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The UN Praises Iran’s “Cooperation” On Nukes

From a delighted Associated Press:

Deputy chief of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), Olli Heinonen, (L) shakes hands with deputy secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Javad Vaeidi.

IAEA: Iranian cooperation significant

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria – The U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday that Iran was producing less nuclear fuel than expected and praised Tehran for “a significant step forward” in explaining past atomic actions that have raised suspicions.

The assessment is expected to make it more difficult for the United States to rally support for a new round of sanctions against Tehran.

At the same time, the report confirmed that Iran continued to expand its uranium enrichment program, reflecting the Islamic republic’s defiance of the U.N. Security Council. Still, U.N. officials said, both enrichment and the building of a plutonium-producing reactor was continuing more slowly than expected.

Iran promptly touted the report as supporting Iran’s stand that the U.S.-led calls for a third round U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment were unjustified…

This report ended all the baseless U.S. accusations against Iran,” Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, was quoted as saying by the state IRNA news agency. “Once again the agency confirmed validity of Iran’s stances,” he said, adding that “the U.S. had deceived the world over Iran’s nuclear activities by claiming that Iran was reprocessing plutonium.”

Drawn up by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, much of the confidential report obtained by The Associated Press focused on the already publicized action plan finalized just a few weeks ago between the agency and Iran, restating progress in some areas and time frames for Iran to respond to additional questions.

In that plan, Iran agreed to answer the final questions from agency experts by November.

If that and all other deadlines are met and Iran provides all the information sought, the agency should be able to close the file on its more than four-year investigation of Tehran’s nuclear activities by year’s end, a senior U.N. official said

How utterly preposterous.

This report is based on Iran’s answer to four of the ten questions that the United Nations agency has asked them to answer. (They promise to answer the other six by November.)

Apart from some cursory visits to some Iraq nuclear sites, that is about it.

Some “investigation.”

But the IAEA decided Iraq should have the bomb a long time ago.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 30th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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