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The unfolding saga of Iran's hypothetical or real bid to acquire nuclear weapons continues. Iran, a poor a poor country with over 9% of the world's oil reserves and over 15% of the world's gas reserves claims it is investing in nuclear reactors because it is worried about fossil fuel depletion and pollution. Some people might be skeptical of those claims, but many were surprised when Iran filed the additional informatin the IAEA had requested a week ahead of schedule. At the same time, Iran announced it was freezing work on upgrading of uranium, which was the major concern that had led to fears it was building the bomb. Iran also agreed to comply with demands for snap inspections.
Is it enough? Amir Taheri says "no" in the New York Post, and IAEA Chairman Mohamed El-Baradei
"IRAN'S NUKE GAMBIT"
The maneuver, which led to the signature of a memorandum between the Islamic republic and three EU
As things stand, it is almost certain that the International Atomic Energy Agency will soft-pedal
The European Union has exacted no more than a vague promise from the leadership in Tehran to
The temporary halt, if it does materialize, may be linked more to Iranian domestic politics than to
The establishment feared that the nuclear issue might force the European Union to line up behind the
Playing the European card against Washington is a tried and true tactic of the Khomeinist regime.
One other factor may have contributed to Tehran's decision to play the European card again. The
Thus the piece of paper that Tehran has just signed with three European foreign ministers is
Each of the three had his reason:
* France's Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is desperately looking for any opportunity to show
* German Foreign Minister Joshcka Fischer had a slightly different motive. While continuing his
Fischer and de Villepin also hope to see a change of occupant at the White House in 2005.
* Straw's motives are equally complicated. In his heart of hearts, he knows that the only language
At a moment of crisis over Iran, Blair might find himself facing a choice he wishes to avoid:
All this means is that the Khomeinist regime may well get yet another chance to have its cake and
Iran's nuclear program started in 1956. The strategic decision to develop nuclear weapons was taken
E-mail: amirtaheri @benadorassociates.com
VIENNA (AFP) - The UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, will
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed
"We reported breaches in the past and there will be
It was the first confirmation by the IAEA that new
Tehran faces the possibility the IAEA will judge it to
The United States accuses Iran of secretly working to
But the IAEA board has so far avoided this step,
Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, said
He said these were "in the same line" as failures by
Salehi said the new failures involved "some lab
But he said: "It is 100-percent clear that Iran has
ElBaradei said verifying the Iranian information would
"November 20 is an important milestone but we won't be
Iran claims the uranium came from contamination of
ElBaradei said a problem in verifying the Iranian
Salehi has said Iran does not know where the equipment
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