Skip to comments.U.S. wants to replace IAEA chief ElBaradei
Posted on 01/08/2005 3:36:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - He's running unopposed, but Mohamed ElBaradei may still fail in his bid for a third term leading the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, tripped by his main opponent, the United States.
Unable to find a candidate willing to oppose the independent-minded Egyptian diplomat, Washington is now quietly lobbying other member states in ElBaradei's International Atomic Energy Agency in a bid to unseat him by June, opening the way for a replacement more to the Bush administration's liking - one harder on Iran and other nations on the U.S. nasty list.
With the agency spearheading international attempts to squelch nuclear proliferation, who controls the IAEA is key for Bush administration officials. They want someone sharing their view of which country represents a nuclear threat and what to do about them.
ElBaradei has challenged those views - particularly over prewar Iraq and Iran, both labeled part of an "axis of evil" with North Korea by President Bush.
He first disputed U.S. assertions that Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear weapons program - claims that remain unproven. He then refused to endorse assertions by Washington that Iran was working to make nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is for generating electricity.
A direct U.S. attempt to unseat ElBaradei fizzled late last year, with the Americans unable to find anyone to challenge him for a third term by the Dec. 31 deadline, shortly after the Bush administration called on him to step down after completing a second term this summer.
Since then, the nuclear power struggle has moved underground, but even before Dec. 31 much of it was cloak and dagger, including reported U.S. wiretaps of ElBaradei's phone conversations in attempts to show he was demonstrating favoritism toward Iran in his investigation of its nuclear activities.
This is not the first U.S. campaign against heads of U.N. organizations deemed at odds with American foreign policy.
Jose Mauricio Bustani was voted out of office as director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in April 2002 after Washington accused him of mismanagement and rallied other countries in a vote to have him dismissed.
At the time, Bustani's supporters said Washington wanted him removed not because he performed poorly but because he supported making Iraq a member of his organization, which might have interfered with U.S. plans for war in Iraq.
U.S. officials in Vienna and Washington refuse to discuss Washington's strategy in toppling ElBaradei. But diplomats accredited to the Vienna-based IAEA say America has a new candidate in the wings, who will be presented if the United States swings enough nations on the IAEA board of governors to back its demand for a no-confidence vote in the incumbent.
"They've already started lobbying in the capitals," one diplomat told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. "Whether or not they call for a (no-confidence) vote depends on the support they will get."
ElBaradei himself appears to be taking the campaign to oust him in stride.
"Member states have asked me to continue to serve," he told the AP. "I see that as confidence in my stewardship."
Agency officials close to the soft-spoken and austere diplomat say that privately he is of two minds about what they describe as an occasionally nasty U.S. campaign.
"His reaction was: 'This is old news. Why do we have to dignify this with a response?'" said one, when asked about ElBaradei reaction to revelations of his phone calls being bugged. "On the other hand, from a personal standpoint it bothers him" that his conversations with family members are being monitored.
To oust ElBaradei, Washington must find backing from 12 other member nations of the 35-nation IAEA board of governors. It already can count on traditional allies Canada and Australia and several others, and diplomats say it hopes to sway enough others from Europe to get the required number.
The key players include former Soviet bloc nations like Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, all board members with strong post-communist loyalties to Washington and which supported the U.S. campaign in Iraq.
"We expect to be approached in the course of the next few weeks," said a diplomat from one of those countries, without divulging his nation's stance.
Other potential supporters are West European countries now sitting on the fence on whether to back ElBaradei.
"He continues to enjoy our confidence but we support the principle that heads of U.N. organizations should sit only two terms," said a West European diplomat in a hedge referring to informal consensus among the top nation-contributors to U.N. organizations.
Also crucial is who Washington has waiting in the wings. With candidates from nuclear weapons stations unwanted in the job, he is unlikely to be American, and diplomats say they are skeptical that the Bush administration can put forward anyone who will find broad acceptance from what is generally an America-skeptic IAEA board.
A wild card, played Friday, was the announcement from Washington that U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton was being replaced. Bolton, an administration hawk, was considered the chief architect of the anti-ElBaradei campaign.
As they say in New Delhi, "Sheet-Con him!"
ElBaradei has only "missed" noting the advanced status of the nuclear programs in North Korea, Libya and Iran- and now perhaps Egypt, too. Not to mention, he failed to curb or control them after they were embarrassingly revealed by non-UN intelligence agencies. Not to mention that under ElBaradei, UN intelliegnce (an oxymoron) was so useful to Saddam in shuffling his own prohibited and dual-use nuke materials in advance of UN inspections.
Look, anyone can make mistakes and over time, I'm sure
ElBaradei will improve. Let's give him another generation- OK?
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at Vienna's International Center. He's running unopposed _ but Mohamed ElBaradei may still fail in his bid for a third term as head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, tripped by his main opponent, the United States. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
No Media bias her...Nah!
lol.. it's almost uncanny... and scary.. ;-)
ROFLMAO! Outloud and home alone. Rolling looking at these pics, anyone walk in right now would call for the white coats.
I aim strictly for cheap thrills and cheap lafffs.
...as if it's a bad thing...
Bush Trying To Impose Will On U.N.
U.S. Wants To Oust Annan, ElBaradei (Helen Thomas Again)
The Boston Channel ^ | 12/16/04 | Helen Thomas
Posted on 12/16/2004 4:50:32 PM PST by Embraer2004
Blix and ElBaradei arrive in Baghdad, Iraq
Posted by HAL9000
On News/Activism 02/08/2003 1:39:49 AM PST · 8 replies · 15+ views
Associated Press | February 7, 2003
AP-Iraq URGENT (Baghdad, Iraq-AP) -- The chief United Nations weapons inspectors have arrived in Baghdad for a second round of talks aimed at winning Iraqi compliance with the UN's arms ban. Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei will press the Iraqis to cooperate fully with inspectors and provide evidence about President Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. They will urge the Iraqis to accept a UN plan to use American U-2 reconnaissance planes in support of the inspections and to enact legislation banning weapons of mass destruction. They also will try to persuade Iraq to fill gaps in its...
