Ahmadinejad loads nuclear fuel rods

2012-02-15 15:00

Tehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad loaded nuclear fuel rods into the Tehran Research Reactor on Wednesday, state TV reported.

"The president loaded 20% enriched rods into the Tehran Reactor ... it is a sign of Iranian scientists' achievements," said state TV, which broadcast the ceremony live.

- More to follow.

  • Dan - 2012-02-15 15:33

    The Apocalypse of Ahmadinejad is here . Next we will see him load enriched plutonium into a bomb . Good news is that the middle east will be radioactive for a million years and we will be rid of all the religious zealots.

      zaakiro - 2012-02-15 16:05

      When the price of fuel rises to level that you unable to afford we will see which "realigious zealots" is laughing. You do know, no matter what your opinion, every cent you spend on fuel, in some way you support anyone of the middle eastern countries. Iran supplies 1/3 of South Africa's fuel...alongside Saudi Arabia.

      Garth - 2012-02-15 16:48

      @zarkinHo - `. . . fuel rises to level that you unable to afford . . .' and YOU do not use fuel? Or are you too young? `. . . every cent you spend on fuel . . .' and `Iran supplies 1/3 of South Africa's fuel . . .' ??? 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 = 1. Who you rooting for, by that shall ye be known? Assad? Ahmadinejad? Mugabe? Chavez? Thought so!

      Dan - 2012-02-15 21:14

      The only thing worse than a "MAD MULLAH" is a "MAD MULLAH WITH AN ATOMIC WEAPON" These madmen are developing a atomic weapon to use it , they will use it as easely as they use a strap on bomb on a suicide bomber . The middle east is going to be radioactive for millions of years ... mark my words

  • John Murray McKay - 2012-02-15 15:37

    So it begins. Very soon you will have the Yanks all over you

      Hugh - 2012-02-15 17:14

      Israel will bomb their ass first.

      Fred - 2012-02-21 08:40

      And you talk about disrespecting women, Patrick. Do you have any idea how women are treated in Iran?

  • Donald - 2012-02-15 15:37

    well who says that only the West is allowed to have nuclear weapons anyway?

      John Murray McKay - 2012-02-15 15:50

      Would you rather have dictators, madmen and terrorists have nuclear weapons?

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 16:05

      "Mad mullahs" is just a propaganda term to keep simpletons from thinking too much.

      zaakiro - 2012-02-15 16:08

      @John ... Well the Iranians are defined "dictators, madmen and terrorist" by the your argument is baseless. How has anyone of the recent wars (against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya) helped you in anyway ?? American are loosing and you still fooled into believing they claims... Bush himself is a terrorist, his killed more people under his watch than Saddam or has Obama...all just PUPPETS!!!

      Garth - 2012-02-15 16:50

      @fidel & zark: shouldn't you little boys be in bed?

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-15 15:50

    now israelis have to watch their big mouths or go the same way by asking sugar-daddy aka usa for more nukes and tougher sanctions.

      wmkhize - 2012-02-15 15:59

      If i was you I wouldnt be so happy about that. Ayatola, has publicly said they want Israel wiped off the face of the earth. I guess you want ww3 to happen.

      The-Azanian - 2012-02-15 16:08

      Everyone around the globe except israelis and americans(Who dont knw where israel is on maps) knows iran would never do such thing.its just stories they are creating to prevent iran to become a middle-east power. tell me which country was threatng anther 1

      The-Azanian - 2012-02-15 16:08

      Everyone around the globe except israelis and americans(Who dont knw where israel is on maps) knows iran would never do such thing.its just stories they are creating to prevent iran to become a middle-east power. tell me which country was threatng anther 1

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 16:10

      The "threat" you mention is the claim that Iran threatened to "wipe Israel off the map", which is all well and good, except that it didn't actually happen and no such threat was ever made. He expressed the desire for Zionism to be wiped off the page of history, like fascism, communism etc. Which is hardly the same thing. The world expressed desire to rid SA of the apartheid regime, apartheid fell and the world rejoiced. The Afrikaaners are still here. The world also expressed a wish for the Soviet regime to dissappear, and so it did and the world rejoiced again. The Russians are still here. This is the kind of monstrous, barefaced lying of which only propagandist zionists and are capable!

      The-Azanian - 2012-02-15 16:11

      Everyone around the globe except israelis and americans(Who dont knw where israel is on maps) knows iran would never do such thing.its just stories they are creating to prevent iran to become a middle-east power. tell me which country was threatng anther 1

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-02-15 16:28

      Another example of an arrogant South African who knows best. If it was not for the Americans then your language and culture would have been either Japanese or German.

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 16:45

      @jean A pretty useless argument made by a fool who has no orginal ideas of his own other than spouting what heard others saying.

