Iran nuke facility begins operation

AP/Washington Post:

An Iranian plant that produces heavy water officially went into operation on Saturday, despite U.N. demands that Tehran stop the activity because it can be used to develop a nuclear bomb.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the plant, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes.

The announcement comes days before Thursday's U.N. deadline for Iran to stop uranium enrichment _ which also can be used to create nuclear weapons _ or face economic and political sanctions. Tehran has called the U.N. Security Council resolution "illegal" and said it won't stop enrichment as a precondition to negotiations.

Mohammed Saeedi, the deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said the heavy water plant is "one of the biggest nuclear projects" in the country, state-run television reported. He said the plant will be used in the pharmaceutical field and in diagnosing cancer.

The plant's top official, Manouchehr Madadi, said the facility has the ability to produce up to 16 tons of heavy water a year.

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There is more. I do not believe President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nor Mohammed Saeedi and their refusal to comply with UN regulations gives additional reasons not to believe them. They are part of that Muslim cult frame of mind that says it is OK to lie to outsiders when you are on a mission from God. The plant should be high on our target list.

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