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September 25, 2009
Posted: 1949 GMT

Hello everyone,

It's a busy day at the IDesk.

We are starting the show with more on the revelation that Iran has been building a second uranium enrichment plant near the city of Qom.

The United States, the United Kingdom and France have given Iran until December to respond to their demands to stop work at their nuclear facilities or face harsher sanctions.

Don't forget to take part in our poll below on whether you think sanctions against Iran are the way to go.

Iran continues to say that it has the right within the rules of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to develop a peaceful civilian nuclear program. But the group of countries opposed to the way Tehran is pursuing nuclear technology say Iran's activities are suspicious.

"The size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program," President Obama said today in Pittsburgh where G20 nations are meeting to discuss global economic challenges.

Russia and China, also permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, are clearly less enclined to go along with France, Britain and the U.S. when it comes to imposing harsher punishment on Iran.

We will cover the news on Iran and ask what happens next. Our guest today is former assistant U.S. Secretary of State James Rubin.

We will also take you live to Pittsburgh for more on the growing role of developing nations in deciding how to solve the world's economic problems. Remember when the world summits excluded China, India and Brazil? Long gone are the days of the G7.

Later at the IDesk, we'll talk about the latest purported Osama Bin Laden audio tape where Germany is mentionned as a possible target. We're live in Berlin.

We are also live in the Honduran capital, in Baghdad, at the Pentagon and on Wall Street.

Happy Friday!

Hala

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Ray S   September 25th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

The religious dictatorship in Iran has hated our collective U.S. guts since they took power in 1979. The current nuclear crisis is nothing more than a continuation of whatever they can do to irritate the U.S. It should by now be apparent that the regime in Iran plays by its own rules. Remember the U.S. embassy hostages?

Sayan Majumdar   September 26th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Iran’s aspiration to emerge as a nuclear weapons power will perpetually complicate strategic equations in the Middle East, more so if Israel decides to pre-empt a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Do remember, in accordance to “Begin doctrine” put forward by ex Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Israeli Defence Force-Air Force (IDF-AF) F-16s destroyed the Iraqi plutonium-producing Osiraq research reactor in a daring air raid on June 7, 1981 to “block any attempt by adversaries to acquire nuclear weapons”. Top cover was provided by the IDF-AF F-15s.

The present IDF-AF strike platform combination of “next-generation” F-15I Ra’am (Thunder) and F-16I Soufa (Storm) (based on current Block 50/52 production aircraft developed on the basis of the F-16ES “Enhanced Strategic” long-range interdictor F-16 proposal) enhances Israel's deterrent strategy by further strengthening the potential threat to carry out retaliatory strikes throughout the Middle East thanks to Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT). Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) acts as further enhancer.

Sayan.

Muthyavan.   September 27th, 2009 1:55 am ET

Why some nations which are not developed to the today's average human developement index are inclined to develop their own nuclear weapons instead of spending this wealth on improving the living standard of their citizens. Is it they have a fear of invasion from a super power with nuclear weapons,or they want to be a threat to their enemy states which do don't posses a nuclear weapon. This is the fear among some peace loving nations,it may leads to a world nuclear weapon manufacturing race. When the global warming is threatening climate weather calamities, and peace to all the countries. Let all nations who poses nuclear war heads and those who are trying to make one, to destroy all such move and try and reduce the green gas emissions from each countries and save the environment for future generations.

Mohamd Elqusbi   September 27th, 2009 7:50 am ET

I think that Iran isn't qualified for Nuclear technology , Nor Arab states or Muslim world , cuz all of them ruled by tyrannical regimes.
How can you give such a horrible weapon to an irresponsible bandits!?

Moh Yousuf   September 29th, 2009 9:15 am ET

Iran is country run by the mad Mulla and no way be allowed to acquire Nuclear technology. In fact what Ahmednijad the President is waltzing and each time he is cornered, he comes with a different proposition to divide world opinion and its leaders.

Iran is quietly building the nuclear weapon and since the West was unable to detect the second nuclear plant, what are the chances that it will succeed in detecting the nuclear arsenal built up.

The world should tell Iran and his President enough is enough- act or face the consequences-with time being of the essence not unlimited time as has been the case now. Please please please do not trust Iran and its mad mullas.

M Ariely   September 30th, 2009 5:19 am ET

Pls read a transcript of a discussion in which
Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis
arguably the West foremost expert on Islam and the Middle East says:

Link to the transcript:
http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/prof-bernard-lewis-warns-of-iranian-leaders-apocalyptic-mindset/

Following a cut and paste
*APOCALYPTIC MINDSET OF THE IRANIAN EADERSHIP
*THE FINAL BATTLE HAS ALREDY BEGUN
*THE END OF TIME HAS COME
*The good can go enjoy the delights of paradise and the wicked,
MEANING ALL OF US, CAN GO TO ETERN

robert patel   October 7th, 2009 11:12 am ET

Hi Hala,
I commented yesterday on Becky Anderson's "Connector of the Day" interview with Gary Kasparov.Today,Matthew Chance has reported on the issue which I raised -namely:

Is Russia a Wolf in Sheep's clothing ( given the number of prominent journalists etc. who have been killed there and given the number of rulings against Russia by Europen Court for Human Rights ) and is their so-called democracy a "mirage"to appease the west ?

Even Gary Kasparov has been arrested several times and one just wonders if Russia has any semblance of freedom of speech /democracy!!

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