UN IAEA's El-Baradei may resign if US attacks Iraq without UN mandate
Posted by HAL9000
On News/Activism 02/23/2003 12:37:11 PM PST · 29 replies · 11+ views
AFX News | February 23, 2003
HAMBURG (AFX) - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Mohammed El-Baradei said he cannot rule out resigning his position as a chief United Nations weapons inspector if the US attacks Iraq without a UN mandate. In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine to be published tomorrow, El-Baradei said he can imagine personal consequences for him in such an event. Asked about the possibility of resigning in such circumstances, El-Baradei replied he does not want to "rule anything out", Spiegel reported. El-Baradei said he believes there is still a chance for peace, but conceded that time for a peaceful solution...
Inspectors in Iran Examine Machines to Enrich Uranium
Posted by HAL9000
On News/Activism 02/23/2003 3:29:00 PM PST · 4 replies · 16+ views
New York Times | February 23, 2003 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 ? International inspectors visiting Iran this week were shown a network of sophisticated machinery to enrich uranium, spurring concerns that Iran is making headway in its suspected program to develop nuclear weapons, Western officials and international diplomats said today. The site in question is near the city of Natanz and was visited on Friday by Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who went to Iran to assess the status of its nuclear program. It was the first time that inspectors had visited the installation. During the visit to the Natanz site,...
ElBaradei calls for "dramatic steps" (Says televised speech promising cooperation could save Saddam)
Posted by HAL9000
On News/Activism 03/10/2003 1:02:58 AM PST · 1 reply · 12+ views
Agence France-Presse | March 10, 2003
CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. nuclear agency in remarks published on Monday urged Iraq to take dramatic steps to show cooperation with weapons inspectors, warning that time was running out to avoid war. International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said President Saddam Hussein could take a lead in showing more determination to cooperate with inspectors searching for banned weapons, which Baghdad says it does not have. "What's required is a dramatic change in spirit and sincerity. As for how President Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi leadership undertake this, we don't know," ElBaradei said in an...
Postwar issues on podium at Tufts (UN Whiner Mohamed ElBaradei Alert)
Posted by Lance Romance
On News/Activism 05/19/2003 6:19:14 AM PDT · 12+ views
Boston Globe | 5/19/2003 | Benjamin Gedan
Postwar issues on podium at Tufts By Benjamin Gedan, Globe Correspondent, 5/19/2003 EDFORD - If the United States discovers weapons of mass destruction in Iraq without a United Nations inspections team, the findings could be disputed by other countries, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said in an interview yesterday. ''There would definitely be people who would doubt the conclusion,'' Mohamed ElBaradei, the agency's director general, said before addressing graduates of Tufts University's Fletcher School. ''If they want credible information, it will have to come from an international organization,'' he said. ''That is why it is in the...
World May Be Headed for Nuclear Destruction, ElBaradei Says
Posted by Flavius
On News/Activism 02/12/2004 3:21:54 AM PST · 31 replies · 11+ views
Reuters | Thu February 12, 2004 12:51 AM ET | n/a
World May Be Headed for Nuclear Destruction, ElBaradei Says Thu February 12, 2004 12:51 AM ET (Page 1 of 2) VIENNA (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday the world could be headed for destruction if it does not stop the spread of atomic weapons technology, which has become widely accessible. In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Mohamed ElBaradei wrote that nuclear technology, once virtually unobtainable, is now obtainable through "a sophisticated worldwide network able to deliver systems for producing material usable in weapons." Above all ElBaradei echoed President Bush's call in...
Nuclear watchdog off to Iran
Posted by nuconvert
On News/Activism 03/31/2004 4:52:22 AM PST · 3 replies · 14+ views
news24.com | Mar. 31, 2004
Nuclear watchdog off to Iran 30/03/2004 20:37 - (SA) Vienna - UN atomic agency chief Mohammed ElBaradei is to hold talks in Iran next Tuesday to urge the government to co-operate fully with international monitoring of its nuclear program. It will be the third visit to Iran by ElBaradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, since the IAEA began in investigating February 2003 whether the Islamic Republic was secretly developing atomic weapons, as the United States alleges. The purpose of the visit is "to consult on outstanding issues relevant to the IAEA's verification of Iran's safeguards agreement"...
Iraqi Nuclear Gear Found in Europe [Yellowcake]
Posted by Quilla
On News/Activism 04/15/2004 6:05:13 AM PDT · 106 replies · 45+ views
Washington Post | April 15, 2004 | Colum Lynch
UNITED NATIONS, April 14 -- Large amounts of nuclear-related equipment, some of it contaminated, and a small number of missile engines have been smuggled out of Iraq for recycling in European scrap yards, according to the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog and other U.N. diplomats. Mohammed ElBaradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned the U.N. Security Council in a letter that U.N. satellite photos have detected "the extensive removal of equipment and, in some instances, removal of entire buildings" from sites that had been subject to U.N. monitoring before the U.S.-led war against Iraq.
IAEA Draft Resolution Slams Iran For Lack Of Cooperation
Posted by nuconvert
On News/Activism 06/08/2004 9:03:07 PM PDT · 11+ views
iranvajahan/AP | june8, 2004
IAEA Draft Resolution Slams Iran For Lack Of Cooperation June 08, 2004 AP VIENNA -- Key European powers Tuesday presented a draft resolution that takes Iran to task for lagging cooperation with a U.N. atomic agency probe into its suspect nuclear activities. A diplomat quoting parts of the text to The Associated Press said the document "deplores" the fact that Iran's "cooperation hasn't been complete, timely and proactive." At the same time, the diplomat said, the draft "acknowledges Iranian cooperation" in granting agency inspectors access to sites and locations in their investigation. The draft was circulated informally among delegations representing...
Nuclear terror 'matter of time'
Posted by FormerACLUmember
On News/Activism 06/22/2004 7:16:49 PM PDT · 33 replies · 83+ views
BBC | Monday, 21 June, 2004
The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Mohammed ElBaradei, has warned of a "race against time" to stop terrorists procuring nuclear materials. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency was speaking at a US conference hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He endorsed the influential think tank's new arms control plan. Under the plan, major nuclear powers would be expected to make concessions in the interests of global security. We are actually having a race against time which I don't think we can afford. Mohammed ElBaradei, The IAEA director warned there was a real danger of uranium...
