Iran installing advanced centrifuges ahead of talks
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inspects centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear site
February 21st, 2013
12:09 PM ET

Iran installing advanced centrifuges ahead of talks

By Elise Labott

Iran has begun installing advanced new centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment site at Natanz that are capable of accelerating production of fuel for a nuclear weapon, a move that senior U.S. officials warned could jeopardize upcoming talks aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The disturbing revelation comes as the "P5 plus one" diplomatic bloc of countries is preparing to offer a package of incentives to Iran to close its underground facility at Fordow and ship out its stockpile of uranium already enriched to a high purity level of 20%.

READ: Sources: Iran to be offered 'serious' incentive

"This can't help the talks," a senior US official said.

The P5 plus one bloc consists of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Last month, Iran announced its intention to use the new machines and last week said it was already beginning to install them. Officials said inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency found a significant number of the upgraded centrifuges installed when they visited the site days earlier. The finding is expected to be confirmed in an IAEA report to be released Thursday, officials said.

Experts said the new, advanced centrifuges will allow Iran to enrich uranium at a rate three to five times greater than their old machines, thereby increasing its stockpile more quickly.

"It's disturbing because they are sending a signal that they are trying to dramatically increase their enrichment capacity," said David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, a nonprofit group that informs about international security issues. "We have no way of knowing if they will work, but the worry is that Iran could sneak out and enrich enough uranium to build a bomb."

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  1. movies

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    March 28, 2013 at 2:02 am | Reply
  2. Desjardins

    Time for Iran to withdraw it's signature from the NPT agreement .. End of story.

    February 26, 2013 at 3:28 am | Reply
  3. lweba

    Does the world really believe that all that Iran's intransigence is really due to its opposition to the existence of Israel? Ok lets believe them, so when they acquire the bomb the wipe out Israel off the map , then what?

    February 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • billy

      If Iran gets a nuclear rocket and uses it on Israel then Tehran will be next. The only response to a nuclear attack
      is nuclear.

      February 26, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
      • -J

        This isn't the 1950's, the global market would collapse and if we don't imediately go into a mutual destruction it will eventually happen if one nuclear missile hits a city. The world isn't stable enough for a nuclear attack.

        Of course Tehran wants the enrichment for Nuclear weapons, its amazing they've been allowed to make it this far though.

        February 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
  4. legendarywonderwoman

    Reblogged this on Lasso of Truth.

    February 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  5. milad sadeghi

    انرژی هسته ای حق مسلم ایران من است.آمریکا را زیر پا می گذاریم

    February 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  6. milad sadeghi

    The United States is a dictator

    February 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  7. milad sadeghi

    The United States is terrorists America dictator.. the United States is terrorists themselves. Iran is big and strong and has the right to nuclear energy.

    February 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • billy

      Ha Ha it must be some really good hashish you are smoking.

      February 26, 2013 at 7:56 am | Reply
  8. bribarian

    Time for israel to sign NPT?

    February 25, 2013 at 1:52 am | Reply
  9. I am Allah

    The world is at peace, I can tell by all the stupid statements made here. You all need to get a life!

    February 24, 2013 at 12:48 am | Reply
  10. I am Allah

    Well said

    February 24, 2013 at 12:45 am | Reply
  11. I am Allah

    What a load of bull s,,t

    February 24, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
  12. ganeshadass

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ask-Questions/336424139795162?ref=hl

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ask-Questions/336424139795162?ref=hl

    Wake up, the world is changing.

    February 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  13. bribarian

    UN passed resolution for israel to open nuclear facilities recently.

    February 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • Some User

      israell is a state that regularly uses chemical weapons on a civilian population. They are not going to open up for inspection.

      February 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
      • abed

        LOL you are on drugs

        February 26, 2013 at 2:14 am |
  14. Muky

    No one in this world as the right to posses such a distractive power like nuclear bombs, especially a dictatorship like Iran. End of argument.

    February 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Some User

      But the aggressive, apartheid state of israel, that has attacked the United States more than several times should? Nutenyahoo said himself on camera, he wants "squeeze the Americans dry, then throw them away". And he is from the US!

      February 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • John Smith

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      February 25, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
      • John Cookies

        Umm, the soviets shot down a south korean airliner cause they thought it was a spy plane. And they reason why the americans shot down the Iranian airliner was because a radar fire control system locked onto an american warship and the radar warning receiver said the source was coming from that airliner. I'm sure the americans wouldn't have supported Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war if the US embassy was never allowed to be over run by state backed protesters. ....Just so that you know.

