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Iran's Heavy Water Plant Moves Forward

With little more than cable news reports and behind-the-curve newspaper reporting during a week of vacation disconnected from the internet, much has transpired in the Iranian nuclear crisis. Yet, on first glance as I become reconnected, little has been covered with proper context. (Naturally, the good men at Vital Perspective stayed on top of things.)

So, before the first word is scribed into commentary and/or analysis, what is the first piece of information about Iran on this busy Saturday?

That for Iran, ready for negotiations over all things non-nuclear, construction at the Arak heavy water reactor continues, which would give Iran the ability to produce plutonium for smaller, more effective (and more easily missile deliverable) nuclear weapons.

Iran's president launched a new phase in the Arak heavy-water reactor project on Saturday, saying Tehran would not give up its right to nuclear technology despite Western fears it aims to make atomic bombs.

It should be noted that, in their pursuit of nuclear weapons, both Pakistan and North Korea preferred the heavy water plant production of plutonium but shelved it because light water uranium enrichment could more readily be slipped beneath the proliferation radar, disguised as nuclear power research.

Iran rightly concludes – by feckless world ‘strongly worded’ reaction – that they need not be concerned with such trivial matters as world reaction.

As we noted on August 21 in Exploitation Week: The August 22 Iranian Kickoff, Iran was likely to further pursue a ‘divide and conquer’ diplomatic approach with their much-anticipated August 22 official response to the West’s nuclear incentives package and UN demands.

That Russia – as well as the EU’s Javier Solana - have both announced their desire to renew direct talks with Iran, Iran is maximizing Exploitation Week.

Much more on this and other Iran Nuclear Development issues to come shortly.