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  • Warren Buffett Funds Obama’s International Fuel Bank?

    01/20/2011 5:39:35 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 3 replies ^ | January 20, 2011 | Marinka Peschmann
    President Obama is lucky. It is not everyday that a President’s legislative priority, as Senator, becomes a reality because of a billionaire. But that’s what happened last month when famed investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett pledged $50 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to create a global nuclear fuel bank to ostensibly discourage nations from enriching their own uranium. In 2007, as a Senator, Obama introduced legislation that would create an international fuel bank and give the IAEA, an arm of the United Nations, $50 million taxpayer dollars to begin to fund it.
  • Warren Buffett Funds Obama’s International Fuel Bank?

    01/20/2011 5:39:21 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 1 replies ^ | January 20, 2011 | Marinka Peschmann
    President Obama is lucky. It is not everyday that a President’s legislative priority, as Senator, becomes a reality because of a billionaire. But that’s what happened last month when famed investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett pledged $50 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to create a global nuclear fuel bank to ostensibly discourage nations from enriching their own uranium. In 2007, as a Senator, Obama introduced legislation that would create an international fuel bank and give the IAEA, an arm of the United Nations, $50 million taxpayer dollars to begin to fund it.
  • Cairo worries as IAEA probes enriched uranium find (Egypt's Secret Nuclear Weapons Program)

    11/14/2010 10:35:42 AM PST · by mojito · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/13/2010 | Unattributed
    VIENNA — Egypt fears being grouped with the likes of Iran and Syria if a UN investigation into traces of highly enriched uranium found in the country isn't brought to a swift end, according to what officials describe as a confidential report from the country's nuclear agency. The particles — enriched close to the levels required to arm nuclear missiles — have been under investigation since being detected by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2007 and 2008. Egypt, a US ally in the Middle East, has said the particles originated from abroad and were inadvertently imported, but the agency...
  • Why Israel Needs the Bomb

    10/18/2010 11:16:23 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/18/2010 | Mark Helprin
    Sixty-five years after Germany's campaign to exterminate the Jews, of the many countries in the world Israel is the only one repeatedly subjected to calls for its extinction. Though Pakistan and India, like Israel and the Arabs, have suffered population exchange and territorial wars, neither questions the other's right to exist. So rare and extreme is such a position that one might think the countries of Europe, so many of which cooperated in hunting down their Jews, would do more to recognize its endemic presence in the Middle East. They don't—their publics having largely accepted that, in regard to the...
  • IAEA rejects Arab resolution on "nuclear-armed" Israel

    09/24/2010 6:42:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    World Bulletin (Turkey) ^ | Friday, September 24, 2010 | Agencies
    Member states of the U.N. nuclear watchdog rejected on Friday an Arab-proposed resolution calling on "nuclear-armed" Israel to join a global anti-atomic arms treaty... An assembly meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency last year approved a resolution calling on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation treaty. The general assembly of the 151-member International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) failed to pass the resolution with 51 against, 46 votes for and 23 abstentions... Several small countries, including some in Latin America such as Costa Rica and Panama, who were absent in 2009 voted against the measure this time. Like last year, Russia...
  • Former UN Nuclear Supervisor El Baradei said to have received $7 Million from Iranian regime

    09/06/2010 1:48:48 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 30 replies
    El Baradei and Chairman of Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani Source: Al Youm Al SabehSeptember 6, 2010The Egyptian Newspaper Al Youm Al Sabeh reports: In a communication to the Attorney General of Egypt, Dr. Yasser Najib Abdel Mabboud, has accused Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency and a candidate in the Egyptian presidential elections, of receiving funds exceeding $7 million (US) from Iran’s leadership as support for ‘political reform in Egypt’.Abdul Mabboud , a candidate of the National Party and who like El Baradei is also running for the Egyptian Presidential election, was informed of the...
  • Former IAEA Inspector Warns Iran Can Build Atomic Weapon