        February 25, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  15. ken

    It is unfortunate Israel will have to do alone what many nations should have already done. Iran will not have a bomb. Not now, not ever. Sit back and watch. Good luck, IAF! Put one right down their throats! Iran had their chance. Enough talk! Destroy the mutant persians with extreme prejudice!

    February 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Some User

      Could it be possible to be more racist?

      February 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Muky

        Yes.

        February 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • bribarian

      israel going to attack and start another war? What's new....

      February 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • Muky

        Don't be afraid, you won't feel a thing.

        February 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • Some User

        israel is all talk. Nutenyahoo just recently stated that israel needs a 'credible military threat' to Iran. Hell, Lebanon chewed up the IDF and literally spit them out.

        israel does not have the means to go to war with a state that can defend itself. They don't have the training and technology for it. israel ran out of weapons twice just bombing Gaza civilians.

        February 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • mf3

      p...f...f... sound like a trapped mosquito buzzing away. Israel attack Iran? get a grip!

      February 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • wali

      why can,t you tried by self and see what happen but don,t use my dollars because i need for tax return

      February 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  16. Doakes

    I have a dream that one day Obama will take the Airforce 1 and fly to Theran and solve all issues and make peace and continue meeting Hezbollah Hamas and Israelis officials at once and sign a peace contract. Thats only way to show USA strength and power the whole world. every body would love USA even al-qaida . History would remember USA a big power not by weapons. but by power of thought and compassion !

    February 23, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • John Geheran

      Not very likely. Reality is either the West submits to Islam or, like the USSR, Islam collapses when Muslims are forced to acknowledge that their belief system is deeply flawed and not politically or economically sustainable.

      February 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  17. k_Daraa

    Iran, Release Saeed Abedini

    Is torture how you do Allah's will?

    Show the strength and power of your faith – release Saeed Abedini

    Are you afraid of the power of the faith of Christians and Christianity? If not, release Saeed Abedini

    Remember your fishermen that the American Navy rescued and saved the lives of, and returned to their homeland last summer without harm, be better than even that, release Saeed Abedini

    We ask you as humble servants of God's will, to please, Iran, release Saeed Abedini

    February 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • Some User

      Iran asked for the release of an Iranian woman, a mother that was not involved in any crime, and was refused even visitation. This is not the only case. It has happened many times before. No reason for Iran to release anybody on a US request.

      February 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
      • John Geheran

        You are either lying or the information you have is flawed. That woman was caught red-handed in a criminal act. And remember, " there is no compulsion in religion". (oh, I forgot. That passage is pre-Medina and was abrogated by numerous verses post-Medina)

        February 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
      • Some User

        Yeh, caught red handed being an Iranian woman that did nothing illegal and worked for charities.

        February 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  18. bribarian

    israel sign the NPT yet??

    February 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • fewr

      Israel threatened to utterly erase any nations with their nukes, like Iran did?

      February 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply
      • bribarian

        israel has already wiped a nation out, and attacked others, and threatened more attacks.

        February 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
      • Some User

        Iran never threatened any country with nukes, but israel has attacked the United States more then several times and had got caught. Such as the USS Liberty Bombing, Operation Suzanna...... Yet, the israeli lobby still forces the US government to keep israel on life support.

        February 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
      • Some User

        Iran NEVER threatened any country.

        February 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • Dan Jones

      Israel is not required to sign the NPT nor can anyone come up with a good reason for them to do so. They are are legally exempt under international law.

      February 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Reply
      • Some User

        No country is required to adhere to it. ANY country can back out of the NPT with 60 days notification. The NPT is an agreement stating that international community will help another country with their peaceful nuclear program. Iran has not received any assistance and is likely to back out at some point.

        February 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • bribarian

      If israel isnt required, why bother Iran??? There's many more reason israel should be on the NPT when compared to the Iranians.

      February 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
      • mf3

        Why is Israel so worried about implementing a treaty that it won't sign. It is ridiculous!

        February 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Dan Jones

      You obviously have no grip on reality, Israel hasn't attacked any nation nor have they threatened to do so. No one is the least bit worried about Israel's nukes except those who want to destroy Israel. Israel doesn't have an ambition like Iran of destroying another nation. All Israel wants is to be left alone, and if they are left alone they will harm no one. That can not be said of Iran, they want to destroy Israel and have every intention of destroying Israel regardless of whether Israel ignores them or not.

