Sunday, July 11, 2004

Iran downplays possibility of Israeli attack on nuclear sites

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Iran downplays possibility of Israeli attack on nuclear sites 2004-07-11 19:56:58

TEHRAN, July 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran on Sunday posed an indifferent stance on the rumors about the possibility of an Israeli attack on its nuclear sites, the official IRNA news agency reported.
'No country would dare to launch a military attack on Iran, and it was only a propaganda,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi was quoted as saying.
According to reports, Israel has threatened to attack Iran's nuclear sites to prevent the latter from developing the alleged nuclear weapons. The Israeli air force might launch a raid against Bushehr power plant in southwestern Iran, the reports said. The Islamic republic has consistently denied the allegation that it is seeking nuclear weapons under the disguise of civil utilization."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attacking Bushehr would only be symbolic because it is not where Iran would be making nuclear materials for a hypothetical bomb. Any nation wanting to make pre-emptive strikes against Iranian nuclear infrastructure would target, if they were rational, the uranium conversion and enrichment facilities. It seems clear that Iran, if it chooses to go nuclear, will utilize the U235 approach over the Pu239 route. Bushehr has no relevence to the former path and little to the latter.

So, yes, Iran would not be worried much about Bushehr being hit except by an Israel that just wants to make powerful but meaningless military gestures.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sort of assumes that Iran really had a bomb project. Not even the IAEA goes that far. Still no smoking gun.

6:37 PM  

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