    08/26/2010 10:51:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 8/26/10 | Chana Ya'ar
    A former nuclear inspector for the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is warning that Iran already has the capacity to produce a nuclear bomb. Olli Heinonen revealed the information in an interview with the French Le Monde magazine on Thursday. According to Reuters, quoting the interview, Heinonen was an expert on Iran’s nuclear program during his tenure as the deputy director-general of the IAEA, heading the agency’s nuclear safeguards arm.
  • Fueling of Iran's nuclear plant begins

    08/20/2010 11:54:11 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Press TV ^ | Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:18AM
    Iran has begun loading its first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr with fuel in an effort to provide the country with nuclear-generated electricity. Nuclear fuel is being transferred to the Bushehr reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and senior officials from Iran and Russia. The Russian-completed plant is finally being launched after years of delay. 163 fuel rods are to be transferred to the core of the plant. The fueling comes after head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency Director Sergei Kiriyenko...
  • Diplomat: Egyptian president 'is a walking corpse'

    07/15/2010 12:13:07 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 7/13/2010 | World Tribune
    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was said to no longer be capable of functioning in his position. Diplomatic sources said Mubarak's condition has rapidly declined over the last month and his schedule was severely restricted. They said Mubarak was avoiding meetings with most non-Arab leaders to prevent leaks of his true condition. "He is a walking corpse," a senior Arab diplomat who recently attended a meeting with Mubarak said In July, the sources said, Mubarak underwent a lengthy examination at a French military hospital outside Paris. They said the examination took place amid alarm by presidential aides and close relatives over...
  • Report: Iran Smuggling German-Made Nuclear Equipment Via Dubai

    06/06/2010 6:46:00 AM PDT · by edpc · 9 replies · 397+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 6 June 2010 | Haaretz Service
    Iran has been able to smuggle advanced technological equipment to its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz via a complex smuggling route based in Dubai, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday. According to the report, an Iranian company has purchased control systems from one of Germany's leading electronic manufacturers. The deal was negotiated with a Dubai trading company, which in turn sold Iran a range of electronic equipment for use at its enrichment facility, the British website reported. The report comes amid growing concerns that though Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful aims, Tehran is in fact working toward...
  • IAEA report on Iran likely to boost West's opposition to Tehran's fuel swap offer

    05/31/2010 4:42:19 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 207+ views
    (AP) via FOX ^ | Published May 31, 2010 | n/a
    VIENNA SNIPPET: "VIENNA (AP) — Iran has amassed more than two tons of enriched uranium, the U.N. atomic agency said Monday in a report that heightened Western concerns about the country developing the ability to produce a nuclear weapon. Two tons of uranium would be enough for two nuclear warheads, although Iran says it does not want weapons and is only pursuing civilian nuclear energy."
  • 'Iran hid equipment from inspectors'

    05/28/2010 10:10:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 257+ views ^ | 5/28/10 | ap
    Warhead making equipment was removed before IAEA inspection. VIENNA — UN nuclear inspectors revisiting an Iranian laboratory suspected of involvement in a nuclear weapons program discovered that equipment has been removed, diplomats said Friday. Senior officials within the International Atomic Energy Agency are concerned that the removal was part of a cover-up. The equipment can be used for pyroprocessing, a procedure used to purify uranium metal used in nuclear warheads.
  • 'US support for nuke policy eroding'

    05/10/2010 1:07:27 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 341+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/10/2010 | Herb Keinon
    Jerusalem is increasingly jittery that cracks are appearing in the nearly half-century-old US policy of upholding Israel’s right to maintain its “nuclear ambiguity,” following reports that Israeli nuclear capabilities are, for the first time, scheduled to be on the agenda of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) board meeting next month. One diplomatic official said that the US has relayed messages to Israel that it will not let its nuclear position be harmed, but added that these assurances are being received with some skepticism amid the realization that while in the past the US has killed such discussions in international...
  • Nuclear agency set to focus on Israel

    05/07/2010 5:29:50 PM PDT · by DukeBillie · 167+ views
    The Edwardsville Intelligencer ^ | May 7, 2010 | GEORGE JAHN
    Israel's secretive nuclear activities may undergo unprecedented scrutiny next month, with a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency tentatively set to focus on the topic for the first time, according to documents shared Friday with The Associated Press. A copy of the restricted provisional agenda of the IAEA's June 7 board meeting lists "Israeli nuclear capabilities" as the eighth item - the first time that that the agency's decision-making body is being asked to deal with the issue in its 52 years of existence. [snip] Even if dropped from the final agenda, however, its inclusion in the May...
  • IAEA chief focuses on Israel nuclear program (0)