      February 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
      • mf3

        They just bombed Damascus on behalf of terrorists! the were loitering in lebanon in 2006 and........
        Iran hasn't attacked another country in the last 200 years!

        February 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
      • Sinbad

        Israel has attacked Lebanon Syria Iraq Egypt and Sudan.

        February 23, 2013 at 5:38 am |
    • bribarian

      Sorry but the facts of history are quite contrary. israel has been at war with countries all over the middle east, as well as wiping out Palestine. When israel wants to give in to nuclear inspections, they can expect the same out of Iran.

      February 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • ken

      Ahhh, how nice! Another muslim troll.

      February 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • bribarian

        Ahh, how nice, another zi0nist troll.

        February 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • tad

      that treaty trades nuclear knowledge for the promise not to weaponize. why would they sign it? they are threatned constantly and they already have the technology. people just dont understand the history of the NPT or why nations signed it.

      February 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  19. rtr

    Some people think Israel is Americas friend, if they were our friend then why do we arm its enemies? Our elected both parties have armed Egypt with more coming, armed Iraq, arming the Syrian and Libyan rebels, Afganistan soon to be back in the arms of the Taliban who'll have better weapons to use, thank you American Politicians for arming and paying people who hate America.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • joe

      Israel has killed more Americans than Egypt has.

      Remember the Liberty.

      Remember the treachery of Jonathan Pollard.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Reply
      • rtr

        Exactly

        February 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
      • Dan Jones

        Bringing up the USS Liberty demonstrates your ignorance and bigotry. Both the US and Israel investigated the incident and it was concluded that it was an accident that was mostly caused by the USA. The USS Liberty had been ordered to leave the region and we thought it had left the region so when Israel asked if it was our ship we said it wasn't. Egypt had a habit of disguising their war ships as US war ships flying US flags on them. Only bigots with a room temperature IQ still harp on about that.

        February 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
      • Some User

        Also Operation Suzanna among many other false flag attacks

        February 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
      • tad

        d. jones got it right. that incident was so long ago when Israel was in the midst of an existential war. anyone that pulls it out of context to make a point is not getting something... or just doesnt care.

        February 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
      • Some User

        One incident? It is multiple instances over and over again. Such as 'Operation Suzanna' israel has been selling US technology to China. Peter Zalewski, Jonathan Pollard, even the israeli PM was a watched criminal in the United States. According to the pentagon, israel is Americas spy threat number one in the middle east. US government fears them, yet feeds them at the same time.

        February 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • George Patton-2

      exactly, we want non stop wars in these desert countries, people are illiterates and their leaders are corrupt and easy to buy with money, but funny part is, when we get tired of their leaders, we encourage Arab spring, we arm rabbles, we freeze their assets in our country and take away all money we gave them, in one shot. and we sign new contracts with new puppet governments. Smart isn't it?.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-5

        Hey Phunnie boy, what happened to just posting under the name of George Patton? I guess now I'll have to post under the name of George Patton-5 from now on. Please Phunnie boy, quit trying to make me look stupid, will you?

        February 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
      • George Patton

        okay #5, and remember I always try to make you look intelligent!! I can read your mind.

        February 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  20. George Patton-2

    This whole Iran Middle East issue is difficult to understand, so one day I am for left-wing and other day I am for right-wing agendas. I like to play neutral, I support Iran to build centrifuges and I encourage Israel to bomb them.

    February 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • rtr

      It's not hard to understand 75% of the middle east hates us, so our politicians give them tribute in the guise of aid for they won't hurt us.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        good point, now I support to give aid to these desert countries so they won't hurt us, and I am for giving weapons aid to Israel and have them destroy these desert countries before they hurt us. It is called win-win situation.

        February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  21. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    February 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • meifumado

      And how much is the muslim brotherhood paying you?

      February 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        Well said, John. Just ignore this idiot meifumado above. He's probably just another dimwitted Tea Partier!

        February 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
      • George Patton-5

        Are you talking to yourself George? I thought you and the John were the same person

        February 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • spocksbrain

      Muslims murder each other with regularity. Syria, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan, Mali, Somalia are all chaotic hellholes where women are property, the people are kept in poverty, and anti western hatred is used as pablum so the dictators in power can stay in power. You fit right in there.

