Four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons program they were testing the component that triggers the explosion of a nuclear bomb, according to a new report.
Monday’s edition of British newspaper The Times includes an exclusive report, based on confidential documents, proving Iran was working on a neutron initiator as recently at 2007. “An Asian intelligence source” confirmed the documents are authentic evidence of nuclear weapons work.
According to physicist David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, uranium deuteride, a neutron source described by one of the technical documents, has no possible use other than in a nuclear weapon. “Although Iran might claim that this work is for civil purposes, there is no civil application,” he told The Times. “This is a very strong indicator of weapons work.”
Tehran insists the goal of civilian nuclear industry growth is nuclear energy, but the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and several western intelligence agencies who have seen the documents suspect Iran intends to build an atomic bomb.
After two days of talks among the EU’s 27 leaders, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told reporters Friday that Europe’s position is very clear. “We need sanctions,” he said. “Something has to be done.”
On a recent trip to Iraq, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told US soldiers that Iran’s actions have brought the international community together. “Iran is stiffing the international community on some of the proposals that they agreed to,” he said.
However, China and Russia continue to call for restraint, asking the EU and other players to be patient with diplomacy.
Also this weekend the United States dismissed an Iranian offer to swap most of its stockpile of uranium for nuclear fuel rods, which cannot be used to produce a bomb. Earlier in the week, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast shrugged off threats of sanctions, insisting the West must gain Iran’s trust before entering into any nuclear fuel exchange deal.
Iran already faces three sets of UN sanctions. According to The Times, publication of the nuclear documents will increase pressure for tougher UN sanctions against Iran, which are due to be discussed this week.
Trump is ‘suffocating’ the Republican Party after losing: ex-GOP lawmaker
On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) warned that President Donald Trump is "suffocating" the GOP in the wake of his defeat in the 2020 election — beginning with the twin Senate runoff races in Georgia.
"For these two Georgia candidates ... usually you want the guy who won the state to come to town on your behalf. Donald Trump was the first Republican to lose Georgia in about 30 years," said Jolly. "So the question is why would you bring to town the Republican who became the first Republican in 30 years to lose the state of Georgia?"
"I think this will be an interesting test for today and going forward: can the Republican Party survive Donald Trump the man?" said Jolly. "It will survive Trumpism. It's stronger than ever. Republicans performed stronger than ever, just as Democrats have. Trumpism has not hurt the Republican Party by performance. Trump the man is suffocating the party. And I think that's going to be a little bit of a myopic, or a little bit of a small example of what we see in Georgia. Can the Republican Party survive Donald Trump the man? It's fine with Trumpism, but can it survive the man?"
Melania Trump considering penning memoir: ‘She’s not done or going as quietly as you might expect’
According to a report from Page Six, outgoing first lady Melania Trump is giving serious consideration to writing a memoir allowing her to make money on her own.
The wife of Donald Trump has been one of the most reticent of first ladies, infrequently making public statements -- often only brief comments in support of her president.
According to the report, she is now considering writing a book about her experiences, with a White House insider stating, "Melania is in meetings to write her White House memoir. And it would be her money — a chance for her to earn on her own.”
Trump is crippling the GOP’s efforts to hold onto Georgia’s Senate seats: CNN guest
On CNN Saturday, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Patricia Murphy broke down how President Donald Trump's attacks on the integrity of the election system in Georgia stands to undermine the GOP's efforts to turn out voters for the Senate runoffs in January.
"Does it appear that we're headed for a repeat [of November], insofar as there's going on a big mail-in balloting primarily for the Democratic candidates, and then there'll be an in-person vote for the Republican candidates, and we'll be waiting thereafter to see who really won?" asked host Michael Smerconish.
"It looks like there's going to be a large mail-in component here," said Murphy. "One big problem for Republicans is that the president has been so aggressively maligning mail-in voting, and Republicans want the mail-in votes. They want this to come in early and soon. So, we're seeing the Georgia Republican Party send out mailer after mailer, telling people to get those mail-in requests and vote absentee. And the president telling them it's a fraudulent process. The message is one thing but the reality is another, as with a lot of things down here."