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Iranian Alert - December 19, 2004 [EST] - Iran's secret plans for 'nuclear' gas go ahead
Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.19.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 12/18/2004 11:11:29 PM PST by DoctorZIn

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Iran's secret plans for 'nuclear' gas go ahead despite earlier promises

By Damien Mcelroy
(Filed: 19/12/2004)

Teheran had assured European leaders that it would suspend uranium enrichment activities, but new information suggests otherwise

Iran has drawn up secret plans to make large quantities of a gas that can be used to produce highly enriched uranium, despite promises to suspend enrichment activities.

The Isfahan nuclear facility
Technicians work in the Isfahan nuclear facility south of Tehran

Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, Iran's atomic energy chief, has authorised construction of a plant to make Anhydrous Hydrogen Fluoride (AHF), a gas that has many uses, from petrochemical processing to uranium enrichment.

The plant is expected to be finished by 2006 and will have a capacity to produce 5,000 tons of AHF a year, according to a Western intelligence official.

It is to be built near Isfahan, a city where the authorities are said to have authorised a number of secret nuclear facilities.

"Such a plant would directly enhance enrichment activity," said one Western diplomat based in Vienna. "Iran has a deal with us, but it is pushing the envelope in every way it can.

"It shows that in their mind they have not accepted suspension. Politically, on the domestic stage, the officials in charge have to show that enrichment is still going forward."

Iran's nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rohani, met Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, and his European counterparts in Brussels last week, and offered renewed assurances that Iran had suspended all declared enrichment activity.

Construction of an AHF facility would not itself violate Iran's agreement with Britain, France and Germany that was hammered out over several days of negotiations at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna.

The gas is not listed as a controlled nuclear technology, but it can be used during the process of turning uranium tetrafluoride into uranium hexafluoride, used in atom bombs.

America has previously blocked Iranian efforts to acquire AHF.

Four years ago, Washington put enormous pressure on Beijing to withdraw a shipment of large quantities of the gas to Iran.

According to a report by the Centre for Nonproliferation Studies, in California, China may have sold a blueprint for a facility to produce highly enriched uranium to Iran as part of the same deal. Isfahan is one of the main centres of Iran's alleged programme to develop nuclear weapons.

The German magazine, Der Spiegel, alleged last month that Iranian officials had ordered a tunnel to be constructed to house a secret operation to produce uranium hexafluoride.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the IAEA, said last week that Iran was one of the countries with nuclear expertise that were close to possessing a nuclear deterrent. He said: "The fundamental issue is that countries look at knowhow as a deterrent. Once you get into areas of deterrence, you get into the area of security and insecurity. If you have the nuclear material the weapon part is not far away."

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1 posted on 12/18/2004 11:11:32 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 12/18/2004 11:14:08 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Attacking Iran would be ‘catastrophic’: Mubarak

BERLIN: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published on Saturday that he hopes tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme will not lead to a US attack on the country - a move that would be “a mistake of catastrophic proportions.”

Washington believes Iran has a secret nuclear weapons programme and has been pressing the UN atomic agency to refer Iran to the UN Security Council.

“If the United States were really to attack Iran, that would be a mistake of catastrophic proportions,” Mubarak was quoted as saying by the German weekly Der Spiegel, responding to a question about Middle Eastern fears of such an attack.

“Terror and violence in the Middle East and, shortly afterward, in the whole world, would then overshadow everything we have seen so far,” he added. “I hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Iran insists that it is only pursuing a peaceful nuclear energy programme. In Saturday’s interview, Mubarak also asked the US to push forward the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“We would like the Americans to concentrate on solving this problem,” he said, adding that he remains confident a Palestinian state will be created in the coming years. “I see the year 2008, when the second term of US President George W. Bush ends, as the probable time frame,” he said.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip next year, coupled with the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, could turn 2005 into a “year of great opportunity.” “As things stand, Sharon is the only one in Israel who can take the courageous step toward peace,” Mubarak told Der Spiegel. “The contacts that we had with Sharon over recent weeks showed that he wants to move.”

