August 26, 2003

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG:

VIENNA, Austria (AP) – U.N. inspectors have found traces of highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium at an Iranian nuclear facility, a senior diplomat said Tuesday, citing a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The find heightened concerns that Tehran may be running a secret nuclear weapons program.

Gee, do you think? Of course, the Iranians offer a variation on the “some other dude must have left it there” explanation:

Iranian officials did not contest the finding by the IAEA inspectors but said the equipment was already contaminated by traces of enriched uranium when purchased by Tehran.

I think they should demand a refund immediately from the original seller. Er, and who might that be?