IRAN - Progress on Uranium Despite Western Objections

Arno Froese

Iran has made progress in its work on enriched uranium metal, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report to member states seen by Reuters, despite Western warnings that such work threatens talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal.

“On 14 August 2021, the Agency verified ... that Iran had used 257 g of uranium enriched up to 20% U-235 in the form of UF4 (uranium tetrafluoride) to produce 200 g of uranium metal enriched up to 20% U-235,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said, adding that this was step three in a four-step plan by Iran. The fourth includes producing a reactor fuel plate. 

Iran’s work on enriched uranium metal has angered Europe’s three top powers and the United States because that technology, and knowledge of how to produce it, can be used to make the core of a nuclear bomb. Iran insists its aims are entirely peaceful and it is developing a new type of reactor fuel.

-www.reuters.com, 16 August 2021

Arno's Commentary

With the fall of Afghanistan and the Taliban chasing out all foreigners, the picture has drastically changed in that part of the world. Afghanistan borders Iran on the west for almost 1,000 kilometers. There is little to no doubt that relations between the Taliban and Iran will be developed. This stands to reason, because the mutual foreign enemy for both groups is the USA and its allies. Iran expelled the USA on 4 November 1979, when Iranians took over the American embassy.

What is Iran’s goal? An article has this to say:

Under Khomeini the Iranian religious and political landscapes were dramatically transformed, making Shia Islam an inseparable element of the country’s political structure. Khomeini ushered in a new form of government anchored by the concept of velayat-e faqih, or rule of the Islamic jurist. In his 1970 book, Hokumat-e Islami: Velayat-e faqih, Khomeini argued that government should be run in accordance to sharia, or Islamic law. For that to happen, an Islamic jurist—or faqih—must oversee the country’s political structure.

-www.cfr.org, 19 June 2008

Interestingly, similar tendencies are noticed, for example, in India: “India is a Hindu country.”

To a lesser degree, this can also be said about Europe and the countries they established on the American continent (North and South): “We are a Christian country.” History shows it doesn’t work; religion mixed with politics equals chaos in the end.

But why does Iran insist on nuclear technology? The answer is rather simple: to be equal to other nuclear powers. 

Israel is the most threatened country; yet based on history, the Jews are always several steps ahead—not only of the Arab world and Iran, but also the rest of the world. Will Iran build an effective nuclear device capable of being deployed? Only time will tell.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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