Washington has shown no sign of willingness to overcome 25 years of hostility with the Islamic republic, dating back to the 1979 hostage siege at the US embassy in Tehran, and open a dialogue of its own with Iran.

Influential neo-conservatives such as former Defence Policy Advisory Board chairman Richard Perle advocate “regime change” in Tehran. Others have talked of the possibility of US military strikes against Iranian nuclear plants.

With the imminent departure of Secretary of State Colin Powell, the US cabinet member seen as most sympathetic to European views, an opening towards Tehran seems remote.

3 posted on 12/18/2004 11:14:36 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iraq Shiite win may bring 'Super Iran': critics

Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A resounding Shiite victory in next month's elections will bring Iraq closer to Tehran, forming a "Super Iran" that could change the face of the Middle East, critics say.

But others discount such claims as exaggerations and say Iraq, a diverse country of Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians, will never let any outside player, particularly Iran's hard-line religious theocracy, dictate its future.

Views vary dramatically over what shape Iraq's political future will take following nationwide elections scheduled for Jan. 30, but few dispute that this Shiite-majority country's relations with its eastern neighbor — which is ruled by Shiite ayatollahs — will grow closer.

"Welcome to the new Iraq, this is the reality of Iraq where the majority are Shiite," said National Security adviser Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie, a candidate on the 228-member United Iraqi Alliance coalition embraced by Iraq's top Shiite cleric and featuring a wide range of Iraqi ethnic and religious groups, including some pro-Iranian Shiites.

While much attention centers on U.S. interference in Iraq through invading the country and occupying it with thousands of troops, a different struggle is going on between ordinary Iraqis — one that looks set to re-map the national and regional political landscapes.

With Shiites accounting for 60 percent of Iraq's 26 million people, the Islamic sect that was long suppressed under Saddam Hussein and crushed in a 1991 uprising is expected to dominate next month's polls.

This may embolden Shiites here and throughout the Middle East, some regional analysts say. But Iraq's likely political shift is also stirring fears of the spread of an Iranian-brand of Shiite power throughout the Sunni Muslim-dominated region.

Jordan's King Abdullah, a pro-U.S. Sunni Muslim, this month said Iraq's elections could lead to the establishment of a hard-line Shiite regime based on the model in Iran, a country the United States accuses of sponsoring terrorism and trying to build nuclear weapons.

Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite running a separate ticket to the al-Sistani-backed one, accuses Iran of opposing Iraq's postwar reconstruction. His defense minister labels Iran as his country's "number one enemy" and calls the United Iraqi Alliance the "Iranian list" that would install a rule of "turbaned clerics" in Iran if it succeeds in the polls.

Al-Rubaie discounts such fears, saying any new government will demand security cooperation from Iran while at the same time seeking close relations with its neighbor.

"If we have any serious evidence that the Iranians are smuggling arms or interfering in our security and not helping in controlling security, Iraq will have very serious issues with Iran," he said, adding that he would quit the alliance if it seeks to adopt an Iranian-like government.

Views among Iraqi Shiites toward Iran range from hate to devotion. Despite 60 percent of Iraq's 26 million people being Shiite, many harbor resentment toward Iran over the bloody 1980-88 war between the countries in which 1 million people died. Many Iraqis also accuse Iran of sponsoring this country's rampant insurgency.

But many Iraqi Shiites, who were suppressed under Saddam's three-decade rule, also look to Iran's Shiite establishment for religious guidance.

This dichotomy is fueling election campaigns of various parties, which began Wednesday, including the United Iraqi Alliance, a coalition of independents and political parties dominated by Shiites — both pro-Iranian and nationalists — along with Sunnis, Kurds and other minorities.