      Hugh - 2012-02-15 17:35

      @Fidel Quote "Masud Yazaiari, spokesperson of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, warned in the past that Iran would respond to any Israeli efforts to stop their nuclear program. “Their threats to attack our nuclear facilities will not succeed,” Yazaiari said. “They are aware that Tehran's response would be overwhelming and would wipe Israel off the face of the earth” (Maariv, July 27, 2004). In April 2007, Mohammad Baqer Zolghadr, Iran’s deputy interior minister in security affairs, said Iran will strike U.S. interests around the world and Israel if attacked. “Nowhere would be safe for America with [Iran’s] long-range missiles ... we can fire tens of thousands of missiles every day,” Zolghadr said (Haaretz, April 26, 2007).you see Fidel, your a delinquent

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 17:57

      @Hugh So are they not supposed to retaliate when attacked. I know who the aggressors are here, and that is not Iran. You've drank too much kool aid! You consent has been manufactured.

      Fred - 2012-02-16 05:43

      Fidel, the Iranian regime is the aggressor. Everyone on the right side of history knows this. They've been funding international terrorists for decades, threaten to exterminate Israel, deny the occurrence of the holocaust, and lied and cheated their way into power during the last elections. They're on their way out. When this happens, and it will, hopefully the penny will drop, for you and the several other people on this site with strange delusional ideas about who the Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, truly is.

  • wmkhize - 2012-02-15 15:56

    a nuttcase like that with nuclear weapons, i can hear the hoofstep of the first horseman of the apocalapse in the distance

      Patch - 2012-02-15 16:11

      Funny but the only nut cases to ever use a nuke is the us go figure...

      zaakiro - 2012-02-15 16:12

      `The American are in possession of all kinds of weapons which could cause massive destruction to any country, South Africa is giving it's minerals away with open hands so they don't pose a threat, but in clear sight it's evident that any country who wishes to with-hold their minerals, well they bombarded. It's all about the MONEY. Power over the is they most expensive commodity. Atleast Ahmadinejad can be called a leader, whether he leads according to your way or the for the West they merely PUPPETs been directed.

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 16:16

      @Zaakirinho You are preaching to the converted!

      Jaba - 2012-02-15 16:51

      Zaakirinho the only place Ahmadinejad is 'leading' his people to is national suicide. Fidel - He is preaching to the suicidal.

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 18:09

      @Patrick It's totally escaped them that SA is part of the Non-Aligned movement (NAM), a group opf 120 countries not affiliated to any major power when deliberating in the UN General Assembly. They are guided by their hate for anything non-western and befallen with western exceptionalism. They think that SA will morph into little England.

      Anthony - 2012-02-15 18:39

      @Patric The problem with your rather silly radical stuff, is that there is NO appetite for this in Africa. Some have tried with political parties, like Azapo and the PAC, to get some following, but today they are totally irrelevant in SA politics. And the same counts for ALL radical parties all over Africa. WHAT is so difficult for you to accept and understand???????? Your views are shared with a handfull of loosers. But at the same time, you want to make out, you talk on behalf of AFRICA. Well maybe.......1.5 % of Africa !!!!!!! Irronically, you want some radicals hanging on each word you utter, you will have to go to the....................... USA !!!! There are some comminities who would love to hear this crap!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 19:14

      @Anthony You are clearly deluded of you think that there are no radicals within the ANC, never mind the ANCYL, MK vets or the Women's league. It's called being diplomatic.

      Anthony - 2012-02-15 19:19

      @Fidel, Sure, the few radicals in SA, HAD to find a home in the ANC, for there was nowhere else to go. But one certainly cannot discribe the ANC as a radical party, and the handful of radicals, have little or no power in the ANC!!!

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 20:21

      @Anthony And how do you know this, do you attend ANC NEC meetings?

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 20:31

      @Patric People like Anthony are sheltered, they have no idea how the citizens of those countries (west) are fed up with their own government elites who have stolen their wealth and lively hood and given it to bankers and corporations. He has no idea how these people feel embarassed by the killing spree that their governments have engaged on around the world. The people of the west are enlighten and progressive, unlike our dinasours here at home.

      Anthony - 2012-02-15 21:02

      @Patrick, Well at least we agree on something; "Africa should not be the west's lacky" Sure, I agree, but what's your point ??? How many "thumbs down" or "thumbs up" is not really important. For me there is not much difference between an ,up, or a ,down, This is not some kind of a contest. But at the same time, it gives some indication, that someone reads one's post, otherwise if nobody reads it, it would be rather silly, to put in an effort!!!! But to say that you are " part of the majority of the world's population " is rather silly. Actually, its rather childish. Reminds me of my school days; "my dad is a pilot , but was in fact a bus driver !! and " my dad is very very rich " but there was a Toyota Corolla in the driveway !!!! What I am trying to say; keep your feet on the ground, and don't go to dreamland, and start thinking, you talk on behalf of THE WORLD !!!!!

