Peaceful nuclear arms, no doubt. “Iran: Secret memo reveals Khamenei plan for nuclear arms, says report,” from AKI, September 15 (thanks to C.C.):
Tehran, 15 Sept. (AKI) – Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reportedly has a secret plan to accelerate nuclear arms production by simulating a breakdown at the nuclear reactor of Bushehr.
That is according to a memorandum circulated among several western intelligence services cited in the Italian daily, La Stampa.
The Khamenei initiative dates back to the day after 6 September 2007 when Israeli warplanes struck an alleged nuclear reactor that was allegedly being developed in northern Syria.
The effectiveness of that attack frightened Khamenei who feared the same could happen to Iranian nuclear plants.
A few weeks later in Iranian capital Tehran, Khamenei gathered a group of senior officials responsible for national security and nuclear power, including Mohsen Fahrizadeh, entitled Project III – the programme suspected of planning the development of nuclear arms.
On that occasion, according to the memorandum, Khamenei spoke of the need to accelerate the military project in such a way that it did not run the risk of breaching the rules of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
During the meeting several proposals were discussed and at the end of the talks, “Khamenei called for a plan to be drawn up to exploit the nuclear material of the Bushehr plant to obtain plutonium”.
According to sources cited in the document, there were moments of tension during the meeting because several of the officials there “warned Khamenei repeatedly” that if they took this course, Iran would “pay a serious political price”….
Maybe. Maybe not.