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Friday, April 28, 2006

IAEA: Iran Enriched Uranium (Wow!)

I hesitate to call the IAEA watchdogs. More like lapdogs. Here's all you'll get from the IAEA site on the organization's investigation of Iran's nuke program:
IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei today released his report Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The report was prepared at the request of the United NationĀ“s Security Council. Its circulation is restricted, and unless the IAEA Board of Governors and Security Council decide otherwise, the Agency can not authorise its release to the public.
A really big thank you for that.

Here's the BBC report:
Iran has ignored a UN Security Council call to suspend all nuclear fuel enrichment, a report by the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog has concluded.

Mohamed ElBaradei's report said that Tehran had done little to answer questions over its nuclear intentions.

The UN wants the research halted amid Western fears - denied by Iran - that Tehran might develop nuclear weapons.

Tell us what we don't know. But perhaps I'm too hard. ElBaradei has a solution:

"After more than three years of agency efforts to seek clarity about all aspects of Iran's nuclear programme, the existing gaps in knowledge continue to be a matter of concern," his report said.

"Any progress in that regard requires full transparency and active co-operation by Iran."

Sure, that'll happen. Mah- I'm- in- the- moud- for- noncompliance Ahmadinejad (rhymes with "I'm the Twelfth Imam's lad") will only become transparent when the tissue falls off his bones.

Besides such revelations in the IAEA report as, quoting BBC here, "Iran's claim to have enriched low-grade uranium appears true," it mentions undeclared Iranian plutonium. Yikes.

Next up: The US, Britan, France, Germany, China and Russia will have a little chat about nuke totin' mullahs on May 2, and Condi talks to the other Security Council members on May 9. They are Argentina, Congo, Denmark, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Peru, Qatar, Slovakia and Tanzania.

A mixed bag. As with all matters with the UN, expect little.

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