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In Iran, the Centrirfuge Cannot Hold

How scared is Iran about the potential for tighter sanctions from the West? Less than a day after the U.S., Russia, and other world powers met to discuss new sanctions, Iranian stooge-in-chief Ahmadinejad is set to announce a new generation of powerful centrifuges:

Iran announced on Friday it had developed faster centrifuges for uranium enrichment, signaling determination to press on with its nuclear work despite possible new UN sanctions sought by US President Barack Obama.

Obama acknowledged that sanctions would not necessarily shift Iran’s behavior, but said sustained world pressure could eventually prompt it to revise its nuclear calculations.

The head of the Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would unveil the new “third generation” centrifuges later on Friday.

“Iran will demonstrate third generation centrifuges today which have a separation power six times that of the first generation,” Ali Akbar Salehi said at a speech marking Iran’s annual national nuclear day, according to a text of his speech given to Reuters in advance.

The declaration will be made as part of a “National Nuclear Day” ceremony. According to Iranian reports, the event would be attended by senior regime officials, foreign ambassadors and dozens of foreign reporters.

Meanwhile, a Fox News poll shows that by a margin of 65 to 25 percent, Americans support military action to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. That number includes majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.


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