    05/05/2010 4:47:59 PM PDT · by Tigen · 12 replies · 339+ views
    Ynet ^ | 5-5-10 | Published; AP
    The head of the UN atomic watchdog is asking for international input on how to persuade Israel to join the Nonproliferation Treaty........AP
  • Iran Calls for US, Other Nuclear Armed States to be Ousted from IAEA

    04/18/2010 2:28:20 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 373+ views
    VOA News ^ | April 17, 2010 | Elizabeth Arrott
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the United States to be suspended from the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Iranian leader opened a two-day nuclear conference in Tehran Saturday, just days after the U.S. held a similar summit in Washington and pointedly did not invite Iran. Mr. Ahmadinejad launched a broad attack on the world's nuclear monitors, slamming the structure of the U.N. atomic agency, the U.N. Security Council, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT. He said nuclear armed countries, in particular the United States, should not be part of the IAEA. That would also include Iran's most powerful...
  • Report: Iran Firm Got Parts to Enrich Uranium

    04/02/2010 8:00:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 274+ views ^ | April 2, 2010 | Alex Sundby
    How an Iranian business with close ties to the country's nuclear program obtained restricted equipment for enriching uranium is the focus of multiple investigations being conducted by western agencies. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday night that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and western intelligence agencies have been probing the Iranian firm's procurement of "critical valves and vacuum gauges" since Jan. 14. The IAEA launched its investigation after receiving a tip that the equipment allegedly reached the Iranian business through a Chinese company's intermediary.
  • Lilliputians and the Limits of American Multilateralism

    02/22/2010 8:36:57 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 150+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | February 22, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    In Gulliver's Travels author Jonathan Swift gave us a view of how miniature people are able to deal with giants: tie them down while they sleep. Using this metaphor it is easy to put in to context the actions of Russia and China, two adversarial members of the UN Security Council. It is also easy to see why multilateralism will never work to America's benefit. Smart countries use their strengths against adversaries' weaknesses. America does not do this, though we easily could as the world's sole superpower. Iraq under Saddam Hussein, bribed Russia, China and France with energy contracts and...
  • IAEA: Iran is capable of making nuclear weapon in 6-months

    02/20/2010 1:35:13 AM PST · by maquiladora · 3 replies · 268+ views
    China Central Television ^ | 2010-02-20 16:23 BJT
    Iran has long been at the center of international concerns, over its controversial nuclear plan. The IAEA report further proved that Iran is capable of making a nuclear weapon. It confirmed that Iran has refined nearly 2 tons of low-enriched uranium to the purity of 20-percent. That's a critical development. The report says the next step, purifying from 20 to 90 percent, would take just six months. Iran has increased its low-enriched uranium stockpile by more than six times. And the current storage is enough for one or two nuclear bombs, if enriched to 90 percent purity.
  • Slo-Mo Watchdog

    02/19/2010 4:45:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 141+ views ^ | February 19, 2010 | INVESTMENT BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Iran: The global agency whose job it is to prevent nuclear proliferation has just publicly recognized the atomic weapons ambitions of the terrorist regime in Tehran — years after everyone else. What good is a watchdog that barks years after your home is burglarized? Because of the International Atomic Energy Agency's devotion to diplomacy over force — and also possibly due to its former director general's sympathies for an Islamic military counterbalance to the state of Israel — the United Nations' nuclear "watchdog" has muzzled itself regarding Iran for years. Mohamed ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his...
  • How Did the 2007 NEI Miss Iran By So Much?