US Blasts Iran Nuke Program
Posted by familyop
On News/Activism 06/27/2004 7:26:16 PM PDT · 6 replies · 82+ views
Voice of America | 27JUN04 | Michael Bowman
Listen to Michael Bowman's report (RealAudio) Bowman report - Download 278k (RealAudio) Condoleezza Rice The United States is blasting Iran's decision to resume constructing machinery designed to enrich uranium, a process that can be used to generate weapons-grade nuclear material. White House spokesman Scott McClellan says Iran's decision to resume building centrifuges can only heighten international concerns about its nuclear program. Speaking with reporters en route to a NATO summit in Turkey, Mr. McClellan said Iran's failure to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency and to stop all enrichment-related reprocessing activities reinforces U.S. concern.For the Bush administration, those...
UN: Iran threat not a concern yet
Posted by F14 Pilot
On News/Activism 06/29/2004 10:41:35 PM PDT · 9 replies · 186+ views
News24 | 29/06/2004 | SA
Novo-Ogaryovo, Russia - The head of the UN nuclear agency says a planned nuclear plant in Iran is not at the centre of international concern for the time being. The White House called Iran's decision further proof it was trying to build an atomic bomb, and ElBaradei said on Sunday that he hoped Iran would reverse its decision. On Tuesday, ElBaradei noted that Iran, like many other countries in the Middle East, supports the regime of non-proliferation. Meanwhile, ElBaradei, who is heading to Israel next month, has said that Israel should seriously consider talks about making the Middle East a...
ElBaradei wants Israel to discuss scrapping nukes
Posted by FairOpinion
On News/Activism 07/04/2004 8:36:03 AM PDT · 19 replies · 359+ views
Reuters | July 4, 2004 | Louis Charbonneau
VIENNA, July 4 (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, goes to Israel on Tuesday to try to persuade the Jewish state to open up its nuclear programme, but officials said Israel was not ready to scrap its atomic arsenal. IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said it would be partly a "routine visit", but added that ElBaradei intended "to promote the concept of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East" -- clearly the central point of his talks. "We need ... to rid the Middle East of all weapons of mass destruction," ElBaradei said recently. "Israel...
No Sign of Nuke Activity at New Iran Site-ElBaradei (UN-Bob Alert - must look at S Korea, though)
Posted by epluribus_2
On News/Activism 09/17/2004 9:12:12 AM PDT · 2 replies · 84+ views
reuters | today | reuters
VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog has found no signs of nuclear-related activity at a site in Iran called Parchin that several U.S. officials have said may be linked to secret atom bomb research, Mohamed ElBaradei said on Friday. "We are aware of this new site that has been referred to. We do not have any indication that this site has nuclear-related activities. However, we continue to investigate this and other sites (in Iran)," ElBaradei told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) He added that he would be going to South...
ElBaradei, UN nuclear watchdog tipped for Nobel
Posted by FairOpinion
On News/Activism 10/06/2004 8:02:32 PM PDT · 12 replies · 219+ views
DeepikaGlobal | Ovt. 7, 2004 | DeepikaGlobal News
OSLO: The UN nuclear watchdog and its head, Mohamed ElBaradei, look favourites to win the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday from a record field of 194 candidates in a world fearful of nuclear proliferation. Other contenders for what may be the world's biggest single dose of fame are US anti-nuclear campaigners Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn, a South African AIDS treatment lobby and Jiang Yangyong, a doctor who exposed China's SARS cover-up last year. Nobel watchers say there seem to have been no leaks about the winner in the run-up to the announcement on Friday at 1430 hrs IST....
UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFING BY MOHAMMED ELBARADEI (Take that NYSlime)
Posted by hipaatwo
On News/Activism 10/25/2004 12:26:07 PM PDT · 2 replies · 566+ views
(snip) Other Dual Use Items The relocation and consumption of some dual use materials has been among the questions raised in connection with Iraq's backlog of semi-annual declarations. The high explosive "HMX" is a prime example of such material. The removal of Agency seals on the HMX and the declared relocation and consumption of some of the HMX must be explained and documented by Iraq before the Agency can reach a conclusion with regard to the use of such material. The Iraqi declarations indicate that out, of the 228 tonnes of HMX available in Iraq at the end of 1998,...
Bush Administration Questions Timing of IAEA Weapons Letter
Posted by Anti-Bubba182
On News/Activism 10/26/2004 2:20:39 AM PDT · 32 replies · 1,077+ views
The New York Sun | October 26, 2004 | BENNY AVNI
UNITED NATIONS - Bush administration officials suspect political motivation behind a letter focused on the disappearance of 377 tons of explosives sent yesterday from the International Atomic Energy Agency to the United Nations Security Council. The letter, signed by the head of the IAEA Mohamed ElBaradei, addressed the disappearance of the highly explosive material from a deserted military base in Iraq. The non-nuclear explosives had been monitored by the Vienna-based watchdog agency because they could be used to detonate nuclear bombs. "The timing of this seems puzzling," the spokesman for the American U.N. mission, Richard Grenell, told The New York...
WHAT ODD TIMING BY MR. ELBARADEI!(UN Traitor!)
Posted by hipaatwo
On News/Activism 10/26/2004 12:36:52 PM PDT · 22 replies · 806+ views
Well, isnít this interesting? Agence France Presse, Sep 27, 2004: A new board of governors of the UN nuclear watchdog met in Vienna Monday to draw up procedures for electing a new director general, with current chief Mohamed ElBaradei seeking a third term despite US opposition. ElBaradei put his hat into the ring for a third term as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) earlier this month despite opposition from the United States and possibly other top UN funding states. His current four-year term expires on November 30 next year, and US officials have said the United...
CHENEY RESPONDS TO KERRY/TIMES/BARADEI OCTOBER SURPRISE
Posted by CT CONSERVATIVE
On News/Activism 10/26/2004 5:49:57 PM PDT · 71 replies · 3,205+ views
The Kerry Spot | 10/26/04 | Jim Galagher
our troops had not gone into Iraq as John Kerry apparently thinks they should not have, that is 400,000 tons of weapons and explosives that would be in the hands of Saddam Hussein, who would still be sitting in his palace instead of jail," the vice president told supporters in his first comment on the controversy that erupted Monday.
