Monday, August 08, 2005

Iran has restarted its nuclear programme

Iran has resumed sensitive fuel cycle work at its uranium conversion facility near the city of Isfahan.
The UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, confirmed work had begun at the plant, after it was suspended in 2004 to allow for negotiations with the EU.
The US and EU had previously warned that any resumption could lead to Iran being referred to the UN Security Council for economic sanctions.

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Anonymous Kira Zalan said...

Iran has declared that it will resume nuclear conversion at Esfahan within one or two days. Europe has requested an emergency meeting of the IAEA to pressure Iran not to resume nuclear fuel cycle work. Israel is pressuring Ukraine to demand from Iran the 12 nuclear-capable X-55 cruise missiles that were smuggled there four years ago.

All of this is happening as the talks with North Korea are drawing to a crucial, and so far unpredictable, end.

So is World War III imminent? Hardly.

Over reaction is exactly what these unlikely allies are fishing for. The coincidence of declared threats by both countries is a bit too convenient. By cranking the nuclear threat pressure simultaneously, both North Korea and Iran are hoping to walk away with the most handouts.

August 09, 2005 1:11 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Thanks for visiting Kira ,

interesting thoughts which you explain in more depth on your own site ..

you said 'Over reaction is exactly what these unlikely allies are fishing for'

i have yet to see any evidence of these two countries becoming allies , to connect them seems to again play into he hands of those that would wish to crank up the pseudo fear levels

brings memories flooding back of the warped axes of evil speech by Bush

on the greater point of them both seeking to gain from this , i agree

though i feel the timing of this has more to do with US policy then either Korean or Iranian

They both see the options availible to the US are at probably the lowest point they can be due to Iraq and the "war on whatever you call it this week"

and when you play such a game , timing is of the essense

of course there is also the legal issue that can be played out

to start

Iran is not "violating" the treaty by moving ahead with a program for "enriching uranium". They don't even have the centrifuges for conducting such a process. The re-opening of their facility at Isfahan signals that they will continue the "conversion" process to produce the nuclear fuel that is required in nuclear power plants. This is all permitted under the terms of the NPT

Why should Iran forgo the processing of nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes if it is written right into the treaty? Would Israel or Pakistan accept a similar proposal?

Of course, not. Both countries ignored the treaty altogether and built their own nuclear weapons behind the back of the international community. Only Iran has been singled out and punished for COMPLYING with the treaty. This demonstrates the power of Washington to dictate the international agenda.

August 09, 2005 6:25 pm  

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