Defense Secretary Panetta Admits Iran Not Developing Nukes

leonRaw Story reports on the banging of the drums of war:

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta let slip on Sunday the big open secret that Washington war hawks don’t want widely known: Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.

Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Panetta admitted that despite all the rhetoric, Iran is not pursuing the ability to split atoms with weapons, saying it is instead pursuing “a nuclear capability.” That “capability” falls in line with what Iran has said for years: that it is developing nuclear energy facilities, not nuclear weapons.

“They cannot continue to do what they’re doing. Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they’re trying to develop a nuclear capability, and that’s what concerns us.”

Republicans have been beating the drums of war in recent weeks as tensions in the Iranian gulf have soared. Iran has threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil transport hub crucial to global industry, if U.S. warships return to monitor their activities.

Iran said recently that it had created the country’s first ever nuclear fuel rod made from domestic uranium enriched at their own facilities.

Nuclear fuel enrichment is much different from enrichment for weapons. Most commercial nuclear reactors use lightly enriched uranium, which is between 3-5 percent enriched. Weapons-grade uranium must be enriched to approximately 85 percent or more of a key radioactive isotope for it to be usable in an atomic bomb.

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  • Raz

    First they make stories about other countries telling lies about human rights abuses and hidden weapons, later they try to isolate that country socialy and economicaly to forbid any chance of said country defending thenselves and then they start a huge propaganda machine saying that war is vital for everyone and everyone starts to believing it and then i think to myself: Here we go again!

    • DeepCough

      “Pre-Emptive Strikes 101″

  • Nunzio X

    “Them there I-ranyuns has nuculer bad intentions. Hell, the US, even with our 10,000 nucular weapons, cain’t hold off the combined forces of a country that can develop 2 or even 3 nukes!”

    “Oh. Plus, Israel is scared, and for some goddamned reason, what they worry about is what we worry about.”

    —Senator Jethro Bodine

  • PIss In Obama’s Ass

    SURPRISE SURPRISE!!!

  • D.D.B.

    I believe that Iran has no history of attacking it’s neighbours.

    I also believe that under section IV of the Non-Proliferation-Treaty, Iran is within their rights to pursue enrichment for nuclear power.

    Surely there was someone saying that Iraq didn’t have WMD’s in 2003…

    The truth doesn’t put money in the defense contractors’ pockets!

    If you liked Iraq, You’ll love Iran.

  • Wn

    This is story is from two weeks ago.

  • Guest

    That doesn’t mean that Iran CAN’T develop nukes.

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