Tehran, 10 Apr. (IPS) “Tomorrow night, God willing and thanks to imam Reza, a news would reach the Iranian people making everybody happy”, Iran’s mystical President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad promised on Monday.
Speaking to families of martyrs and benevolent people in the holly city of Mash-had, the capital city of the north-eastern Khorasan Razavi province, the President said “after people heard the complete news, they must pray because time for thanksgiving (the Almighty) has arrived”, according to the official news agency IRNA.
the good news is related to Iran's achievement of uranium enrichment at 3.5 percent.
Though Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad did not revealed the nature of that great news, but informed sources speculated that he might announce the completion by Iranian scientist of the full nuclear cycle by enriching uranium up to 3.5 per cent, which is the required level for non military purposes of nuclear energy.
Earlier, the Iranian internet news service “Irannews” quoted lawmakers as having said that Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad would announce in the coming days that Iran has enriched uranium to 3.5 per cent, “thus opening the doors of the Atomic Club to our country”.
The hard line daily “Jomhouri-e Eslami” (Islamic Republic) that belong to Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i said “the good news is related to Iran's achievement of uranium enrichment at 3.5 percent and creating a laboratory platform that will register Iran in the club of nuclear fuel countries".
“Thanks to the resistance and sacrifices of the martyr’s families, today enemies can’t do a damn thing against us and they knows that’, he said, referring to a famous phrase of the leader of the Islamic Revolution Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeiny saying in one of his speeches that “America can’t do a damn thing against the Islamic Republic” (amrika hic qalati nemitavanad bekonad).
The announcement, -- in case the speculations are correct --, would come as a response to press reports that the White House is seriously considering the option of a pre-emptive air attack on Iran’s military and nuclear centres.
”The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups. The officials say that President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime the opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium”, wrote the respected investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in the “New Yorker Magazine” to appear on 17 April.
The news, if announced as expected, would also concide with a possible visit to Tehran due this week by the general director of the international nuclear watchdog (IAEA) Mohammad El-Barade’i in an effort to persuade the Iranians to comply with the United Nations Security Council’s demand from Tehran to halt all nuclear activities.
In its last session, the UNSC called unanimously on Iran to suspend all its atomic activities and gave Mr. El-Barade’i one month to report on Tehran’s compliance with the demand.
But Tehran responded immediately that it would not bow to a decision that it regards as ‘illegal” and would continue with research and development programmes that includes enriching uranium.
“They know that they can’t do anything. They (the Security Council’s 15 members) have given themselves 30 days. That Iran stops what?. From it’s right? We are the only country that all our activities are under the surveillance of the IAEA and they lie saying we have faulted. We have a legal right written by them and we progress according to the same laws. If one must be prevented (from nuclear technology) it is they, not us” Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad told a crowd chanting “Death to America. Nuclear technology is our right”.
Repeating that Iran was not after nuclear weapons, he nevertheless reiterated that on the nuclear issue, he would not “step back one iota from the right of the Iranian nation”. IRAN URANIUM ENRICHING 120406