'U.S. knew of secret Iranian nuclear plant for years'
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In a surprising article in today's news it was announced that Iran is currently building a second "secret" nuclear enrichment facility inside the country. After defying the international community for the past five years on it's known nuclear program it is troubling to hear about this disturbing news today. However, the news article suggests that the US knew of this secret nuclear enrichment facility for years. The Haaretz news is reporting:
The United States has known for years of the existence of a secret Iranian nuclear enrichment facility, a senior U.S. official stated Friday. The official stated that the facility is well-hidden and well-defended and that Iranian officials admitted to building the facility after they discovered that its existence was known.
The IAEA earlier Friday demanded access to the second plant, which it was informed of by Tehran on Monday. Two officials told the Associated Press on Friday that Iran revealed the existence of the second plant in a letter sent to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei. IAEA spokesman Marc Vidricaire confirmed receipt of the letter, saying the agency was informed that a new pilot fuel enrichment plant is under construction. The letter said that the plant would not enrich uranium beyond the 5 percent level suitable for civilian energy production. That would be substantially below the threshold of 90 percent or more needed for a weapon. Iran told the agency that no nuclear material has been introduced into the facility, he said. In response, the IAEA has requested Iran to provide specific information and access to the facility as soon as possible.
So as we can see by this article that Iran is currently building and developing secret nuclear programs beyond the ones that are already known. The question I have to ask is that if Iran is just now notifying the IAEA about this secret enrichment program, how many more programs are there out there that still remain unaccounted for? I believe this article just goes to show that the Iranians have absolutely not intention of giving up their nuclear dreams and aspirations. The Iranians believe that by having a nuclear weapons program that they can control the vital Middle East region and become a world power with the backing of their nuclear weapons.
The admission of the secret nuclear facility should be very worrisome to the international community. If the US knew of this secret facility it is probably true that the Israelis knew about it as well. I would imagine that the secret facility was discussed between the US and Israel during the George W. Bush era as the US and Israel maintained strong ties during that time. This can't be said for the current Obama era.
In another article in the Jerusalem Post it is being reported that US President Obama has demanded that Iran cooperate with the international community and come clean on all of it's nuclear activities. The Jerusalem Post reports:
President Barack Obama declared Friday that Iran is on a path to confrontation with world powers unless it agrees to "come clean" and disclose all its nuclear activities. He said he would not rule out military action. Obama joined the leaders of Britain and France in accusing the Islamic republic of clandestinely building an underground plant to make nuclear fuel that could be used to build an atomic bomb. Iranian officials acknowledged the facility but insisted it had been reported to nuclear authorities as required. "Iran's action raised grave doubts" about its promise to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes only, Obama told a news conference at the conclusion of a G-20 summit whose focus on world economic recovery was overshadowed by disclosure of the Iranian plant.
Iran is currently set to meet with world powers on October 1st in a much anticipated meeting over it's nuclear programs. US President Obama is reported to have given Iran a choice on October 1st to come clean with it's nuclear activities or face harsh sanctions and further intenrational isolation. The Jerusalem Post article went on to further state:
Obama said a telling moment could come next week when Iran meets with US and other world powers to discuss the nuclear issue. "Iran is on notice that when we meet with them on Oct. 1 they are going to have to come clean and they are going to have to make a choice," he said, between international isolation and giving up any aspirations to becoming a nuclear power. If they refuse to give ground, they will stay on "a path that is going to lead to confrontation." In his earlier announcement about the secret Iranian facility, Obama said, "Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow. The size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program. Unbowed, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country had done nothing wrong and Obama would regret his accusations.
As we can see here that Iran remains defiant in the face of further threats from the international community. I don't think Iran is scared or intimidated by further sanctions as they see the light at the end of the nuclear tunnel. The international community has spent the last five years "talking" with Iran about it's nuclear activities and have not made any progress during that time to get Iran to suspend their program. There is simply no reason to suspect that between now and the February nuclear date that anything will change. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Iran will continue to play the "cat and mouse" game until they have achieved nuclear status.
