Ahmadinejad: Iran is Now a ‘Nuclear State’


iranThe Daily Mail reportsIran is now a ‘nuclear state’, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced this morning. He spoke as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

Despite fears of violence, opposition supporters found themselves largely overwhelmed by the clerical regime and pro-government demonstrators.

The massive security clampdown appeared to succeed in preventing protesters from converging into a cohesive demonstrations.

Large numbers of riot police, members of the Revolutionary Guard and Basij militiamen, some on motorcycles, deployed in back streets near key squares and major avenues in the capital to move against protesters.

This morning, Ahmadinejad told scores of cheering Iranians that the Islamic Republic is capable of producing weapons-grade uranium.

He said it had produced its first batch of 20 per cent enriched uranium – and had the capability to enrich to far higher levels at its Natanz plant.

Enriching uranium produces fuel for a nuclear power plants but can also be used to create material for atomic weapons.

The international community has warned Iran against further enrichment activities, threatening new UN sanctions.

The Iranian leader insisted the material was not intended to produce an atomic bomb, however.

‘We have the capability to enrich uranium more than 20 percent or 80 percent (the level needed to create an atomic bomb),’ he said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

‘But we don’t enrich (to this level) because we don’t need it…

‘When we say we do not manufacture the bomb, we mean it, and we do not believe in manufacturing a bomb,’ he told the crowd. ‘If we wanted to manufacture a bomb we would announce it.’

Thousands of supporters had been brought in on buses to hear Ahmadinejad speak as security forces threatened to crush any opposition protests.

Witnesses say security forces fired paint balls to disperse anti-government protesters in one of the first clashes of the day’s ceremonies.

The unrest began after protesters began to chant opposition slogans in Sadeqieh Square, which is about a half-mile (one kilometer) from a huge pro-government gathering where President Ahmadinejad delivered his speech.

Witnesses say there were no apparent injuries among the several hundred protesters.

Internet speeds around the capital dropped dramatically this morning as the government tried to foil demonstrations against the regime.

State television showed live footage of crowds carrying Iranian flags and pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei making their way to Azadi (freedom) Square in central Tehran, where the main gathering is being held.

Opposition members went on rooftops late Wednesday and shouted Allah-u-Akbar (‘God is greatest’) in protest – echoing similar cries after the disputed June election as well as anti-shah protests more than three decades ago.

‘There is a heavy presence of security forces everywhere. Police trucks are at every major intersection,’ said a witness in central Tehran. Police helicopters were flying over the city.

An opposition website, Iran Green Voice, reported large numbers of opposition supporters gathering in several cities, including Tehran and the northern city of Tabriz.

‘In some parts of Tehran, opposition supporters are chanting ‘Death to the Dictator” the website said.

Security forces are equipped with water cannon to disperse opposition protests, the opposition website Jaras reported.

One protester told The Associated Press she had tried to join the demonstrations but soon left in disappointment.

‘There were 300 of us, maximum 500. Against 10,000 people,’ she told an AP reporter outside Iran. She said there were few clashes.

‘It means they won and we lost. They defeated us. They were able to gather so many people,’ she said. ‘But this doesn’t mean we have been defeated for good. It’s a defeat for now, today. We need time to regroup.’

Another protester insisted the opposition had come out in significant numbers, but ‘the problem was that we were not able to gather in one place because they (security forces) were very violent.’

‘Maybe people got scared,’ he said. ‘The idea wasn’t to lose or win today … But what is certain, today was not a good day.’

The opposition leaders have promised to join street rallies, including the Green movement founder and former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

{The Daily Mail/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Yay Obambi look at what your negotiations and sanctions have accomplished. This man is looking to wipe Israel off the map and NOBODY is doing anything about it. It looks like Hashem wants this Chas Veshalom.

  2. get ready for Iran to strike Israel C”V if we as klal yisroel together do not wake up & do teshuva from all the tragedies that hit us in every generation R”L & we still do not get the hint from Hashem for us to do Teshuva & return to Hashem MAY THIS HAMAN HARASHA OF OUR GENERATION BE DESTOYED & KILLED ASAP AMEN::