Following the nuclear deal reached in Switzerland, The New York Times editorial board said the “preliminary agreement between Iran and the major powers is a significant achievement that makes it more likely Iran will never be a nuclear threat.”
The Times is the crown jewel of establishment propaganda, so it stands to reason it would mangle the truth to fit the agenda. Its editorial board continues:
There is good reason for skepticism about Iran’s intentions. Although it pledged not to acquire nuclear weapons when it ratified the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1970, it pursued a secret uranium enrichment program for two decades. By November 2013, when serious negotiations with the major powers began, Iran was enriching uranium at a level close to bomb-grade.
Iran has thus far enriched uranium at 20 percent. It takes 90 percent highly enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon.
Obama Administration Admits Iran Not Developing Nuclear Weapon
Following the success of the Joint Plan of Action to curb Iran’s nuclear program last year, Secretary of State John Kerry said:
Since its implementation, Iran has complied with its obligations to neutralize its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium; cap its stockpile of 5 percent enriched uranium; not install advanced centrifuges; not install or test new components at its Arak reactor; and submit to far more frequent inspections of its facilities.
“Iran will further reduce the capacity of that enriched uranium to be used by turning it into fuel for the research reactor, which makes it almost impossible to be used in a weapon,” Kerry told Fox News. “In addition, we have inspectors in their facilities every single day. In addition to that, they have not been able to move forward on the Arak plutonium heavy water reactor.”
The Obama administration admitted that a quarter of the 20 percent enriched uranium oxide would be converted into fuel plates for the Tehran Research Reactor. The conversion will make it difficult and time consuming for Iran to use 20 percent enriched uranium for the further enrichment required for a bomb.
In December, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said “Iran was not enriching uranium above a fissile concentration of 5 percent, far below the 90 percent level needed for atomic arms. It also said Iran had not made ‘any further advances’ to its activities at two enrichment facilities and an unfinished heavy water reactor,” according to Reuters.
U.S. and Israel More of a Threat than Iran
Despite the reality of Iran’s fledgling nuclear program, the United States and Israel continue to insist the third world nation is a threat.
Following the agreement in Switzerland on Thursday, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said the deal will “threaten the survival of Israel” and would “increase the risks of nuclear proliferation in the region and the risks of a horrific war.”
“I want to make clear to all,” Netanyahu continued. “The survival of Israel is non-negotiable. Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.”
Netanyahu’s remarks reveal what the real agenda is – making certain Israel is the only state in the Middle East to possess nuclear weapons and also forcing neighboring Arab countries and Persian Iran to officially accept the Israeli state despite objections to its treatment of Palestinians and its antagonistic relationship with its neighbors (in particular Lebanon which Israel invaded on five different occasions).
As Warren Mass notes, the threat posed by Iran is at best negligible. “One wonders if the reason the big powers like to push Iran around so much is precisely because they have such a weak military,” he writes. “China is estimated to have about 250 nuclear warheads, yet there is no call to impose sanctions on that communist tyranny. Maybe because it also has a military of more than two million active and two million reserve personnel, almost 5,000 armored fighting vehicles, almost 3,000 aircraft, and more than 500 naval vessels.”
Iran has not attacked another nation in over 500 years, although it was attacked with the blessing of the United States by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and has suffered economic sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe – tantamount to a declaration of war – since the Iranian revolution in 1979.
U.S. the Only Nation to Use Nuclear Bombs
Finally, there is only one nation that has used nuclear weapons – the United States. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings targeted civilians and killed nearly 130,000 of them.
In total, the U.S. has about 4,800 nuclear warheads, including tactical, strategic, and non-deployed weapons. Russia has 1,643 strategic warheads. China, France, the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan all have under 300 each.
If not for a disgruntled nuclear technician, Mordechai Vanunu, we would probably not know about Israel’s nuclear program. It is estimated Israel has 200 or more nuclear weapons, but it is difficult to determine the actual number since Israel denies it has developed nuclear weapons.
“In the Arab world and beyond, there is growing impatience with the skewed nuclear status quo,” writes Julian Borger. “Egypt in particular has threatened to walk out of the NPT unless there is progress towards creating a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. The western powers promised to stage a conference on the proposal in 2012 but it was called off, largely at America’s behest, to reduce the pressure on Israel to attend and declare its nuclear arsenal.”
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