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Iran’s nuclear program is moving ahead without any significant challenges from
Western powers, a defense analyst warned on Thursday.
have moved from primitive first-generation uranium enrichment centrifuges to
“more advanced second- and third-generation” designs, Ephraim Kam, deputy head
of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies and a former
colonel in the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence, told The
Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
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This week, the head of the Iranian Atomic
Energy Organization, Fereydoun Abbasi, announced that the Bushehr nuclear
reactor, said by the Islamic regime to be a commercial electricity provider,
would go online next month.
Abbasi also claimed that Iran would build
four or five nuclear research reactors in the coming years.
difficult to know what is propaganda and what is real, but what is clear is that
they are making progress,” Kam said. “They’ve been experimenting with
more advanced centrifuges for over a year.”
Kam said a recently published
American study concluded that Tehran had overcome the Stuxnet computer virus
that reportedly significantly hindered the nuclear program.
question that progress is being made. The nuclear agenda of Iran is not on the
world’s agenda at all. For months, there have been no challenges from Europe or
the US, and negotiations are stalled. There is no pressure on Iran,” Kam
The current situation is comfortable for the Iranian regime, he
Additionally, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Khamenei are concerned that the upheaval rocking the Arab world could
spark more riots within Iran, and hope that announcements on nuclear progress
could ease internal pressure, Kam said.
“Pointing to successes like these
can give them more prestige,” he said.
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