Iran testing key nuclear bomb component
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In today's news we find a very disturbing article that reports that Iran is currently testing a key nuclear bomb component called UD3, or uranium deuteride. This is bascially the trigger for a nuclear bomb and what causes the chain reaction for a nuclear explosion. The Iran Focus website is reporting:
One formula stands out in the documents obtained by The Times: UD3, or uranium deuteride. Independent experts have confirmed that the only possible use for UD3 is as a neutron source, the trigger to the chain reaction for a nuclear explosion. Critically, while other neutron sources have possible civilian uses, UD3 has only one application — to be the metaphorical match that lights a nuclear bomb. UD3, when used in a neutron initiator, emits a stream of neutrons that ignite the core of a bomb, either weapons-grade uranium or plutonium. The stream of neutrons is released using high explosives to compress a core of solid UD3, creating fusion.
This development can be seen as a "smoking gun" for the true intentions of the radical Iranian regime. Iran has for years claimed that it's nuclear program was for peaceful purposes, but this recent discovery casts doubts and a new light on the illegal Iranian nuclear program. This discovery is likely to fuel fears across the world, especially in Israel as Iran moves closer and closer to the nuclear finish line. In a Haaretz news article today a nuclear expert claimed that this was indeed a "smoking gun" against the Iranian claims of peaceful nuclear technology. The article reported:
Mark Fitzpatrick, senior fellow for non-proliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, told The Times that the "most shattering conclusion is that, if this was an effort that began in 2007, it could be a casus belli. If Iran is working on weapons, it means there is no diplomatic solution."
"Is this the smoking gun? That's the question people should be asking. It looks like the smoking gun. This is smoking uranium," Fitzpatrick added.
For students of Bible prophecy this development should not be surprising as we have known all along that Iran was lying about their true intentions when it comes to their nuclear activites. The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared time and time again that the "imminent" collapse and destruction of Israel was at hand. And it doesn't take a whole lot of imagination to see that Iran plans to achieve their destruction of Israel by using these nuclear weapons against them. This is why it is so critical that the international community stop Iran, even if it means by force. The Iranians must have their nuclear program destroyed and crippling sanctions applied to them so as to force regime change so that the world is no longer under the threat of the radical mullahs in Tehran. If Iran is allowed to continue their nuclear program all the way to the finish line, they will then have the nuclear deterrent then to hold the world hostage and to threaten the world's supply of oil. The Iranians see the nuclear weapon as the key to taking a hold of power in the region and in the world.
As we have mentioned before in the Rapture Report, there have been several countries that have been front and center in helping Iran with their rogue nuclear program. They have mainly been Russia, North Korea, and Pakistan among others. The Haaretz article went on to report that the nuclear blueprints for the latest discovery very likely came from Pakistan.
Experts also mentioned to the British newspaper that Uranium deuteride is the material used in Pakistan's nuclear weaponry bomb, from where Iran obtained its blueprint. "Although Iran might claim that this work is for civil purposes, there is no civil application," David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, told The Times of London, adding that the document was "a very strong indicator of weapons work."
In signs that this could be the final straw that broke the camel's back, it was being suggested that the latest intelligence information about the UD3 development could increase pressure from the advocates in the US and Israel who support a pre-emptive attack on Iran. An Israeli spokesman responded:
Responding to The Times' findings, an Israeli government spokesperson said that Israel was "increasingly concerned about the state of the Iranian nuclear program and the real intentions that may lie behind it."
Publication of the nuclear documents will increase pressure for tougher UN sanctions against Iran, which are due to be discussed this week. But the latest leaks in a long series of allegations against Iran will also be seized on by hawks in Israel and the US, who support a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities before the country can build its first warhead.
While the article mentioned that there were suppose to be talks this week about further sanctions on Iran, it was also reported today that these talks were canceled until next year as the Chinese claimed that they had conflicts in their schedule and could not meet with the rest fo the world powers over such a serious topic. Another Haaretz news article reported:
Senior officials say that a meeting by five world powers on Iran's nuclear program has been canceled on China's request. The U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany had planned to meet Friday. Officials from three of the five powers demanded anonymity Monday because their information was confidential. One of the officials said China cited scheduling problems in asking for the cancellations. He and another official said the five now planned to talk via conference call.
I find it particularly curious and interesting that the Chinese could not find time in their schedules somewhere to discuss such an important development on the world stage as the newly revealed documents as those of the Iranian UD3 issue. We know from past Rapture Reports, that the Chinese have enormous economic interests invested in Iran. I have a feeling that this is simply a delay tactic on the part of the Chinese to help buy more time for Iran. It truly would not surprise me if the Chinese were the ones who were helping Iran with the UD3 issue if more infromation comes to light later. And on a final note, the news article reported further that Israel was adamant that the international community take action on Iran.
Israel's defense minister urged the world Monday to agree to tough new sanctions on Iran, suggesting that military strikes remained a final option should Tehran refuse to heed Security Council demands.
So it appears again that the news out of the Middle East continues to get more dangerous and explosive with each passing day. New discoveries about the Iranian nuclear program continues to set the stage for a possible confrontation between Israel and Iran. While the world heads furiously down the path toward propehtic fulfillment and finally towards the Tribulation period, the church always has the blessed hope of the rapture and the promises of God to be spared from the wrath to come. Let us keep focusing on the Middle East and the prophetic scenario that is unfolding before our eyes because before long we will here those wonderful words to "Come up hither"!!