The new and more cooperative sentiments from Ahmadinejad, regarding weapons and inspections, come shortly after the Pentagon announced that on November 1, an American MC1 drone was fired upon while making surveillance flights over the Arabian Gulf. The drone was not hit. The US indicates it has every intention of continuing these surveillance flights.
It may be worthwhile to note that scientists in Vienna are developing new technology which they acknowledge may make it easier for rogue nations to develop nuclear weapons technology secretly. The technology, which applies to civil and military energy production, uses laser techniques to simplify uranium enrichment. Jim Walsh, a research associate at MIT's Security Studies Program, has pointed out, "The smaller physical footprint and lower energy requirements would make a clandestine laser facility more difficult to detect." Providing some contrast, Olli Heinonen currently at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, takes the stand that, “Technology holders have been fairly good in recent years in protecting their secrets. Proliferation mainly took in place in the 1970s and 1980s due to poor export controls and legislation”.
In October, The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted a license to a partnership between General Electric Co. and Japan's Hitachi Ltd to begin processing at a laser enrichment plant for reactor fuel. Experts agree that the Australian technology is well suited for nuclear proliferation. They will bring the development to the United States where it can be properly safeguarded.
It would seem that Iran is making gestures consistent with world and Western demands. We hope that governments will negotiate as they have promised, and bring to an end much of the global fear and concern.
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