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U.N. Gives Mixed Reviews to Iran’s Nuclear Program

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Posted on Nov 15, 2007
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He’s down with the program:  Iran’s head nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, fields questions at a press conference in Tehran on Thursday.

The good news, according to the U.N.‘s nuclear agency, is that Iran earlier was forthcoming with information about its nuclear program.  The bad news is that Iran is not now offering the same level of transparency, is reportedly still enriching uranium in defiance of the Security Council and may be, according to the BBC, cooperating just enough to avoid additional sanctions.


BBC:

The BBC’s Bethany Bell in Vienna says that while a number of questions about Iran’s past nuclear work have been answered, the report says the IAEA’s knowledge about Tehran’s current nuclear programme is diminishing.

The report, a copy of which was obtained by the BBC, found Tehran had been operating 3,000 centrifuges, the machines used to enrich uranium, at its plant at Natanz.

“Contrary to the decisions of the Security Council, Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities,” the document says.

But the IAEA also noted the answers Iran had given about the history of its centrifuge programme were consistent with the agency’s own findings.

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By cyrena, November 16, 2007 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment

Me too Paolo. I ditto Non Credo.

Maybe I should add that after 3 plus years of non-stop demonizing, and harrassment, and lying on them, Iran finally got tired of cooperating.

I mean really, how long can any person or nation put up with having some other person or nation accuse them of doing or THINKING shit that they haven’t been DOING or THINKING!!

Maybe I should post a copy of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? It’s not even that complicated.

I mean, sanctioning Iran for enriching uranium is like sanctioning me for using arm and hammer baking soda in my laundry.

So the next time I decide to use it, why would I tell you? Who wants the hassle?

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By QuyTran, November 16, 2007 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

How about 458 U.S. nuclear warheads located in Europe ?

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By Paolo, November 15, 2007 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment

Iran, as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (an agreement Israel refuses to sign), has every right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. The IAEA states it has found no evidence of any nuclear weapons program whatsoever.

It is obvious the UN Security Council is being pressured into demonizing Iran, despite these facts. Who is behind the pressure? Obviously, the USA and Israel. 

There is no reason the US cannot have peaceful and prosperous relations with Iran. Cut the warmongering and try trade and talk for a change!

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By hass, November 15, 2007 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment
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Understand the meaning and implications of this IAEA report by visiting IranAffairs.com

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