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Failing To Tame North Korea Would Embolden Iran's Pursue of a Nuclear Arm

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2006



Paris, 11 Oct. (IPS) As the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany gathered on Wednesday to discuss the case of Iranian nuclear activities they want to stop, political analysts in Tehran and outside Iran said the recent atomic experience carried out by North Korea could present the international community with a more complicated situation.

“If the veto holders of the Security Council fail to tame the lunatic leader of Pyongyang, then they would have no batons against Iran, which, for months, has rejected all requests to suspend enriching uranium”, one leading analyst pointed out, talking on telephone with Iran Press Service and asking for anonymity.

US Administration’s officials say they hope North Korea's action will be a wake-up call to countries such as China and Russia, which have been reluctant to support even mild economic sanctions on Iran.

If the veto holders of the Security Council fail to tame the lunatic leader of Pyongyang, then they would have no batons against Iran.

“If North Korea emerges relatively unscathed from the showdown it has created, that could further encourage Iran to insist on its rights to nuclear technologies and if further pressed by the international community, emboldened by the North Koreans, shut all doors to international inspections and all talks about its nuclear development’, the analyst added.

According to the London and Paris-based online newspaper “Rooz” (Day), Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i summoned all senior religious, civilian and military officials of the regime at his residence on Tuesday evening for an emergency meeting to review the current situation following the North Korean nuclear blast in the one hand and news about the dispatch of aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower to Persian Gulf waters on the other, plus some domestic problems, including the daily rise in the prices of people’s basic foodstuff.

Although Iran says it is not affraid of American attack, yet the decision of Mr. Khameneh'i to call in all top executives of the regime immediately after the announce of USS Eisenhower voyage shows he takes the menace seriously and at the same time, Washington's assurance that they wont take any military action against North Korea should give him satisfaction, analysts said.

Though nothing has emerged from the meeting officially, but informed sources said the regime’s maniac and egocentric leader has confirmed the Government action in standing firm rejecting the so-called 5+1’s conditions for suspending key nuclear activities, above all enriching uranium.

"Our policy is clear progress proposing transparent logic and insisting on the nation's rights without backing down", the State-owned, conservatives-controlled television quoted Mr. Khameneh’i as having told the top officials.

Defending previous government’s acceptance of voluntary halt of uranium enrichment as part of an agreement with France, Germany and Great Britain, the Ayatollah said, "If we had not experienced that suspension we might have blamed ourselves. But now with steady heart and full confidence we press ahead and nobody can give a good reason that the nuclear path is wrong for the country".

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He was referring to a November 2005 agreement with the EU3 to both suspend temporally all nuclear activities and sign the additional protocols to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT). But Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad decided to resume all activities as soon he was elected president last year.

For months, and under pressures from Washington, the 5+1 are discussing the kind of sanctions to be applied on Tehran if it continue rejecting all demands for compromise, but they have failed reaching any consensus because of opposition frm Russia and China to any harsh measures.

“The cases of North Korea and Iran are very different. While Pyongyang is a hermitic regime closed to outside world, with little trade with anyone except China and South Korea, Iran is an important trading partner for most European and Asian nations and its population largely turned to the outside world”, the analyst said.

While North Korea is already a nuclear power, most experts believe Iran is several years away from mastering the technology needed to build a nuclear weapon.

"North Korea's nuclear test was a reaction to America's threats and humiliation", Tehran said.

Experts and officials inside Iran argue that Iran's leadership has become more determined not to accede to international demands, which they argue are driven by the U.S. "One of the places we have [internal] differences over is how to deal with the West, but those differences are fading," said Kazem Jalali, an Iranian legislator involved in foreign policy.

Iranian state radio responded to the incident by blaming it on the U.S., saying that North Korea was simply responding to the continued pressure of U.S. sanctions. "North Korea's nuclear test was a reaction to America's threats and humiliation," it said. U.S. officials insisted the tricky diplomacy involved in forging an agreement on a North Korea resolution shouldn't delay work on an Iranian package, which is expected to begin at the end of the week. ENDS NK NUCLEAR 111006


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