Thursday, August 24, 2006

Thanks Democrats! Submarine Missiles Not Only Nuclear Threats U.S. Built During Cold War

From Florida's Sun-Sentinel Co.: U.S. built major Iranian nuclear facility


In the heart of Tehran sits one of Iran's most important nuclear facilities, a dome-shaped building where scientists have conducted secret experiments that could help the country build atomic bombs. It was provided to the Iranians by the United States.

In the 1960s [Notes 1,2,4] , the U.S. provided Iran its first nuclear research reactor. Despite Iran's enormous oil reserves, the shah wanted to build numerous nuclear power reactors, which American and other Western companies planned to supply.

Not only did the U.S. provide the reactor in the 1960s as part of a Cold War strategy, America also supplied the weapons-grade uranium needed to power the facility—fuel that remains in Iran and could be used to help make nuclear arms.

The fuel is about one-fifth the amount needed to make a nuclear weapon, but experts said it could be combined with other material to construct a bomb.

The IAEA rebuked Iran for failing to report these experiments and expressed concern about other activities in the reactor. These included tests involving the production of polonium-210, a radioisotope useful in nuclear batteries but also in nuclear weapons.

Iran said the uranium probably leaked when the cylinders were stored under the roof of the research reactor [Note 3] , where heat in the summer reached 131 degrees Fahrenheit. ...Eventually, Iran acknowledged the missing uranium had been used in key enrichment tests in another facility.

One Question:

Who did it? Answer: Apparently Democrats (in the LBJ administration and/or JFK):

In the 1960's? Why not be more precise? Who lead our country at this time? Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) until January, 1961; John F. Kennedy (D) until November, 1963; and Lyndon B. Johnson (D) from 1963 until January, 1969.


1-The [reactor] center was constructed from the early 1960s becoming operational [for certification testing] in 1965. The University of Tehran originally oversaw the center. source

2-Iranian Nuclear activities began by establishment of the Atomic Center of the Tehran University and construction of a 5 MW research reactor (using 93% enriched fuel) by an American company (AMF). Reactor [research] operations commenced in 1968. Two identical reactors were constructed by Americans for Pakistan and Turkey almost simultaneously. source

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) was established in 1974, under a mandate of working toward production of 2300O MW electricity by nnuclear power plants. The AEOI immediately assumed responsibility for Tehran University's 5 MW research reactor. The center was then called the Nuclear Research Center (NRC). Iran concluded an extendible, ten-year nuclear fuel contract with the US in 1974, Germany in 1976, and France in 1977. [ibid] &source

3- The Tehran Research Reactor (TRR) is a pool type reactor with a maximum thermal capacity of five megawatts. source

4- A civil nuclear co-operation programme was signed [sic] as soon as 1957 with the U.S. under the Atoms for Peace program. source emphasis added What does as soon as mean? It sounds vague, exactly like when this reactor was constructed.

5- "Atoms for Peace" was the title of a speech delivered by Dwight D. Eisenhower to the UN General Assembly in New York City on December 8, 1953. source


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