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IAEA has Iran site it'd like to check
Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/18/05 | AP - Vienna

Posted on 01/18/2005 8:58:10 AM PST by NormsRevenge

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 testing high-explosive components for nuclear weapons, using an inert core of depleted uranium at Parchin as a dry run for a bomb that would use fissile material.

The request by the Vienna-based IAEA comes just days after its inspectors were given partial access to the site and were allowed to take environmental samples for analysis in the agency's European laboratories.

The diplomats, who are familiar with the agency's investigation of Iran's nuclear programs, said that as far as they knew the IAEA experts were not impeded beyond the limitations placed on where they could take their samples.

But one of the diplomats said the fact that the agency had requested fresh access to another part of the site suggested there are continued open questions about the nature of the work conducted at Parchin.

"The inspectors want to go back to another explosives bunker" that they apparently were not granted access to last week, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

In leaks to media last year, U.S. intelligence officials said a specially secured site at Parchin may be used in research for high-explosive components of nuclear weapons.

Iran asserts its military is not involved in nuclear activities, and the IAEA has found no firm evidence to the contrary. The agency also has not been able to support U.S. assertions that nearly two decades of covert nuclear programs discovered 2 1/2 years ago were aimed at making nuclear weapons and not at generating electricity, as Tehran claims.

But an IAEA report in October expressed concern about published intelligence and media reports relating to equipment and materials that could serve military purposes.

At the time, diplomats said the phrasing alluded to Parchin.

As part of his investigation into Iran's nuclear activities, IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei has produced a series of reports for guidance by the IAEA board on what to do about Iran's nuclear activities.

His refusal to declare Iran in breach of the Nonproliferation Treaty has angered U.S. officials by derailing their drive to have the U.N. Security Council examine Iran's nuclear dossier.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: check; iaea; iran; parchin; proliferation; site; southwestasia

1 posted on 01/18/2005 8:58:11 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

why waste the time. they will not let anyone near anything of interest. no smoking gun

2 posted on 01/18/2005 9:06:03 AM PST by camas
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To: NormsRevenge

I thought that headline said IKEA. I can see it now:

"Try our new Bømba sofa. It will add nuclear style to your home."

3 posted on 01/18/2005 9:13:05 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: NormsRevenge

and in the meantime while the idiots back in Europe and the US debate it, the Iranians move it....

4 posted on 01/18/2005 9:16:34 AM PST by MikefromOhio (DO I need a new screen name? I am no longer in Iraq :) 18 to keep 8 to change so far)
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To: MineralMan
IAEA .. IKEA ... lol ... and it rhymes with Chia to boot.

5 posted on 01/18/2005 9:18:19 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: MikeinIraq

This is getting silly! Just let the Israelis terminate the program.

6 posted on 01/18/2005 9:18:51 AM PST by Wristpin ( Varitek says to A-Rod: "We don't throw at .260 hitters.....")
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To: Wristpin

hell let the Israelis terminate the current regime in Iran while they are at it....

7 posted on 01/18/2005 9:19:31 AM PST by MikefromOhio (DO I need a new screen name? I am no longer in Iraq :) 18 to keep 8 to change so far)
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To: NormsRevenge


UN atomic chief proposes global freeze on nuclear cycle

UN atomic energy chief Mohamed ElBaradei has proposed that all countries lead by example by committing not to build facilities for uranium enrichment and nuclear reprocessing for five years.

(lead by example.. 'You westerners put your heads on the block first'.. is more like it.)

8 posted on 01/18/2005 9:23:00 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge; TexKat

Of course, when asked, the UNSC will not go along with further sanctions of any kind, much less military action. In fact, the UNSC will probably never again levy any kind of sanction against any nation for any reason or provocation. IOW, the French stonewalling/backstabbing/illegal covert deals with Saddam Hussein brought about the destruction/marginalization of the UNSC. :')

"The Army of Muhammad" Confesses:
We Received Aid in Money and Arms from Syria and Iran
MemriTV ^ | 1/14/05
Posted on 01/18/2005 8:42:39 AM PST by TexKat

Muayed Al-Nasseri: Yes, sir... Many factions of the resistance are receiving aid from the neighboring countries. We in the Army of Muhammad The fighting has been going on for almost two years now, and there must be aid, and this aid came from the neighboring countries. We got aid primarily from Iran. The truth is that Iran has played a significant role in supporting the Army of Muhammad and many factions of the resistance. I have some units, especially in southern Iraq, which receive Iranian aid in the form of arms and equipment.

9 posted on 01/18/2005 9:39:24 AM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on January 13, 2005)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

IAEA is useless Ping!

10 posted on 01/18/2005 9:55:57 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of shucking and jiving)
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To: Convert from ECUSA

El Baradei is an enemy of the US PING!

11 posted on 01/18/2005 10:32:42 AM PST by penelopesire
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To: NormsRevenge

Lemme guess. Its the royal harem house ?

Couple hours later Blixed emerges w undies on his head. Nope no WMD in there.......

12 posted on 01/18/2005 7:23:44 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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