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“The facts on the ground in Iran seem to support Iran’s assertion that it has been systematically working on developing a fuel-fabrication capability,” Mark Hibbs, an analyst at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said today in an interview in Vienna. “This should provide the six powers more confidence that Iran has a narrative to explain its interest in 20 percent-enriched uranium fuel.” ››read more
Editor's note: David Albright's claim that Iran could convert its enriched uranium stockpile to weapons grade in a clandestine facility is wilfully misleading in ignoring the fact that any diversion of nuclear material to weapons' grade would be detected by the IAEA inspectors, as acknowledged by Pentagon spokesman, George Little, in December 2011. All IAEA's reports to date have confirmed the non-diversion of nuclear material in Iran.
As Syria descends deeper into civil war and human misery, pressure for yet another western military intervention in the Arab world is growing. Last week, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, declared that the US might take the "military option" in Syria if it was "asked to do so". Barack Obama's Republican rival Mitt Romney is meanwhile demanding that the US government arm the Syrian opposition. ››read more
But a fact-checking problem is that no senior Iranian official has threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Dan Meridor, who is also Israel’s minister of intelligence and atomic energy, reluctantly conceded the point during an interview with Aljazeera on April 14. Meridor agreed that Iranian leaders “didn’t say, ‘We’ll wipe Israel out.’” ››read more
France and Germany were prepared in spring 2005 to negotiate on an Iranian proposal to convert all of its enriched uranium to fuel rods, making it impossible to use it for nuclear weapons, but Britain vetoed the deal at the insistence of the United States, according to a new account by a former top Iranian nuclear negotiator. ››read more
Editor's note: Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in US national security policy.