In another Jerusalem Post article the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Iran to prove that it's nuclear program was for peaceful purposes. The article reported:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday urged Iran to prove it is not seeking to develop atomic weapons, stepping up pressure on Teheran and signaling increased solidarity with Western nations determined to rein in its nuclear program. Medvedev said revelations that Iran has secretly been building a uranium-enrichment plant raised "serious concerns," and demanded Teheran come to the table at an international meeting next week with a cooperative attitude and evidence of peaceful intentions. "We are counting on Iran - particularly in light of the newly revealed information about the construction of a new enrichment plant - to provide convincing evidence of it intention to seek to develop nuclear energy with purely peaceful aims," Medvedev said in the statement.
As we all know Russia has been the main source behind the Iranian nuclear program from a technological standpoint. I for one am not buying the Russians statements on Iran as I believe the Russians know exactly what Iran plans to do with their nuclear program. Afterall, they are the ones helping to make this "islamic nuclear bomb" possible. The Russians very routinely try to sit on the fence and try to look neutral on international issues such as the one with Iran. Russia is only concerned with what is good for Russia. If Russia does well and the rest of the world is nuked to death, the Russians could hardly care. The Russians are concerned more with their economic interests and their desire to make life difficult for the "West" after losing the "Cold War".
In trying to figure out the meaning and implications of the newest revelation of a second Iranian nuclear enrichment facility I can't help but wonder if this will put more pressure on Israel to strike Iran or if the Israelis already knew about the second facility and have already factored it into their equation on what they are going to do? At this point in time I have seen no indications or articles from the Israelis stating that they knew about the second facility. And that maybe intentional because if the Israelis are going to strike Iran they may not want the Iranians to catch on to how much they know about their nuclear programs. Those "known" and those "secret".
With today's announcement this should give us extra incentive to keep watching the situation in the Middle East as it could potentially break out in conflict at anytime.
In other news, Palestinian President Abbas has announced that "time is running out" for making peace in the region. The Jerusalem Post reports:
Time is running out to make peace with Israel, Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, in a speech which CNN said hit all of the points the Palestinian Authority president was expected to mention. After making brief references to climate change, global warning, and the global financial crisis, Abbas took the UN to task for a "lack of commitment to the charter of this organization, and the extent to which resolutions are implemented." He said that UN archives contained "not tens, but hundreds of resolutions which have not been implemented," documenting the "suffering of the Palestinian people… to which the UN is a living witness."
Abbas went on to further state:
Abbas went on to blame "Israel's colonial occupation" for stalling a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian people, specifically Israeli settlement policy in east Jerusalem and the West Bank security barrier, which he repeatedly referred to as the "apartheid wall." The PA president bemoaned "holy Jerusalem" becoming "completely isolated from its surroundings due to what he termed an "escalation" in settlement construction.
Regardless, he said, "Time is running out, and the risks are becoming greater," as the Palestinian people suffer "under the last occupation regime in the world." In an interview with the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper published Thursday, meanwhile, Abbas said that the Palestinians cannot return to peace talks at this time because of "fundamental disagreements" with Israel on what should be on the agenda. Abbas rebuffed an appeal Obama that both sides get back to the table promptly. The PA president said he wants to avoid a crisis with the Obama administration at any cost and emphasized that dialogue was the only way to close the gaps and resume negotiations. But he said that for now "there is no common ground" with Netanyahu.
With Iran making political waves today with their recent reporting of a secret nuclear enrichment program and the continued stalemate in the Middle East peace process it seems to me that it is just a matter fo time before we reach a climax and conflict breaks out. I do believe that some how and some way Israel will see to it that Iran does not reach the point of no return on their nuclear program or at least to the point that they can strike Israel with nukes. If Israel does indeed strike Iran, I believe this could be the catalyst that starts the prophetic ball rolling towards the Tribulation period.
Let us continue to watch and keep looking for the blessed home of the Rapture. As we see the signs around us pointing to the end, we should remember the Lord's words to "look up, you redemption draws nigh".