      February 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • John Geheran

      John, you forgot to mention that the US also invaded Kuwait, stole their oil and set their oil wells on fire. Like most people from your culture you would not know the truth if it bit you.

      February 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  22. Mike H.

    "the "P5 plus one" diplomatic bloc of countries is preparing to offer a package of incentives to Iran."
    Basically, the offer will be "Give us your Uranium and we will allow your monkey astronaut to be a permanent member of the International Space Station crew."

    February 22, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
  23. Raika45

    Have you Americans realised that other than world war 2, wherever you have interfered has ended up in a fiasco for you.Take Vietnam, Somalia,Lebanon,African adventure against the Russians, a confused and a war state Iraq you left behind. Your foray into Afghanistan where you want to make peace with the Taliban, your help in freeing Libya and Egypt where both nations are in shambles.And now Syria.No wonder China and Russia are standing with arms folded watching you spend precious billions and make a fool of your self.No offence meant.This is the truth.

    February 22, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
    • Ron Johnson

      If we minded our own business, you would be dead or a Nazi!

      February 22, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
      • rtr

        No, if we minded our own buisness, we would be better off. It is time to tell the world to go to HeII if they want to just leave us out of it.

        February 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • spocksbrain

      Not sure what country you are from but take a look at the world. It's easy to blame the United States but the United States has nothing to do with what is going on in Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Hezbolistan (formerly Lebanon), Iran, and North Korea. If bashing America is your game - you are on it. If understanding the world's issues and hoping for a future for your kids is on the agenda - open your eyes and close your foul mouth.

      February 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  24. Justnfree

    20 years from now, CNN still counts Iran's centrifuges and publish the report under the very same picture, along with similar meaningless quotes of useless politicians in that time, if they don't go bankrupt. People are already tired and bored.

    February 22, 2013 at 5:43 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Let's just hope that you're right, Justnfree. I myself am sick and tired of all this right-wing, anti-Iranian propaganda!

      February 22, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • meifumado

      I hope when we look at Iran in 20 years from now we see an enlightened people who have cast aside the shackles of a insane religion.
      But what we will see is a smooth glass surface that was once iran.

      February 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • spocksbrain

        I fear you are correct. Iran is on a trajectory for a future consisting of a radioactive wasteland.

        February 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  25. Mzoa

    The world needs a consistent just governance. In the light of the Zionist AIPAC led fabricated dossier on Iraq WMD and pursuing illegal war sadly killing millions of innocent civilians and thousands of USA Personnel, any country not arming itself to teeth must anxiously be waiting for the same fate as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya...
    American and Iranian people must work together to get rid of fascist extreme groups that are warmongers like AIPAC, Al- Qaeda, Neocons..
    American foreign policy and politicians must be working for interest of American people rather than Israel or any other state. It must have been humiliating for patriotic Americans to see during the last election and now with Senator Kerry and Senator Chuck Hagel nominations, the Zionist media and AIPAC line of questioning is to establish if they are pro-Israel rather than how much they care about USA interest or ensuring prosperity and jobs for ordinary Americans!

    February 22, 2013 at 4:40 am | Reply
    • Yep

      Propaganda?
      Zionist? You give them too much credit....

      February 22, 2013 at 7:20 am | Reply
    • meifumado

      How much does the muslim brotherhood pay you to be here?

      February 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • spocksbrain

      You inspire me - to donate to AIPAC. Tool.

      February 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  26. KEVIN

    Why do we treat Iran so differently then N Korea?

    February 22, 2013 at 12:52 am | Reply
  27. farzad

    So Iran keeps installing more centrifuges and the US keeps adding more sanctions.. a week before they r supposed to meet and talk! lets skip all these shenanigans and just go to war.. Its obvious neither side has any intention or motivation to reach an agreement on ANYTHING.. one problem though, the US has been bluffing about attacking Iran and Iran has basically called their bluff.. oops what r u gonna do now US.. nothing just add more useless sanctions.. US lawmakers know very well the sanctions have had NO effect on Iran's nuclear program.. they just want to get brownie points for jumping on the anti-iran bandwagon.. pathetic pathetic pathetic.. lets just go to war I think both sides are ready..

    February 22, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
    • spocksbrain

      The mullahs and their puppets enjoy holding hostages. Whether its diplomats, reporters, hikers, protestors, former presidential candidates, or the world held hostage by centrafuges - its what they do best. As the morlaity police swarm, and the Basij Militia stomps, and the revolutionary guard rattles, and the great Islamic Experiment decays - we all pay the price.