      Anthony - 2012-02-15 21:28

      @Fidel, No, I don't go to NEC meetings, but to get an idea of whats going on in SA, one does not have to. Just in case, you forgot, this is not Russia or Iran, where nobody is supposed to talk, outside of meetings. Here we got a free media ( still !! ) and they do a pretty good job, to keep the ones who are interested informed !!!!! I am "sheltered" !!! I don't know what you mean, but if that makes you happy, its fine with me. "Fed up with their governments" !!! I think you are a bit confused. Western Europe, is not Russia or that country where your hero lives, Iran In Western Europe, if the majority of its population is fed up with their government, they send it "home" Simple as that !! And they don't have to wait till new elections are called, the very same day, they vote them out, they are gone !!!! Most of the time its a "local" issue, like the economy, but also what has happened plenty times , if a goverment send home , on a foreign policy issue. So, I am not sure, what you are on about. I think you got Iran, stuck in your head. There are also plenty enlighten and progressive people in Iran, the only difference being; when they want to voice an opinion that is not in line with government policy, they get beaten up, arrested, jailed and possibly killed!!!!!!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-02-21 08:41

      More made up nonsense, Patrick.

  • Brett - 2012-02-15 17:05

    I wonder how stable an Iranian made nuclear reactor will be? They could be building the worlds biggest suicide bomb...

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 18:01


      Jaba - 2012-02-15 18:09

      Built for them by the Russians I would have to agree

      Dan - 2012-02-15 21:24

      @Bret how stable are the Iranian leaderships heads to build it , that is maybe a bigger question . and I agree with you good chance that it will blow up just as nearly a quarter of their centrifuges blew up a few years ago

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-15 17:21

    what's wrong with people in this forum...can't you think for yourself. The truth is Iran is a sovereign country and goes for Palestine. The fact that Israel was supporting apartheid with torture tactics during heydays when life was jolly the other side of the fence don't mean you have to stick your head on your wastehole now that it's over...get it.

      Jaba - 2012-02-15 17:52

      what's wrong with you...can't you think for yourself. Palestine is not a sovereign country.. yet anyways. When they decide that peace is the only route (rather than trying to wipe Israel off the map) it will become a sovereign country. Israel is not an apartheid state (They were friends with South Africa as much as Germany or Spain was). Israel is a democratic state, and furthermore, it is a sovereign country in a state of war with the Palestinians (btw war is not apartheid). Iran is a sovereign country that has continually called for the destruction of another sovereign country, while attempting to build a nuclear bomb; that is why people are against Iran. if only the Green Revolution succeeded in ridding Iran from the crazy religious fundamentalist know as the Ayatollahs then they would not be trying to build a bomb to kill of a nation from the middle east for the simple reason that they are not Muslim, If Iran hates the Muslim gulf states & Saudi so much – what hate do you thing they have towards a Jewish state.…get it

      phathuchicos - 2012-02-15 18:15

      did they say they are building an minded.

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 18:40

      @Jaba The Iranians are muslims, they follow the religion of Islam. They are not Arabs, but Persians. Check your facts, ignorant one.

      Jaba - 2012-02-15 19:20

      Gazanian - the Russians' have admitted so. Postman Pat - Palestinians are free to choose peace - they have not yet. Fidler on the roof - Where did i use the word Arab here? all i said is that as Muslims, the Iranians hates their fellow Muslim brethren in Saudi & the Gulf States, so why would those fanatics tolerate a Jewish state.

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 20:19

      @Jaba "for the simple reason that they are not Muslim," Do you need glasses porkchop, or is it a case of switching your fingers before your brain.

      Jaba - 2012-02-15 22:06

      pat...can i call u pat? Israel does not want peace you say? you know every few years they (Israelis) vote for a government that promises them peace with their neighbours... btw guess who the neighbours vote for? Hamas! im not gona tell you to google their charter - for you already have, but refuse to recognise, that like the Nazi party in Germany, so too has Hamas come to power democratically. so the answer is that the Palestinians (for now) have voted for war, while Israeli's continuously vote for peace every three to four years. What is so hard to understand fidler, "trying to build a bomb to kill off a nation from the middle east for the simple reason that they are not Muslim" Who is the only non-Muslim nation in the Middle East? that small nation (2% of the Middle East land mass) is the reason why Iran is building a bomb. If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel. One thing both Arabs & Iranians have in common is hate for Israel - Iran is using this hate in order to gain influence in the Muslim world, they thought that going nuclear will earn them respect (respect being very important in this culture) however, this has backfired as Arab nations from Kuwait to Oman fear Iranian dominance more than they hate Israel's existence. circle of hate... round & round we go.

