Friday, February 20, 2009

Good news in foreign policy

Iran holds enough uranium for bomb
In a development that comes as the Obama administration is drawing up its policy on negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear programme, UN officials said Iran had produced more nuclear material than previously thought.

They said Iran had accumulated more than one tonne of low enriched uranium hexafluoride at a facility in Natanz.

If such a quantity were further enriched it could produce more than 20kg of fissile material – enough for a bomb.
Wait, now you're going to tell me that years of bellicose rhetoric and diplomatic shunning from the Bush Administration didn't have any effect on the nuclear program of Iran? Color me stunned. But good for the UN for keeping tabs on their progress for us. Just one question: more than previously thought? Were you running inspections and missed a pile of uranium behind two fat Iranians? Didn't think they were serious? Found out they stopped giving away uranium as gifts and kept more for themselves? Thought Bush was actually effective? The good news is that countries usually wait to build a nuke when they have the material for multiple bombs, not just one. danger then.

Before Clinton's South Korea Visit, North Korea Steps Up War Rhetoric
North Korea stepped up its war rhetoric Thursday, saying its troops are "fully ready" for war with South Korea, just hours before a visit to Seoul by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The North's military accused South Korean President Lee Myung-bak of using "nonexistent" nuclear and missile threats as a pretext for an invasion and warned it was prepared for an "all-out confrontation."

The strident statement carried on state-run media comes amid reports that the North is preparing to test-fire a long-range missile and as Clinton heads to Seoul for talks Friday that are expected to focus on North Korea.
Look who decided to get back in the game! Threatening war and invasion while test firing a missile while Hill-dawg parties diplomatic-style in Seoul. We missed you. Of course all your missiles can do is get test fired into the ocean and, barring you finding actual food to feed your people, I doubt your army even has the strength to fight, let alone the weaponry. But hey, good news, Kim Jong-Il had a stroke and is almost dead, so I'm sure we won't have to find any of these things out before there's a massive power struggle for his throne and shoes with the 5 inch lifts.

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