A recent press release from the James Martin Center for Non Proliferation studies, at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, (http://cns.miis.edu/) lists the ten most significant proliferation related events of 2007.  (http://cns.miis.edu/cns/media/pr080108_cns_top10.pdf)

One of the events sited in the article, is the Iranian government announcement that Iran has reached a goal of having some 3000 operational centrifuges for its uranium enrichment program. The article further reminds us that in the next few years, Iran will have enough Uranium for a nuclear weapon. This is old news to most people, and of less concern to many after the  latest U.S. National intelligence estimate theorized that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program**.  The fact that the Iranian Enrichment program continues, even though the Russians are slated to supply the fuel for the Bushehr reactor, has escaped the main stream media’s attention.  The assumption of some is that the U.S. leadership has overstated the threat posed by Iran. The current administration is not likely to try and refute the national intelligence council report, and is too far along in its last term to care and try to prove itself right about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This isn’t to say a conflict of some sort isn’t right around the corner, although since the National Intelligence Council Report, it is more likely to be a conflict in the Strait of Hormuz, than a pre-emptive strike.

 The News reports today state that Iran will reveal information about its past nuclear activity sometime in the next four weeks, and note the ongoing dialogue between the Iranian regime, and the International Atomic Energy agency. The fact that the Iranians continue to ignore U.N. Security Council demands needs to remain part of every story on the Iranian nuclear issue. International pressure against Iran will wane, as the public forgets the fine points of these issues. The media must restate the facts when reporting the news, lest the “news” stories become nothing more than editorials.


** (http://www.dni.gov/press_releases/20071203_release.pdf).





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