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IAEA chief urges US to give Iran one last chance
IranMania.com ^ | Thursday, September 15, 2005

Posted on 09/15/2005 3:55:06 AM PDT by F14 Pilot

LONDON, September 15 (IranMania) - UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei has urged the United States to give Iran one last chance to halt suspected weapons-related nuclear activities but Washington is insisting on immediate UN Security Council action, diplomats said.

"US ambassador Gregory Schulte asked him (ElBaradei) on Wednesday not to lobby for this (a delay)" at the Vienna-based UN watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a diplomat who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue told AFP.

The United States and the European Union are pushing for the IAEA to refer Iran to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters in New York, when the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors begins meeting in Vienna on Monday.

The British delegation to the IAEA is Thursday to give a series of presentations to different board members explaining why the EU has no confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, diplomats said.

Still, ElBaradei told US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a telephone conversation last week it would be better to give Iran a deadline for ceasing uranium conversion work, rather than going for referral to the Council now, as the IAEA board is split over the issue, a diplomat said.

"Rice said this was not a good idea," another diplomat said.

US and IAEA spokespersons refused to comment.

Conversion is the first step in making enriched uranium which can be fuel for nuclear power reactors or bomb material.

Russia, China and several non-aligned states oppose sending Iran before the Security Council, which could impose sanctions on Tehran, as they say the right to make nuclear fuel is guaranteed under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"It would be better to find a compromise that can keep everyone engaged rather than splitting the board," a diplomat said.

The diplomat said that since Iran was only converting uranium into a feedstock gas and not actually making enriched uranium, "it is not that critical that the matter is solved at next week's board meeting. We can wait another few weeks, or another few months, as long as the Iranians don't go beyond what they are doing now."

The IAEA on August 11 called on Iran to stop nuclear fuel activities in order to resume talks with the European Union on guaranteeing its nuclear program is peaceful, as Tehran claims it is.

The United States believes Tehran is using its civilian nuclear program to hide atomic weapons development and feels the time has come to make a stand on the issue.

At a UN summit in New York Wednesday, US President George W. Bush expressed concern over Iran's nuclear program to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Washington moved to rally support against the Islamic republic.

A diplomat said the United States was appealing to countries not favoring Security Council referral to change their minds.

Washington was asking India to show leadership against Iran as a proliferation threat since New Delhi wants Washington to help it get a seat on the Security Council.

Washington was warning Russia that it could end up isolated in blocking referral and trying to get Pakistan and Brazil, which both have strong nuclear programs, to wait until they see developments at the board meeting before deciding what to do.

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin "strongly" called in New York for Iran to keep its nuclear non-proliferation promises or face action before the Security Council.

Iran said Monday it would cooperate fully with IAEA inspectors provided it was allowed to make nuclear fuel, according to a document presented to IAEA board members and obtained by AFP.

The IAEA, which monitors compliance with the NPT and has since February 2003 been investigating Iran's nuclear program, has never been forced to vote on a compliance issue as it uses consensus decisions to give measures the weight of a united international community.

Western nations almost certainly have enough votes to get the IAEA board to send Iran to the Security Council but diplomats warn against forcing this.

"A vote on this issue would be very damaging so there is pressure to move ahead only with a consensus," a diplomat said.

European diplomats said if they got the issue to New York, they would not initially ask the Security Council, which unlike the IAEA has enforcement powers, to impose sanctions but would merely recommend a Council "president's statement" as the goal would be to get Iran to heed the IAEA calls.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; eu; france; germany; iaea; india; iran; irannukes; islam; mullahs; nuclear; regime; sanction; security; terrorism; uk; un; usa; world

1 posted on 09/15/2005 3:55:08 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot

Mohamed ElBaradei, screw that lying SOB


2 posted on 09/15/2005 3:56:59 AM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: DoctorZIn; McGavin999; freedom44; nuconvert; sionnsar; AdmSmith; parisa; onyx; Pro-Bush; Valin; ...

time is running out for mullahs


3 posted on 09/15/2005 3:57:22 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

"Still, ElBaradei told US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a telephone conversation last week it would be better to give Iran a deadline for ceasing uranium conversion work, rather than going for referral to the Council now"

We've been down this road before.


4 posted on 09/15/2005 3:57:51 AM PDT by TheRobb7 (The American Spirit does not require a federal subsidy.)
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To: GarySpFc; DevSix
Russia, China and several non-aligned states oppose sending Iran before the Security Council, which could impose sanctions on Tehran, as they say the right to make nuclear fuel is guaranteed under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

For your reading pleasure.

5 posted on 09/15/2005 3:59:22 AM PDT by airborne
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To: F14 Pilot

"Washington is insisting on immediate UN Security Council action"

I'm hoping Condi would learn from Powell's mistakes. The only reason to appeal to the UN is to lull a regime into a false feeling of safety. Going to the UN makes them think they are buying time. The only way this will work out well is to take action well before the UN tapdance is over.


6 posted on 09/15/2005 3:59:44 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March ("...most mayors in this country have a hard time getting their people to work on a sunny day...")
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To: sure_fine
I am sorry, but I can't seem to trust a guy with the name of Mohammad to have the worlds best interest at heart when dealing with an Allah bomb.
7 posted on 09/15/2005 4:13:40 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: F14 Pilot
IAEA chief urges US to give Iran one last chance

Title should be: IAEA chief urges US to give Iran one last chance ... again

8 posted on 09/15/2005 4:24:35 AM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: airborne

"Russia, China and several non-aligned states oppose sending Iran before the Security Council, which could impose sanctions on Tehran, as they say the right to make nuclear fuel is guaranteed under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)."

