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Laff Riot: IAEA To Press Iran For Answers

From those lovers of nuclear proliferation at Reuters:

U.N. official in Iran to press for nuclear answers

Mon Apr 21

TEHRAN (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog’s top investigator arrived in Tehran on Monday to press Iran to explain Western intelligence which suggested it covertly studied how to design nuclear bombs.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency said Olli Heinonen would meet Javad Vaeedi, deputy head of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme National Security Council, during his two-day visit.

It quoted an unnamed Iranian official as saying his visit was intended to “advance cooperation” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. body trying to clear up suspicions about Iran’s disputed nuclear ambitions.

The talks will get under way in the afternoon, the ISNA news agency said…

Heinonen raised a diplomatic stir in February with a presentation that indicated links in Iran between projects to process uranium, to test explosives and to modify a missile cone in a way suitable for a nuclear warhead.

Iran has dismissed the intelligence as baseless, forged or irrelevant. But the IAEA wants substantive explanations to enable it to wind up a long inquiry into Iran’s secretive quest for nuclear power.

IAEA Director Mohamed ElBaradei has said the world “needs to make sure Iran did not have a weapons program.” …

IAEA officials stress that the intelligence details about weapons studies, many of them from a laptop computer spirited out of Iran by a defector in 2004 and handed to the United States, remain unverified but warrant thorough investigation.

World powers are considering improving a package of trade and other incentives for Iran if it stops enriching uranium, which can be used as nuclear fuel or provide material for bombs…

Isn’t it reassuring that the United Nations is about to “wind up” its “long inquiry” into Iran’s nuclear program?

Obviously , everything has been cleared up, except for a few petty details.

Who can doubt it?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 21st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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