Iran Says It’s Planning a Surprise Regarding its Nuclear Program

From the Jerusalem Post:

A senior official in Teheran said Wednesday that in the next few days, a “surprise” was expected regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Al-Jazeera reported.

Teheran’s apparent refusal to suspend uranium enrichment set the stage for a showdown at the UN Security Council later this month.

This business about a possible Iranian nuclear surprise is even more disconcerting when we hear that some within the Bush Administration and the Republican Party are concerned that our intelligence community is downplaying the threat Iran poses to the US. From tomorrow’s New York Times:

Some senior Bush administration officials and top Republican lawmakers are voicing anger that American spy agencies have not issued more ominous warnings about the threats that they say Iran presents to the United States.

Some policy makers have accused intelligence agencies of playing down Iran’s role in Hezbollah’s recent attacks against Israel and overestimating the time it would take for Iran to build a nuclear weapon.

Iran doesn’t have to make a nuclear weapon. It can buy one:

The consensus of the intelligence agencies is that Iran is still years away from building a nuclear weapon. Such an assessment angers some in Washington, who say that it ignores the prospect that Iran could be aided by current nuclear powers like North Korea. “When the intelligence community says Iran is 5 to 10 years away from a nuclear weapon, I ask: ‘If North Korea were to ship them a nuke tomorrow, how close would they be then?” said Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives.

Let’s hope that’s not the surprise.

Dan Riehl also notes a connection between the JPost and NYT articles.

Update: Israel just purchased two nuclear capable subs. At first blush, this seems reassuring, but I agree with Allah. A different enemy would see this as a deterrent, but not Iran.

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