Ahmadinejad from Azadi Square: 1st Stock of 20% Enriched Uranium Produced

jos_revoulotion1 Iranians across the country have started rallies on Thursday morning to mark the 31st anniversary of the country’s Islamic Revolution. Rallies began simultaneously in 818 cities and 4000 towns in Iran. In the capital Tehran, millions flocked into the Azadi (liberty) Square passing through seven major highways.   According to Shiite News Correspondent Marchers in Tehran carrying photographs of the late leader of the Revolution Imam Khomeini and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and shouting revolutionary slogans moved towards Tehran’s Azadi (liberty) square. Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the crowd and announced that Iran has produced a “first stock” of 20 percent enriched uranium for its nuclear program and is capable of enriching it to 80 percent but will not do so. The president said Iran would soon triple its daily production of low-enriched uranium (3.5 percent). “The head of the atomic energy organization said the first stock of 20 percent fuel was produced and delivered to scientists,” he said. “Why do they (world powers) think that 20 percent is such a big deal? Right now in Natanz we have the capability to enrich at over 20 percent and at over 80 percent, but because we don’t need it we won’t do it.” Ahmadinejad also said that at Natanz, Tehran has the ability to manufacture several dozen kilos of low-enriched uranium. “We are making several kilos of this in Natanz every day. In the near future, Inshallah, our daily production will be tripled,” he said. The Iranian president lashed out at US President Barack Obama saying he was “missing opportunities” and serving the interests of Israel. “Unfortunately, the hope for change (in US policies) is in the process of rapidly changing to despair,” he said. “He (Obama) is missing opportunities and is not acting correctly,” Ahmadinejad said. “He is going in a way which is against his own interests and the interests of the American people and which is in line with the Zionists’ will”. “We don’t want those to turn out to be right who said he has come just to restore America’s image.” The 31st anniversary comes amid mounting war rhetoric in occupied Palestine against Iran. However, analysts say that in fact Israel’s war rhetoric is inconsistent with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to eliminate what he calls the “Iranian threat.” Today Netanyahu is calling on international players to close ranks and impose ‘effective sanctions’ on Iran, signaling Israel’s incapability to take military action against the Islamic Republic, especially after Ahmedinejad ordered an increase in uranium enrichment to 20%. Iran warned Israel against attacking it and pledged to deal the Zionist entity a decisive blow in case of an attack. Syria, Iran’s ally, also warned Israel that if the Zionist entity launched war, it has to bear the consequences because this time, it will be an all-out war on several fronts. Nearly 300 foreign and 800 Iranian reporters are covering the event across Iran. Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam, Iran’s national police chief, said that the Revolutionary Guard and Basij militia were ready for any incident especially after the opposition figures called on riot protests. “We are fully prepared for holding a safe and glorious rally,” he told the semi-official Fars news agency. “We are closely watching the activities of the sedition movement and several people who were preparing to disrupt the February 11 rallies were arrested.” State broadcaster IRIB reported that President Ahmadinejad told his Syrian counterpart on Thursday that Israel should be resisted and finished off if it launched military action in the region. “We have reliable information … that the Zionist regime is after finding a way to compensate for its ridiculous defeats from the people of Gaza and Lebanon’s Hezbollah,” he told Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. “If the Zionist regime should repeat its mistakes and initiate a military operation, then it must be resisted with full force to put an end to it once and for all,” Ahmadinejad said in the telephone conversation on Wednesday evening. In a televised speech ahead of the anniversary Ahmadinejad said: “I have no doubt that Bahman 22 [February 11] of this year will make clear the right path and will cause the world to come to a major decision”. “And with the grace of God it [the rallies on this day] will create a greater victory and honor for the Iranian nation.”


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