Wednesday, June 3

Iran has increased uranium stocks 20% while negotiating; NYTimes covers for emperor

Last Friday the International Atomic Energy Agency--hardly an aggressively pro-western group--reported that during the last 18 months, while it negotiated with the U.S., Iran increased its stocks of enriched uranium by 20 percent.

Doesn't sound like they've abandoned their full-speed efforts to enrich uranium, eh?  Oooh, that might cause some opposition in congress!  But never fear, the NY Times is standing by to save Obama from any negative publicity, as always.  Here are the opening 'grafs of their cover:
With only a month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during that period.

But Western officials and experts cannot quite figure out why. One possibility is that Iran has run into technical problems that have kept it from converting some of its enriched uranium into fuel rods for reactors, which would make the material essentially unusable for weapons. Another is that it is increasing its stockpile to give it an edge if the negotiations fail.

[IAEA] inspectors, who have had almost daily access to most of Iran’s nuclear production facilities, reported finding no evidence that Iran was racing toward a nuclear weapon, and said Tehran had halted work on facilities that could have given it bomb-making capabilities.
See, citizen, there's not a thing to worry about!  So what if they've increased their stockpile by a fifth?  Cuz the IAEA "reported finding no evidence that Iran was racing toward" a bomb.  And who better than the IAEA to know that?  Because they've had access to "most of" Iran's nuclear production facilities.  At least the ones we know about.  So why should you worry?

And note that this only "partially" undercuts our emperor's claim that Iran's nuclear program had been "frozen" while the long-drawn-out negotiations dragged on.  (They've passed 3 supposed deadlines now, with no consequence to Iran other than more time to do anything needed to advance their position.)

Trust us, citizen:  There is no need for you to have any concerns at all about Iran building an atomic bomb.  What you really should worry about is some "domestic terrorist" like the Tea Party getting one!

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