Iran to escalate nuclear program

Monday, November 30, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Iran on Sunday announced that it will build 10 additional uranium enrichment facilities in the near future to boost its defiant nuclear program.

The decision was a slap in the face to the US and other international powers that as recently as last week believed they were making headway with the Islamic Republic.

Late last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) censured Iran after it learned of a previously undisclosed uranium enrichment facility. Tehran responded with its decision to expand its nuclear program.

Washington and many European nations warned that Iran is playing with fire, and that time is running out to cooperate with the international community. But such threats have been tossed out for nearly a decade now, and few in Iran still take them seriously.

Speaking at the annual Eilat Journalism Conference on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his position that the time for words has ended, and now is the time to take action. He urged the US and other world powers to finally follow through on threats to impose painful sanctions on Iran and demonstrate that they are not all bark and no bite.

Netanyahu said Iran is actually in a very vulnerable position, and if the international community makes clear via firm action that the current regime is going to bring the country to ruin, the people of Iran will do something about it.

In related news, Iran's parliament on Sunday passed a bill allocating $20 million in aid to Islamic terrorist organizations operating in the Middle East. The bill stated that the money is to be used to "support progressive currents that resist illegal activities by the governments of the US and Britain."

The bill did not list any particular groups by name, but Iran already financially supports the Lebanese terrorist militia Hizballah, as well as the Palestinian terror group Hamas.

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