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INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC AGENCY URGES IRAN STOP SUSPICIOUS NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES

Published Friday, June 18, 2004



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VIENNA, 18 June (IPS) The Islamic Republic of Iran termed as “positive” a Resolution from the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which “deplores” that "Iran's cooperation has not been as full, timely and proactive as it should have been".

The 35 members Board, in its decision, also rebuked Iran on Friday for past cover-ups in its nuclear program and warned the Islamic republic it has little time left to disprove it has a nuclear weapons program.

“Since Iran's undeclared program came to light two years ago, a number of questions remain outstanding," the Resolution, sponsored by Britain, France and Germany said, noting however that "with the passage of time” Iran's cooperation with the IAEA probe was becoming “more important”.

Iranian analysts said the Resolution is a “compromise” between the Americans who wants a strong signal to Iran and the Europeans that insists on the continuation of keeping the doors open with Tehran.

A U.S. official suggested that the phrase included in the last draft resolution could help Washington impose a deadline for Tehran, setting the stage for United Nations Security Council involvement at the next scheduled meeting in September, according to the American news agency The Associated Press.

U.S. Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton welcomed the tough text and said it will hinder Iran's efforts to "deceive and obstruct" agency inspectors, AP reported from Washington.

Iranian analysts said the Resolution is a “compromise” between the Americans who wants a strong signal to Iran and the Europeans that insists on the continuation of keeping the doors open with Tehran.

“The fact that the IAEA refused to refer the Iran case to the UN Security Council was a big diplomatic failure for the US authorities”, Iran’s official news agency IRNA quoted Mr. Hoseyn Mousavian, the head of the Iranian delegation at the Vienna negotiations as having said.

“If we go from the point that Iran is really after the A bomb, then the resolution is a victory, for it gives it more months to come clean, but time factor is what the Iranian military needs more than everything to finish his first weapon”, Mr. Mansoor Farhang, an Iranian scholar based in New York explained in interview with the Persian service of Radio France International.

Talking to reporters after the successful passage of the Resolution, that came up after a week of tough deliberations, hard bargaining and threats from the Iranian authorities, Mr. Mousavian said the Resolution was “more positive” than the previous resolutions, as it does not include any comments on the deviation of the Iranian nuclear programs to military channels or issues such as the P-2 centrifuges which, in the previous resolution resulted in deep controversy in the world.

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The resolution does not set a deadline, but it does state that Iran must answer open questions "within the next few months".

But Mr. Amir Zamaninia, a high-ranking official with the Iranian delegation told the meeting the tone of the resolution was influenced by "wild and illusionary allegations of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program" and warned his country was reviewing its "voluntary confidence-building measures," an indication that Iran might rethink the suspension of its uranium enrichment activities.

He was echoing hard line Iranian newspapers controlled by the ruling conservatives urging the government to get out of the NPT and end cooperating with the IAEA.

In a strong worded letter to the leaders of Britain, France and Germany that had worked out with Iran last October the voluntary suspension of Iranian uranium enriching programs and the signing of the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty, Iran’s embattled President Mohammad Khatami had warned that his government might stop cooperating with the IAEA if the Agency insisted on imposing conditions that are unacceptable for Iran.

“The fact that the IAEA refused to refer the Iran case to the UN Security Council was a big diplomatic failure for the US authorities”

In fact, the resolution urges Iran to give up on plans to start a uranium conversion facility and build a heavy water reactor, both of which have possible weapons applications.

IAEA Director General Mohammad ElBarade’i also told reporters the board "expects these issues “to come to a close in the next few months".

Mr. Mousavian, a former Ambassador to Germany who now is the Secretary for the International Department at Iran’s Supreme Council on National Security said Mr. Khatami’s letter had “very good results and changed the wording of the UN nuclear watchdog resolution on the suspension of the heavy-water project of Arak and UCF project”.

He also noted that the resolution includes comments on the good cooperation between the Iranian government and the UN nuclear watchdog as well as comments on Iran’s good will gesture to offer its nuclear sites to the UN arms inspectors on short-notice or strap inspections.

The increased pressure on Iran coincided with new allegations that Iran was razing parts of a restricted area next to a military complex in a Lavizan Shiyan, Tehran suburb, where nuclear facilities had been hidden.

Tehran says its nuclear program is in accordance with the country’s bid to produce 7,000 megawatts of electricity in the next 20 years, when the country’s oil and gas reserves become overstretched.

But the United States, Israel and some European nations, wondeing why Tehran is not taping its huge natural gas reserves for producing cheaper and cleaner electricity, accuses Iranian ruling ayatollahs to pretext peaceful nuclear activities for producing atomic weapons. ENDS IRAN IAEA 18604

 

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Lavizan-Shiyan, where nuclear-related facilities were razed, according to new allegations.



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