September 22, 2003

Nuclear Ends


Reuters reports this morning: Iran Shows Off Missile Might Amid Nuclear Concerns.

Iran, under mounting pressure to dispel fears it is developing nuclear arms, Monday paraded six of its newly deployed medium-range missiles, military analysts say could reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf.[...]

Television pictures showed one of the missile carriers displayed a defiant message in bold letters on a giant yellow banner facing Khatami which said: "We will stamp on America." Iran insists its nuclear scientists are not working on a weapons program but trying to meet soaring electricity demand.

UPDATE: From FoxNews: Iranian Nuke Official: Tehran Will Scale Back Cooperation With U.N. Watchdog Agency.

Iran will scale back its cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog in response to the agency's Oct. 31 deadline for Tehran to prove its atomic programs are peaceful, Iran's representative to the agency said Monday.

UPDATE: Sept. 25 From FoxNews: IAEA Finds Uranium Traces in Iran.

Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., stressed that Iran needed to be taken seriously. ... "They're sending rather mixed signals, but bottom line, Iran supports terrorists," Coleman said, referring to Tehran's strong ties to Lebanese Hezbollah. "They're a danger and they have to be dealt with."

Also: Hard-Line Ayatollah Wants Iran Out of Nuclear Treaty.

A leading hard-line Iranian cleric contradicted government policy on atomic weapons Friday, saying Tehran should withdraw from an international nuclear arms control treaty and restrict access to its nuclear facilities.

Posted by Forkum at September 22, 2003 07:58 AM