    02/19/2010 11:55:02 AM PST · by eRtwngr · 11 replies · 356+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 2/19/2010 | eRtwngr
    The big underlying story is why the National Intelligence Estimate missed so badly Iran's capability and intent to continue their nuclear weapons program. Is our intelligence community so badly compromised by either incompetence or political bias that they are willing to put out potentially false and misleading data that could endanger national security?
  • With ElBaradei out of the way, the truth can now be revealed about Iran's nuclear weapon program

    02/19/2010 6:59:47 AM PST · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 363+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | February 19, 2010 | Con Coughlin
    Has anyone else noticed that, now Mohamed AlBaradei is no longer in charge of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, we are suddenly seeing a more realistic assessment of what the Iranians are really up to with their nuclear programme? For years the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, the body responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear programme, has pulled its punches, even when confronted with the most glaring evidence that Iran was trying to mislead the West as to its true intentions. The reason for this was that the Egyptian-born Mr ElBaradei was desperate to avoid a conflict between the West and...
  • Newsflash: Iran May Be Making a Nuclear Bomb!

    02/18/2010 7:47:28 PM PST · by SalAOR · 13 replies · 279+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 2/18/2010 | Ryan
    I know, I know! It’s so shocking and such a surprise — news that just seemingly appeared from nowhere! Mind the sarcasm, but Captain Obvious strikes again: the IAEA has just released a report indicating that it seems like Iran is making a nuclear bomb. Hans Blix was nowhere to be found in the report, so I’m not sure I can trust it fully.
  • Iran Enriches Nuclear Fuel, Says IAEA

    02/18/2010 3:22:14 PM PST · by FTJM · 1 replies · 198+ views
    The United Nations' nuclear watchdog said it has information suggesting Iran may be working to build a nuclear warhead, an assessment that could escalate the U.S. and other Western governments' confrontation with Iran over its nuclear activities. The International Atomic Energy Agency, a Vienna-based U.N. body, said in a confidential report Thursday that Iran has impeded agency efforts to establish the true purpose of Tehran's nuclear program. "The information available to the agency...raises concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile," IAEA Director General...
  • Russia, US, France rap Iran's nuclear 'escalation'

    02/16/2010 8:14:58 AM PST · by anotherview · 17 replies · 478+ views
    Yediot Ahranot (YNet) ^ | 16 February 2010 | Reuters
    World powers send letter to UN nuclear watchdog in response to Tehran's launch last week of higher-grade enrichment. Iranian President Ahmadinejad says any country which tries to impose new sanctions on Islamic Republic will regret its actions Published: 02.16.10, 16:42 / Israel News Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday talks were still going on over a proposed nuclear fuel swap and any country which tried to impose new sanctions on Iran would regret its actions. He was speaking a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought backing from oil giant Saudi Arabia to help win Chinese support...
  • IRANIAN ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION HEAD: 'We Have the Right to Enrich Uranium to 100%'

    02/10/2010 6:58:32 PM PST · by Cindy · 38 replies · 706+ views
    January 11, 2010 Special Dispatch No.2743 "Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Head: 'We Have the Right to Enrich Uranium to 100%' SNIPPET: "In a January 9, 2010 interview on Iranian TV, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran had the right to enrich uranium to 100%, but that it nevertheless preferred to purchase the nuclear fuel it needed from other countries. It should be noted that uranium enriched to 90% or higher is used only for military purposes, in the construction of nuclear weapons." SNIPPET: "Endnote: [1] ISNA, IRIB (Iran), January 10, 2010"
  • Tehran Plans A Major Military Exercise

    01/03/2010 6:55:56 PM PST · by edpc · 6 replies · 517+ views
    WSJ ^ | 4 Jan 2010 | Chip Cummins
    Iranian media on Sunday reported Tehran will conduct a large-scale defensive military exercise next month, coinciding with what government officials now say is a deadline for the West to respond to its counteroffer to a nuclear-fuel deal.
  • Secret Document Exposes Iran's Nuclear Trigger (Expert: "Smoking Uranium"; "Casus Belli")

    12/13/2009 3:22:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 25 replies · 2,708+ views
    UK Times Online ^ | Monday, December 14, 2009 | Catherine Philip
    Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb. The notes, from Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme. An Asian intelligence source last week confirmed to The Times that his country also believed that weapons work was being carried out as recently as 2007 — specifically, work on...
  • Clock Ticking on Iran's Nuclear Stance, Jones Says

