EU and IAEA would pay if Irans cooperation fails
TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi warned the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) they would have a lot to lose if their cooperation with the Islamic Republic fails, the students news agency ISNA reported Monday.
"The European side has not forgotten its commitments towards Irans nuclear case, this is a common project, that is, if Iran fails, the EU and the IAEA will suffer losses as well," Kharazi was quoted as saying. Iran pledged full transparency and cooperation with the UNs nuclear watchdog on its nuclear activities during a visit by British, French and German foreign ministers last October.
It expects the EU in return to oppose US pressures in the IAEA to take Irans nuclear programme which Washington believes is a cover for weapons development to the United Nations Security Council. "We intend to show our transparency and goodwill by handing in this 1,000 page report", Kharazi said, "and gradually everyone will realise that Iran means to use the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and has no secret plans."
"The more transparently and honestly we cooperate with the IAEA the less excuses our critics will have to accuse us of intending to use nuclear technology for military purposes," he added.
"This is what we have done so far and hence have had good results." When asked what he thought of the forthcoming IAEA board of governors meeting due on June 14, Kharazi said: "The Americans will definitely pursue their own aims towards Iran. "My country has voluntarily accepted and implemented the additional protocol (of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, requiring full openness). Naturally our efforts will be effective, winning us more trust."
The UN nuclear watchdog is aiming to finish this week a crucial report on Irans atomic programme, after Tehran handed in an extensive declaration on Friday that it says answers US-led charges it is secretly developing nuclear weapons.
One must take into consideration that there is a possibility that the entire Iraq war was a setup by the Iranian government and their agents in Iraq. Afterall, a Secular Iraqi tyrant was overthrown and Iran is now trying desparately to replace it with another Theocracy similar to their own.
Iran has a strong upperhand in Iraq - we're the puppy dog they're the powerful, respected big ugly monster.
The Iraqi government is listening to the US, but ultimately taking orders from the Iran.
I sincerely hope everything i've been contemplating has been going on and is currently going on is me thinking the worse...
Iran, Syria and Hezbollah Behind Arms Smuggling
NY Jewish Times
May 25th, 04
(IFM) Israel's Defense Chief of staff Lt.-Gen Moshe Ya'alon shed light on the arms smuggling process by Palestinians that prompted Israel Defense Forces recent security operations in Gaza, THE JERUSALEM POST reported. Ya'alon explained that the weapons had been arriving at Sinai beaches, and from there were transported to the Gaza Strip. "The operations are being financed almost entirely by Iran and organized via Damascus and Lebanon with the aid of the Hezbollah," Ya'alon continued. There has recently been an improvement in the quality of arms being smuggled in, he said, including Katyusha rockets, and anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.
According to the IDF chief of staff, Egyptian efforts to prevent the terrorist activities are not sufficient, and although Israel is holding a dialogue with Egypt to improve their operations, only Israel can do this job. "The absence of control by Israel over the (Philadelphia) route will result in the Gaza Strip's saturation in arms, which will make it difficult for us to operate in the future," Ya'alon observed.
Concerning allegations of human rights abuses, Ya'alon stressed that the IDF did not shoot at ambulances in spite of a lengthy history of Palestinian abuse. "Palestinians have always exploited Israel's humanitarian sensitivity," he said, and even recently had used UNRWA and Red Cross ambulances to transport arms and IDF soldier body remains to their strongholds.