      Jaba - 2012-02-16 07:39

      Israel has had many a 'Mr F.W de Klerk' who have done everything possible to make peace with their neighbours... but the neighbours refuse. For the Palestinians have never had a Madiba! Israel was created as a Jewish homeland while Jordan was created as an Arab homeland. The People of the area resisted the creation of the state of Israel due to their racist paranoia against Jews – but racism lost and Israel was officially created – for it was unofficially there for over 3000 years. any human being with the right mind would support the creation of a Jewish homeland; one only has to ask how many Muslim or Christian countries there are to understand that the Jewish people deserve a home as well, and that home has no better place to be, where it is right now, a land build by Jews, inhabited by Jews for over 3000 years and is now a democratic nation with a population of 20% that is not even Jewish that have full rights to all the freedoms that the Jewish citizens have under the law (with the exception of military service which is optional - Muslim citizens are not forced to serve in the defence forces) Israel is not an Apartheid state.

      Jaba - 2012-02-16 07:39

      Occupation (not Apartheid) will end when the Palestinians renounce terror against Israel and vote to live in peace with Israel. Palestinians get the funding to run their "country" from the US, EU, Arab league & Israel; while Hamas get their funding from Iran. Palestinians have voted for their own government, and have their own land which is not yet recognised for the simple reason that they refuse to sign a peace treaty. Palestinians are not Israeli and vice versa. Unfortunately I do not believe you have been to Israel, for if you had, you would never call it an Apartheid state (a term used as propaganda in the anti-Israel camp) You might not be anti-Israel Pat – but you sure as hell sound like you can’t wait to see them wiped out.

      Fred - 2012-02-21 08:44

      Patrick, I agree with you on this. There is a lot of fear on both sides, which leads to immature decisions.

  • Butters71 - 2012-02-16 08:46

    They never said they want Israel wiped off the earth, they said they wanted the Zionist regime wiped off the face of the earth, like here in SA, the ANC wanted the Apartheid Regime gone, which is what Israel is atm.

      Fidel - 2012-02-16 09:30

      "They say it is not possible to have a world without the United States and Zionism. But you know that this is a possible goal and slogan. Let's take a step back. [[[We had a hostile regime in this country which was undemocratic, armed to the teeth and, with SAVAK, its security apparatus of SAVAK [the intelligence bureau of the Shah of Iran's government] watched everyone. An environment of terror existed.]]] When our dear Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian revolution] said that the regime must be removed, many of those who claimed to be politically well-informed said it was not possible. All the corrupt governments were in support of the regime when Imam Khomeini started his movement. [[[All the Western and Eastern countries supported the regime even after the massacre of September 7 [1978] ]]] and said the removal of the regime was not possible. But our people resisted and it is 27 years now that we have survived without a regime dependent on the United States. The tyranny of the East and the West over the world should have to end, but weak people who can see only what lies in front of them cannot believe this. Who would believe that one day we could witness the collapse of the Eastern Empire? But we could watch its fall in our lifetime. And it collapsed in a way that we have to refer to libraries because no trace of it is left. Imam [Khomeini] said Saddam must go and he said he would grow weaker than anyone could imagine. Continued.......

      Fidel - 2012-02-16 09:31

      Now you see the man who spoke with such arrogance ten years ago that one would have thought he was immortal, is being tried in his own country in handcuffs and shackles [[[by those who he believed supported him and with whose backing he committed his crimes]]]. Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime [Israel] has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world." (source:, based on a publication of 'Iranian Students News Agency' (ISNA) -- insertions by the New York Times in squared brackets -- passages in triple squared brackets will be left blank in the MEMRI version printed below) To commute a demand for removal of a 'regime' into a demand for removal of a state is serious deception and dangerous demagogy.

      Fidel - 2012-02-16 09:40

      As you all can see, it was the NY Times Jewish zionist editors who wedged the word Israel to mean regime, and this propaganda has been swallowed by the brain dead as strawberry and cream.

      Fred - 2012-02-21 08:47

      Do you want the end of Islamic fundamentalism? Do you want the end of the self-serving, dishonest, despotic, chauvinistic regimes of the Middle East, such as the Iranian regime? Do you favor the right of the people of the Middle East to vote and live free of oppression? Do you believe Israel has the right to exist?

      Fred - 2012-02-21 08:47

      Fidel, the questions again: what did you mean when you said Israel is a refuge for Jews, and is one big bulls-eye?

      Fidel - 2012-02-21 09:00

      What I want is not relevant. I have no business telling Muslims how to lead their lives. This is the part that you fail to understand because you have a colonial mindset that thinks it knows what is good for others. I am born of a people and history that has been dictated to for 400 years and we hate this. Africans don't want to tell others how they should organise their societies because we KNOW how this feels. The Jews and refuge remark is self explanatory!

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