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Monday, August 22, 2005

United Nations Confirms Iranian Claims

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(Hat Tip: Trey Jackson, Posted on Blogger News)

(USA Today) U.N. nuclear agency tests have concluded that traces of highly enriched uranium on centrifuge parts were from imported equipment — rather than from any enrichment activities by Iran, a senior Western diplomat said Saturday...

"The source of contamination was not related to Iran," said Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi. "We are sure the source is not internal."

Although this may clear up Iran's "good name," regarding whether or not they were producing the highly enriched uranium, (a component necessary for making a nuclear bomb) this comes as a troubling sign as it indicates that these were imported from a nuclear power elsewhere.

Iran's supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has insisted on the right of Iran to develop enriched uranium in order to become independent of other nation's supplying nuclear fuel, although one wonder's why a country would need nuclear fuel since it harbors 10% of the world's oil reserves.

Although the UN seems to be buying Iran's line of "peaceful nuclear technology," Europe apparently is not accepting a nuclear Iran as acceptable and is fighting back economically against Tehran to the complaint of it's President.
(EU Observer) We are importing goods worth billions of US dollars from some certain countries but they are not buying our oil or other products. Such countries should be thankful to us but they behaved like we owe them", president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Iranian parliament on Sunday (21 August), the European press reports. (Source)

Iran's Presisdent is insisting that they have a right to develop nuclear technology according to the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but not too surprisingly no one desires Iran to be nuclear active, especially a country that claims to have 40,000 suicide bombers.

Europe (along with the US) may refer Iran to the UN Security Council which would probably recommend sanctions against Tehran, although with allies such as Russia and oil-dependent China such measures may find an early death within the UN body. While Europe plays "good cop," America and Israel have not ruled out military strikes against Iran, as the war rhetoric between the three governments quickly is heating up.

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