Escalation: Iran To Close Strait if Further Sanctioned
Iran also announces additional war games exercises.
January 9, 2012 - 8:00 am
He also claimed that more foreign spy drones have been captured by the Iranian armed forces, but he refused to give details. He claimed details would be provided by the appropriate officials at the military’s General Headquarters.
Also on Sunday, Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan announced that the Iranian army will soon stage a major drill to display its might and capabilities. He added that the latest achievements of the army will also be unveiled.
Ayatollah Khamenei, who months ago ordered the Revolutionary Guards to begin preparations to arm their missiles with nuclear warheads, has recently ordered the Guards and the Iranian army to prepare for war. Khamenei has asked that the nuclear enrichment process be expedited.
Kayhan newspaper, the mouthpiece of the supreme leader, published an editorial Sunday declaring that the enrichment process at the underground facility of Fordow near the city of Qom will begin shortly, and that the centrifuges have been assembled and tests completed. Kayhan claimed victory in announcing that Iran is now enriching uranium at two sites, Natanz and Fordow, and claimed that this is Iran’s response to its enemy, the West.
Western intelligence learned about the secret Fordow enrichment facility, which is deep underground, in September 2009. Fordow is under Guards’ supervision and contains more advanced centrifuges. The officials of the Islamic regime believe that the site cannot be attacked and destroyed easily, and have decided to transfer much of the 20 percent enriched uranium stockpile to this site, where the enrichment process will continue.
By the time uranium is enriched to 20 percent, nine-tenths of the effort to reach weapons-grade enrichment has been achieved.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray. He is a senior Fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA).