[U]pon instruction of my government today, officially, I reflected to the [IAEA] the intention of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to start its nuclear enrichment activities of uranium up to 20%, I repeat up to 20%, in order to produce the required fuel for Tehran research reactor. This has been already officially delivered about 12 o'clock today Vienna time to the agency.February 11th -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:
I think Iran has made a series of statements that are far more political than they are -- they're based on politics, not on physics. Okay? The Iranian nuclear program has undertaken -- has undergone a series of problems throughout the year. Quite frankly, what Ahmadinejad says -- he says many things and many of them turn out to be untrue. We do not believe they have the capability to enrich to the degree to which they now say they are enriching.February 18th -- Report of the IAEA Director General (at 3):
On 14 February 2010, Iran, in the presence of Agency inspectors, moved approximately 1950 kg of low enriched UF6 from FEP to the PFEP feed station. The Agency inspectors sealed the cylinder containing the material to the feed station. Iran provided the Agency with mass spectrometry results which indicate that enrichment levels of up to 19.8% U-235 were obtained at PFEP between 9 and 11 February 2010.Question: Given that President Obama promised to "restore science to its rightful place," why presume political bragging?
Answer: Because it's convenient for progressives.
Question: How's that 2007 National Intelligence Estimate concluding Iran abandoned its nuke program looking now?
Answer: Under revision.
Question: When will this Administration take the Iranian threat seriously?
Answer: After it's too late.
(via The Hill)