Friday, July 13, 2007

Iran WMDs

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said a deal had been reached on the designation of new inspectors, a visit of inspectors to the heavy water research reactor at Arak by the end of July, and the finalisation of safeguards at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant during early August. The plant is the focus of US concerns about Iran's nuclear programme.

Tehran insists it wants to develop an enrichment programme for peaceful purposes, but the US and EU fear it could enrich uranium for nuclear warheads.

Iran appears to have ceded ground following meetings this week between the IAEA deputy director, Olli Heinonen, Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator, Javad Vaaedi, and Mohammad Saeedi, the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation.

Last month, Iran and the IAEA agreed to draw up an "action plan" on how to resolve questions about the country's disputed nuclear programme.

Earlier this week, the head of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, said Iran had scaled back its uranium enrichment programme, in an indication that it wanted to resolve the dispute over its nuclear programme.

Members of the UN security council are preparing to debate a third set of sanctions against Iran in response to its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, which can produce fuel for civilian energy or fissile material for a bomb.

What this means to me is that I've been right about diplomacy as the solution to this concern. I say concern and not problem, because the problem is propaganda from our administration, not from actual evidence of nukes being made in Iran. The administration wants to demonize Iran, because its current government doesn't support Bushie's war games.

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