingly cooperated with the IAEA in the past. It accused the agency of seeing that cooperation as a duty rather than appreciating it as a favor granted by choice.
Could it be possible that Iran is upset over the IAEA not trusting it? Or is the country trying to conceal their progress because it has something to hide? Perhaps they’re even closer to making an atomic bomb than experts previously thought.
A Washington Free Beacon report from February detailed State Department comments that suggested Iran was “weeks, not months” away from being able to weaponize enriched uranium. The SD also said attempts to agree on a new nuclear deal with the foreign country were rapidly approaching an end regardless of whether officials had reached a deal or not.
Experts have warned that Iran is currently enriching uranium at 60%; that’s just 30% off from the 90% required for full weaponization. If the country decided it wanted to move forward with creating an atomic weapon, it could do so in short order. But Iranian officials insist their nuclear program does not pose a risk to the rest of the world.
Even if Iran did decide to make a nuclear weapon, it would be some time before they accomplished the feat. Still, experts admit that the foreign country’s rapid progress raises serious concerns. While Iran could be telling the truth, worries about how it might use or handle nuclear tech will likely always exist. At the very least, it would add another player to the global atomic arms race, which raises the risk for a mutually assured destruction level event.
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