Skip to comments.West may have to live with low-level Iranian atom work
Posted on 02/19/2006 5:48:09 PM PST by NormsRevenge
VIENNA (Reuters) - The crisis over Iran's atomic agenda is deepening, but the world's nuclear watchdog chief has warned there may be no choice but to accept limited uranium enrichment by Tehran, diplomats say.
For a mistrustful West, the quid pro quo would be to give U.N. inspectors more intrusive powers via a Security Council resolution to prevent suspected atomic bomb projects.
Tehran in turn would have to pledge no industrial-scale enrichment of uranium.
Countries on the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have called for the Iranian controversy to be referred to the U.N. Security Council by March 6.
Iran hit back by breaking a moratorium on enrichment, the process of making fuel for atomic plants or, potentially, bombs.
The board vote has driven Iran into a corner under a banner of national pride and risks paralyzing the Council given that veto-holding Russia and China reject sanctions on Tehran mooted by Washington, IAEA veterans say.
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei will make no recommendations in a broad report on three years of probes in Iran he is to give to board members on February 27, a week before they convene to weigh whether to urge a course of action by the Security Council.
But he has already suggested in diplomatic circles that a compromise may lie in accepting small-scale enrichment in Iran in exchange for guarantees of no full nuclear fuel production that could enable diversions into bomb-making, diplomats say.
IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said ElBaradei was still advocating publicly and privately that Iran take steps to earn international confidence by shelving enrichment-related work and cooperating fully with agency investigations.
"He has also told diplomats that Natanz (pilot enrichment plant) is Iran's bottom line, a sovereignty issue, a reality we may have to deal with," a diplomat close to the IAEA, who asked for anonymity due to the subject's sensitivity, said.
"Nothing of consequence will happen in the Security Council because the Russians and Chinese will block sanctions," the diplomat said of the two non-Western big powers determined to protect massive energy investments and trade with Iran.
IRAN RECEPTIVE TO ELBARADEI IDEA
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has welcomed ElBaradei's idea as a potential way to dispel Western suspicions Tehran seeks atomic bombs, while retaining its "irrefutable right to acquire nuclear technology" for electricity generation.
As an incentive for Iran to renounce its goal of industrial enrichment, Russia has offered to provide it purified uranium under a joint venture. This could prevent development of fissile fuel on Iranian soil that might be siphoned into warheads.
Iran agreed to negotiations on the idea in Moscow this week but its Atomic Energy Organization chief warned Iran would accept no deal excluding enrichment at home.
"We are a nuclear country. The (West) knows it has no other choice but to negotiate," Gholamreza Aghazadeh told state television, adding that Iran had invited Western countries to invest in Natanz and be present on site.
"There is no greater objective guarantee (against bomb-building) we can provide to the world," he said.
Last week Iran resumed test-feeding of uranium UF6 gas into a few centrifuges, which spin at supersonic speeds to yield fuel for nuclear plants or, if enriched to high levels, for warheads.
Analysts believe it may take Iran months to revive a cascade of 164 centrifuges corroded by disuse, and considerably longer to hurdle technological barriers to running the minimum 1,000 that would be needed to make fuel for a single crude bomb.
But U.S. and EU leaders, citing Tehran's past record of hiding nuclear work from the IAEA, object that to give Iran any leeway to ramp up UF6 production will hand it the know-how to "break out" with a nuclear arsenal whenever it so chooses.
Then it will be too late to prevent Iran endangering world peace, they say, pointing to the Islamic Republic's calls for Israel's destruction and alleged support for Muslim militants.
"ElBaradei's suggestion seems naive ... If the Iranians get the compromise he's raised, they're likely to demand more concessions, especially operating more centrifuges," said David Albright, a former IAEA inspector in Iraq and director of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington.
Iran cites a right to develop civilian nuclear energy as a party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Toughening the NPT may be the only viable way out of the crisis given Security Council deadlock over sanctions and Iran's promise to enrich under IAEA monitoring, some analysts say.
"There's talk of the Council passing a resolution giving the IAEA much more intrusive powers applicable to all NPT states, so Iran can't claim discrimination as it does now. It's an imperfect compromise, but maybe the only one the West can get."
(additional reporting by Paul Hughes in Tehran)
World may have to live with nuclear Iran -US study
The world cant "live" with a nuclear Iran because Iran WILL use them on the world.
Gholamali Haddadadel (2nd-L), speaker of Iran's parliament, stands with members of his delegation in front of a steel silhouette of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara during an event on Havana´s Revolution Square, February 17, 2006. Communist Cuba defended Iran's nuclear energy program on Thursday and rejected efforts by what it called U.S. 'imperialism' and other Western powers to halt uranium enrichment by the Islamic nation. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa
Hopefully Bolton will inform the UN that the United States of America really doesn't give a damn what they are willing to live with.
No doubt we are willing to work with a low-level Iranian atomic glow ~ if it comes to that.
It appears that the world hasn't learned from Iraq. I guess war it will be.
(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")
Maybe somebody should show the Iranian jihadists some pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and they can see what we can do to "speed up" their "experimentation."
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No we won't. If we try we die. The only solution is for them to die first.
The Red Brown green alliance marches foward.
It is for this reason that Russia funds Hamas and both Russia and China turn a blind eye to really fighting the WOT.
---Maybe somebody should show the Iranian jihadists some pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and they can see what we can do to "speed up" their "experimentation."---
"I think we'll have to live with Federation control for the time being."
Lets give them an inch so they can take a mile.
What has never been explained to me is why Iran, which exports oil, must needs generate electricity with troublesome and expensive nuclear power?
Wouldn't electricity be a lot cheaper to generate with the natural resources they have?
It just feels kind of inevitable to me. Those who want to stay asleep, will; those who want to be criminally insane will continue to be so.
Electricity generation is not the problem. They should use nuke power plants. Everybody should if only to annoy the greenies and their Global Warming scam-mongers.
Not only oil, but I bet they could do rather well with solar, too. =^)
More arrant nonsense from El-Baradei. Why we could not have rid the IAEA of him still makes no sense to me.
I don't think the decision will be made in terms of what the West is willing to live with. It will be made in terms of what the mullahs in Iran want to do. Why on earth would the mullahs concede anything at all in the face of a dithering, toothless, apprehensive opposition that refuses to oppose?
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