An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist has defected to the West, according to ABC:
Amiri, a nuclear physicist in his early 30s, went missing last June three days after arriving in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage, according to the Iranian government. He worked at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, which is closely connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, according to the Associated Press.
If he has positive insight into the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons ambitions – the mullahs have steadfastly asserted that their nuclear program is for purely peaceful purposes – then we might finally see a more concerted response from Western capitals.
President Obama interrupted a diplomatic love fest with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday to declare Iran will face tougher international sanctions within weeks.
“My hope is that we are going to get this done this spring,” Obama said, rejecting concerns it could take months to get new United Nations sanctions approved.
“I’m not interested in waiting months for a sanctions regime to be in place; I’m interested in seeing that regime in place within weeks.”
The authors of a controversial National Intelligence Estimate published in January 2008 that poo-poohed an Iranian weaponization program could not be reached for comment.