Iran Opens Uranium Enrichment Plant
An Iranian plant that produces heavy water officially went into operation on Saturday, despite U.N. demands that Tehran stop the activity because it can be used to develop a nuclear bomb. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the plant, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes.
The announcement comes days before Thursday’s U.N. deadline for Iran to stop uranium enrichment — which also can be used to create nuclear weapons — or face economic and political sanctions. Tehran has called the
U.N. Security Council resolution “illegal” and said it won’t stop enrichment as a precondition to negotiations.
Theoretically, such a flouting of UN Security Council demands would have consequences. Barring Israel acting alone, unlikely given that they’re otherwise occupied at the moment, there will be none. Indeed, aside from sanctions that will be impossible to enforce, the international community has few good options here.