Today is the day when Iran ‘celebrates’ the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Part of the celebrations, as promised by hard-line ayatollah Khamenei, is an announcement that will “punch the arrogance” of the West:
The Iranian nation, with its unity and God’s grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned.
As we wait with baited breath, Wretchard puts the scheduled in the context of the current geopolitical situation. And it isn’t all that reassuring.
In summary, the curtain rises on a scene where 1) Barack Obama has failed to contain Iranian nuclear ambitions; 2) Iran is in a state of turmoil; 3) regional conditions are at a heightened state of tension which even the Europeans are now alive to. But crucially these events are taking place at a time when Washington has paralyzed itself through incompetence so great that even liberals are calling for the dismissal of Barack Obama’s Chicago crew.
One would hope that the big announcement will be the lead up only to another ‘raspberry moment’ as it did four years ago. But all will be revealed in good time, as it always does.
So now we wait…
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed Thursday that Iran has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to a higher level, saying his country will not be bullied by the West into curtailing its nuclear program a day after the U.S. imposed new sanctions.(…)
Iran said Tuesday it had begun enriching uranium to 20 percent purity to power a research reactor for production of medical isotopes, up from 3.5 percent previously. But the international community has demanded a halt to all enrichment activity because the same process is used to produce weapons-grade material if it is enriched to a level of 90 percent.
Experts say that from 20 percent enrichment, Iran could make a quick leap to weapons-grade uranium. (…)
Addressing the crowd, Ahmadinejad swore ”the Iranian nation will never give in to bullying and illogical remarks” from the West.
”We have the capability to enrich uranium more than 20 percent or 80 percent but we don’t enrich (to this level) because we don’t need it,” he added. ”When we say we do not manufacture the bomb, we mean it, and we do not believe in manufacturing a bomb.” (…)
The president said Iran will triple the production of its low-enriched uranium in the future.
”God willing, daily production (of low enriched uranium) will be tripled,” he said.