    12/08/2009 1:07:46 AM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 676+ views - AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | December 7, 2009 | by Gerry J. Gimore
    Note: The following text is a quote: Clock Ticking on Iran’s Nuclear Stance, Jones Says By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2009 – The United States and its allies are still open to negotiations with the Iranian government to resolve international concerns about its nuclear program, National Security Advisor James L. Jones said yesterday. However, the “clock’s ticking,” Jones said, regarding Iran’s continued refusal to accede to International Atomic Energy Agency inspections of its nuclear facilities. The international community is concerned that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons by enriching uranium used for its...
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran will refine uranium to 20 pct

    12/02/2009 5:32:47 AM PST · by maquiladora · 21 replies · 1,431+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran will enrich its uranium to a higher level in direct contravention to an international call to halt the process. Ahmadinejad expressed frustration with negotiations over a U.N.-backed deal to swap Iran's low-enriched uranium for higher-enriched fuel rods to power its medical research reactor. He told a crowd of thousands Wednesday in the southern city of Isfahan that Iran "will produce 20 percent" enriched uranium and "anything it needs" for its nuclear program.
  • Iran plans enrichment sites in defiance of UN

    11/29/2009 12:54:00 PM PST · by Flavius · 7 replies · 643+ views
    ap ^ | 11/29/09 | ap
    Iran approved plans Sunday to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion in defiance of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, days after it demanded Tehran stop construction on one plant and halt all enrichment activities.
  • Dare We Hope?

    11/27/2009 5:38:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 622+ views ^ | November 27, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Proliferation: The atomic watchdog has censured Iran for blocking probes of the country's nuclear program. It's an encouraging sign, but the censure alone does nothing because Tehran has no respect for it. In a 25-3 vote, the United Nations' nuclear monitor scolded Tehran for building a uranium-enrichment facility in secret one day after the outgoing International Atomic Energy Agency chief said the investigation of Iran's atomic energy program had hit a dead end because the regime was not cooperating. The mildly worded resolution says the IAEA has "serious concern that Iran continues to defy the requirements and obligations contained in...
  • World's patience with Iran is limited: White House

    11/27/2009 2:05:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,527+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/27/09 | Andrew Quinn and Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The world is losing patience with Iran's behavior over its nuclear program and Tehran will be responsible for the consequences if it fails to meet its obligations, the White House said on Friday. Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's chief spokesman, said a vote by the U.N. nuclear watchdog to rebuke Iran illustrated the "resolve and unity" of the international community over Iran's nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors voted 25-3 to censure Iran in a decision that gained rare backing from Russia and China, which have in the past blocked attempts to isolate...
  • Iran will reduce its cooperation with IAEA

    11/27/2009 4:04:17 AM PST · by maquiladora · 41 replies · 2,801+ views
    DPA ^ | Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:58:20 GMT
    Vienna - Iran will limit its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in reaction to a resolution the organization passed censuring the Islamic Republic, the country's ambassador at the IAEA said in Vienna on Friday. Iran will limit its cooperation to a legally mandated minimum and stop granting voluntary access to nuclear sites, Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said. "This is the minimum consequence," he said, without elaborating on further steps Tehran might take. The IAEA Board of Governors earlier Friday censured Iran for secretly building a new enrichment plant, calling for Iran to halt construction and answer open...
  • U.N. Nuclear Agency Calls Iran Inquiry ‘Dead End’

    11/26/2009 12:40:38 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 607+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 26, 2009 | Jack Healy
    The director of the United Nations nuclear watchdog warned Thursday that its investigation into Iran’s nuclear program had “effectively reached dead end” after more than a year of stonewalling by Tehran. Mohamed ElBaradei, the departing director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, issued an unusually direct rebuke of Iran’s intransigence in a speech in Vienna, saying that it had been more than a year since Iran had answered questions about the extent of its nuclear ambitions, including suspicions that it is pursuing nuclear weapons. “It is now well over a year since the agency was last able to engage Iran...
  • IAEA chief: Iran probe at 'dead end' (Admits Iran Nuclear Program a Black Box)

