The latest quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear program, released in May 2013, enumerates several areas in which the program has advanced: centrifuges installed, progress made in the construction of the heavy water reactor at Arak and its operations, enrichment of uranium to 20%, and stockpiling of enriched uranium. While the IAEA states in its report that Iran’s stockpile of uranium enriched to 20% has not yet reached 240 kg – the quantity that will allow it to manufacture a nuclear bomb – the agency expressed concern about Iran’s progress in its nuclear program and its failure to cooperate with it. With regard to Iran’s enrichment of uranium to 20%, the IAEA report states that Iran has continued to convert 20%-enriched uranium from gas form to powder form. This is an indication that Iran is not seeking to cross the red line set by Israel – that is, the abovementioned 240 kg.
According to the report, Iran has 324 kg of uranium enriched to 20%; 182 kg of this is in the form of gas (15 kg more than the quantity reported in the IAEA’s February report) and the rest, 142 kg, has been converted to powder form. The conversion of gas into powder makes it more difficult to use the uranium for manufacturing nuclear weapons, though the process is reversible. The IAEA has previously warned that hydrodynamic experiments that apparently took place at the Parchin facility, to which Iran has been denying access, involve high explosives in conjunction with nuclear material or nuclear material surrogates. These experiments, the IAEA says, are “strong indicators of possible weapon development.” On June 3, IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano said: “Despite the intensified dialogue between the agency and Iran… no agreement has been reached… To be frank, for some time now we have been going round in circles.” He added, “The Agency therefore cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.
Friday, April 12, the US raised its nuclear alert status to DEFCON 3, Condition Yellow (out of 5 levels), stating “There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time, however the situation is considered fluid and can change rapidly.”
China has mobilized its military and is massing near the border with North Korea. This step was taken after North Korea placed a mid-range Musudan missile ready to launch on its east coast and its “dedication of more facilities at the Yongbon complex to nuclear weapons work.” According to some sources in Washington, the Chinese military mobilization is not directed at deterring Pyongyang but as support for North Korea’s steps.
The long-standing reassurances that North Korea cannot fit one of its crude nuclear warheads into a long-range missile suddenly grew much less reassuring on Thursday, as the Defense Intelligence Agency told a House Armed Services Committee hearing: “DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency] assesses with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, however the reliability will be low.”
Additionally, the North Koreans have been sharing advanced missile technology with Iran. Joint Chiefs chairman General Martin Dempsey was reportedly “taken aback” by the revelation of North Korean ballistic nuclear weapons during House Armed Services testimony.
Recently we posted an article on an old Benedictine prophecy regarding the possible devastation of the east coast of the US by two nations, prophetically called a Lion and Tiger, which we think may be Iran – the Lion, and North Korea – the Tiger. We also believe the presence of China could be prophetic.
The following video was discovered on North Korean television in April 2013 and shows how serious a threat North Korea is: