I Hate to Say I Told You So, But. . . (Iran Is After Nuke Bombs)
(Guardian) The Iranian government has been successfully scouring
Europefor the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programs. Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes.
It concludes that
Syriaand have also been buying technology and chemicals needed to develop rocket programs and to enrich uranium. It outlines the role played by Pakistan Russiain the escalating Middle East arms build-up, and examines the part that dozens of Chinese front companies have played in 's nuclear weapons program. North Korea
"In addition to sensitive goods,
continues intensively to seek the technology and know-how for military applications of all kinds," it says. Iran
More flawed intelligence from US agencies? More trumped-up charges to try and justify a war by the cowboy Bush? More over-aggressive foreign policy, where we try to justify the whims of a proverbial “Bull in a china shop”? Nope, in fact the
The 55-page intelligence assessment, dated July 1 2005, draws upon material gathered by British, French, German and Belgian agencies, and has been used to brief European government ministers and to warn leading industrialists of the need for vigilance when exporting equipment or expertise to so-called rogue states.
Iranian scientists are said to be building wind tunnels to assist in missile design, developing navigation technology, and acquiring metering and calibration technology, motion simulators and x-ray machines designed to examine rocket parts. The next generation of the Shahab ("shooting star" in Persian) should be capable of reaching
Austriaand . Italy
Sleep tight Europe,