The Buried Lede on Iran: All Nuclear Sites Routinely Inspected, No Violations

There are some “scary” reports out in the last few days about Iran beginning uranium enrichment at an underground bunker at the Fordow site near Iran’s holy city of Qom and “diplomats” are saying it is “particularly worrying because the site is being used to make material that can be upgraded more quickly for use in a nuclear weapon than the nation’s main enriched stockpile.”

The diplomats said that centrifuges at the Fordo site near Iran’s holy city of Qom are churning out uranium enriched to 20 percent. That level is higher than the 3.5 percent being made at Iran’s main enrichment plant and can be turned into fissile warhead material faster and with less work.

You have to read on – like, you know, beyond the headline and the first paragraph – to understand that it was back in February 2011, almost a year ago, that Iran sent a letter to IAEA explaining that they would begin enrichment for medical radioisotopes to treat cancer patients “by this summer” (which makes them 5 months late). Iran agreed in August that Forodow fell under IAEA safeguards and would not be making highly enriched uranium needed to build a bomb. In fact, the underground enrichment site at Fordow has been inspected at least ten times since October 2009. In fact, all of Iran’s 15 declared nuclear sites are routinely inspected by the IAEA, making cheating nearly impossible (these links are all from the twitter account of Micah Zenko, Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who has been great on this issue in the last few days). And, to reiterate, the last IAEA report again confirmed the non-diversion of nuclear materials from any of these declared sites, meaning that all of it is accounted for and none is confirmed as being highly enriched anywhere close to the point needed for weapons-grade material.

All of that should be the lede in these news reports. But instead, the jingoistic media bias on the Iranian nuclear issue again illustrates the journalistic obedience and servility to the power structure in Washington.

13 thoughts on “The Buried Lede on Iran: All Nuclear Sites Routinely Inspected, No Violations”

  1. Jingoistic media? Ah! Well then… Faux should be at the top of that dung heap with WaPo WarStreet and a cavalcade of lying shills running shotgun.

  2. As usual the American public will never know or suspect that they are being deceived. Hollywood will do the rest to paint a picture of American heroism and Iranian evil.

  3. They need to threaten Iran in a desperate attempt to ameliorate the damage to US interests caused by the failure in Iraq. Trying to restrain Iran from taking full advantage of its position in Iraq, they have to threaten a crazy strike against Iran. Ergo, the deep bunker. Ergo, the lying about the nuclear program by the US. Israel really blew it when they got Bush to take out Saddam, but the US can't let its own people know how much they lost to Iran.

  4. The US must have a boogeyman in order to keep the people in fear, but the people are waking up to the lies, and outright bs. The biggest danger to the American people is the US government, and AIPAC. If you cannot see this then you have already been owned…

  5. Iran will never be to withstand a war with the real big boys (Israel or the USA). It is the Sunnis in the region who are the real targets of Iran's ideological and military complex.

  6. I hope that this will not start a new world war, my father used to be a military before, and he keep on telling story regarding to the world war 2, I hope that the problem in Iran will not affect to whole wide world.
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