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Iran Unplugged: Preview of Coming Attractions?

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Herwig Prammer / Reuters

Iran's Head of Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani attends a news conference during the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety in Vienna on June 21, 2011.

Iran’s nuclear-energy chief said Monday that his nation’s most heavily defended nuclear-enrichment plant had been unplugged with extreme prejudice last month.

Actually, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani said the electrical lines powering the buried plant at Fordow from the nearby city of Qom had been blown up by unknown saboteurs. The same thing happened at Iran’s Natanz plant at an unspecified earlier date, he told the annual member-state session of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

The world fears Tehran – which says it wants to develop nuclear power solely for peaceful purposes – is seeking nuclear weapons. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Iran was six to seven months away from being able to build an atomic bomb.

“It should be recalled,” Abbasi-Davani told the IAEA, “that power cut-off is one of the ways to break down centrifuge machines.”

No kidding. For years, U.S. war planners looking for ways to attack such sites have focused on their so-called “umbilicals” – the power, air and water links that any major industrial facility requires to operate. With those destroyed, any industrial site becomes very expensive pile of scrap. Hardening such systems against such ancillary attacks could prove daunting.

“A functional defeat may be achieved by various means: closing ingress/egress portals, destroying umbilicals such as electrical power lines, phone line and radio antennas, or by denying life-support systems relating to air and water supplies,” a 2004 Air Force study noted.

Emphasis added.

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styxcruiser
styxcruiser

If an individual really wanted to determine the true ambition of the Iranian regime, We(THE DEVELOPED/INTERESTED) countries should simply get together andbuild SEVERAL plants on the other side of the straites, offer to supply the country with full power if they abstain from locating them on their soil. the costs to build these plants would be a drop in the bucket compared to the cost that we may be facing in terms both financially as well as human lives plus then we would know for a certanty!

NoFoolJule
NoFoolJule

 What kind of fool would trust such a gesture from the US/ West?

Robert Naiman
Robert Naiman

"Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Iran was six to seven months away from being able to build an atomic bomb."

Correction, please. Netanyahu *did not say that.*

What he said was, "They are very close, they are six months away from being about 90 percent of having the enriched uranium for an atom bomb."

That is *not at all the same thing.*

Of course, I don't doubt that Netanyahu wanted people to conflate the two things. But that's not the same thing as saying it. Not at all. 

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Pay now or later but we'll have to pay. See the Obama 2016 film.

dot2dotnews
dot2dotnews

There is an abundance of intelligent Iranians, the world needs to hear their opinion, not from the nerve centre of militant Islam. 

bertafiable
bertafiable

I have come to a conclusion that Iran MUST BE working on a nuclear weapons program.

As they will not let inspectors in all their facilities, to prove to the world that they are going nuclear for peaceful purposes only.

More hog wash from Iran, as usual ............. stall .... stall ... stall.

Suzi Saul
Suzi Saul

Good job to the person who actually risked themselves to do this.

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