Skip to comments.Iran ready to ramp up nuke program
Posted on 11/15/2012 6:28:00 PM PST by knak
VIENNA (AP) - Iran is on the threshold of being able to create weapons-grade uranium at a plant it has heavily fortified against Israeli attack, diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday, calling into question an Israeli claim that Iran had slowed its nuclear time table. One of three diplomats who discussed the issue said Iran was now technically ready within days to ramp up its production of 20 percent enriched uranium at its Fordo facility by nearly 700 centrifuges. That would double present output, and cut in half the time it would take to acquire enough of the substance needed to make a nuclear weapon, reducing it to just over three months.
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Blogs heat up about Valerie Jarrett’s rumored role in alleged US, Iran secret talks
While rumors of an October Surprise — purported secret talks between the United States and Iran — appear to have done little to affect the outcome of the presidential election, new reports suggest Valerie Jarrett, President Obamas senior adviser, may have been facilitating communication between the two adversaries.
The reports suggest that Jarrett, who was born in Iran to American parents and who served as senior adviser to Obamas presidential campaign, may have held clandestine meetings, bringing together officials from the Obama administration and the Iranian regime.
Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran, where her father worked in a hospital. The family left Iran when Jarrett was five years old. Many believe she speaks Farsi, or Persian, the official language of Iran.
Now, speculation is running high, particularly among Iranian bloggers, that secret negotiations indeed took place. Such talks would be the first formal one-on-one negotiations between the two countries in more than 30 years.
“Mrs. Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, and originally from Chicago, was the main and central player in behind-the-scene talks between U.S. and Iran leaders,” according to one independent Persian-language blog, which also published a number of pictures of Jarrett.
The blog said Jarrett “attempted to facilitate communication between officials on both sides.”
“Mrs. Valerie Jarrett has been recognized as President Obama’s most influential adviser. She is also a close family friend to the Obama family,” the blog said.
The claims of the blog have not been independently verified, and it isn’t clear how the blogger, who didn’t cite official sources, would know such details.
A few days before the Oct. 22 foreign policy presidential debate between Obama and Mitt Romney, some media outlets reported secret talks between the administration and the Iranian regime over its ongoing nuclear agenda, though those reports were never confirmed.
Officials on both sides vigorously deny the reports, but Jarretts foreign policy record offers insight into why her name would come up in rumors of such talks.
Jarrett allegedly urged Obama on three different occasions to cancel the operation to kill Usama bin Laden, before Obama giving the final OK on the Navy SEALs mission on May 2, 2011, according to accounts revealed in Richard Miniters new book, Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him.
Other observers have questioned why Jarrett receives Secret Service protection, which is very unusual for presidential aides.
Jarrett seems to have a 24-hour, around-the-clock (security) detail, with five or six agents full time, Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said in an interview with Breitbart.
The media has been completely uninterested,” Caddell said. “We dont provide security for our ambassador in Libya, but she needs a full Secret Service security detail. And nobody thinks theres anything wrong with this.
The MSM doesn't question the One - they worship...