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Posted: 10/5/2004 7:18:39 AM EDT

Khamenei: 'Have 2 bombs ready to go in January or you are not Muslims'

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged his country's weapons
developers to step up work on making a nuclear bomb, a U.S. official said.

According to the official, an authoritative source in the Iranian
exile community has stated that Khamenei met recently with senior
government and military leaders on the nuclear weapons program.

Khamenei told the gathering, "We must have two bombs ready to go in
January or you are not Muslims," the official said.

Jafari-Jalali, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy
Committee of the Majles, stated in an Iranian press interview last
week that the recent International Atomic Energy Agency resolution
calling on Iran to halt uranium enrichment could lead to Tehran
withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Iran's military announced earlier this month that it would test-fire a
"strategic" missile during the Ashura 5 military exercises of the
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami announced the missile test on Sept. 18. "The
climax of this stage of the exercises is the actual missile operations
and the testing of a series of missiles with different ranges," he said.

Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said earlier this month that,
"given that an effective deterrent policy does not halt at a certain
point, the Islamic Republic of Iran continues upgrading its defensive
capability." Shamkhani said Iran has acquired an effective deterrent
power to confront its enemies in the region.

Iran test-fired a Shihab-3 on Sept. 18 and had also tested one in August.

Meanwhile, British intelligence, working with Iraqi security, has
uncovered a cell within the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that is
working to destabilize Iraq.

The Iranians had paid insurgents to conduct attacks in southern Iraq.

"I don't think there's any doubt that the Iranians are involved and
are providing support" to the Iraqi insurgents, Secretary of State
Colin Powell said last week.


Iran is not playing nicely with others .. can't wait till after elections
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