Even Europe now sure Iran wants nukes

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

It's not just Israel and the US who are convinced Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.

On Wednesday the European Union warned in a statement prepared for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the Islamic Republic is rapidly approaching the point where it could assemble a nuclear missile warhead.

The Europeans told the IAEA board that they are also relatively certain that Iran had a nuclear arms program in the past which they believe was halted for several years, but which is in full swing again today.

The EU also appeared to be waking up to the fact that weak international diplomatic efforts are failing to convince Iran to stop enriching uranium. Europe had been the primary proponent of toothless diplomacy without any threat of military force.

Many Israelis experts fear that Europe and the US are coming to these realizations a little too late, as they believe Iran is now less than one year away from fielding a nuclear weapon.

In related news, it appeared on Wednesday that Russia would prevent the passing of a fourth round of sanctions against Iran before the proposal could even make it to the UN Security Council.

The Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany were scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the opening of the UN General Assembly to discuss additional sanctions, but Russia dropped out in protest over American criticism of its invasion of neighboring Georgia.

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman later indicated that Moscow no longer views Iran's defiant nuclear program as a crisis situation, and would not be joining any more emergency meetings on the subject.

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