The recent IAEA report clears up some doubts about Iran’s nuclear program, but the US and Israel press on regardless.

PM Olmert of Israel is on a scaremongering tour, in Tokyo currently, lobbying for tighter sanctions against Iran:

 “We hope the IAEA is aware of the price the entire world may end up paying for its lenient approach towards Iran,” said the official.

“Israel believes that there is an urgent need for a third round of sanctions against Iran, and it has directed its actions in accordance with this belief for the past several months. The UN Security Council must be convened as soon as possible so that such sanctions will be authorized.”

The official said that recent statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and General Mohammad Ali Jaafari, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, “are testament to the nature of the dangerous, irresponsible and racist regime currently ruling Tehran. Iran poses a danger not only to Israel but to the entire world. We must act before it is too late; before Iran’s motivations are caught up by its abilities.”

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3509836,00.html

(Iran is a threat to the whole world?  Who have they attacked lately?)

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is also on a speaking tour, saying that the latest IAEA report makes a slam dunk case for tightening up sanctions on Iran:

“The United Nations has a very strong case for passing a third Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran after the new report from the IAEA found that Tehran failed to cooperate fully with its investigators and left unanswered crucial questions about its nuclear past,” Rice said.“There is very good reason after this report to proceed to the third Security Council resolution,” Rice told reporters at the State Department.

“This report demonstrates that whatever the Iranians may be doing to try to clean up some elements of the past, it is inadequate, given their current activities, given questions about their past activities and given what we all have to worry about, which is a future in which Iran could start to perfect the technologies that could lead to nuclear weapons,” she said.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/957097.html

Iran, on the other hand says that the IAEA report should pretty much clear Iran of the charges of pursuing a nuclear weapons program:

A senior Iranian lawmaker said on Friday a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s nuclear programe was “positive” and would undermine a US push for more UN sanctions, IRNA news agency reported.“In regards to the (IAEA) report … about Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities and the resolution of some unclear issues, the road will not be paved for the Americans to issue a new resolution against Iran in the (UN) Security Council,” the head of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, was quoted as saying.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3510011,00.html

So, what did the IAEA report really say?  Does it clear Iran or find Iran guilty?  If you want to read the entire 11 page report, it can be found here:

http://www.isis-online.org/publications/iran/IAEA_Iran_Report_22Feb2008.pdf

Apparently there was significant progress in clearing up a few pressing issues such as the Polonium 210 issue.  However, there is the issue of ratifying the Additional Protocol, that would give more accessability to IAEA inspectors to Iranian facilities (above and beyond the call of duty apparently) and the issue of allegations of a weaponization program, coming from the US supported terrorist group, the political arm of the MEK, listed as a terrorist group with the US Dept. of State.  These issues still need to be cleared in order for Iran to be truely declared clean, but it should be known that there are several nations on the earth, I think Canada included, that also haven’t been truely declared clean of a nuclear weapons program. 

I think that reading the report (linked above) and perhaps taking the tone of El Baradei’s speech is the best way to judge what this report should actually mean to the governments of the world:

“Our task in Iran is to make sure that the Iranian nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes.  We are at it for the last five years.  In the last four months, in particular, we have made quite good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues that had to do with Iran´s past nuclear activities, with the exception of one issue, and that is the alleged weaponization studies that supposedly Iran has conducted in the past.  We have managed to clarify all the remaining outstanding issues, including the most important issue, which is the scope and nature of Iran´s enrichment programme.  We have made good progress, with still one issue on our agenda and I call on Iran to act as actively as possible, as fast as possible, for me to be able (to ensure) that all issues, that have to do with Iran´s past nuclear activities, have been clarified.

“In addition to our work, to clarify Iran´s past nuclear activities, we have to make sure, naturally, that Iran´s current activities are also exclusively for peace purposes and for that we have been asking Iran to conclude the so called Additional Protocol, which gives us the additional authority to visit places, additional authority to have additional documents, to be able to provide assurance, not only that Iran´s declared activities are for peaceful purposes but that there are no undeclared nuclear activities.  On that score, Iran in the last few months has provided us with visits to many places, that enable us to have a clearer picture of Iran´s current programme. However, that is not, in my view, sufficient. We need Iran to implement the Additional Protocol. We need to have that authority as a matter of law. That, I think, is a key for us to start being able to build progress in providing assurance that Iran´s past and current programmes are exclusively for peaceful purposes.  So we have the Protocol issue and we have the weaponization, alleged weaponization studies.  I should however add that in connection with the weaponization studies, we have not seen any indication that these studies were linked to nuclear material.  So that gives us some satisfaction but the issue is still critical for us to be able to come to a determination as to the nature of Iran´s nuclear programme.

“As a result of Iran running an undeclared nuclear programme for almost two decades, there has been confidence deficit on the part of the international community about the intentions, future intentions of Iran´s nuclear programme. Therefore the Security Council asked Iran to suspend its enrichment-related activities. I hope that Iran will continue to work closely with the Security Council, to create the conditions for Iran and the international community to engage in comprehensive negotiation that would lead to a durable solution. A durable solution requires confidence about Iran´s nuclear programme, it requires a regional security arrangement, it requires normal trade relationship between Iran and the international community.  As the Security Council stated, the ultimate aim should be normalization of relationships between Iran and the international community.  Definitely the Agency will continue to do as much as we can to make sure that we also contribute to the confidence-building process with regard to the past and present nuclear activities in Iran, but naturally, we can not provide assurance about future intentions.  That is inherently a diplomatic process that needs the engagement of all the parties.”

http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/News/2008/iranreport0208.html

Of course, he is obligated to call on Iran to cease enrichment as the Security Council has demanded, but even he could tell you that the UN Security has no legal authority to demand such a thing as it is the inherent right of any sovereign nation to develop a nuclear energy program under the supervision of the IAEA as a signator to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

There’s an excellent analysis of the current situation with regards to this report and the allegations that the US is making from the documents found on the stolen laptop computer and reported by the terrorist group MEK.  Please read this most informative article here:

http://www.antiwar.com/prather/?articleid=12410

Of course, it should be noted that nuclear weapons have been found a long time ago in the middle-east.  Yes and you can find them there too:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_and_nuclear_weapons

You don’t want to know about Israel’s weapons?  You want to know about Iran’s?  Well, nuclear weapons could also be found there before long as this article states (found right where we dropped them that is):

The Bush administration has radically redefined America’s nuclear use policy [1], [2]: US nuclear weapons are no longer regarded as qualitatively different from conventional weapons. Many actions of the administration in recent years strongly suggest that an imminent US nuclear use is being planned for, and this was confirmed by Bush’s explicit refusal to rule out a US nuclear strike against Iran. We have all been put on notice.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15318.htm

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