Iran is rapidly moving towards achieving legitimacy as a nuclear power, yet absent from President Obama's campaign speeches, and mainstream media coverage is the recent Department of Justice break-up of a “nuclear smuggling ring.”
An Iranian-national was arrested and detained in the Philippines---a country known for being a hot bed of Al Qaeda terrorism---along with the arrest of his co-conspirator in the US, Zongcheng Yi of China.
According to the briefing from Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
Parviz Khaki, an Iranian national, is alleged to have bought or attempted to buy from U.S. companies large quantities of dual-use equipment and raw materials for Iran’s gas centrifuge program.
This information is unlikely to sway the leftist strategy of appeasement even after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, 2011) revealed Iran’s use of R265 detonators for exploding nuclear warheads and the later ISIS report confirmed the devices would indeed fit into the nose-cone of their Shabab 3 missiles.
The IAEA’s report highlighted by the ISIS states:
Iran’s development of such detonators and equipment is a matter of concern.
A matter of concern, especially if you live in a country that Ahmadinejad has vowed to "wipe off the map," along with their allies. It should be noted that the Shabab 3 missile can reach up to 2,000 km; putting Israel well within reach. It could also be used against any forces in the general area, and if used in conjunction with a submarine, it can hit any country in the world.
See the below video of a launch of the Shabab 3 delivery system. Iran has only to work on enrichment, and a detonator to make the delivery system effective and operable.
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Of course, Iran maintains their new development is for 'civilian use,' but experts disagree stating
it is highly unlikely that civilian applications require use of a multi-point initiation system.
Conservative Report Online is developing a featured, in-depth look into Iran's Shabab 3 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program; Ahmadinjad's means of delivering a nuclear payload, and that Iran's detonator development possibly uses PETN; the same substance used in the failed “underwear bomber plot."
Critics are quick to point to the arrest of Parviz Khaki (the Iranian national) as proof that Iran is actually much further away from reaching its stated goals of nuclear energy, and even further away from reaching its unstated goal of amassing a nuclear weapon arsenal. What the critics fail to point out is, any rogue state pursuing nuclear warheads will have a need for this equipment---whether it is used to replace worn or broken equipment---or, a more likely scenario, to outsource the equipment and have it reverse-engineered, exclusively for their nuclear program.
Along with Khaki--his co-conspirator Zongcheng Yi of China--was also indicted on conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) while attempting to export illegal nuclear materials from the US, among many other charges. The ISIS report states Yi’s procurement (or attempted procurement)
"in particular could have been endeavors to obtain sufficient raw materials to build several thousand components for advanced gas centrifuges that are currently under development in Iran."
As stated, gasoline centrifuges already exist, and are already operating. The raw materials are to build additional units--most likely in China--who would then export them to Iran with the help of Yi.
With election day rapidly approaching, the coverage of Iran’s progress in becoming a nuclear power has been significantly muted.
Yesterday, President Obama addressed the United Nations (video below) and chose to avoid addressing the Iranian problem directly. Instead, the President stated "the future of the world will not be controlled by those defaming, or decrying Islam." The United States does not have an embassy in Iran, so the role of ambassador must be taken up by Obama himself; which he can either do in private or by taking advantage of scheduled meetings with world leaders.
Not only is the issue of Iran’s progress absent from media coverage, but it is also slipping away as an issue that should be important to voters; as I briefly addressed today on Yahoo News, the Obama administration are seasoned veterans at controlling the narrative, controlling the media and indeed, controlling the the issues too.
Since President Obama has placed his appearance on The View as his highest-priority-meeting this week, we can safely chalk the UN assembly up as a total waste of time, unless you are a member of a rogue nation trying to "wipe Israel off the map" and diligently seeking to develop a nuclear payload. The speech delivered by President Obama could have been done via webcast from the White House.
It is hard to believe, after the recent arrest by his own Justice Department---who just broke up a nuclear smuggling ring, strategically put in place to help Iran---that America would not take the opportunity to address Iran directly, and firmly.
It seems that Obama is confident enough in the lack of media coverage of Iran’s recent antics, that it will be brushed aside with nary a consequence on election day. While demagoguery is used for petty issues in interest of him holding onto power, we move a few steps closer to a more dangerous world.
The perpetrators remain comfortable, and unchecked. Considering Obama's flowery statement's regarding the "Arab Spring crisis"---whose botched handling of such led to Al Qaeda's 9/11 murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens, in conjunction with a myriad of other attacks by Islamic extremist on US Embassies---after the events at the UN, the perpetrators may indeed feel empowered.