Morning Dose Of Reality: Iran Know-How

The New York Times is reporting that the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded in a report that Iran not only has the know-how to design and make a nuke, the regime is also working to make the payload deliverable via medium-range missile to strike all of the Middle East and parts of Europe.

According To IAEA Report, Iran Knows How To Make A Nuke. “Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired ‘sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable’ atom bomb.”  (William J. Broad and David E. Sanger, “Report Says Iran Has Data To Make A Nuclear Bomb,” The New York Times, 10/4/09)

“The Report, Titled ‘Possible Military Dimensions Of Iran’s Nuclear Program,’ Was Produced In Consultation With A Range Of Nuclear Weapons Experts Inside And Outside The Agency.”  William J. Broad and David E. Sanger, “Report Says Iran Has Data To Make A Nuclear Bomb,” The New York Times, 10/4/09)

Complex Program To Develop Nuke And Delivery System That Could Reach All Of The Middle East And “Parts Of Europe.” “It draws a picture of a complex program, run by Iran’s Ministry of Defense, ‘aimed at the development of a nuclear payload to be delivered using the Shahab 3 missile system,’ Iran’s medium-range missile, which can strike the Middle East and parts of Europe.”  William J. Broad and David E. Sanger, “Report Says Iran Has Data To Make A Nuclear Bomb,” The New York Times, 10/4/09)

• “The program, according to the report, apparently began in early 2002.”  William J. Broad and David E. Sanger, “Report Says Iran Has Data To Make A Nuclear Bomb,” The New York Times, 10/4/09)

So was it a good thing when Obama chose Russia over “two key NATO allies” in abandoning missile defense; a move that “will be hailed by the Kremlin as a big victory” and as a “sign of weakness.”

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