A new report by IAEA says that Iran has began using new and more advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium and is placing them in facilities built deep into mountains where they can't be damaged by air strikes.
The Washington Post says that the new advancements bring Iran two more steps closer to producing a nuclear weapon. "The report underlines the fact that, contrary to the impression often promoted by the Obama administration, the danger that Iran will become a nuclear power is growing, not diminishing," reports Washington Post.
While the Iranian regime is under extreme pressure coming from the ever growing internal dissent and continuing international sanctions with threats that the Arab Spring in neighboring countries will soon start influencing the Iranian people, awakening democratic aspirations which were crushed following the 2009-2010 crackdown, its race to produce a nuclear weapon in defiance of international community is mind bugling. Especially when the Iranian Supreme Leader is facing internal quarrels among his own people as well.
A sane mind would suggest that the regime should lay low for a while to let things cool down before it starts over. But the mullahs seeing no way out from the growing pressures and international isolation consider the nuclear bomb to be their guarantee for survival. As pressures have grown over the year, the regime is now more in need of a nuclear weapon that before.
In this situation, the West should know that now is the worst time to give concessions. The solution to establish democracy in Iran, just as Libya, Syria, Egypt... is a regime change.
But the truth is that a democratic change can not materialize from within the regime and from groups that want to bring about reforms, saving the regime as it is.
The true force for change is the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). And that is why so many Iranian people and those who wish to establish democracy in Iran are insisting on the removal of the group from the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organizations list just as why all those who want to keep the regime in power are Lobbying to keep the MEK on that list.
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