      February 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  28. gman

    Wow look at all the other "american" citizens all saying its bad for the US To regualte an unstable country with unstable substances. its like handing a glock17 to an autistic 7 yr old

    February 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • mf3

      What unstable country? their economy has a surplus. They haven't had a war for 20 years. Their infrastructure and technical power is increasing and they have a healthy population growth. Beside being filthy rich!

      February 22, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply
  29. redbaron120288

    iran sure doesnt seem to lie very good. they keep claiming its for peaceful use, yet they have all this weapons grade nuclear fuel? and now theve upgraded their centrifuges for even more and better stuff. the least they could do is tell a more convincing lie.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • AtomSmasher

      Err, sorry, but weapons grade Uranium is 90% U-235. Their present stockpile is at 20%.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
      • Mobius

        The article said three to five times 20% enrichment.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
      • Myrthfulll

        Getting from 20% to 90% is easy. Getting to 20% is more difficult. Try again.

        February 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
      • Cyrus

        @Mobius, the machines enrich 3 to 5 times faster than the old ones not 3 to 5 20%

        @Myrthfulll, ..it is certainly easy for Iran to make a few nuclear devices but the fact is Iran does not want and does not need nuclear weapons. You and Nuti ho ho can shout as much as you can.

        February 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
      • meifumado

        @Cyrus

        You say it's a fact that Iran does not want nuclear weapons, How do you know this "fact"?
        You don't.

        February 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
    • luis marquez

      Has Iran invaded another sovereign state?Nope...Has Israel invaded another state? Yes,Palestine where epic center of the fight on terror orginates from...How about the United States?US forces surrounding Iran from both sides while economically straggling the nation as well.It should be common sense like those gun advocates claim the necessity of a weapon for self-defense so it by all accounts its logical for Iran to pursue a weapon in order to keep at US and especially Israel from attempting to invade. The neo-cons made the same scare tactic against Iraq which if they did have wmd, we would have never invaded the country.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Reply
      • Cyrus

        not only Palestine,.it has invaded, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt too. Israel has almost invaded all of his neighbours. Iran in the last 1500 years has only once invaded a country, and that was India invaded by Nadershah in late 17th century.

        February 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
      • Ann Tshi

        Anti-american countries wanna survive, feeling insecure, so was forced to study this dangerous weapons.
        US should check self. Iraq is a lesson. If iraq really has nukes, Bush didn't dare to war with them. Libya as well.

        February 22, 2013 at 1:56 am |
      • meifumado

        When iran took over the American embassy that was an invasion of another country as a embassy is considered to be the soil of the country it represents.
        As you bring up Israel I suggest you read a little history on what happened in 48 when the arabs were offered the lions share of land but turned it down thinking they could just kill all the jews and keep all the land for themselves.
        Well we know that the arabs got their heads handed to them and they have been crying ever since.
        Do not believe the arab rewrite of history. The arabs in Israel did not even call themselves palestinians until the 1960's.
        These arabs will never be happy until there are no jews in the area or they can rule over the jews in the area.

        February 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  30. massoud

    The IAEA is the same organization that said that Iraq had WMD's.

    February 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  31. bribarian

    UN passed resolution saying israel needs to open to inspections. Time for sanctions?

    February 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Myrthfulll

      Israel never signed the NPT. Iran did, and was caught breaching it for 19 years. Try again.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply
      • Cyrus

        Iran has signed the NPT and has never breached its terms. Israeli nuclear weapons are illegal regardless of it being a prty to NPT or not.

        February 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
  32. rory

    Last chance to save the world, don't buy or have anything to do with US

    February 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  33. Doakes

    The main problem is not about nuclear etc. The problem is there is no trust between USA and IRAN. First of all Iran has right to have nuclearpower. Second there is no proof of weapon of mass destruction plan. third Iran highest leader say that they dont want a nuclear bomb its against thier religion. but he said that if the country would like to have a nuclear bomb they would announce it to the world i never heard a country that is so honest and open about this issue like Iran,its very clear the Iran stand on this issue. Alright what should Usa do? start a war? no alibi to do so! make threats to Iran?any kind if threat or attack is not good for building relationship. PEOPLE tell me honesly what should USA DO because from my point of view THe USA IS NOT HONEST TO THE PEOPLE OF USA OR THE WORLD!?

