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A Major Development!

Iran Wants to Amend Nuclear Freeze, EU Says 'No'

Published: November 24, 2004
10 posted on 11/25/2004 12:43:15 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

Interesting developments for Iran in the international atomic energy agency in the last new cycle. If Iran can't use their 20 or so centrifuges, and even if they are not refer to the UN Security Council, they will be in quite a bind. They do have the option of running the centrifuges anyway, and hoping that the world will just ignore their threat.Which I do not think will happen.The Israeliscannot change the Iranian regime, but they can make life very unpleasant for them. And I do not believe that the Bush administration will allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.but bombing their nuclear installations is not the end answer. They will rebuild their nuclear installations eventually. The only real solution is regime change. And regime change in Iran is the only way we can win in Iraq.

I've always imagined that we are going to do this while being opposed by Europe and the United Nations.if Iran gets referred back to the UN Security Council today, then I think Iran is finished.

Without Europe, there is no good solution. But it must be done, no matter what the cost. It is kind of interesting war gaming Iran, as opposed to Iraq. In Iraq, it was just a matter of how much force we're going to apply. There was no question that we would win. But in Iran, an Iraq style military siege is neither possible, and even if it was, it would be a catastrophe, 100 times worse than Iraq.

There is also the option of the Iranian people rising up against the regime. I have no doubt that they would be successful - but I do not believe it would happen soon enough. We only had a few months to work with, not a couple of years. There are also no militant groups in Iran that we could work with, unlike the Northern alliance in Afghanistan.

The most promising option, a naval blockade and near worldwide refusal to buy their oil,would still depend on the Iranian people rising up, for the most part If Europe does not go along with us, I do not see how it can work.

I think that in the end, we will see some sort of military action. Hopefully, in the form of small special forces units. We need to secure the nuclear installations, and also to help restore order after the fall of the regime.

I think the surefire way of getting the regime out of power is to engage in thousands of air strikes on critical targets of the regime. But there'll still be three questions and issues still need to be resolved: securing the nuclear installations, establishing peace and order, and neutralizing the remaining regime elements and terrorist organizations (Iran is the headquarters of terrorism; they're not going down without a fight).

So basically, it boils down to this: it ain't going to be pretty, it probably going to be very ugly, but it absolutely must be done. If Iran gets nuclear weapons, it will be only a matter of time before Al Qaeda gets nuclear weapons as well. This is just like it was before World War II. Are we going to be Churchill or Chamberlain this time?

12 posted on 11/25/2004 11:07:09 AM PST by JWojack (Rice in '08?)
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To: DoctorZIn

Khatami slams draft IAEA resolution

25 November 2004

TEHERAN - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday criticised an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution on its nuclear activities drawn up by Britain, France and Germany, state television reported.

“The resolution presented by the European countries is not a good resolution,” Khatami said, adding that “intense negotiations are currently underway between non-aligned states and the Europeans to change the draft.”

The IAEA will decide at a board of governors meeting which opened Thursday whether to bring Iran before the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, sought by the United States for what it says is a covert nuclear weapons programme.

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei is to report to the agency’s 35-nation board on whether Iran has fulfilled its pledge to suspend all of its controversial nuclear fuel work.

The draft resolution stops short of calling for a Security Council referral, but nevertheless maintains strong pressure on the Islamic regime.

But Khatami complained that the Europeans were trying to legally oblige Iran to maintain an unlimited suspension, whereas it had only agreed to freeze its uranium enrichment activities for the duration of a fresh round of negotiations aimed at reaching a long-term solution to the nuclear stand-off.

“The non-aligned states, like Iran, insist on the natural and legal right of all IAEA members to master civilian nuclear technology,” Khatami said.

A similar complaint was also made Thursday by the hardline head of the Iranian parliament’s foreign policy and national security commission, Allaeddin Borujerdi.

“We will not allow the Europeans to deprive Iran of enrichment,” he was quoted as saying by the official news agency IRNA.

Enriching uranium for peaceful purposes is permitted by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), although it is feared Iran could divert its bid to generate atomic energy into a weapons programme by enriching uranium to weapons grade.

Officials here have also complained that the draft’s demands that Iran allow unrestricted access by IAEA inspectors to sites here went beyond the terms of the NPT and its additional protocol.

13 posted on 11/25/2004 11:26:26 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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