Iranian officials boast about nuclear program, declining Western leverage

 

A series of boasts by Iranian officials in recent weeks is deepening concerns that Western negotiators now lack the necessary leverage to extract meaningful concessions from Tehran. The comments, which range from boasts about Iranian military power to its relations with the Western countries it is currently engaged in negotiations with, comes days before diplomats from Tehran are set to meet with the P5+1 global powers over the country’s nuclear program. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps General Ramezan Sharif over the weekend boasted that Western powers had foreclosed the possibility of military intervention against the Islamic Republic. Sharif blasted Western media outlets – he specifically cited the BBC – as, per the Jerusalem Post, “being complicit in an insidious propaganda campaign to undermine the confidence of Iran's citizens and spread disinformation about its interests.” Iranian media had last week carried boasts from the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), Asqar Zarean, concerning Iranian development of laser  technology for medical purposes. Analysts have recently suggested that the technology could equally be turned toward laser enrichment of uranium. The technique is considered  a "silver bullet" in creating weapons grade uranium, allowing the Iranians to build significantly smaller and better hidden infrastructure.Iranian media on Sunday also quoted nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi as saying that Iran would need to increase its enrichment twelve-fold over the next eight years. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the new chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Bloomberg View this week that lawmakers in Washington were skeptical that Iran has been negotiating in good faith. Nunes is one of several top lawmakers who are expected to lead the charge on Capitol Hill for increased Congressional oversight over Iran negotiations, as well as for new sanctions to be put in place against Tehran.

 

Israeli doctors at Rambam Health Care Campus print innovative 3D jawbone for civil war shooting victim. A new groundbreaking procedure was used by doctors at Rambam Health Care Campus to implant a titanium jawbone in a Syrian shooting victim, who had come to Israel for medical treatment after a bullet demolished his lower jaw. The 23-year-old Syrian man arrived at Rambam in critical condition after a rifle bullet had completely destroyed his lower jaw, rendering him unable to speak or eat. Israeli doctors outfitted him with a custom-made jaw printed on titanium using 3D CT and then implanted it into the victim’s face. Professor Adi Rachmiel, director of Rambam’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, performed the ground-breaking operation with Dr. Yoav Leiser, who recently returned from training in Germany, where he specialized in restoring eye sockets, jaws, and cheek bones. One day after surgery, the patient was eating and speaking. “We succeeded in returning his human quality,” Leiser said of the patient, whose face had been torn, jaw smashed, and bottom teeth blown out. In the procedure, called a Patient Specific Implant (PSI), doctors created a jaw perfectly suited to the patient. Rambam said that following this success, three additional patients are scheduled to undergo similar innovative treatments. (via Israel21c)


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