November 9th, 2011
08:29 AM ET

After groundbreaking report, Iran's nuclear ambitions raise concerns

Officials from France, Israel and China all issued strong statements Wednesday in response to a new report that Iran may be developing nuclear weapons.

"The groundbreaking report just published by the International Atomic Energy Agency reinforces France's deep concern with regards to Iran's nuclear program," France's Foreign Ministry said. "France believes that it must make a breakthrough in strengthening diplomatic pressure on Iran. If Iran refuses to comply with the demands of the international community and denies any serious cooperation, we stand ready to adopt, with all the countries that will follow, sanctions of an unprecedented scale."

The IAEA report, released Tuesday, found no evidence that Iran has made a strategic decision to actually build a bomb. But its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known, the report said.

"The agency has serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," the report said. "After assessing carefully and critically the extensive information available to it, the agency finds the information to be, overall, credible. The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed the report as a fabrication of facts aimed at satisfying U.S. allegations about Iran's nuclear program. Ahmadinejad continued his criticisms of the United States and other nuclear powers during a speech Wednesday.

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  1. Chasidic

    Israel is the Holy Land and God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will protect her at all costs. No major harm can be inflicted upon the Holy Land of Israel without major repercussions, rest assured. The muslim nations have found and continue to find this to be true time and time again, each and every time they look for trouble with God's chosen people. God Bless the Holy Land of Israel and Her People ALWAYS !! (אלוהים מברך את ארץ הקודש של ישראל ואנשים שלה תמיד!! )

    November 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Generic Christian

      הלכתי לשם פעם אחת. לא יכולתי לקבל כריך נקניק הגון.

      November 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • shahin2102

      Yeah that's what the Greeks, the romans, the persians, the arabs and the nazis said. Catch my drift?
      Strong or not, one day you will go down, there's no escaping that.

      November 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mycology

      wasn't it the greeks, the romans, the persians, the arabs, the nazis, etc – that all said they were going to destroy israel / erase her history and heritage / genocide the jews?? and wasn't it each of those empires that then fell to dust , while the Nation of Israel (the jewish people) have remained strong and alive, and today have their homeland back?

      November 10, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    All Iran wants to do is to have enough poker chips to bargain with knowing full well that today every nation with the bomb can steal the pot.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabe Kaplan

      Now you've got my attention.

      November 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Can you elaborate on this a bit? WHAT will Iran bargain for and with WHOM?

      November 10, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Donna:
    I'll have the 4,263, please, avec de la confiture.
    Less is never more.
    More is more.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    At the risk of sounding like a idiot,can someone please tell me when sanctions have worked please

    November 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat ( in a hat )


    I sure hope you didn't chew all you nails off waiting for this, But dang if I can't remember what it is I was going to say.
    I get hit with that sometimers every now and then. Wait. What ? Who said that ?

    November 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      D'oh. I accidentally clicked report abuse, when I was just lazily floating over the page. Well, recent history has shown it doesn't matter.

      November 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    @donna sorry luv but on this one Iam with jiffy with 4263

    November 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Dont feel bad bobcat. I think everybody over 50 has that condition so hang in there it only gets worse

    November 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    The real danger isn't with Iran using nukes. The real danger is with the nukes being one step closer to terrorist organizations. They DON'T care if they get used.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Don't fool your self.....If Iran decides to become a parking lot.....They will want full credit for making it happen. They have spent billions to developed a bomb so I don't think their gonna give one away!

      November 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @gung hoe

    Yeah, I think we typically refer to them now as brain farts.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    Thats what I thought nobody can tell me when sanctions have worked .Thats because they dont work

    November 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
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