September 14, 2006

Deja U-235 All Over Again?

The WaPo publishes a story to the effect that international inspectors are criticizing a US Congressional report on Iran's nuclear program as inaccurate and alarmist:
Yesterday's letter, a copy of which was provided to The Washington Post, was the first time the IAEA has publicly disputed U.S. allegations about its Iran investigation. The agency noted five major errors in the committee's 29-page report, which said Iran's nuclear capabilities are more advanced than either the IAEA or U.S. intelligence has shown.

Among the committee's assertions is that Iran is producing weapons-grade uranium at its facility in the town of Natanz. The IAEA called that "incorrect," noting that weapons-grade uranium is enriched to a level of 90 percent or more. Iran has enriched uranium to 3.5 percent under IAEA monitoring.
If the IAEA is right, and they seem to have been about Iraq, all the more reason for caution on this issue, and in fact, a démarche toward the mullahs.

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