Gillespie's Responds to Kerry/Times/Baradei October Surprise
Posted by West Coast Conservative
On News/Activism 10/26/2004 6:00:54 PM PDT · 51 replies · 2,453+ views
National Review Online: Kerry Spot | October 26, 2004 | Ed Gillespie
Dear [E-mail recipients name], It's October, but it's no surprise. Remember last week, when I highlighted a quote by Newsweek editor Evan Thomas that the media's desire to see John Kerry elected may be worth five-to-twenty million votes, and urged you to be on the look-out for evidence of that desire in articles and news programs? Well, yesterday the front page of New York Times featured a flawed article asserting, "The Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives ó used to demolish buildings, make missile warheads and...
NY Times Flashback: Paper Reported Saddam Transferred High Explosives
Posted by Carl/NewsMax
On News/Activism 10/27/2004 8:51:30 AM PDT · 34 replies · 1,445+ views
NewsMax.com | Oct. 27, 2004 | Carl Limbacher
The New York Times claimed this week that hundreds of tons of high explosives had been removed from the Al-Qaqaa weapons depot while the facility was under U.S. control. But Times reporters knew way back in Feb. 2003 that the removal process was instigated - not by looters or insurgents after the U.S. liberation - but instead by the government of Saddam Hussein. On Feb. 15, 2003, the Times reported on an address to the United Nations Security Council by Mohamed ElBaradei, the UN's chief nuclear watchdog. In quotes covered extensively by the paper, ElBaradei shared his concern about the...
"32 Tons of HMX Missing in January 2003": Mohammed Elbaradei
Posted by Prince Charles
On News/Activism 10/27/2004 1:28:58 PM PDT · 19 replies · 927+ views
Lexis-Nexis | 2003 | Various
Copyright 2003 CanWest Interactive, a division of CanWest Global Communications Corp. All Rights Reserved The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec) January 10, 2003 Friday Final Edition SECTION: News; Pg. A4 LENGTH: 794 words HEADLINE: UN inspectors find no 'smoking gun': Diplomats back off on war deadline. Blix charges Iraq with violating sanctions against importation of missile engines SOURCE: Southam News; The Gazette contributed to this report BYLINE: JOE LAURIA, SEAN GORDON of The Gazette contributed to this report DATELINE: UNITED NATIONS [SNIP] Also, Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Iraq had not accounted for a quantity of HMX...
UNITED NATIONS: El Baradei dismisses timing accusations
Posted by Oldeconomybuyer
On News/Activism 10/29/2004 3:35:35 PM PDT · 11 replies · 309+ views
Associated Press | 10-29-04 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Friday dismissed as "total junk" accusations that he timed the release of an Iraqi report on the disappearance of 377 tons of high explosives to make it an issue in the U.S. presidential election.The missing explosives have become a flashpoint in the final week of the campaign, with Democratic nominee John Kerry accusing President Bush of "incredible incompetence" for not securing the dangerous material and saying the blunder should cost the commander in chief his job.A number of political commentators and editorial writers have questioned the timing of the report,...
Annan, El Baradei Plan to Ambush Bush
Posted by wagglebee
On News/Activism 10/31/2004 11:37:14 AM PST · 47 replies · 1,643+ views
NewsMax | 10/31/04 | Carl Limbacher
Is it any coincidence that Mohammed El Baradei is set to address the UN on Monday -- the day before the U.S. election? Probably not. For some time UN General Secretary Kofi Annan has been seething over the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq -- despite the fact Saddam Hussein flouted UN resolutions for over a decade. On Monday, El Baradei, who heads the UN's nuclear weapons control agency, the IAEA, will be given the forum of the UN's General Assembly to present his annual report. No doubt he will reinforce claims that Iraq had no weapons...
Annan, ElBaradei Plan to Ambush Bush
Posted by concretebob
On News/Activism 10/31/2004 2:51:38 PM PST · 19 replies · 1,188+ views
NewsMax.com | 31 October 2004 | Carl Limbacher-NewsMax
Is it any coincidence that Mohamed ElBaradei is set to address the U.N. on Monday ñ the day before the U.S. election? Probably not.
Annan, ElBaradei Plan to Ambush Bush
Posted by Foolsgold
On News/Activism 10/31/2004 9:37:21 PM PST · 14 replies · 517+ views
Newsmax | 10-31-04
Is it any coincidence that Mohamed ElBaradei is set to address the U.N. on Monday ñ the day before the U.S. election? Probably not. Story Continues Below For some time, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been seething over the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq ñ despite the fact that Saddam Hussein flouted U.N. resolutions for over a decade. On Monday, ElBaradei, who heads the U.N.'s nuclear weapons control agency, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), will be given the forum of the U.N.'s General Assembly to present his annual report. No doubt he will reinforce claims...
Powell Warns Baradei to Avoid Politics at U.N.
Posted by orangelobster
On News/Activism 11/01/2004 2:04:58 AM PST · 17 replies · 842+ views
The NY Sun | November 1, 2004 | ELI LAKE
WASHINGTON - The White House is worried that the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency may use a scheduled visit to the United Nations today as an opportunity to fan the flames of the missing Iraqi explosives story that Senator Kerry has touted in the last week of the election campaign. On Friday, Secretary of State Powell phoned the director general of the U.N. atomic-energy agency, Mohammed El-Baradei, to discuss the investigation into the facility near Baghdad, Al Qaqaa, from which at least 377 tons of plastic explosives, formerly under seal, disappeared. "They discussed the upcoming meeting in New...
Posted by swilhelm73
On News/Activism 11/01/2004 12:35:20 PM PST · 2 replies · 26+ views
NROTC | Cliff May
Bill Safireís column today advances the case that UN official Mohamed ElBaradei has attempted to influence an American election by circulating false or misleading information. (Whether he succeeds or not remains to be determined.) Money quote: ElBaradei "has long known about the presence of ënuclear triggerí explosives (evidence of Saddam's nuclear ambitions?) in one of Iraq's thousands of ammo dumps. But, The Wall Street Journal reports that with exquisite political timing, on Oct. 1 ElBaradei sent a ëreminderí to a Baathist science minister renewing the U.N. interest in these particular explosives. That produced a dutiful letter from the Iraqi bureaucrat...