That actually works in our favor this time. As we saw in Iraq, "sanctions" would merely give Iran the maneuver space & time it needs to finish and export its research to Islam.

Maybe Tehran will have a nuclear accident.


9 posted on 09/15/2005 4:28:10 AM PDT by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: Abathar

no telling what ties he has through his iranian wife


10 posted on 09/15/2005 4:30:45 AM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: F14 Pilot

I know you don't favor a military solution to the Iranian problem. But if a device goes off either here or in Israel, it's going to get ugly for them very quickly.

Yes, I know I'm stating the obvious- but this diplomacy tactic is getting us nowhere. We have no real cooperation from third parties.


11 posted on 09/15/2005 4:38:29 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Stop the looting! The IRS hates competition.)
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To: sure_fine

I've said before and I'll say it again, Mohammad El Baradei is an anti-US, anti-Western backstabber who couldn't (or wouldn't) prevent North Korea, Pakistan or Libya (we stopped Libya) from developing nuclear weapons. He cannot be trusted and we should proceed with all due haste to the UN Security Council.


12 posted on 09/15/2005 4:39:05 AM PDT by moose2004 (You Can Run But You Can't Hide!)
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To: moose2004

Blah ,Blah, Blah


13 posted on 09/15/2005 4:41:06 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: moose2004
Clinton showed us what the "wait and see" game costs, 9/11

we can not keep playing that game

14 posted on 09/15/2005 4:42:03 AM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: F14 Pilot

E I B is a A R A B.

Screw him and the carpet he rode in on!


15 posted on 09/15/2005 4:45:51 AM PDT by funkywbr
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To: softwarecreator
Title should be: IAEA chief urges US to give Iran one last chance ... again

Title should be: IAEA chief urges US to give Iran one last chance ... again for the 14th time.

16 posted on 09/15/2005 4:45:56 AM PDT by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: Fenris6

"Maybe Tehran will have a nuclear accident."


Oops! Fall down go BOOM!


17 posted on 09/15/2005 4:45:59 AM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: F14 Pilot
Iran, This is the United States, we have you surrounded...


18 posted on 09/15/2005 4:48:16 AM PDT by wolicy_ponk (If we're not the mainstream, how come we nearly control all three branches of Government?)
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To: moose2004

That's why Bush was there yesterday, right?

This story is a reaction to his speech at the Security Council. Diplomacy does us no good.


19 posted on 09/15/2005 4:48:34 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Stop the looting! The IRS hates competition.)
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To: F14 Pilot

The man is a moron BUMP!


20 posted on 09/15/2005 4:49:56 AM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: F14 Pilot

What ever! Impose sanctions and then give them as many passes as We gave Saddam. That'll give them years to develope their weapons.


21 posted on 09/15/2005 4:52:21 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: F14 Pilot

Until, I presume, the next "one last chance". Neither the UN, nor Europe has the guts to take on Iran. And I'm beginning to worry about our willingness to do so.


22 posted on 09/15/2005 5:03:50 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: ballplayer

I couldn't say it better myself.


23 posted on 09/15/2005 5:05:02 AM PDT by moose2004 (You Can Run But You Can't Hide!)
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To: sure_fine

The Koran says it is permissible to lie to the infidels to conceal your plans. You can take the muslim out of the middle east but you cant be a muslim and have alligence to any thing but Islam or take sides against another muslim.


24 posted on 09/15/2005 5:32:31 AM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: sure_fine

and he gave North Korea the Nuclear tech that caused this problem.


25 posted on 09/15/2005 5:34:33 AM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: funkywbr

that is Muslim (the real danger in the world).


26 posted on 09/15/2005 5:36:08 AM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: sure_fine

A muslims will always side with a muslim no matter what.


27 posted on 09/15/2005 5:37:55 AM PDT by velocityguy
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To: bdfromlv

How much time would "one last chance" take?

How long would it take for there to be repercussions for failing that "last chance."

Going by what has happened so far, it would be a least a year.

Then 3 to 10 years for sanctions to change the Mullahs minds.

ie. they would already have several (or several dozen bombs) by then.

They have had enough time already. The "one last chance" should be with sanctions already voted on and approved and in place.

We've taken enough "chances" already.


28 posted on 09/15/2005 5:45:50 AM PDT by JustDoItAlways
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To: JustDoItAlways

the Russians france germany are all in it for the money and nothing else. they have invested in another loser and dont want to be stung like they were in Iraq.


29 posted on 09/15/2005 5:50:55 AM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: F14 Pilot

And after that "one last chance," another and another and another...

Didn't we go through this once before?


30 posted on 09/15/2005 5:52:50 AM PDT by toddlintown (Your papers please.)
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To: F14 Pilot

and then what?


31 posted on 09/15/2005 7:16:38 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: F14 Pilot
IAEA chief urges US to give Iran one last chance...

to finish making their nukes.

32 posted on 09/15/2005 8:21:17 AM PDT by Reborn
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To: sure_fine

Maybe he wants to put the mullahs on "double secret probation".


33 posted on 09/15/2005 11:15:57 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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