    11/26/2009 8:39:06 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies · 547+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/26/2009 | Unattributed
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Thursday that his probe of allegations that Iran was trying to produce nuclear arms is at "a dead end" because Teheran is not cooperating. ElBaradei criticized Teheran for not accepting an internationally endorsed plan meant to delay its ability to make such weapons. Confidence in Iran's leaders, he warned, had shrunk in the wake of its belated revelation of a previously secret nuclear facility. The unusually blunt comments appeared to be a reflection of ElBaradei's frustration four days before he ends his tenure leading an agency that has proven unable to...
  • IAEA to vote on demand Iran freeze new nuclear site

    11/26/2009 3:29:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 445+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 26, 2009 | By Mark Heinrich
    VIENNA (Reuters) - World powers are demanding that Iran immediately mothball a uranium enrichment site it hid for years, heightening fears it is secretly planning to build atom bombs, in a resolution drafted by the U.N. nuclear watchdog. It voiced "serious concern" -- a diplomatic euphemism for alarm -- over its cover-up of the Fordow project and said it was in blatant breach of U.N. demands for an enrichment suspension. But IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei suggested to Reuters in an interview on Wednesday the new resolution could backfire by aggravating Iran's siege mentality, boosting nuclear hardliners.
  • IAEA chief: Iran investigation at 'dead end'

    11/26/2009 3:31:25 AM PST · by maquiladora · 5 replies · 437+ views
    VIENNA — The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says his probe of allegations that Iran tried to make nuclear arms is at "a dead end" because Tehran is not cooperating. He is also critical of Iran for trying to change a plan endorsed by six world powers.
  • West 'disappointed' at Iran, but no new sanctions discussed (0 folds like wet kleenex)

    11/20/2009 1:14:20 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies · 587+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/20/2009 | Unattributed
    The West is "disappointed" over Iran's failure to respond positively to a UN-brokered nuclear deal, diplomats said in a statement Friday following a meeting of the UN Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany. However, no new sanctions were discussed during the meeting, according to an EU source. "We urge Iran to reconsider the opportunity offered by this agreement ... and to engage seriously with us in dialogue and negotiations," the statement said, noting that Teheran had not responded positively to the proposal of the International Atomic Energy Agency. An EU official said there was no mention of imposing further...
  • Atomic Watchdog: No Bark, No Bite

    11/19/2009 5:08:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 292+ views ^ | November 19, 2009 | Investors Business Daily Staff
    Nuclear Terror: After years of blindness, the International Atomic Energy Agency warns that Syria is concealing nuclear activity and Iran is hiding atomic facilities. Has the "watchdog" just been polishing its Nobel? The diplomats just love Mohamed ElBaradei, who is about to step down as director general of the United Nations' IAEA. He's the recipient of Georgetown's prestigious Raymond "Jit" Trainor Award for Distinction in the Conduct of Diplomacy. Also on his crammed mantelpiece can be found the Delta Air Lines Prize for Global Understanding, the Golden Dove of Peace award from the president of Italy, the Gandhi Prize for...
  • U.N. Nuclear Chief in Secret Talks With Iran Over Deal to End Sanctions

    11/17/2009 5:00:41 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 417+ views
    Times of London ^ | November 17, 2009
    United Nations and Iranian officials have been secretly negotiating a deal to persuade world powers to lift sanctions and allow Tehran to retain the bulk of its nuclear program in return for cooperation with U.N. inspectors. According to a draft document seen by The Times of London, the 13-point agreement was drawn up in September by Mohamed ElBaradei, the directorgeneral of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in an effort to break the stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program before he stands down at the end of this month. The IAEA denied the existence of the document, which was leaked to The...
  • Once-secret Iran nuke plant to start in 2011

    11/17/2009 12:43:14 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 650+ views
    Associated Press Via Yahoo ^ | 11/16/2009 | George Jahn
    Iranian construction of a previously secret uranium enrichment site is at an advanced stage, with high-tech equipment already in place at the fortified facility ahead of its 2011 startup, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report Monday. The revelation of the existence of the underground plant known as Fordo, near the holy city of Qom, has heightened concerns of other possible undeclared Iranian facilities that are not subject to IAEA oversight and therefore could be used for military purposes. In Washington, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the IAEA report "underscores that Iran still refuses to comply fully...
  • Post-Saddam Iraq demands right to nuclear power

