What and Where is This?

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It’s the windshield of my car at the carwash, magnified greatly.

Why is North Korea Now Cooperative?

There has been a breakthrough in talks with North Korea Sunday, as reported by CNN here. The devil however will be in the details, and this could be false accomodation to get them through until the next US election cycle is over, that’s happened in the past.

What’s behind this change? Critics of President Bush’s six party talks diplomatic process will certainly need to eat a lot of crow if this does work, so is there weight behind it? Continue reading “Why is North Korea Now Cooperative?”

Iran Has 3,000 Centrifuges Running

iranian-nuke.jpgPresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced today that they’ve reached their goal of running 3,000 simultaneous centrifuges to enrich uranium for their nuclear program. From the AP

Iran has reached its long-sought goal of running 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium for its nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Sunday, in a report on state media. [editor: this program is carried out at Iran’s nuclear facility, Natanz, overhead view here.]

The U.N. Security Council had threatened a third round of sanctions against the country if it did not freeze the uranium enrichment program – which Iran maintains is for peaceful energy purposes, but the U.S. says is to hide a weapons program.

“The West thought the Iranian nation would give in after just a resolution, but now we have taken another step in the nuclear progress and launched more than 3,000 centrifuge machines, installing a new cascade every week,” the state television Web site quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

 At the same time the head of the Iranian Revolution guards has been suddenly replaced byIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran’s Revolutionary guards is now designated as a terrorist group by the US for support of Hamas, Hezb’allah, Sadrists in Iraq, and Al Qaeda in Iraq. This is a rare and sudden shake-up. Continue reading “Iran Has 3,000 Centrifuges Running”