Iran Comes Out Swinging Ahead Of Wednesday's International Atomic Energy Report

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will release its report on Iranian nuclear activity Wednesday, and Tehran is already coming out defiant.The IAEA claims to have irrefutable proof that Iran is striving to create nuclear weapons. rumours abound, from computer models of nuclear warheads to talk that Iran plans to miniaturize Pakistani nukes, the talk paints a telling picture.

With Israel, the US, and the UK maintaining their position that Iran does not need nuclear weapons, talk is turning away from sanctions, with Israel outright threatening an attack.

US officials have also started speaking their mind on the situation. Last week retired US Army General Jack Keane suggested the Obama administration should use covert action to eliminate the Guard’s special forces unit, the Qud’s force

In response, Iran’s semi-official news agency said it spoke for a senior Revolutionary Guard commander when it threatened to kill “dozens” of US military commanders if any Iran commanders were attacked.

The Associated Press reports that Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division was quoted by Fars as saying, “You also should not forget that American commanders have plenty of presence and travel in the region. If you kill any of us, we will kill dozens of you” (via Stars and Stripes).

The response follows last week’s comments by retired US Army General Jack Keane who suggested the Obama administration should use covert action to eliminate the Guard’s special forces unit, the Qud’s force.

The IAEA comes out with these reports every three months, but this report is supposed to suggest far more nefarious intentions on Iran’s part than in the past.

Mark Fitzpatrick, the director of the non-proliferation and disarmament program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies told the BBC, “I don’t think this report will be a smoking gun, but it will clearly demonstrate to any but the most biased observer that Iran’s nuclear programme is not solely for peaceful purposes.”

We will report on the IAEA’s findings when they’re released.

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