ElBaradei issues N Korea warning
Posted by traumer
On News/Activism 11/01/2004 5:43:17 PM PST · 19 replies · 15+ views
BBC | 1 November, 2004
The UN's chief weapons inspector says North Korea is presenting a serious challenge to attempts to limit the world's nuclear weapons. Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says the body's inspectors must be allowed back into the country. He called on North Korea to rejoin the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty it left two years ago. Mr ElBaradei also urged Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment programme. His comments came in his annual report to the United Nations General Assembly. Assurance sought He said he was "frustrated" that Pyongyang was refusing to take part in six-party talks on the...
Powell to ElBaradei: Steer Clear of Election
Posted by Niks
On News/Activism 11/01/2004 9:56:11 PM PST · 9 replies · 14+ views
Fox News | November 1, 2004
NEW YORK -- The United Nations' chief weapons inspector has called U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (search) to complain about the impression some had that he was trying to influence the American presidential election. But Powell told Mohamed ElBaradei (search), the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to steer clear of the election and to stop talking to the press about 377 tons of explosives the IAEA said last week was missing from an Iraqi facility, a U.S. official told FOX News. The two men had a telephone conversation Friday after ElBaradei was questioned by FOX News' Jonathan...
Baradei Concedes IAEA Is in Dark on Fate of Arms
Posted by conservative in nyc
On News/Activism 11/02/2004 2:55:20 AM PST · 5 replies · 12+ views
New York Sun | 11/02/04 | BENNY AVNI
As Washington officials questioned the reliability of an Iraqi official who reported that 377 tons of explosives went missing after the war, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged yesterday that his agency is in no position to know what exactly happened. IAEA Director Mohammed ElBaradei confirmed in an interview yesterday that the sole source for the story that dominated the news last week was a letter sent to the agency on October 10 from an Iraqi official, Mohammed Abbas. "All we know (is that) the Iraqis reported to us the material is missing," Mr. ElBaradei told The...
White House takes aim at U.N.'s nuclear chief - Some say El Baradei trying to help Kerry
Posted by Cincinatus' Wife
On News/Activism 11/02/2004 3:29:32 AM PST · 16 replies · 34+ views
San Francisco Chronicle | November 2, 2004 | Robert Collier, Chronicle Staff Writer
.......Some administration supporters accuse ElBaradei of orchestrating the scandal over 377 tons of missing explosives at the Al Qaqaa military base to help Kerry defeat Bush, and they suggest the case will deepen distrust between Washington and the United Nations. "ElBaradei would like nothing better than to see President Bush lose ..., " said Clifford May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, a conservative-leaning Washington think tank. ........"The people I've talked to in the administration are absolutely convinced that ElBaradei is trying to defeat Bush, and what happened (last) week means they will do anything it takes...
El Baradei helping Egypt in its clandestine nuclear program?
Posted by Pitiricus
On News/Activism 11/02/2004 4:16:36 AM PST
LibÈration | 2 november 2004
Translation: Does Egypte have a clandestine nuclear program and if yes, does Mohammed el-Baradei the head of the international agency on nuclear energy uses his influence to prevent his own organisation to investigate this subject? The question is asked more and more within his agency on this subject and this is even more problematic as his name was mentioned as a good candidate for the Nobel peace prize...
Egypt rejects charges IAEA chief helping it with secret nuclear program
Posted by Ginifer
On News/Activism 11/02/2004 3:04:16 PM PST · 2 replies · 17+ views
Khaleej Times Online | 2 November 2004 | AFP
VIENNA - Egyptís ambassador to the UN atomic agency blasted as "totally baseless" a French newspaper report Tuesday that the Egyptian head of the agency Mohamed ElBaradei was helping Cairo hide a secret nuclear program. "There is no clandestine program and therefore there is no dossier," ambassador Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy told AFP. "The issue of a connection between Egypt and Tripoli in the nuclear field is totally baseless," Ramzy said. He was reacting to a report in the French newspaper Liberation, citing unnamed Western diplomats, that the now dismantled Libyan nuclear program "had Egyptian links." The United States and Britain...
U.N.: Traces of Plutonium Found in Egypt
Posted by Navydog
On News/Activism 11/05/2004 10:01:08 AM PST · 6 replies · 286+ views
AP News | Nov 5, 10:46 AM (ET) | GEORGE JAHN
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - U.N. experts have found traces of plutonium near an Egyptian nuclear facility and are investigating whether it could be weapons-related or simply a byproduct of the country's peaceful atomic activities, diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday.
Nuclear watchdog denies criticizing U.S. (El Baradei says comments 'misinterpreted')
Posted by NormsRevenge
On News/Activism 11/06/2004 9:04:02 AM PST · 7 replies · 233+ views
Bakersfield Californian | 11/6/04 | George Jahn - AP
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Moving to quell tensions with the United States, the head of the U.N nuclear watchdog agency said Friday his recent comments on the invasion of Iraq were misinterpreted, and he had a "close working relationship" with the American administration. "It's unfortunate that people try to put the wrong spin on a very important issue," Mohamed ElBaradei told The Associated Press, alluding to what he said was adverse U.S. reaction to his Thursday speech at Stanford University. At the school, ElBaradei said the Iraq experience demonstrated "that we need to exercise maximum restraint before resorting to military...
UN nuclear chief Mohamed El Baradei rejects charges he has attacked Bush over Iraq
Posted by 4kevin
On News/Activism 11/06/2004 10:23:40 AM PST · 9 replies · 358+ views
AFP | 11.05.04
UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed El Baradei has rejected charges that he has attacked President George W. Bush by saying the invasion and occupation of Iraq have damaged the credibility of the United States, his spokesman said Friday. Spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said in a statement: "Some media have misrepresented Dr. ElBaradei's essential message in his speech at Stanford and quoted him out of context." Gwozdecky was referring to an article published Friday in the San Francisco Chronicle after International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general ElBaradei gave a speech at Stanford University in California on Thursday. "The main message he...
Posted by wagglebee
On News/Activism 11/07/2004 1:58:44 PM PST · 10 replies · 650+ views
WorldNetDaily | 11/6/04 | Gordon Prather
One result of Bush's re-election will be an attempt next month by Undersecretary of State John Bolton to deny Mohamed ElBaradei another term as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA was originally set up in 1957 to promote the international, safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear energy. But, in 1968, the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons gave the IAEA this important additional mission. Each non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes to accept Safeguards ñ as set forth in an agreement to be negotiated and concluded with the International Atomic Energy Agency in accordance...
