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February 4, 2006

IAEA Reports Iran to U.N. Security Council

Topics: Iran

nukeiran.jpegToday the IAEA reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council in a resolution expressing concern that Tehran's nuclear program may not be "exclusively for peaceful purposes." The resolution refers to Iran's breaches of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and lack of confidence that it is not trying to make weapons. Iran retaliated immediately, as expected, saying it would resume uranium enrichment at its main plant instead of in Russia.

(...) The landmark decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35- nation board sets the stage for future action by the top U.N. body, which has the authority to impose economic and political sanctions.

(...) Still, any such moves were weeks if not months away. Two permanent council members, Russia and China, agreed to referral only on condition the council take no action before March.

(...) Twenty-seven nations supported the resolution, which was sponsored by three European powers _ Britain, France and Germany _ and backed by the United States.

(...) Cuba, Syria and Venezuela were the only nations to vote against.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator John McCain urged the world on Saturday to impose economic and other sanctions on Iran - bypassing the United Nations if necessary. he believes that an "immediate UN Security Council action is required to impose multilateral sanctions, including a prohibition on investment, a travel ban, and asset freezes for government leaders and nuclear scientists, which I believe should have occurred months ago.

The text of IAEA statement on Iran can be found here.

To think for a moment that Iran has not been pursuing a nuclear weapon is ludicrous. Back in February 2005 it was reported that international investigators uncovered evidence of a secret meeting 18 years ago between Iranian officials and associates of Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan that resulted in a written offer to supply Tehran with the makings of a nuclear weapons program. The meeting is believed to have taken place in a dusty Dubai office in 1987, and kick-started Tehran's nuclear efforts and Khan's black market.

At that time, Iran bought centrifuge designs and a starter kit for uranium enrichmen. However, prior to Feb. 2005 Tehran told the IAEA that it turned down the chance to buy the more sensitive equipment required for building the core of a bomb. Hhowever, there is evidence that Iran used the offer as a buyer's guide, and acquired some of the pricier items elsewhere. Iran has been lying all along, and the entire time that the EU spent negotiating with Iran was a waste of time for the free world, allowing time for Iran to develop it's nuclear weapons program and build it's hardened nuclear facilities all over the country. Iran never had "peaceful intentions."

Other Iran-related news
IAEA inspections shut down:

IRAN'S President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered an immediate end to tough International Atomic Energy Agency inspections of his country's nuclear programme, state television has announced.

In response to the reporting of Iran's disputed atomic drive to the UN Security Council, the president also called for "preparations" to begin in order to kick-start ultra-sensitive uranium enrichment work, the focus of fears that Iran could acquire nuclear weapons.

Tehran to resume enrichment:
IRAN is poised to resume ultra-sensitive nuclear work and block tough UN inspection in retaliation over being reported to the Security Council, regime officials said overnight.

A statement from the office of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirmed the measures would be taken, and a senior official said the International Atomic Energy Agency would be officially informed later Saturday.
"We will give the letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency today," said the official, who asked not to be named.

"We will inform them of the resumption of enrichment and the halt in the application of the additional protocol," he said.

Neither the official nor the president's office said when Iran would actually remove IAEA seals from its enrichment facilities, although other officials have said such a move could be immediate.

Related reading: Iran Nuclear Resources

Posted by Richard at February 4, 2006 12:01 PM

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