Iran's Legal Right to Enrich Uranium Challenged
Challenging Iran is red herring cover for planned regime change.
by Stephen Lendman
It's been that way for years. Iran fully complies with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions. Its nuclear program is peaceful. US intelligence says so. Annually it repeats earlier assessments.
Washington, other Western countries, and Israel know what they won't admit publicly. So do media scoundrels. They target Iran unfairly.
They report what's not true. They hype fear. They spread Big Lies. They claim non-existent existential threats. They do it for political, not security reasons.
Iran threatens no one. It hasn't attacked another country in centuries. Its neighbors have no reasons for concern.
Israel points fingers the wrong way. It's the region's only nuclear power. It's heavily armed and dangerous. It's got sophisticated chemical and biological weapons. It threatens to use its arsenal if endangered.
On January 31, Iran announced plans to enhance uranium enrichment. It told IAEA officials it intends to use new IR2m centrifuges.
An agency communication said:
"The Secretariat of the Agency received a letter from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) dated 23 January 2013 informing the Agency that 'centrifuge machines type IR2m will be used in Unit A-22' at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz."
It's Tehran's main enrichment facility. It's used to enrich uranium to 5%. Faster enrichment runs counter to Western demands. They want Iran to abandon its legitimate rights altogether.
Dozens of other nations have similar nuclear operations. Demands to suspend activities don't follow. Tehran alone is targeted. It's solely for political reasons.
On January 29, IAEA officials asked Iran to provide technical and other information about its plans. The unit Tehran plans to upgrade can house over 3,000 centrifuges.
International Institute for Strategic Studies nuclear expert Mark Fitzpatrick said upgraded centrifuges could be "a most unfortunate game changer."