IAEA Chief Welcomes Iran, Europe Nuke Deal
Posted by 4kevin
On News/Activism 11/08/2004 10:36:15 AM PST · 8 replies · 193+ views
AP | 11.08.04
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday said that a preliminary agreement between Iran and the European Union's three big powers over Tehran's nuclear program was a "step in the right direction." Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the Vienna-based U.N. agency, said he hoped the agreement will be made official in the coming days. The preliminary agreement was worked out in Paris with Britain, France and Germany, chief Iranian negotiator Hossein Mousavian told state-run Iranian television on Sunday. If approved, the deal would be a major breakthrough after months of threats and negotiations. It could spare Iran...
Global Nuclear Security 'A Race Against Time' (El Baradei Targets Israel)
Posted by politicalvanguard.com
On News/Activism 11/08/2004 8:54:03 PM PST · 11 replies · 460+ views
Asia-Pacific officials are today considering how to increase security at nuclear facilities in what the top UN nuclear watchdog has called a race to prevent terrorists from getting weapons material. The officials met privately at a Sydney hotel to work out details of a statement signed late yesterday by ministers from 18 nations in the region, which pledged to "expand and enhance the nuclear safeguards and security framework." Nations at the conference vowed to adopt tighter international security standards and work together to tighten border controls to prevent the illicit export of nuclear materials. Speaking to reporters outside the conference,...
ElBaradei: Stripping Israel of nukes key to peace
Posted by Ginifer
On News/Activism 11/09/2004 6:27:40 AM PST · 56 replies · 824+ views
Jerusalem Post | Nov. 9, 2004 11:54 | JOSEPH NASR
Disarming Israel of its nuclear weapons is key to achieving lasting peace in the Middle East, Mohammed ElBaradei, International Atomic Energy Agency, said Monday. "This is not really sustainable, that you have Israel sitting with nuclear weapons capability there while everyone else is part of the non-proliferation regime," Baradei told the Sydney Morning Herald. With Iran pushing for a controversial nuclear program amid rising optimism that Germany, France and Britain might have succeeded in convincing the Islamic republic to suspend its uranium enrichment activities, Israel's nuclear capabilities create great resentment among its Muslim neighbors, ElBaradei said. "It is a very...
IAEA conducts last-minute inspection in Iran
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On News/Activism 11/14/2004 1:08:39 PM PST · 12 replies · 195+ views
Middle East Newsline | 11-14-04 | MENL]
LONDON [MENL] -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has launched a last-minute inspection of Iran.A four-member IAEA inspection team arrived in Teheran on late Saturday and prepared to visit several nuclear facilities in Iran. An agency spokesman said the team would remain in Iran until Nov. 23.Western diplomatic sources said the IAEA inspection was meant to clarify issues regarding Iran's nuclear program. They said they doubted that findings from the inspection would be included in the agency's forthcoming report to the board of governors.The board was scheduled to meet in Vienna on Nov. 25 and determine whether Iran was cooperating...
IAEA: Confidence in Iran's Nuclear Program Has Eroded
Posted by sure_fine
On News/Activism 11/25/2004 1:40:43 PM PST · 29 replies · 1,186+ views
VOICE OF AMERICA | 25 November 2004 | By Marlene Smith
The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has exempted some centrifuges from its commitment to freeze uranium enrichment and lacks trustworthiness because of past concealment and delays in disclosing information. The IAEA board of governors in Vienna, is to decide whether to censure Iran for its conduct. IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky told reporters outside the board meeting that the issue of Iran's nuclear program was by no means closed. "The two most important issues are as we've said for some time, to explain the contamination that we've seen on the enriched uranium particles from environmental samples, there are still some...
IAEA Approves 'Non-Binding' Iran Nuclear Freeze
Posted by zencat
On News/Activism 11/29/2004 7:13:22 AM PST · 7 replies · 109+ views
Reuters via Yahoo | 11/29/2004 | Reuters
The board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog Monday approved a resolution welcoming Iran's suspension of sensitive nuclear activities as "a voluntary, non-legally binding, confidence-building measure," a senior diplomat said.
IAEA OKs Iran Nuke-Freeze Measures
Posted by Convert from ECUSA
On News/Activism 11/29/2004 11:27:08 AM PST · 5 replies · 112+ views
Fox News Web Site | November 29, 2004 | Associated Press
AEA OKs Iran Nuke-Freeze Measures Monday, November 29, 2004 VIENNA, Austria ó The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency passed a toned-down resolution Monday on policing Iran's commitment to freeze all programs linked to uranium enrichment in an effort to defuse a dispute that had threatened to go to the Security Council (search). However, confusion over what the freeze encompassed appeared to give Iran loopholes in interpreting its commitments. The vote by the International Atomic Energy Agency (search ) board came after a senior Iranian official seemed to cast doubt on his country's latest commitment to a total suspension of nuclear activities...
IAEA Agrees on Plan to Police Iran Nukes
Posted by Ernest_at_the_Beach
On News/Activism 11/29/2004 6:15:28 PM PST · 10 replies · 124+ views
Las Vegas Sun | November 29, 2004 at 16:29:14 PST | GEORGE JAHN Associated Press
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - 1129iran The U.N. nuclear agency agreed Monday on a plan for policing Iran's nuclear programs designed to avoid a showdown at the United Nations. But Iran's representative immediately raised questions about the wording of the pact, and the United States said it retained the right to take the case to the U.N. Security Council on its own. U.S. chief delegate Jackie Sanders listed more than a dozen open questions about Iran's past nuclear activities still before the International Atomic Energy Agency, despite a nearly two-year investigation. "This makes it clear that the IAEA cannot ... offer...
Iranian Alert - December 4, 2004 [EST] -- Iran To Reject IAEA Resolution In Near Future
Posted by DoctorZIn
On News/Activism 12/03/2004 10:38:32 PM PST · 18 replies · 321+ views
Regime Change Iran | 12.4.2004 | DoctorZin
Top News Story Iran To Reject IAEA Resolution In Near Future - Hardline Paper By Safa HaeriPosted Thursday, December 2, 2004 E-mail this page Printer-friendly page PARIS-TEHRAN First of Dec. (IPS) "The resolution that the international nuclear watchdog passed on Iran in November and all its clauses that are imposed on Iran would be declared as void in coming months", an advisor to the Iranian leader predicted on Wednesday.The forecast came two days after Iran reached a painful agreement with Britain, France and Germany in Vienna and as a consequence, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) saved Tehran...
