Iran Continues Its Peaceful Work on Atomic Warheads

By Jeffrey Goldberg

From the Associated Press:

VIENNA--The U.N. atomic agency has received new intelligence that Iran has moved further toward the ability to build a nuclear weapon by advancing its work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead, diplomats tell The Associated Press.
The diplomats say the information comes from Israel, the United States and at least two other Western countries and concludes that the work was done sometime within the past three years. The time-frame is significant because if the International Atomic Energy Agency decides that the intelligence is credible, it would strengthen its concerns that Iran has continued weapons work into the recent past--and may be continuing to do so.

Iranian leaders deny having anything other than the most peaceful of intentions for its nuclear program. People around the world believe them because the Iranian regime has shown itself to be very peaceful.

In other news, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is about to blow a gasket, one he didn't already blow at the American ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday launched an unprecedented verbal attack on the U.S. government over its stance on the Iranian nuclear program.

"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," Netanyahu told reporters on Tuesday.

And finally, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Holocaust-denying president of Iran, will be addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Yom Kippur.

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