Key among its parties is the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution, a group closely allied to Iran and led by Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the alliance's top candidate whose comments about Iraq being responsible for compensating Iran for their war in the 1980s angered many Iraqis. Al-Hakim had lived in exile in Iran, where he led SCIRI's armed wing, the Iran-based Badr Brigade, during Saddam's rule.

Al-Hakim's prominence on the list and his close relations with Iran give ammunition to many secular and non-Shiites to attack his coalition, saying Iraq's political future will mirror Iran's Shiite-run establishment if he and his supporters gain power in Iraq's 275-member National Assembly.

Such a scenario worries people like Iraqi-born Mustafa Alani, director of national security at the Dubai-based regional think-tank the Gulf Research Center.

"The nightmare scenario in the region is the election of an Iranian-influenced Shiite government in Iraq will lead to the creation of a 'Super Iran' emerging as a regional superpower" says Alani. "We are talking about a huge shift in the region's power balance."

Such a development will force Arab Gulf states, like Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, to "move closer together and with the United States to guarantee their own protection," he says.

But Entifadh Qanbar, spokesman for one of the United Iraqi Alliance parties, the Iraqi National Congress Party, says that although pro-Iranian lawmakers may win some National Assembly seats, most will go to politicians working for a secular government free from outside influence.

"I don't see a danger of a religious Shiite government coming to power in Iraq," Qanbar said. "There will be serious concerns if we do follow Iran's model."

4 posted on 12/18/2004 11:15:07 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran VP arrives in Syria for three days official visit
Dec 18, 2004, 19:20

Iran's Vice President and Chairman of Management and Planning Establishment, Hamid Riza Bradran Shoraka, and an accompanying delegation arrived in Damascus on Friday on a three-day official visit to Syria. In a statement to reporters Shoraka said that his visit came in the framework of boosting and consolidating relations with Syria in all fields particularly in sphere of economic planning, pointing out to Syria's prominent place in the Iranian foreign policy. For his part, Chairman of the State Planning Commission, Abdullah Dardari who welcomed the Iranian official at Damascus International Airport stressed in a similar statement that Syria has advanced relations with Iran in all the political, economic, cultural and social spheres. He underlined the importance of Shoraka's visit in consolidation of consultation policy among the two countries in spheres of the overall economic planning and liberalization of foreign trade and economic reform.

5 posted on 12/18/2004 11:16:32 PM PST by freedom44
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MP: Iran will never recognize Israel
Dec 18, 2004, 14:53

Iranian MP took a swipe at the EU, ruling out a stumbling bloc set by western negotiators Saturday.

European countries should learn that Iran will never recognize Israel, head of national security and foreign policy commission of parliament Alaadin Boroujerdi said.

Reffering to the European's draft resolution, Boroujerdi said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will never recognize the Zionist regime and will never accept any pre-condition in this regard for continuation of negotiations.

EU states have set Israel's official recognition as a pre-condition before giving a go ahead for the ongoing talks.

He added that Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Ageny was the main precondition set for Iran which has been fully committed by the regime.

6 posted on 12/18/2004 11:19:46 PM PST by freedom44
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published on Saturday that he hopes tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme will not lead to a US attack on the country - a move that would be “a mistake of catastrophic proportions.”

Remind me again why U.S. taxpayers give this jackass billions each year.

Correction: why Washington confiscates billions from us each year.

As for "catastrophic", Hosni, that's what Iran having an A-bomb would be--for us, Chump, not you.

The attack starts in five minutes.

7 posted on 12/18/2004 11:40:24 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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The attack starts in five minutes.

8 posted on 12/19/2004 5:33:20 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP! )
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9 posted on 12/19/2004 6:29:44 AM PST by Calpernia (
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10 posted on 12/19/2004 7:22:03 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Today, please pray for God's miracle, we are not going to make it without him.)
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Thanks for the ping Calpernia.

11 posted on 12/19/2004 8:48:36 AM PST by Cindy
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12 posted on 12/19/2004 9:06:47 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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