January 31, 2006

WHAT DOES JOE PLAME SAY?:

Iran's Civilian Nuclear Program May Link to Military, U.N. Says (ELAINE SCIOLINO and WILLIAM J. BROAD, 2/01/06, NY Times)

The International Atomic Energy Agency says it has evidence that suggests links between Iran's ostensibly peaceful nuclear program and its military work on high explosives and missiles, according to a confidential agency report provided to member countries today.

The four-page report, which officials say was based at least in part on intelligence provided by the United States, refers to a secretive Iranian entity called the "Green Salt Project," which worked on uranium processing, high explosives and a missile warhead design. The combination suggests a "military-nuclear dimension," the report said, that if true would undercut Iran's claims that its nuclear program was solely aimed at producing electrical power.

The report will be debated by the 35 countries that make up the international agency's board when they meet in emergency session on Thursday to decide whether Iran should be reported to the United Nations Security Council for its nuclear activities.

MORE:
The noose tightens around Iran (Ehsan Ahrari, 2/02/06)

With the United Nations Security Council's permanent five - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - banding together to recommend that Iran be reported to the council, at least for now the clear winner is the US, which has allowed the diplomatic option to play itself out.

The loser is Iran, which seems to have lost the support - or at least understandings - given by Beijing and Moscow that it would not be referred to the UN over its nuclear program.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2006 9:03 PM
Comments

Someone should (strongly) suggest to Kofi Annan that Israel provide the technical expertise for new inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities.

We could watch Ahmadinejad go completely foam-faced insane on live TV if that happens.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 1, 2006 10:56 AM

OJ:

I assume you misspelled Palme.

Posted by: Jeff at February 1, 2006 11:37 AM

Joe Plame? He'd be sitting by the pool at the hotel in Tehran, asking where all the palm trees went.

Posted by: ratbert at February 1, 2006 11:49 AM
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