Iranian Alert - December 5, 2004 [EST] -- IAEA 'bowed to pressure from Iran' on bomb materials
Posted by DoctorZIn
On News/Activism 12/04/2004 11:53:27 PM PST · 17 replies · 331+ views
Regime Change Iran | 12.5.2004 | DoctorZin
Top News Story Watchdog 'bowed to pressure from Iran' on bomb materialsBy Damien McElroy, Foreign Correspondent(Filed: 05/12/2004)The world nuclear watchdog dropped a claim that Iran bought large quantities of a metal used to trigger explosions in atomic weapons after bowing to objections from Teheran.The International Atomic Energy Agency at first accepted Western intelligence reports that the Islamic republic had bought "huge amounts" of beryllium from "a number of nations", but removed the claim from its final report on Iranian compliance with nuclear non-proliferation rules, published 10 days ago. IAEA Director General Mohammad ElBaradei An earlier draft of the...
ElBaradei angrily denies charges of collaboration with Iran
Posted by Ginifer
On News/Activism 12/05/2004 7:10:08 AM PST · 11 replies · 291+ views
www.tehrantimes.com | December 5, 2004 | SA
VIENNA (AFP) -- UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei angrily denied Saturday charges he had collaborated with Iran ahead of publishing written reports on his investigation of the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear program. "We never show a report to any single member" of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), "not the least of course an inspected country," ElBaradei said. ElBaradei was reacting to news reports that he had heeded Iranian demands to drop mentions of IAEA requests to visit the Parchin military site and Iran's use of the sensitive material beryllium in a report he had made to the IAEA board...
Mohamed El Baradei has an Iranian wife? (Cueball nukes inspector)
Posted by dennisw
On News/Activism 12/06/2004 3:56:51 AM PST · 20 replies · 635+ views
free republic | dec 5 2004 | Awatcher2
Perhaps it was just a little "Pillow Talk" with his Iranian wife! Who is Dr. Mohamed El Baradei? A quick Google search yields the following general biographical information:Dr. ElBaradei is the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA], an inter-governmental organization based in Vienna, and formed under the auspices of the United Nations in 1957. He was appointed to the office effective Dec. 1 1997, and re-appointed to a second term in Sept. 2001. El Baradi was born in Egypt in 1942. He gained a Bachelorís degree in Law in 1962 at the University of Cairo, and a...
Watchdog 'bowed to pressure from Iran' on bomb materials (IAEA STOOGES)
Posted by conservativecorner
On News/Activism 12/06/2004 6:05:14 AM PST · 6 replies · 144+ views
Telegraph | Dec. 5, 2004 | Damien McElroy
The world nuclear watchdog dropped a claim that Iran bought large quantities of a metal used to trigger explosions in atomic weapons after bowing to objections from Teheran. The International Atomic Energy Agency at first accepted Western intelligence reports that the Islamic republic had bought "huge amounts" of beryllium from "a number of nations", but removed the claim from its final report on Iranian compliance with nuclear non-proliferation rules, published 10 days ago. IAEA Director General Mohammad ElBaradei An earlier draft of the IAEA report, seen by The Telegraph, said that Iran had manufactured material to use with the beryllium...
North Korea 'has six nuclear bombs' (built from material "monitored" by El Baradei & IAEA)
Posted by dead
On News/Activism 12/06/2004 6:56:56 AM PST · 33 replies · 952+ views
Sydney Morning Herald | December 7, 2004 | David Sanger, William Broad and Cynthia Banham
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is convinced North Korea has built four to six nuclear bombs out of the nuclear material the agency had monitored there until 2002. Mohamed ElBaradei, whose team of investigators was expelled from North Korea, said: "We know they have the fissile material ... I'm sure they have reprocessed it all." He said enough time had passed for North Korea to solve the problems of turning the 8000 spent nuclear fuel rods the agency was monitoring into weapons-grade plutonium. "The production process is not that difficult." He said his claim was not based...
U.S. Taps ElBaradei's Calls to Iranian Officials - IAEA Leader's Phone Tapped
Posted by crushelits
On News/Activism 12/11/2004 8:50:46 PM PST · 19 replies · 647+ views
washingtonpost.com | Sunday, December 12, 2004 | Dafna Linzer
U.S. Pores Over Transcripts to Try to Oust Nuclear Chief The Bush administration has dozens of intercepts of Mohamed ElBaradei's phone calls with Iranian diplomats and is scrutinizing them in search of ammunition to oust him as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to three U.S. government officials. But the diplomatic offensive will not be easy. The administration has failed to come up with a candidate willing to oppose ElBaradei, who has run the agency since 1997, and there is disagreement among some senior officials over how hard to push for his removal, and what the...
US 'checks N-chief's phone calls' [Mohamed ElBaradei had with Iranian diplomats......]
Posted by Sub-Driver
On News/Activism 12/12/2004 9:14:51 AM PST · 8 replies · 253+ views
US 'checks N-chief's phone calls' From correspondents in Washington December 13, 2004 THE Bush administration is reportedly scrutinising intercepted telephone conversations that International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei had with Iranian diplomats. The Washington Post today reported the US was in search of ammunition to oust him from his post. The newspaper said the intercepts showed the lengths to which some in the administration were going to try to replace a top international diplomat who questioned Washington's actions in Iraq and on the Iran nuclear issue. The report, sourced to three unnamed US government officials, said the intercepts had...
U.S. Tapped U.N.'s ElBaradei
Posted by paudio
On News/Activism 12/13/2004 4:43:15 AM PST · 15 replies · 279+ views
Newsmax | Dec. 12, 2004
The Bush administration intercepted dozens of Mohamed ElBaradei's phone calls with Iranian diplomats, looking for a cause to oust him as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to a report in the Washington Post. According to the Post report, the intercepted calls have not produced any evidence of outrageous conduct by ElBaradei, according to three officials who have been talking to the paper. The intercepts reportedly show that ElBaradei tried to help Iran weather a diplomatic crisis over its nuclear programs. "Some people think he sounds way too soft on the Iranians, but that's about it," said...
