by John Galt
June 12, 2012 16:10 ET
Uh, paging the Pentagon and Obama regime, your doorbell is ringing. From PressTV in Iran:
In a Tuesday interview with Fars news agency, Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini pointed to the Iranian Navy’s plan to build super-heavy nuclear-fueled submarines, saying, “Since we possess peaceful nuclear technology, therefore we can also put on our agenda the construction of propulsion systems for nuclear submarines.”
Zamini expressed optimism that Iran’s Navy will use the nuclear-powered generation of submarines in the near future, adding, “Definitely, every country has the right to use peaceful nuclear technology in the propulsion system of its vessels.”
Iran has repeatedly emphasized that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The Iranian commander noted that the construction of a 18,750-ton nuclear submarine takes 12 million man/hours and one million pieces of equipment.
Zamini reaffirmed the Iranian Navy’s determination to boost its presence in international waters and pointed out that the nuclear-propulsion systems will further assist Iran to achieve that aim.
While many might dismiss this as the rantings of a madman, consider the fact that the former Soviet Union engineering team is still around to provide “consultation” advice on such a project for the right price and the Chinese Communists are more than happy to offer their experience with submarine development via North Korea to assist the Iranians. The claims that this is for defensive purposes are absurd as the capabilities of SLCM’s is not a stretch for any modern navy to acquire, especially when a nation has a willing supplier from China willing to sell first generation technology to the Iranians.
The instability continues to grow in the region and after the summer period, look for the pace of action and reaction to pick up towards late September through December if the Iranian nuclear crisis is not resolved.