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A Nuclear Iran: Get used to it

Posted by Stephen on February 22, 2007

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply concerned … that the Iranian government did not meet the deadline set by the Security Council.” The deadline passed on Wednesday.

“I urge again that the Iranian government should fully comply with the Security Council as soon as possible,” he told reporters in Vienna, saying Iran’s nuclear activities had “great implications for peace and security.”

Iran’s defiant nature on the subject of its nuclear progress has created a clash of wills which the Islamic Republic seems to be winning.

The most recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) illustrates Tehran’s continued expansion of uranium enrichment, setting up hundreds of uranium-spinning centrifuges in an underground hall, and bringing nearly 9 tons of the gaseous feedstock into the facility in preparation for enrichment. Additionally, Tehran stated that they would complete the construction of thousands of the spinning centrifuges by May 2007, less then three months from now.

The six-page report, written by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, also said that agency experts remain “unable … to make further progress in its efforts to verify fully the past development of Iran’s nuclear program” due to lack of Iranian cooperation. Such actions are a violation of the Security Council resolution regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Iran remains unfazed. The deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammed Saeedi, said, “Iran considers the IAEA demand for suspension as against its rights, the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and international regulations.”

“That’s why Tehran could not have answered positively to the request by resolution 1737 of the UN Security Council for a suspension of enrichment activity,” Saeedi said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

While Iran rebuffs the international community they also find ways around any attempts to limit their production capability. It is being reported that while the U.S. has worked toward cutting off financial assistance in the form of foreign investment, Iran has sidestepped the attempts by changing the names of companies identified by American and European leaders.

In a Fox News report, the National Council of Resistance in Iran, made up of the political wing of the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, which advocates the overthrow of Iran’s Islamic government, said firms under sanctions that were renamed were the Farayand Technique Co. and the Pars Thrash Co. It named new companies set up to work on Iran’s enrichment programs while avoiding sanctions as Tamin Tajhizat Sanayeh Hasteieh, Shakhes Behbood Sanaat and Sookht Atomi Reactorhaye Iran.

Fox states that there was no independent confirmation of the information provided by the group, which the U.S. and the European Union list as a terrorist organization. But it has revealed past secret Iranian nuclear activities subsequently verified by the IAEA or governments.

Iran has played the international game of cat and mouse effectively. There is little in the way of confidence or proof that the international community will be able to stop Iran from producing a nuclear weapon, aside from military action.

The IAEA report is a scathing itemized account of Iran’s actions regarding their pursuit of nuclear activities.

On December 23, 2006 the U.N. passed resolution 1737 which directed Iran to cease its uranium enrichment program and allow U.N. inspectors into the country for a full accounting of Iran’s program and facilities.

During meetings in Tehran in January, 2007, Iran informed the IAEA of its plan to bring 3,000 centrifuges on line by May of 2007. The Agency recalled the safeguards measures that needed to be implemented at FEP, and reiterated that such measures needed to be in place prior to the introduction of nuclear material into the facility. The Agency also again raised with Iran the need for remote monitoring at FEP and PFEP as one of those required measures.

In a letter dated January 23, 2007, Iran declined to agree at this stage on the use of remote monitoring.

According to the IAEA report the issue of  sources of low enriched uranium (LEU) and high enriched uranium (HEU) particles found at locations where Iran has declared that centrifuge components had been manufactured, used and/or stored remains unresolved.

The report states that particle contamination similar to that in Iran was also detected in samples taken from centrifuge equipment and components found in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya which are said to have originated from the same country. The Agency has received no information that fully explains the presence of some of the LEU and HEU particles.

The report also states that, in a letter dated November 30, 2006, Iran agreed to permit the Agency to re-sample equipment at the technical university in Tehran where a small number of natural uranium (NU) and HEU particles were found on samples collected in January 2006.

The re-sampling was carried out on December 22, 2006, the results of which showed NU and LEU particle contamination. Iran has not responded to explain these results.

Iran has not yet responded to the Agency’s long outstanding requests for clarification concerning, and access to carry out further environmental sampling of, other equipment and materials related to the Physics Research Centre (PHRC); nor has Iran agreed to permit the Agency to interview another former Head of the PHRC.

During a meeting on January 17, 2007, the Agency reminded Iran of the outstanding inconsistencies relating to the plutonium experiments and indicated that, unless additional information was provided by Iran, this issue could not be resolved satisfactorily.

Iran stated that no other relevant information was available.

Also on January 17, the Agency received a letter from Iran informing the Agency that Iran was not in a position to approve the designation of 10 inspectors proposed as replacements for inspectors who had left the Agency, and objected to the continued designation of an additional 38 inspectors previously designated for Iran.

In conclusion the report states that Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities. Furthermore, Iran has continued to defy requests by the IAEA for information it has requested for more then a year. The report reiterated the IAEA’s contention that it cannot complete observation of Iran’s nuclear program in the face of the country’s refusal to cooperate.

Iran will soon be a nuclear country. The earlier Europe and the United States acknowledges that inevitable fact the better prepared the world will be to address co-opting their power in the region.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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3 Responses to “A Nuclear Iran: Get used to it”

  1. finnegan said

    So… are you proposing we invade Iran?

  2. While I suggested that the only way to stop Iran from going nuclear is military action, I concluded by stating clearly that what we must do is co-op their power.

    I believe this nuclear pursuit neutrilizes Iran in many ways. The bottom line is, they know they can never use a nuclear weapon in an offensive or first strike fashion…the cost is without measure if they were to do so.

  3. Maybe that wasn’t clear….

    No, we should not invade Iran. We should do what we do best when we are at our best…contain and deter.

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