Natanz is where nuclear enrichment via the gaesous centrifuge process occurs. Uranium is converted into a gas and U-235 isotopes which are only .7% of natural uranium is increased as U-238 isotopes which is 99.3% are whirled to the wall. At 3-4%, electricity can be produced through fission; at 90% a terrorist A-bomb like the ones dropped by the United States over Hiroshima and Nagasaki can be deployed.
Iran was not part of Mr George W. Bush’s, an international terrorist in my opinion, State of the Union January 2002 Axis of Evil address when Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlevi (1919-80), the Shah of Iran with his Peacock Throne, ruled. This horrid dictator, who fellow war criminal and mass murderer Secretary of State Doctor Henry Kissinger was determined to support after exiled by the 1979 Iranian Revolution, was given nuclear technology and fuel by the United States. During the Cold War in the 1960s the U.S. provided, as reported in the Chicago Tribune, August 24, 2006, a nuclear reactor called the Tehran Research Reactor and, listen to this, 10 lbs of H.E.U. to the dictator. Highly-enriched uranium is weapons’ grade at approximately 90% U-235. This fissile material’s nucleus is capable of being divided by a smashing neutron (fission) and is still at the plant.
We hear much about the New Middle East as if the Bush administration is really interested in spreading liberal democracy to the sheikdoms and oil-rich states along the Gulf. During the Cold War, we were told it was a battle between good and evil, democracy and autocracy, God and atheism. Yet we gave a vicious, quasi-fascist Iranian dictator nuclear materials and a reactor. We exported nuclear materials because the shah was our kind of dictator; he was anti-Soviet although his Savak used the secret policy tactics of the K.G.B. He supported the west in its Manichaean struggle with the Soviets even though he represented the antithesis of democracy and human rights.
Much of Iranian hostility toward the U.S. can be traced to our support of this dictator who was swept from power in 1979 by the then exiled cleric Ayatollah Khomeini.
The U.S. was the progenitor of Iran’s nuclear programme.
The U.S. supported a ruthless dictator and deliberately engaged in nuclear proliferation in explicit violation of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s ban on H.E.U. transfers to non-nuclear states.
Each nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly; and not in any way to assist, encourage, or induce any non-nuclear-weapon State to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosive devices
The Iranians are clearly attempting to advance their nuclear capabilities to generate electricity or other objectives. They construe the U.S. as a threat and, perhaps ironically, are developing a nuclear deterrent to prevent their previous nuclear patron, who has armed forces in the American colonies, Iraq (140,000) and Afghanistan (30,000 and increasing from one to four brigades), from undermining their national sovereignty.