compiled by Cem Ertür
10 April, 2009
1) Nuclear advances bring Iran closer to bomb capability, experts warn
2) GRAPHIC: The world in nuclear weapons
3) Spiegel interview with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
4) VIDEO: Defiant Iran opens nuclear fuel facility
Nuclear advances bring Iran closer to bomb capability, experts warn (*)
by Julian Borger, Guardian, 10 April 2009
Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared progress yesterday on two fronts in his country’s nuclear programme, both of which were said by western experts to bring Iran closer to a bomb.
Western governments say plutonium will be made at the Arak reactor, and that the centrifuges are ultimately intended for weapons-grade uranium. Both plutonium and highly enriched uranium can be used to make a nuclear bomb.
The Iranian president’s announcement, made at the formal opening of a fuel fabrication plant in the city of Isfahan to mark Iran’s official “nuclear technology day”, raises the stakes in future negotiations over Iran’s refusal to abide by UN security council resolutions demanding the suspension of uranium enrichment.
(*) title of the print edition
GRAPHIC: The world in nuclear weapons
April 6, 2009
Spiegel interview with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
‘We Are Neither Obstinate nor Gullible’
We have no interest in building a nuclear weapon. We have sent the IAEA thousands of pages of reports and made thousands of hours of inspections possible. The IAEA cameras monitor our activities. Who is dangerous, and whom should the inspectors distrust? Those who secretly built the bomb, or us, who are cooperating with the IAEA?
[A]s long as there is no justice, there can be no solution. One cannot measure the world with a double standard — that was Mr. Bush’s big mistake. The Americans should not make the same mistake again. We say: We are willing to cooperate under fair conditions. The same conditions, and on a level playing field.
[Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, interview with Der Spiegel, 10 April 2009]
[DS added the video]
VIDEO: Defiant Iran opens nuclear fuel facility – 09 Apr 09
Iran’s president has inaugurated the country’s first nuclear fuel production plant in Isfahan.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked Iran’s National Nuclear Day with a speech, saying his country is open to talks based on “justice and respect”.
Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reports.