    11/17/2009 12:01:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 648+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/16/2009 | Staff Writers for Space War
    Vilified as a nuclear bomb-seeking threat to world peace before the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraq now wants access to civilian nuclear power for its economic and energy needs. Science and Technology Minister Raed Fahmi, in an interview with AFP, called for the international community to lift the Saddam-era UN resolutions which still stand in its path. "Our nuclear strategy is for civilian application of atomic energy and we believe we have the right and that certain obstacles contained in Resolution 707 should be lifted," he said. "We have a clear and transparent political strategy in close...
  • 'IAEA suspects Syrian nuclear sites'

    11/16/2009 9:00:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 395+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/16/09 | staff
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has demanded an urgent and immediate visit to suspected nuclear sites in Syria, Channel 10 cited foreign media reports on Monday night. According to the report, IAEA inspectors discovered enriched uranium in three sites besides Dir Azur, where IAF jets destroyed an alleged reactor in September 2007.
  • 'Iran rejected nuclear deal, Obama postponing announcement'

    11/14/2009 11:44:02 AM PST · by Chet 99 · 107 replies · 6,093+ views
    Nov 14, 2009 17:25 | Updated Nov 14, 2009 17:29 Iran has completely rejected a UN-brokered nuclear deal, but US President Barack Obama has postponed the official announcement on Teheran's refusal due to internal political reasons, Israel Radio quoted a senior western official as saying Saturday. The deal would see most of the Islamic Republic's uranium shipped to Russia and France for further processing. The official reportedly told journalists in Paris that Iran has also refused to resume nuclear talks with the six world powers.
  • Iran Positions Israel In Its Cross Hairs

    11/06/2009 5:10:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,159+ views ^ | November 6, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Mideast: Iran tests an advanced warhead design as it gets caught shipping weapons to Hezbollah. Syria is reported to give the group operational control over Scud missiles. It's five minutes to midnight. Tyranny abhors a vacuum. While the U.S. and the West dither in Hamlet-like fashion over whatever we shall do in places such as Afghanistan and Iran, the Axis of Evil is in full swing in its plans to destroy Israel and threaten Europe and America. Israel last week seized what it said was the largest arms cache ever intercepted in the region. Israeli navy commandos boarded the Francop,...
  • Iran tested advanced nuclear warhead design – secret report

    11/05/2009 5:31:12 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 11 replies · 957+ views
    Guardian.Uk ^ | 11/06/09 | Julian Borger
    Exclusive: Watchdog fears Tehran has key component to put bombs in missiles The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design, the Guardian has learned. The very existence of the technology, known as a "two-point implosion" device, is officially secret in both the US and Britain, but according to previously unpublished documentation in a dossier compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of the design. The development was today described by nuclear experts as "breathtaking" and has added urgency...

    11/04/2009 11:00:56 PM PST · by Cindy · 67 replies · 2,574+ views ^ | November 3, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 03, 2009 Statement by President Barack Obama on Iran Thirty years ago today, the American Embassy in Tehran was seized. The 444 days that began on November 4, 1979 deeply affected the lives of courageous Americans who were unjustly held hostage, and we owe these Americans and their families our gratitude for their extraordinary service and sacrifice. This event helped set the United States and Iran on a path of sustained suspicion,...
  • IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei resigns!

    11/02/2009 10:11:53 AM PST · by WellyP · 39 replies · 2,089+ views
    WellyP via Fox News Radio | 2 Nov. 2009 | FOX News
    IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei resigns!
  • Iran: Can Obama play hardball?

    10/30/2009 1:06:31 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 16 replies · 833+ views
    WP ^ | October 29, 2009 | Robert Kagan
    Watching the Obama administration launch its "new era of engagement" over the past 10 months, most seasoned observers have pondered two questions: First, if engagement fails, will the Obama team ever acknowledge that it has failed? And what then? The first question is about to be answered. The main object of the "new era of engagement," Iran, has settled back into its old game-playing. The joint proposal agreed to by the United States, France and Russia, to have Iran ship 70 percent of its low-enriched uranium to Russia this year, was a compromise, as administration officials acknowledge. It might theoretically...