VIENNA, 7 Mar. (IPS) In a very strongly worded letter, the Islamic Republic of Iran told Mohammad ElBarade’i, the Egyptian Chief of the international nuclear watchdog that it expected him to “proceed with technical matters instead of political problems”.
“Fanaticism, exaggerated and misleading information and the absence of necessary justifications has led to the international community’s bewilderment”, the seven pages letter responding to a report presented by Mr. ElBarade’i pointed out.
Fanaticism, exaggerated and misleading information... has led to the international community’s bewilderment
The unprecedented sharp letter was the second rebuke the IAEA Chief was getting in one single day, as he had been called to order after he tried to create a dangerous division between the western side and Russia over Iranian nuclear crisis, according to informed sources in Vienna.
Iran refutes point with point the report of ElBarade’i, accusing him, without using the word, of gross negligence and misreporting.
“Inspectors have interviewed (scientists) the report says Iran refused. Iran gave the agency full access not only to all its nuclear sites and project, but also to military sites. Iran’s cooperation with the Agency was far more than requited by the PNT safeguards and even by the Additional Protocol”, the letter said, reminding that the expression of “concealment’ was first employed by the Americans and adopted by the IAEA secretariat and the Agency’s Chief.
Earlier, Mr. ElBarade’i had floated the idea of a new Moscow proposal aimed at allowing the Islamic Republic to conduct small scale uranium enriching for research and development purposes against a pledge by Tehran to stop all other atomic activities and approve the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty that allows IAEA inspectors unrestricted access to all Iranian nuclear sites.
He told reporters about the new formula on Monday 6 March 2006 ahead of the start of the meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of directors, saying he “hoped” that the Iranian nuclear crisis could be solved within a matter of days or a week, preventing the issue being referred to the United Nations Security Council, as decided by the 35-members Board during its last session held on 4 February 2006.
He reiterated that he seriously hopes for reaching a comprehensive agreement with Iran during the course of the next week, adding, "Achieving that objective is possible through pursuing negotiations".
“Mr. ElBarade’i got a phone call from one western senior diplomat who told him bluntly that he should stick to the IAEA’s resolutions and decisions and not play into the hands of the Iranians”, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that the “strong admonishing” had come before the Tuesday meeting between the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov and his American counterpart Condoleezza Rice.
“There is no compromise or new proposal”, Mr. Lavrov said after talks with U.S. Secretary of State who, for her part, confirmed that the Russians had made no new proposal to defuse a crisis over Iran's nuclear aspirations.
However, diplomats in Vienna, where the IAEA is based said Moscow had floated such an idea, which Iran had cautiously accepted, proposing a two years moratorium instead of 7 to 9 years.
“When Lavrov realized that the EU3 (Britain, France and Germany) and the United States would not accept its elements, he decided to deny it to save face", the American news agency The Associated Press quoted un-named diplomats.
The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course, the international community is prepared to impose meaningful consequences".
Chief Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani had told Mr. ElBarade’i of the new Russian proposal when they met in Vienna last week.
On Sunday, the official spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry told reporters that Iran was ready to accept the idea, reiterating however that enriching uranium for research and development was Iran’s “red line”.
“The Russian formal denial of the proposal for small scale uranium enriching in Iran came as a terrible shock to the Iranians”, one journalist covering the ongoing meeting in Vienna told IPS, adding, “It cut short of their jubilation, since, after the ElBarade’i’s sortie, they had come to the conclusion that a referral to the Security Council would be once again reported for some time”.
“The Iranians were counting on dividing the Russians from the Europeans and the Americans and also hoping that the IAEA Chief would help them winning some more time, but once again, they became prisoners of their own wishful thinking”, he added.
In fact, quoting unidentified sources in Vienna, Iranian pro-government media had reported on Tuesday that Russia, China and some European countries were against the referral of the Iranian case to the Security Council.
“Iranian delegates had intensive talks with colleagues from Russia, China, some European countries and members of Non Aligned Movement and they are satisfied with the outcome”, wrote semi-official Iranian Students news Agency ISNA.
As the Board prepared itself to tackle the burning Iranian affair, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said on Tuesday that Iran would be stopped from getting atomic bombs and faced "meaningful consequences" if it persists in defying calls to stop nuclear work which could lead to weapons.
"The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course, the international community is prepared to impose meaningful consequences", Cheney said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the most powerful pro-Israeli lobby in the United States. Top of Form
Bottom of Fo "We join other nations in sending that regime a clear message: we will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon", Cheney added. ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR 7306