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Iran Proposes Lobbing Only Four Nukes At Israel

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Iran nukesGeneva (AP) – The Iranian delegation to international talks over the country’s controversial atomic program has said that Tehran could in principle accept a reduction in its uranium enrichment capabilities as long as it could guarantee enough nuclear fuel to launch no more than four weapons at Israel.

Talks over the program have been going better than many experts expected, with Iran apparently showing more flexibility in its attitude toward international inspectors, slowed enrichment, and adherence to limits imposed by the International Agency for Atomic Energy. In an effort to loosen or remove economic sanctions that have been hurting the regime, Iran’s representative to the talks said they might be able to accept a limited arsenal that could only destroy Israel, but not threaten any other nations.

The reception among western powers remained optimistic, but cautious. “It is certainly encouraging that Iran’s leadership seems to be taking the talks seriously, and has come to the table with more realistic ideas than before,” said American delegate Rudolph Hess. “Four nuclear warheads aimed at Israel is a sight better than an unknown number aimed at the US or at a country we genuinely care about.”

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continued his efforts this week to convince other countries not to ease the economic sanctions on Iran. In an address to the Israeli parliament to open its winter legislative session, Netanyahu warned that the world should not be misled by Iran’s recent expressions of flexibility, saying that they represent not a genuine change of policy, but an attempt to alleviate a ever more desperate economic situation. If the pressure continues, Netanyahu asserted, the West can more easily achieve its aims. If, however, Iran’s western opponents agree to take a military strike off the table even before a final accord is reached, Iran will continue to pursue its previously stated goal of dealing Israel a mortal blow. Netanyahu did not explicitly indicate how many Israeli cities he is willing to sacrifice in order to perhaps meet Iran halfway and give the western powers some negotiating room.

“It’s going to have to happen sooner or later,” said George Habash of the Isfahan-based think tank Jerusalem-Iran Human Advancement Demographic Institute (JIHADI). “Iran can’t be the only one making concessions, and if the West won’t budge on the economic sanctions, then it will have to budge on how much of Israel it can accept being destroyed in exchange for cooperation from Tehran.” Iran is suspected of developing not only nuclear weapons, but the technology to deliver those weapons via ballistic missiles that could reach Europe, other parts of Asia, and possibly North America itself. But the Islamic republic might be persuaded to reduce its ambition vis-à-vis missile range if it can secure satisfactory targets closer to home, he said.

The Iranian delegation did not make clear how many millions of Palestinians it is willing to exterminate in the process, but Habash believes that not to be a major consideration. “They’ve been backing attacks against fellow Muslims for more than thirty years, so actually caring about Muslim welfare isn;t what this is genuinely about,’ he explained. “If it were, Iran would have capitulated to the sanctions long ago.”

 

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Written by Thag

October 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Your Dog Wouldn't Like It and commented:
    Just four Nukes? OK as long as we can shoot your nukes down over Tehran, then throw another 50 at Iran as a whole.

    supajohnny

    October 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm


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