    February 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • steven

      It seems weird not for Iranians but for the whole world, just last month joe biden announced that US is ready to talk direct to Iran, just 4 days later new sanctions imposed by US, just woundering, if MR Biden was not aware of new sanction how a vice president should not know it, and if he was aware why he offered for direct talk. and we can see that just some days before th new 5+1 with Iran , Us is talking about new sanction.put your shoes in Iraninas how they trust Americans. how they think that you are honost to this talk. in the last 5 years the most hardest sanctions has been imposed, while bama offered a friendship at his speech in cario.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Doakes – either you're an idiot, or you're blatantly lying on purpose... Iran is not up front with it's intentions Nuclear or otherwise. Iran funds 2 terrorist organizations that attack Israel all the time, Iran funded terrorists in Iraq and provided them EFP's to kill US servicemembers, Tell me there Doakes, where was the honesty there? Iran is an unstable country with evil leaders that are responsible for the deaths of countless thousands... Every time anyone speaks up in that country they are brutally cracked down on... you're an idiot, every word out of your mouth is stupid.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • steven

        your answer is quite irrivelent to his statements, if you have a deep gracious with any form , it is another story. but before calling another person idiot without any clue would be unfair.this matter is serious what everybody is saying should be based on facts not fiction.long times negociations has reached no where ,what do you think when everybody talk about Iranians nuk but not any word is out about the only country has hundreds available nuk heads, ready to go. if the rules of law is equivalent to the whole world why a country should be an exception. and other issues that we should consider.

        February 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
      • Clinton

        Steven – The difference is responsibility, America does have thousands of Nukes at it's disposal, yet we do not use them. 2 Atom bombs were used to end the second world war, since then they have not been used. The idea that every country has the "right" to own nuclear weapons is a rediculous one, essentially what you're saying is like saying everyone deserves to have a .50 calibur machine gun, even the mentally disabled or mentally ill. It doesn't make sense, Not all Governments have shown the capacity or stability to own a nuclear weapon. Iran funds terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezzbolah are funded and armed in part by Iran... Not even the North Koreans fund terrorists... This shows the world that this Iranian Regime is not stable enough to own these types of weapons, They have stated in public forum that they want to annihilate the Jewish people... since they are willing to arm terrorists attacking Israel, what makes you think they won't give those terrorists a Nuclear weapon? This is one reason why Iran shouldn't own Nukes... they are unstable and incapable of owning such weapons.

        February 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • Rachael

      Fatwa doesn't really mean much-it's just a Jurists opinion and everyone will do whatever they feel they must do anyway. It's hard to say how much the 'Supreme leader' really has in terms of power at all.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Well said, Doakes. The right-wing thugs in Washington are no longer credible as they tell lie after lie! The U.S. is now ruled by a right-wing bureaucracy better known as the M.I.C.!!!

      February 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  34. It's

    It's going to be a "Summer To Remember". Israel will attack this spring/summer. Talks will not work. Never have. Never will.

    February 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Yes, it's well over due to clean back yard in that part of the world, I hope Israel does cleaning this spring, and drops couple of extra bombs on Islamabad too..

      February 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        Sorry folks, I never posted the above. Phunnie boy did!

        February 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
      • ken

        George P2, I hope you are right!

        February 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  35. Richard

    The plant that did this in the U.S. prior to WW2 was about 1/2 a mile long owing to the number of centrifuges needed to enrich the uranium to 90%+. Surely the one in Iran is big enough to target with missiles?

    February 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  36. bribarian

    israel sign NPT yet?

    February 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  37. Dan Jones

    With Obama at the helm we can be sure that Iran will get a nuclear weapon that will likely be used on us while he arms drug dealers in Mexico and Syrians all to the backdrop of him trying to disarm Americans, raise taxes, and spend, spend, spend.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Delon

      So you are the expert on this matter Sherlock?

      February 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Good grief Dan, you sound like another ignorant Tea Partier with all that anti-Iranian drivel. Are you one by some chance?

      February 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • BigShiz

      Your a idiot

      February 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  38. Vera City

    And which country supplied the centrifuges?

    February 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Cyrus

      They are made in Iran.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  39. JohnWV

    NO MORE WARS! The Jewish state has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. An Iran with nukes would disrupt the Jewish state's brutish pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid empire. Mutually assured destruction might actually make Mideast peace possible. NO MORE WARS!

