Iran nuke report has Israel buzzing

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report published on Tuesday asserting that Iran is indeed trying to build nuclear weapons was unsurprisingly the talk of Israel on Wednesday morning.

Israel's top daily newspapers carried massive frontpage headlines warning that fears of a nuclear Iran are materializing, after the IAEA report suggested the Islamic Republic could field as many as four nuclear warheads in the near future.

The report outlined how Iran had in recent years been working on nuclear bomb design and triggers, and had been testing the kinds of high explosives used in such weapons. It was also suggested that Pakistan, North Korea and, to a lesser extent, Russia had been aiding Iran in its quest to build a nuclear weapon.

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz said that the contents of the report were "not news to Israel," but did provide a good opportunity to get the international community on board for harsher action against Iran and its defiant nuclear program.

While US officials did say that increased American sanctions against Iran could be expected, it is unlikely that the UN will impose any additional sanctions due to Russian and Chinese opposition.

Both Russia and China continue to insist that the international community is making too big of a deal over Iran's nuclear program.

In light of the world's continuing inability to deal with the threat, even when that threat is confirmed by the UN itself, talk of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities is increasing.

The head of Israel's military censor said he did not feel that the public debate in Israel over whether or not to preepmtively strike Iran was a risk to national security.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned the IAEA report as "politically motivated," but then turned around and declared that Iran will continue its nuclear development despite international pressure.

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