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IAEA: Iran Is ‘Shifting To Cooperation’

From ever trusting Associated Press:

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meets International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei (L) during an official meeting in Tehran October 4, 2009.

UN: Iran nuclear dispute shifting to cooperation

By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer Sun Oct 4

TEHRAN, Iran – The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Sunday there is a "shifting of gears" in Iran’s confrontation with the West to more cooperation and transparency and he announced that international inspectors would visit Tehran’s newly revealed uranium enrichment site on Oct. 25.

The International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, speaking at a news conference in Tehran with Iran’s top nuclear official, said his agency "has no concrete proof of an ongoing weapons program in Iran." But the IAEA has "concerns about Iran’s future intentions," he said.

"I see that we are at a critical moment. I see that we are shifting gears from confrontation into transparency and cooperation," said ElBaradei

President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Sunday that Washington was also pleased with the level of cooperation from Iran.

"For now, things are moving in the right direction," James Jones said on CNN’s "State of the Union" program

Ambassador Susan Rice, speaking on NBC TV’s "Meet the Press," also cautioned that Iran had a "finite period" to completely open its nuclear program to international inspections. She refused to set a deadline

"As I have said many times and I continue to say today, the agency has no complete proof that there is an ongoing weapons program in Iran," ElBaradei said. "There are allegations that Iran has conducted weaponization studies. However these allegations we are still looking into and we are looking to Iran to help us clarify," he added…

Who can doubt that the world is in safe hands with the IAEA and Mr. ElBaradei riding herd on Iran?

In fact, we have such confidence in them (and of course Mr. Obama’s advisors), we believe they should be the human shields staked out in front of any of Iran’s presumptive targets.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “IAEA: Iran Is ‘Shifting To Cooperation’”

  1. canary says:

    So ELBaradei believes Ahmadinejad and his recent running mate have been blowing hot air.
    ElBaradei has no”complete proof”?? Just “alot” of proof.

    Amazing how these pictures paint a million words. Hope Obama doesn’t get jealous when he sees these pic’s of his #1 VBBF & MoBara.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Iran seeks “co-operation”. Yeah, right! From any country that’ll take its money for nuclear technology.

  3. whorlando says:

    According to IAEA Chief Mohammed ElBaradei the agency will inspect Iran’s uranium enrichment site in Qom on October 25th.

    You can be certain, prior to one ‘inspector’ setting foot inside this facility three weeks from today, Mother Hubbard’s cupboard would have more trace particles of strontium 90 than you’ll find sprinkled around at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s playground.

  4. JaneLovesJesus says:

    Sorry for being superficial, but ‘Dinee, baby, could you get some black socks?

    We now return to our regularly scheduled discussion.

  5. redranger says:

    Talk is much cheaper than enriched Uranium! Diplomacy will prevent Iran from developing nukes the same way it prevented North Korea from doing it!

  6. IronFistVelvetGlove says:

    Ok, now it all becomes clear. His recent statements give it away – along with the “happy” photo-op with Ahmadinejad . This duplicitous scumbag ElBaradei has not been worried about Iran getting the A-Bomb all these years. Instead he’s been worried about Israel supposedly having one. So now it looks like “mission accomplished”. The IAEA’s supposed inspections over the years have just been a global Kabuki dance – a lot of hand-waving and foot dragging to give Iran time to get their nuke development in order. What a bunch of dupes we are in the West. Our leadership: so easily fooled, a bunch of saps.

  7. canary says:

    NYTimes.com Asia Pacific By MICHAEL WINES Sept 29 2009

    BEIJING — …June, China… signed a $5 billion deal … natural gas field in Iran. In July, Iran invited Chinese…to join a $42.8 billion project…in August,…China, Tehran and Beijing struck another deal,… $3 billion,..

    …appalled the Democratic chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Howard L. Berman of California, who called them “exactly the wrong message” to send to an Iran that seemed determined to flout international nuclear rules.

    China not only holds a veto but has also been one of Iran’s more reliable defenders.

    ….said Zalmay Khalilzad, who as the American ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush helped persuade China to approve limited sanctions against Iran. “They don’t see Iran in the same way as we do.”

    François Godement, … put it more bluntly. “Basically,” he said, “the rise of Iran is not bad news for China.”

    In contrast, China’s economic links to Tehran are growing rapidly, and China’s leaders see Iran not as a threat but as a potential ally. Nor would the Chinese be distressed, the reasoning goes, should a nuclear-armed Iran sap American influence in the region

    “Chinese leaders view Iran as a country of great potential power, perhaps already the economic and, maybe, militarily dominant power in that region,” said John W. Garver,author of “China and Iran: Ancient Partners in a Post-Imperial World.”

    An alliance with Tehran, he said, would be a bulwark against what China suspects is an American plan to maintain global dominance by controlling Middle Eastern energy supplies.

    Beyond that, China relies heavily on Iran’s vast energy reserves — perhaps 15 percent of the world’s natural gas deposits and a tenth of its oil — to offset its own shortages. The Chinese are estimated to have $120 billion committed to Iranian gas and oil projects, and China has been Iran’s biggest oil export market for the past five years. In return, Iran has loaded up on imported Chinese machine tools, factory equipment, locomotives and other heavy goods, building China into one of its largest trading partners.

    For its part, China has opposed stiff sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program,

    Supporting stronger sanctions might elevate China’s image as a global diplomatic leader, but the United States, not China, would reap the real benefits.

    “China is not anxious to jump on this American train,” said one Chinese analyst, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to freely assess China’s foreign policy.


    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      That’s all well and good…but I doubt the Chinese will have a real holiday trying to get along with those people. My guess is that it’ll turn ugly in a matter of a very short time. Of course, the obvious thing is that US money that goes to China…goes to pay for Iran —a quick and effective means of negating any sanctions…all, of course with the approval of the brown clown.

    • proreason says:

      Rusty’s right, but there may be a silver lining.

      As the United States tries desperately to become bosom allies with Iran, the chicoms will turn against them.

      And unlike our Charley Male president, China won’t have any problems at all making sure the nutjob Holocaust lovers snap to and salute.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    Who’s up for a rousing game of nuclear Badminton?

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