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  1. #1 Iranian MPs propose bill to enrich uranium up to 60 percent 
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    Iranian MPs propose bill to enrich uranium up to 60 percent
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    ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's hardline lawmakers are seeking to increase uranium enrichment under the country's nuclear program to a level that can produce bomb-grade material, a state-run website said on Wednesday.

    The bill could bring Tehran into direct conflict with the major powers that reached an interim agreement with Iran in Geneva last month, requiring Tehran to suspend its enrichment of higher grade uranium.

    However, Iran's most powerful authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has so far backed the accord.

    The hardliners, irked by the foreign policy shift since moderate President Hasan Rouhani was elected in June, oppose the Geneva deal.

    The bill introduced on Wednesday, "if approved, will oblige the government to ... enrich uranium to 60 percent level in order to provide fuel for submarine engines if the sanctions are tightened and Iran's nuclear rights are ignored (by major powers)," said hardline lawmaker Mehdi Mousavinejad, according to the English language Press TV website.

    It was not immediately clear whether or when the parliament might discuss the bill but the official IRNA news agency said it was introduced by some 100 lawmakers and had been tagged with a "double urgency" status, meaning it could be discussed in parliament within a week.

    "The bill is aimed at giving an upper hand to our government and the negotiating team ... It will allow the government to continue our nuclear program if the Geneva deal fails," IRNA quoted Hossein Taghavi Hosseini, spokesman for parliament's National Security and Foreign Affairs committee, as saying....
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    Being authorized by law at the hands of a bunch of semiliterate Islamic politicians, and actually happening at the hands of the engineers and science staff responsible, aren't necessarily the same thing. Seems like more of a political gambit than a real issue, if the military and science staff wanted to enrich it to weapons grade, they'd be (And probably are) doing it whether Iranian law technically authorized it or not.

    On the plus side, it does greatly increase the dangers of processing the shit, so there's a lot more chance of Iranian weapons engineers soaking up a couple hundred Rads and going into 'Early retirement.'
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    Unfortunately, the hardest part of enrichment is the first 5%. After that, it's just a matter of repeating the process until you've reached weapons grade. We've already conceded the first 5%, so now it's just a matter of waiting for the mushroom cloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Unfortunately, the hardest part of enrichment is the first 5%. After that, it's just a matter of repeating the process until you've reached weapons grade. We've already conceded the first 5%, so now it's just a matter of waiting for the mushroom cloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    The question is why Obama wants a nuclear Iran.

    Not liking Isreal is a good motive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan D. Doty View Post
    Not liking Isreal is a good motive.
    Well, that would go along with all the academic divestment movements. Why isolate Israel now?

    (Although, perhaps Mossad has the real birth certificate.)
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