chutzpah: Mullahs may defy IAEA’s call for uranium enrichment program
A.H. Jaffor Ullah
is again in the news, lately. This
time the controversy that surrounds this oil-rich nation is her much
dreaded uranium enrichment program, a technology without which no nation
on earth could make nuclear bomb. At
the heart of nuclear bomb making lies the availability of enriched uranium
that serves as the nuclear fuel. Therefore,
it is inconceivable an idea how could one make a nuclear bomb without
buckled under pressure from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
Iran had agreed to put moratorium on her uranium enrichment program.
The country at present is not making any enriched nuclear fuel but
just recently, its leaders are saber rattling telling the IAEA that the
nation may resume her uranium enrichment program.
And that is causing concern amongst civilized nations.
plethora of news reports on Iran’s threats to resume her nuclear program
has graced the pages of leading newspapers.
The two nations that aspire to join the coveted nuclear club are
Iran and North Korea. While
North Korea is using her nuclear program as a bargaining chip to receive
concession and financial aid from the West, Iran has not trodden that
path. To Mullah dominated
Shiite nation, having nukes has become rather a prestige issue.
I have no idea with whom Iran will pick a fight.
Saddam Hussein, Iran’s archenemy, is no longer in the catbird
seat in Baghdad and her neighbor to the east, Afghanistan is no more a
formidable force, nor is Turkmenistan, which seats to the north.
Unlike India and Pakistan, which had detonated their nukes in May
1998, Iran is not financially strapped; therefore, making nukes won’t
break Iran’s back. Overall,
Iran wants to join the prestigious nuclear club.
The ruling-Mullahs have cherished all along to have “crescent
nukes” in their possession and one-day they might have it.
The technology to make nuke is not a well-kept secret any more.
It is even available in the Internet.
Iran has trained nuclear chemists and physicists; therefore, with
appropriate budget and mindset the country may possess nuclear bombs.
However, IAEA is applying pressure on Iran and so far, the Mullahs
running the nation in a quasi-democratic way had listened to the
recommendations of the international body.
In recent days, the Mullahs are becoming restless for whatever
reason. Therefore, their
subtle threat to resume the mothballed nuclear enrichment program is
catching the eyes of the West.
rejected today (September 19, 2004) a U.N. resolution calling on it to
freeze uranium enrichment activities and threatened to “stop snap checks
of its atomic facilities if its case were sent to the U.N. Security
Council.” The Iranian
spokesperson even said that if the Security Council went as far as
punishing Tehran with sanctions, the Mullah-dominated nation might follow
North Korea and pull out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
altogether. It seems as if
Iran is now following North Korea to become another infant terrible.