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IAEA has "serious concerns" as Iran boosts nuclear work
Yahoo ^ | 3/5/12 | Fredrik Dahl - Reuters

Posted on 03/05/2012 10:43:34 AM PST by NormsRevenge

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has tripled its monthly production of higher-grade enriched uranium and the U.N. nuclear watchdog has "serious concerns" about possible military dimensions to Tehran's atomic activities, the agency's chief said on Monday.

As International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano voiced his concerns at an IAEA meeting, U.S. President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Washington "has Israel's back" and would not let Iran get nuclear arms.

Amano told a news conference at the IAEA in Vienna there were indications of unspecified "activities" at an Iranian military site which his inspectors want to visit as part of a probe into fears Iran may be seeking nuclear weapons capability.

His remarks confirmed comments made by IAEA diplomats to Reuters last week when one said: "we have heard about possible sanitation" of the Parchin site that he called "very concerning," suggesting Iran may be delaying access while it removed evidence of suspect activities.

The United States and its Western allies are seeking Russian and Chinese backing to rebuke Iran at the week-long IAEA board meeting, that began on Monday, over its failure to address the agency's growing concerns.

Israel has threatened Iran with pre-emptive strikes to stop it getting the bomb, a hawkish approach Obama has tried to rein in to give time for sanctions and diplomatic efforts.

Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons capability. Skeptics say it is coordinating efforts to process uranium with high explosives tests and the revamping of a ballistic missile cone to accommodate a nuclear warhead.

Its refusal to curb sensitive atomic work that can have both civilian and military applications has drawn increasingly tough U.N. and Western sanctions against the major oil producer.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: boosts; iaea; iran; israel; nuclear; seriousconcerns; stronglywordedletter

1 posted on 03/05/2012 10:43:38 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe we should put them on super double secret probation. That’ll show ‘em!


2 posted on 03/05/2012 10:45:16 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama: The sanctions are working, give them more time


3 posted on 03/05/2012 10:46:12 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks, IAEA. You guys are really on the ball.


4 posted on 03/05/2012 10:46:55 AM PST by Riverine
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To: NormsRevenge
Dissolve the ineffective bureaucracy. Respond to the decades, plural for the libs, of terrorism in kind.
5 posted on 03/05/2012 10:47:17 AM PST by allmost
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To: NormsRevenge

“it (Iran) is coordinating efforts to process uranium with high explosives tests and the revamping of a ballistic missile cone to accommodate a nuclear warhead.”

Nothing to see here. All we are saying, is give peace a chance.
IAEA, Obama, UN, Iran, Hillary!


6 posted on 03/05/2012 10:51:40 AM PST by tumblindice (It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error.)
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To: tumblindice
The NK coordination is the most important aspect imo.
7 posted on 03/05/2012 10:55:17 AM PST by allmost
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To: NormsRevenge

“and the U.N. nuclear watchdog has “serious concerns” about possible military dimensions to Tehran’s atomic activities”

The Keystone Kops finally snag a clue?


8 posted on 03/05/2012 10:56:04 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: NormsRevenge

Perhaps a strongly worded letter of reprimand or even a yearlong sequence of hearings on possible sanctions should be considered. This is getting serious, and we need to use every diplomatic tool in our arsenal - while promising to keep Israel from doing something uncouth with their military.


9 posted on 03/05/2012 10:57:25 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

How verily uncouth of you! :)


10 posted on 03/05/2012 11:14:31 AM PST by allmost
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To: Riverine

I believe they will still have nothing more than “serious concerns” as the mushroom cloud roils higher and higher.


11 posted on 03/05/2012 11:23:40 AM PST by kevslisababy
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To: Pollster1

what is Mr Brix up to these days?

Maybe we have a job for him.


12 posted on 03/05/2012 11:26:16 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: NormsRevenge

Wasn’t there a report recently that the “US Intelligence Community” says that Iran is NOT building a bomb?


13 posted on 03/05/2012 12:15:18 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (Brass, copper, lead. The new precious metals.)
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