AP’s Iran nuclear diagram amateurish hoax: Scientists


The Associated Press on Tuesday presented a diagram in a report and claimed it was leaked by officials from a country critical of Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Two nuclear scientists have strongly criticized as “either slipshod analysis or an amateurish hoax” a report by the Associated Press about a diagram according to which the news network claimed that Iran is seeking to produce nuclear weapon.

The Associated Press on Tuesday presented a diagram in a report and claimed it was leaked by officials from a country critical of Iran’s nuclear energy program. The report said that Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in Japan. The diagram showed a yield of 50 kilotons.

Nuclear scientists Yousaf Butt and Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, writing on the website of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, said the AP report contained a “massive error.”

They said the “level of scientific sophistication” to draw the diagram “corresponds to that typically found in graduate or advanced undergraduate-level nuclear physics courses.”

Meanwhile, diplomats working with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also conceded on Friday that the AP document against Iran’s nuclear energy program was “scientifically flawed.”

The United States, israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.  Continue reading

The Next War on Washington’s Agenda

By Paul Craig Roberts

Only the blind do not see that the US government is preparing to attack Iran. According to Professor Michel Chossudovsky, “Active war preparations directed against Iran (with the involvement of Israel and NATO) were initiated in May 2003.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28542

Washington has deployed missiles directed at Iran in its oil emirate puppet states, Oman and the UAE, and little doubt in the other US puppet states in the Middle East. Washington has beefed up Saudi Arabia’s jet fighter force. Most recently, Washington has deployed 9,000 US troops to Israel to participate in “war games” designed to test the US/Israeli air defense system. As Iran represents no threat unless attacked, Washington’s war preparations signal Washington’s intention to attack Iran.

Another signal that Washington has a new war on its agenda is the raised level of Washington’s rhetoric and demonization of Iran. Judging by polls Washington’s propaganda that Iran is threatening the US by developing a nuclear weapon has met with success. Half of the American public support a military attack on Iran in order to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear capability. Those of us who are trying to awaken our fellow citizens start from a deficit that the minds of half of the US population are under Big Brother’s control.

As the International Atomic Energy Agency’s reports from its inspectors on the ground in Iran have made clear for years, there is no evidence that Iran has diverted any enriched uranium from its nuclear energy program. The shrill hype coming from Washington and from the neoconservative media is groundless. It is the same level of lie as Washington’s claim that Saddam Hussein in Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Every US soldier who died in that war died in behalf of a lie. Continue reading