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Friday, November 2, 2007

deja vu

So the IAEA is saying that Iran doesn't possess nukes and is years away from having them. But the US and France are deciding to ignore that piece of news. Does this remind anyone of 2002 when the IAEA stated clearly that Saddam had no WMD's. Again that was ignored (and the US and UK in fact told barefaced lies about Iraq's weapons to justify Bush the Evil's murderous campaign of terror across Iraq.

Well looks like they're now doing the same with Iran. Interestingly the unelected dictatorship in Egypt announced its own intention to build nuclear power stations was announced yesterday. Despite being an unelected dictatorship the US welcomed Egypt's news. Looks like the only way to be an unelected dictatorship is if the said dictatorship is funded by the West (Egypt gets 2billion a year in military aid


"IAEA findings on Iran dismissed

France and the US have dismissed a finding by the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog Mohammed ElBaradei that there is no evidence of Iran building a bomb.

The US said Iran's efforts to enrich uranium rather than import it more cheaply, indicated that it really wanted nuclear weapons.

Mr ElBaradei said on Sunday that Tehran was years away from developing a bomb.

Iran denies it is seeking to build nuclear weapons and says it wants only civilian nuclear energy.

Its refusal to stop enriching uranium - a process which can lead to a nuclear bomb - has led the UN Security Council to impose two sets of sanctions, which the US has followed up with unilateral penalties of its own.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Iran was "enriching and reprocessing uranium, and the reason that one does that is to lead towards a nuclear weapon".

His remarks were later clarified by US National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe, who was asked whether any country enriching uranium seeks nuclear weapons.

"I would say that we're concerned about Iran doing this because they could have the capability to have a nuclear weapon. Each country is different, but obviously Dana was asked and was talking about Iran," he said.

French scepticism

The French defence minister said: "Our information, which is backed up by other countries, is contrary [to Mr ElBaradei's comments]."

Iran has denied its nuclear work is intended to develop weapons

"If... ElBaradei is right then there is no reason that Iran stops ElBaradei and the IAEA [the UN nuclear watchdog] from carrying out inspections," Mr Morin told reporters on a visit to Abu Dhabi.

"If [the nuclear programme] is only civil what would be the reason to stop international inspections?"

The IAEA has some access to Iranian nuclear facilities but Tehran's refusal to allow intrusive inspections means the UN cannot verify the absence of undeclared nuclear material.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Monday that Washington saw "no indication" Iran was moving towards suspending uranium enrichment.

Eyes on ElBaradei

Mr ElBaradei's deputy, Olli Heinonen, arrived in Tehran on Monday for a now round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme.

There is tension between Western countries and Mr ElBaradei over an agreement he reached with Iran in August, drawing up a timetable for the country to answer questions about its past nuclear activities.

This was seen as buying time for Iran, the BBC's Laura Trevelyan reports from the UN.

Mr ElBaradei says he will report to the IEAE's board in mid-November on how much information Iran has provided.

He warned Tehran of the importance of active co-operation and transparency.

Diplomats say discussions on a third sanctions resolution are under way in case Iran stalls again.

However it is not clear that Russia and China will support further sanctions, our correspondent adds. "

i just don't get the idea of having nuclear weapons...it would just mean the end of the world...if iran bombs one country...another will bomb iran and so on and so forth...

i used to think i was emotionally over 9/11 even though i watched the towers fall as it happened but i still have the occasional nuclear bomb nightmare and it's the kind of nightmare that really fucks you up in the head



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