    February 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Dan Jones

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Iran has announced its intention of destroying the Jewish state and its ambition to do so is Israel's ONLY problem with Iran. So it is Iran that is the War Monger. They are the worlds largest supporter of terrorism and they have made it a national ambition to destroy the Nation of Israel. They have also stated their desire to inflict damages on the USA. Their soldiers march through their streets chanting "death to Israel, death to America. I dare you to name even one civilized nation that chants like this about any other nation. So in every aspect, you are utterly wrong.

      February 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • man17

        you have no idea what you are talking about Dan! you are an extremist against Iran, but i think you'd better study more so that you can find the reality, not only through American media but to talk with some Iranians and know about their ideas over different problems the US has made them,
        how can some one tell you"you are not allowed to have and hold something" when they're holding them in the largest amount in the world?? and they used them before, so who is dangerous?? US has been able to destroy Iranian fame in the world using its media but Iran doesn't have such a powerful media to prove its rights, legal rights of course

        February 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
      • Calito

        You got brains, use them properly.If you are an objective human being, you will actually solve a problem by looking into the cause of the problem. Threats by Iran, isnt a deed and no guarantee that it will become real. Israel, has been for many years violating all the international laws, enslaving and murdering palestinian civilians, seizing their lands and property.who is worse between Iran and israel then? American has used Nuclear bombs record 11 times, Iran non, who is more responsible?America has made war all over the world, Iran Non.please fellas, be realand use ur damn brains properly.A real man has to be objective and not subjective.

        February 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
      • mf3

        The "nation of Israel" destroyed itself when it didn't make peace with the Palestinians. Iran doesn't have to raise a finger. Even Israelis don't believe that there will be a country called Israel in 30 years.

        February 22, 2013 at 9:33 am |
      • tad

        man17... you are dead wrong. Israel traded with Iran until the revolution of 79. Since then, its the leadership of Iran that rattled the West and caused their own isolation. But who cares what you say really. PEople that are threatened do what they need to do to defend themselves.

        February 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
      • Some User

        This announcement you speak of never happened. You have no evidence to argue with. You are either a liar or a propagandist, maybe both. But correct you are not!

        February 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • David

      youre a ###%*^& whiner I rather nuke iran to smithereen period I denounce IRAN

      February 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  40. Anton

    Israel will take care of this problem for us. I don't know why U.S. citizens are so worried about it.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • ns1

      Israel cant continue without our support we always do Israel's dirty jobs because they can't do anything always making problems

      February 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
      • Dan Jones

        Are you aware that we have never actually helped Israel in even one of its wars? All three major wars were won with absolutely NO American support.

        February 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
      • joe

        Dan,you're a fkking morron.

        Yum Kippur war, you stupid fkk.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
      • man17

        US is based on capital and the government is totally capitalist, so they need jews' capital and financial support, it's obvious that all american presidents must be a kind of yes-man for israel

        February 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
      • Some User

        Lolllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        February 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  41. joebob

    They want a nuclear bomb. I suggest we give them one – armed – from 30 thousand feet

    February 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • Cyrus

      Right, Lol do that wait for the retaliation.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
      • citizensp

        There won't be any retaliation if they're dead.

        February 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
      • Cyrus

        @citizen ,if even one single Iranian remains alive be sure he would retaliate.

        February 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  42. George Patton-2

    Here goes the right-wing news media again, crying "wolf" over Iran. Unfortunately, the American public is dumb enough to fall for it!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • ken

      You should change your name to P u s s yboy.

      February 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • tad

        ken got it right;)

        February 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  43. 28Mamerican

    Why even bother wasting the money to goto the talks. They are serious, serious about doing any thing we say we dont want them to. People like that never learn until you beat it into them.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • whatAworld

      28Mamerican: I really pity your Kids...for having a parent like you...if your even capable of course.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
      • eddie russo

        I wonder why they chant death to israel or america, look what america and israel doing to the world. If the zoinists pack up and move back to Poland, germany, russia, czk republic, france, austria, and england the whole middle east will be in ever lastig peace.

        February 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • tad

      eddie, most of israel is jewish refugees from the middle east where arabs took there land and exiled them after israel became a state. Jews were ethnically cleansed from africa, middle east and europe... and they are all in israel. They got back up against the wall... the have nukes... I suggest you shutup.

      February 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply

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