Jamsheed K. Choksy
Radio Free Europe
September 30, 2009
Editor’s note: The only problem with this scenario is that Cuba actually had nuclear weapons provided by Russia, Iran does not.
[efoods]Iran is well on its way to becoming a nuclear power. Iranian officials have been loud and clear: their country’s nuclear program is not bazaar merchandise. Nothing withheld by sanction, offered in exchange, or threatened for noncompliance has so far induced Tehran to trade.
Hence the latest angst in Washington, London, Paris, and Berlin — this time triggered by Iran’s disclosure to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the construction of a plant to enrich uranium near the holy city of Qom. Iranian officials responded, feigning puzzlement, that they were fulfilling international treaty obligations in a timely fashion although IAEA rules (which Iran unilaterally abrogated) require notification prior to construction.
Of course, in this age of high-tech surveillance, the U.S. government had known of the facility’s existence since shortly after construction supposedly began in 2005 — although reports from Iran suggest that the project’s inception dates to the early 1990s and received Chinese assistance. So some, if not all, of the intelligence agencies of other permanent members in the United Nations Security Council (the so-called P5) knew as well.