Thursday, November 23, 2006

Iran Nuclear Watch: IAEA Waives Decision on Aid for Iran’s Arak Nuclear Reactor

An aerial view of a heavy-water production plant, which went into operation despite U.N. demands that Iran roll back its nuclear program, in the central Iranian town of Arak, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006.

AP: IAEA board agrees to deny Iran nuke aid

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency effectively agreed Wednesday to deny Iran technical help in building a plutonium-producing reactor but left room for Tehran to renew its request in two years, diplomats said.

A committee of the International Atomic Energy Agency forwarded a summary of three days of deliberations on 832 requests for technical aid to the full board, scheduled to meet Thursday.

That gathering was expected to waive a decision on Tehran’s request for aid for its Arak reactor. That, in effect, would deny IAEA money for Arak — at least for the next two years, after which new requests will be considered.

The two diplomats — from countries on opposing sides of the issue — had different interpretations of what the expected ruling would mean, reflecting the depth of the dispute. Both demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the topic with the media.

A European diplomat said the tentative agreement effectively meant that Iran’s request was turned down. Another diplomat, from a developing nation, said it meant that the issue remained on the table because it could be revisited.

“It certainly is not denied,” he said.

The committee summary noted that “several members expressed the need for caution regarding technical cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.” They “expressed particular concern” over Arak, saying they could not approve other Iranian projects if aid for the reactor were approved, said the summary of the closed meeting, obtained by The Associated Press.

Now, why would Iran need help with the Arak Heavy Water Reactor pray tell?


Gregory L. Schulte, the chief U.S. representative to the IAEA, said his country had no choice but to oppose aid to Arak, given past calls by the board for the project to be stopped, “the widespread distrust of Iran’s nuclear program and the risk of plutonium (being) diverted from this reactor for use in a (nuclear) weapon.”

In the meantime, Iran realizing the vote to be lost does the next best thing: BLAME ISRAEL.

Iran, meanwhile, used the gathering to criticize Israel, expressing “deep concern as a result of the threat of armed attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities and installations.”

“Recently the Zionist regime has augmented the campaign and threat,” said a Nov. 13 letter from Iran’s IAEA representative, Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, obtained by the AP. The letter was attached to an IAEA document issued for the meeting saying Soltanieh had asked that his comments be circulated among delegates.

When the “POINT OF NO RETURN” is reached, Iran will not only have Israel but American bombs/missiles visiting Arak.

And Japan is aware of this and has pulled financing for any further Iranian projects - as had Switzerland (Credit Suisse Group and UBS AG, Switzerland’s biggest banks) earlier in the year.

Stay tuned…..

A general view of the heavy water plant in Arak around 320 kms south of Tehran in August 2006. The UN atomic agency was moving at a meeting that has opened to heed US and European calls to put off helping Iran build a nuclear reactor that could provide plutonium for nuclear weapons.

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