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Friday, 01 August 2008

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in 2007, said the country will not retreat in the face of demands by world powers for Teheran to halt sensitive nuclear work. AFP/ISNA
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in 2007, said the country will not retreat in the face of demands by world powers for Teheran to halt sensitive nuclear work. AFP/ISNA

Iran claims doubling of centrifuges since April, Civil servants spurring Shi'ite unrest in Bahrain

Iran's high-altitude test was 'consistent with EMP attack' on U.S.

WASHINGTON — A congressional commission warned that Iran is developing an advanced missile and a nuclear warhead meant to paralyze the United States.

The Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse has concluded that Iran was planning to conduct a nuclear attack that could disable U.S. infrastructure. The commission said Iran could install a nuclear warhead on a Shihab-3 missile that would result in an electromagnetic pulse that would destroy power, software and electronics.

"Iran has also tested high-altitude explosions of the Shihab-3 a test mode consistent with EMP attack, and described the tests as successful. Iranian military writings explicitly discuss a nuclear EMP attack that would gravely harm the United States," commission chairman William Graham said. "While the commission does not know the intention of Iran in conducting these activities, we are disturbed by the capability that emerges when we connect the dots."
In July 10 testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Graham said Iran has already conducted missile tests from ships in the Caspian Sea. He said Iran could achieve the capability to conduct an EMP attack from a freighter in international waters off the coast of the United States.

"A determined adversary can achieve an EMP attack capability without having a high level of sophistication," Graham said. "For example, an adversary would not have to have long-range ballistic missiles to conduct an EMP attack against the United States. Such an attack could be launched from a freighter off the U.S. coast using a short- or medium-range missile to loft a nuclear warhead to high-altitude. Terrorists sponsored by a rogue state could attempt to execute such an attack without revealing the identity of the perpetrators."

The commission said a relatively low-yield nuclear weapon, including one installed on a Scud B, can be employed to generate an EMP attack over a huge area of the United States. The panel said Iran and other countries could acquire foreign assistance to complete development of a nuclear weapon.

"Potentially hostile states, such as North Korea and Iran, may also be developing the capability to pose an EMP threat to the United States, and may also be unpredictable and difficult to deter," Graham said. "With a Scud B, they could cover the east coast and the west coast [of the United States]."

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Iran claims doubling of centrifuges since April

NICOSIA — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Teheran has been operating up to 6,000 gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment with plans for 48,000 more. This marked a doubling of the number of centrifuges reported in April 2008.

"Iran would continue uranium enrichment with its current 6,000 centrifuges," Ahmadinejad said on July 26.

During a tour of Mashhad, Ahmadinejad said Iran has rejected Western demands for a halt to its uranium enrichment program. Iran has drafted plans for 54,000 centrifuges.

"Today they [the West] have consented that the existing 5,000 or 6,000 centrifuges not be increased and that their operation is not a problem," Ahmadinejad said. "Iran does not negotiate with anyone over its obvious nuclear right."

The centrifuges have been based at Iran's uranium enrichment facility in Natanz. Most of the centrifuges were identified as the Pakistani-designed P-1.

In 2008, Iran reported the development of its advanced IR-2 centrifuge. Officials said the IR-2 has demonstrated the ability to enrich uranium at double the rate of the P-1.

Many of Iran's claims have been dismissed by the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency. In May 2008, the agency reported that Iran accumulated 3,500 centrifuges.

"They [West] claimed that it would take at least 10 years for the Iranians to gain access to 20 centrifuges to enrich uranium," Ahmadinejad said. "But now that hundreds and even thousands of such devices have been commissioned, they have confessed to their failure and recognized Iran's significant progress to this end."

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Civil servants spurring Shi'ite unrest in Bahrain

ABU DHABI — Officials have blamed Iran for the rising Shi'ite violence in Bahrain.
Bahrain, host to the U.S. Navy, has a Sunni king but a Shi'ite majority.

Officials said Shi'ite civil servants have been participating in or facilitating anti-government violence in Bahrain. They said the Shi'ites were using their official positions to gain access to closed zones, relay support or participate in the nearly nightly riots in and around Manama.

"There are thousands of Shi'ites in the government and more than a few of them have been identified as being involved in the riots," an official said.

The Civil Service Bureau has relayed a memorandum throughout government ministries that warned of the dismissal of anyone involved in the riots. The memorandum, sent by bureau chief Ahmed Al Zayed, asserted that civil servants were also suspected of sabotage as well as organizing illegal demonstrations.

The memorandum also warned that those convicted of participating in the riots could be banned from Bahrain's civil service. The Shi'ite violence has been deemed a national security threat by the government. Prime Minister Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa has warned that government funding would be denied to any municipality that tolerates unrest.

"Youngsters involved in such acts will compromise their future careers in the government sector," CSB said.

Officials said the Shi'ite unrest has included the use of light arms and firebombs. They said organizers have paid or persuaded those as young as eight to attack police and security forces.

One Shi'ite village near Manama has warned that it would stop any riot rather than jeopardize a government development program. The village of Malikya said outside agitators have been organizing children to engage in violence.

"These men from different parts of Bahrain come to our village and start burning tires and cause chaos," Malkiya village councilman Ali Mansour said. "These men start inciting children between the ages of eight and 14 to riot and burn tires. Our village was recently promised more services and upgrades and the families are not ready to lose these services because of the current rioting."

In July, Bahrain's King Hamad accused Shi'ite political parties of being loyal to unspecified "foreign agendas." Hamad warned that authorities would disclose the links of these political movements to enemies of Manama.

"Bahrain does not interfere in the affairs of others," Hamad said. "So we will stand firmly against any attempt to meddle in our internal affairs. We will never be a vassal state, accepting foreign agendas."

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