IAEA chief: Arabs don't address security
Posted by NormsRevenge
On News/Activism 12/13/2004 10:53:51 PM PST · 4 replies · 89+ views
Bakersfield Californian | 12/13/04 | Rawya Rageh - AP
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The Arab-Israeli conflict has kept Arabs from addressing other security concerns, including the need to rid the region of weapons of mass destruction, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Monday. Mohamed ElBaradei head of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency told a forum of international leaders that the Middle East must free itself of all weapons of mass destruction. "We only focus on land for peace, we never really look at security," ElBaradei said. "Clearly we need to have a nuclear weapon free zone, clearly we have to rid ourselves of chemical...
Bush Trying To Impose Will On U.N. -- U.S. Wants To Oust Annan, ElBaradei (Helen Thomas Again)
Posted by Embraer2004
On News/Activism 12/16/2004 4:50:32 PM PST · 92 replies · 781+ views
The Boston Channel | 12/16/04 | Helen Thomas
POSTED: 11:01 am CST December 16, 2004 With the three branches of the U.S. government in Republican hands, President George W. Bush is trying to pack the United Nations with more Yes Men. But he is finding that his power is limited when he approaches the world organization where there is strong opposition to his war of choice against Iraq and go-it-alone foreign policy. The first target on his purge list appears to be U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, who first ran afoul of the Bush White House when he had the audacity to call the Iraq invasion illegal. When...
ElBaradei bids for new IAEA term
Posted by hipaatwo
On News/Activism 01/01/2005 2:18:04 PM PST · 3 replies · 156+ views
BBC News, Vienna
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Mohammed ElBaradei has emerged as the only candidate for the post of the agency's next director general.Mr ElBaradei hopes to be re-elected for a third term, but the US does not want his mandate to be renewed. Privately, some US officials have complained that Mr ElBaradei - who has held the post since 1997 - has been too soft on both Iran and Iraq. He has led the International Atomic Energy Agency through turbulent times. Tensions The deadline for nominations for the post of director general has passed, leaving the Egyptian diplomat as...
IAEA finds Egypt secret nuclear program
Posted by GeneD
On News/Activism 01/04/2005 8:51:32 AM PST · 12 replies · 458+ views
AP via PennLive.com | 01/05/2005 | George Jahn
VIENNA, Austria (AP) ó The U.N. atomic watchdog agency has found evidence of secret nuclear experiments in Egypt that could be used in weapons programs, diplomats said Tuesday. The diplomats told The Associated Press that most of the work was carried out in the 1980s and 1990s but said the International Atomic Energy Agency also was looking at evidence suggesting some work was performed as recently as a year ago. Egypt's government rejected claims it is or has been pursuing a weapons program, saying its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. "A few months ago we denied these kinds of...
U.N. Nuclear Inspectors to Visit Suspect Iranian Site 'within Days or Weeks,' Says Head IAEA
Posted by Jet Jaguar
On News/Activism 01/05/2005 7:18:10 AM PST · 9 replies · 100+ views
Associated Press | Jan 5, 2005 | George Jahn
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Iran has agreed to give U.N. inspectors access to a huge military complex that the United States alleges is linked to a secret nuclear weapons program, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told The Associated Press he expected his experts to visit the Parchin site "within days or weeks." The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has been pressing Tehran for months to be allowed to inspect the Parchin military site, used by the Iranians to research, develop and produce ammunition, missiles and high explosives. In leaks to media...
ElBaradei warns US against spying on IAEA
Posted by milestogo
On News/Activism 01/06/2005 6:39:42 AM PST · 3 replies · 187+ views
ElBaradei warns US against spying on IAEA VIENNA: IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Wednesday warned the United States against spying on the UN atomic agency saying it would be a blow to "multilateralism and the United Nations system as we know it." Bush administration has listened in on phone calls between ElBaradei and Iranian diplomats, seeking ammunition to oust him as head of IAEA, The Washington Post had reported in December. The US wants ElBaradei replaced at the crucial Vienna-based agency believing he is not being tough enough on Iran accused by Washington of hiding a covert nuclear weapons program,...
U.S. wants to replace IAEA chief ElBaradei
Posted by NormsRevenge
On News/Activism 01/08/2005 3:36:14 PM PST · 15 replies · 218+ views
Bakersfield Californian | 1/8/05 | George Jahn - AP
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - He's running unopposed, but Mohamed ElBaradei may still fail in his bid for a third term leading the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, tripped by his main opponent, the United States. Unable to find a candidate willing to oppose the independent-minded Egyptian diplomat, Washington is now quietly lobbying other member states in ElBaradei's International Atomic Energy Agency in a bid to unseat him by June, opening the way for a replacement more to the Bush administration's liking - one harder on Iran and other nations on the U.S. nasty list. With the agency spearheading international attempts to...
Iran: IAEA Experts Can [only] Take Samples From [OUTSIDE] Military Site
Posted by OXENinFLA
On News/Activism 01/13/2005 5:24:57 PM PST · 7 replies · 95+ views
politinfo | 1-9-05 | ???
Iran says it will allow United Nations nuclear experts to take environmental samples from a military site to disprove allegations Tehran is secretly developing nuclear weapons. A foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters Sunday in Tehran that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors would only take samples from so-called "green areas" at the military site, and not from inside the installation. The head of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, said last week Iran had agreed to allow access to the site at Parchin, near the capital, and that inspectors would arrive there soon. The IAEA has been seeking access to...
IAEA has Iran site it'd like to check
Posted by NormsRevenge
On News/Activism 01/18/2005 8:58:10 AM PST · 8 replies · 77+ views
Bakersfield Californian | 1/18/05 | AP - Vienna
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency is pushing for a fresh look at an Iranian military complex linked by the United States to possible atomic arms research just days after being granted limited access, diplomats said Tuesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency is interested in testing another part of the sprawling Parchin complex just outside Tehran in its search for radiation that could point to such research, the diplomats said. The Bush administration has accused Iran of being part of an "axis of evil" with North Korea and prewar Iraq. The United States alleges Iran may be...