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Friday, April 28, 2006

Iran Is Not Cooperating, Agency Says

Mahmoud STRIKE A POSE Ahmadinejad
From the New York Times:

Iran has persisted with its nuclear program and has continued to defy the United Nations Security Council's demands for information, the International Atomic Energy Agency said today in a report that deepened the estrangement between the Islamic republic and many other countries.
This is odd. This is really unexpected, things were going so well.

Two of the issues the IAEA has with Iran:
  1. gaps remain in the agency's knowledge with respect to the scope and content of Iran's centrifuge program
  2. inconsistent information on where Iran obtained plutonium
According to the latest from IRNA with regard to the IAEA report:
The United Nations Security Council asked the IAEA Director General on March 29th, 2006, to present a comprehensive report on extent of Tehran's abiding by its February demands within thirty days to the IAEA Board of Governors, and simultaneously to the UNSC in New York.
Also from IRNA:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said access to peaceful nuclear energy was a major step towards the country's development, adding, "Today, all international equations have been changed after 27 years of propaganda against the Iranian people and new conditions have emerged.
Superpower status is quickly becoming a reality to this president. Interesting how "peaceful nukes" can make the international community look at you differently. That is very odd, yet not so odd if you make nuclear weapons.

In further developments from IRNA:
Interim Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said, "the Iranians are willing to pursue their trust building measures, while presenting the outcome of success they have achieved relying on their own scientific talents to the world, amid a transparent atmosphere." So Iran is once again inviting the negotiating sides on its nuclear dossier back to the negotiation table.
Oh, the transparency patience they exhibit is incredible considering all the difficulty the international community has given them.

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