Iran will soon have Nuclear Weapons

A pending nuclear agreement with Iran has been in the news lately. The concept is that Iran will agree to severe restrictions on its uranium enrichment program in exchange for a loosening or lifting of economic sanctions. This approach will fail miserably. Here’s why:

In 2002, the West learned that Iran had constructed a secret uranium enrichment facility at Natanz: “Natanz is a hardened Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) covering 100,000 square meters that is built 8 meters underground and protected by a concrete wall 2.5 meters thick, itself protected by another concrete wall…. In 2004, the roof was hardened with reinforced concrete and covered with 22 meters of earth.” [Wikipedia] Iran has over 15,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges at Natanz [per this report]

In 2009, the West learned that Iran had next constructed another secret uranium enrichment facility at Fordow, near Qom. This facility is in a much more remote location and is buried much deeper underground. Fordow has nearly 3,000 more centrifuges for uranium enrichment [per the same report above].

It is now early 2015, and the West has not discovered a third secret uranium enrichment facility. But it is clear that Iran desires such facility, for they have continued to endure harsh sanctions rather than close their two known facilities, and each of those two facilities was originally secret. Iran has the desire and the means to build a third secret facility. Why have they not done so? In all likelihood, Iran already has a third uranium enrichment facility, which has not yet been discovered by the West.

To make matters worse, at this point in time Iran possesses advanced carbon-fiber centrifuges capable of a much higher rate of enrichment. So fewer centrifuges are needed for the same output. Therefore, a facility using these new centrifuges can be much smaller and more difficult to detect. It is even possible that Iran has two or three small secret enrichment facilities, which the West has not discovered.

There are clear indications that at least one secret uranium enrichment facility exists in Iran. For during the last year or so, Iran suddenly decided to agree to substantial limitations on its two known enrichment facilities. The various points of this agreement are so restrictive as to absolutely prevent Iran from obtaining weapon-grade uranium and the lower grades of uranium that are a step or two below weapon grade. The agreement essentially sidelines most of Iran’s centrifuges. And yet they have so far been perfectly willing to these severe restrictions, despite no real relief from economic sanctions (yet).

Why would Iran pour billions of dollars into their nuclear program and endure harsh sanctions for many years, then suddenly agree to severe restrictions? Did they have a change of heart and decide to become a peace-loving reasonable nation, in harmony with the West? Not at all. The only possible other explanation is that they have a secret facility, perhaps more than one, and they have a sufficient number of advanced centrifuges churning out weapon-grade uranium in secret. So they don’t need the two known facilities.

Then why don’t they dismantle their two known facilities, in order to obtain complete relief from sanctions? Well, once they have enough weapon-grade uranium for a few nuclear bombs, they can construct those bombs, disperse them to multiple safe and hidden locations, and then reveal to the world that they are a nuclear power. The next step will be to ramp up production of weapon-grade uranium at their two known facilities, thereby quickly increasing their nuclear stockpile. And at that point, the U.S. and Israel will be unable to intervene with a military strike, due to the threat of nuclear retaliation.

And once Iran becomes a nuclear power, the other Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa will rally behind them. The extremists in other Muslim nations will seek to ally themselves with Iran, in order to gain power and prestige by association. In my view, even the extremist group ISIL (also called ISIS or IS) would be willing to join with Iran, once they are a nuclear power. Extremists care much more about power and control than they do about the theological differences between Shiite and Sunni.

If and when those nations unite under the dual leadership of Iran and ISIS (headquartered in Iraq), they will soon make war against the West. Hatred for the West runs so deep in that society that they will have no difficulty raising an army of millions of angry extremists, willing to die for their perverse version of religion.

World War 3 draws near. The extremists among both Sunnis and Shiites believe that it is their destiny to create a worldwide Islamic State (a caliphate or kingdom). And they have no intention to do so by the force of reason or theological arguments. Once they have nuclear weapons and an army of millions, they will undertake a massive war against the West, with the goal of conquering Europe and (they imagine) conquering the world. Yes, they are that arrogant. They believe that God is on their side, so they have no fear of the militaries and nuclear arsenals of the West.

[Revelation 6]
{6:1} And I saw that the Lamb had opened one of the seven seals. And I heard one of the four living creatures saying, in a voice like thunder: “Draw near and see.”
{6:2} And I saw, and behold, a white horse. And he who was sitting upon it was holding a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering, so that he might prevail.
{6:3} And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying: “Draw near and see.”
{6:4} And another horse went forth, which was red. And it was granted to him who was sitting upon it that he would take peace from the earth, and that they would kill one another. And a great sword was given to him.

World War 3 is the first horseman of the apocalypse and the first of the Seven Seals. The second horseman and second seal is severe civil unrest, caused by the war and by fear.

Much more on this topic is found in my books of eschatology.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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2 Responses to Iran will soon have Nuclear Weapons

  1. Matt says:

    “The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Peace and Justice supports the new framework for Iran’s nuclear program and is asking the U.S. Congress not to “undermine” the deal.

    “We welcome the most recent step the United States and its international partners have taken with Iran and encourage our nation to continue down this path,” said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces. N.M.

    Bishop Cantu spoke out on the framework outlined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached April 2”


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