VIENNA, 12 Sept. (IPS) "There would be no surprises at the tomorrow (Monday) meeting of the directors of the International Atomic Agency in relation to Iran's nuclear activities", an informed source speculated in the Austrian Capital on Sunday.
Speaking to Iran Press Service on condition of anonymity, the source said the report the international nuclear watchdog's Chief would present to the meeting is a bag of «mixed positive and negative points addressed to Iran and its major interlocutors, including the Europe's big 3.
In their last meeting, officials from the trio, in a decision that pleased Washington gave the Islamic Republic until November to fully respect its commitments with them, mostly on the issue of enriching uranium, or face tougher conditions.
We have had good cooperation with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency and the Europe and will continue such cooperation.
“This warning was initiated by Britain, a country that has one foot, one ear and one eye in the EU and the other is in Washington. At the same time, London is the trusted interlocutor of the Iranian ruling ayatollahs. I mean that don't expect too much from the Monday meeting” the source added.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that the Iranians were guilty of "serious obfuscation" and called on Teheran to suspend work immediately. "We are extremely concerned about all aspects of Iran's nuclear programme," he said, "and we call on Iran to suspend all their nuclear activities, including the processing of uranium yellowcake".
The European Union’s trio has proposed a draft resolution for a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) starting in Vienna Monday which gives Iran until November to dispel doubts about its nuclear program.
In Tehran, Foreign Affairs Ministry's Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi rejected setting any deadline by the European Union for Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, stressing there exists no secret issue in this respect, the official Iranian news agency IRNA quoted him.
Talking to reporters during his weekly press briefing, Asefi said Iran’s talks with Europe are proceeding in a “good atmosphere” and the visit by Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rohani to Europe, held in a very clear and constructive atmosphere, took place to this effect.
Europe’s and IAEA’s main interlocutor on Iranian nuclear issue, Mr. Rohani, considered as a “moderate cleric” was in Holland, the EU’s present roving chair country last week and assured officials there that Iran was committed to its engagements taken last year with Britain, France and Germany.
"We have had good cooperation with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency and the Europe and will continue such cooperation but we know the United States tries to show that talks were fruitless in order to prolong the crisis", Asefi pointed out in a visible effort to play the European card against pressures from the United States concerning Iran’s controversial atomic projects.
European officials have said they want to allow more time for diplomatic efforts to produce a compromise that enables Iran to operate a peaceful nuclear energy program, yet relinquish control over fuel that could be used to make weapons.
Experts and diplomats at the UN’s nuclear agency said the difference between the European Union with the United States is that “Europe thinks that sanctions would cut all existing bridges and would eventually help Iran going faster on its military projects for making atomic bomb”, IPS’s source said, pointing also to the fact that contrary to Washington, the Europeans have all lucrative trades going on with oil rich Iran.
“Efforts to prevent Iran’s access to peaceful nuclear technology are fruitless since we have already achieved the technology and have peaceful nuclear technology", Asefi declared, repeating that Iran was ready to assure Europe that it uses nuclear technology in a peaceful way and to give full guarantee in the framework of the NPT.
The international community was stunned when IAEA revealed that Iran planned to convert 37 tons of milled uranium that can help making nuclear weapons.
However, the international community was stunned this month when the IAEA revealed in a report that Iran planned to convert 37 tons of milled uranium, known as yellowcake, into a compound that can be used in a peaceful nuclear power program but also can be used to make weapons-grade enriched uranium.
The amount would be enough for three to five nuclear weapons, said a U.S. official dealing with the issue.
But Asefi dismissed the importance of the yellowcake issue. "Yellow cake is not an important issue. It can be seen wherever its mines exist. Yellow cake issue was not a secret case and we have informed the agency about it".
"President Bush is determined to try and find a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the problem of Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons," he said. "But we are determined that they are not going to achieve a nuclear weapons capability", the US State Department Undersecretary for nuclear issues John Bolton assured
He said sending Iran's case to the U.N. Security Council would not necessarily lead to sanctions being imposed on Iran.
"The most important reason to take Iran to the Security Council is to heighten political pressure", he said.
In his new report to be presented to IAEA’s Board of Directors, Mohammad ElBrade’i is expected to call on the Islamic Republic to give the Agency “clear and convincing assurances’ on its nuclear programs, but at the same time would warn Tehran that the continuation of enriching uranium would encourage the directors to refer the case to the United Nations. ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR 12904