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July 20, 2016 3:43 pm

In New Threat to West, Iran Official Calls for Plans to Build Uranium-Enrichment Plant

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A nuclear power plant outside of Tehran. Photo: Wikipedia.

A nuclear power plant outside of Tehran. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iranian officials issued new threats against the West on Wednesday, warning that failure to uphold the nuclear deal will result in harsh consequences, Iranian state media reported.

In an address to the country’s parliament — the Majlis — Speaker Ali Larijani called on the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to prepare plans to build a nuclear plant with the express purpose of enriching uranium, the semi-official state news agency Fars reported.

According to Larijani, “disruptive moves” by the UN and the US, coupled with what he claimed to be America’s disloyalty to the year-old Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are sufficient cause for Tehran to take defiant measures.

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Also on Wednesday, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, announced that Iran will hold various war games across the country, which will last through the end of the year, Fars reported. The war games are intended to flex Iran’s military muscles and test its advanced missile systems, the IRGC commander said.

This year, we have so many exercises that I can’t remember their exact number,” Jafari said. “God willing, these drills will be staged to enhance readiness for burying the enemy in the Persian Gulf waters and annihilating them on the Iranian soil.”

Jafari’s comments echo similar remarks made by the commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh in May, who warned that Iran will hold more exercises should the US meddle in its affairs.  

“We will not cancel any drills and will improve them and make them more frequent,” he said.

In March, the IRGC carried out a ballistic-missile exercise, launching missiles capable of carrying a nuclear payload. The move was widely condemned and seen as a violation of Security Council Resolution 2231, which implements the JCPOA. Western officials claimed that the launch did not violate the core terms of the nuclear deal.

The uptick in threatening rhetoric from Iran comes amid an explosive report this week by the Associated Press, which exposed the existence of a secret JCPOA side agreement that would begin easing nuclear restrictions on Iran before the deal reaches its 15-year expiration. According to the report:

As of January 2027 — 11 years after the deal was implemented — Iran can start replacing its mainstay centrifuges with thousands of advanced machines. From year 11 to 13, says the document, Iran can install centrifuges up to five times as efficient as the 5,060 machines it is now restricted to using. Those new models will number less than those being used now, ranging between 2,500 and 3,500, depending on their efficiency…Because they are more effective, they will allow Iran to enrich at more than twice the rate it is doing now.

As reported by The Algemeiner, Iran announced this month that the country’s nuclear experts have already begun testing a new generation of centrifuges, which are reportedly 15 times more powerful than the ones already in its possession.

The US State Department has denied the existence of any “secret document or secret deal.”

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  • Now, if all American workers were as good as Obama and his team have been, in following the Moslem Brotherhood’s orders, we could really out-manufacture all else. Michell/Roberts before his gender operation may have a marriage license with Barry/Barack, but if he – Barack steeps out of line, Michell may give the final divorce. So the atomic deal is only part of what we have to deal with, until we get a true American in the office. This time around, only one is running; the other cannot get security clearance.

  • Mike marlow

    Iran will now after they got there money, are going to flex there muscle and when they feel the time is right will have the bomb. Our president will be out of office at that time. On his way to play some more golf, and have a jolly good time.

  • Reform School

    Who says Khameni cannot have his yellowcake and eat it too?

  • ita

    PR
    This was the intent from tbe beginning.
    When are American Politicians and the American public
    Going to stop living in a dream world. Stalin said it years ago “America will be strangled by the rope that they sold the Russians for profit.”

    • “…strangled by the rope they sold the Russians for profit.” Never heard that one before. It sure applies in this case, though. Obama has probably done more harm to the world than any previous American president.

  • Iran is a pain in the butt. They are so full of threats but then that is what they do. We are supposed to tremble in our boots every time these terrorists open their mouths. The world cannot deal with or trust Islam counties and we should get to accept that. If Iran gets nukes they will be the first to feel what a nuclear explosion feels like.

  • The Joint Comprehensive Plan of In-Action (JCPOA) proves that appeasing enemies brings war instead of peace. This flawed Iranian nuclear deal has no credibility and it won’t be properly enforced. Iran’s leaders have no respect for the U.S. and U.N. And Western leaders have no resolve to confront Iran.

  • enufizenuf

    Iran must be removed as a military threat within the next year or they will destroy North America.

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