Thursday, September 15, 2005

OK, This Is Scary....

Forget Katrina. Forget Iraq.

Iran offers nuclear know-how to Islamic states

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is ready to share its nuclear technology, considered to be a front for bomb-making by Washington, with other Islamic countries, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Thursday.

The comments were likely to heighten Western concerns about Tehran's nuclear program just ahead of a key meeting of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog this month which could decide to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action.

"The Islamic Republic never seeks weapons of mass destruction and with respect to the needs of Islamic countries, we are ready to transfer nuclear know-how to these countries," the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

The remarks were made during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, IRNA said.


Satellite photos show N. Korea nuclear activity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New satellite photos show for the first time that North Korea has resumed some work on a nuclear reactor that could enable the communist state to vastly increase stocks of weapons-grade plutonium, but the activity seems to be modest, an analyst said.

The photos, obtained by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, also appear to confirm earlier reports that the North Koreans have unloaded and restocked a smaller plutonium-producing reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, the analyst, Corey Hinderstein, told Reuters late on Wednesday.

ISIS, which has often produced authoritative research on North Korea and Iran, ordered the images from a commercial satellite firm. U.S. intelligence is believed to have higher-resolution images but they are classified.

The new data comes to light as six-country talks designed to end the North's nuclear weapons program have stalemated in Beijing. Negotiators will try again to break the deadlock on Thursday.

So basically, while Bush bullied a non-WMD nation, these guys have had the run of the table and are now prepared to share what they've learned with such bastions of freedom as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

What a bunch of dickheads...