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11/06/2012 IRAN - ISRAEL

As IAEA says Iran not co-operating, Netanyahu talks again about bombing

"We cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities," UN nuclear agency chief says. In Jerusalem, Israeli PM says Iran will not have nuclear weapons as long as he is charge. In 2010, he had told his military to get ready to attack.

Beirut (AsiaNews) - Iran's nuclear programme is back in the spotlight after the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Tehran is not co-operating with an investigation into suspected secret work on nuclear weapons. Statements by Israel's prime minister that his country was "ready" to attack and revelations that Jerusalem planned to attack Iranian nuclear sites in 2010 have not made matters easier.

Yesterday, IAEA chief Yukio Amano told the UN General Assembly that although talks between the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran have intensified this year, "Iran is not providing the necessary co-operation to enable us to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities." Hence, "we cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities".

Iran's UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee rejected the claims in the IAEA report saying they are "not credible" and based on "forged reports" provided by Israel and the United States.

In Israel last night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Channel Two television that if he was re-elected, "Iran will not have the atomic bomb". For the Israeli leader, iran is bent on destroying israel, but "If there's no other way, Israel is ready to act."

Channel Two also reported on Sunday that Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak had given orders in 2010 for the military to prepare an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities.

The orders were later rescinded in the face of the opposition of then chief of staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi and then Mossad spy chief Meir Dagan, the television said.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies, an independent, nonpartisan academic institute based at Tel Aviv University according to its own description, conducted a simulated attack against Iran's nuclear facilities. It concluded that reaction would be "in the direction of containment and restraint," and not trigger World War Three.

In Tehran, Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hossein Asfari told Press TV, a state-owned 24-hour English language news network, that Iran had no plans to suspend its uranium enrichment programme.

Asfari, who works on foreign policy and national security issues, said he had told Iran's ISNA news agency that Iran would be ready to temporarily stop enrichment to 20 per cent if sanctions were lifted.

For now though, every bet is off until the new US president is known. (PD)






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Tehran putting the screws on opposition intellectuals and newspapers
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13/01/2006 IRAN
Tehran goes ahead with its N-programme as the first steps towards sanctions are taken
Summit between EU, US, Russia and China is to take place on Monday to prepare IAEA meeting on Iranian nuclear issue. Rice and Straw exclude use of force.

26/01/2006 CHINA – IRAN
Tehran seeking help from Russia and China to avoid sanctions over nuclear programmes
Iranian government envoy in Beijing today expresses qualified support for a plan that would see Iranian uranium enriched on Russian territory. China backs the plan. On the eve of a meeting with the EU3 in London, the United States is pressuring India to back efforts to address concerns over Iran's nuclear programme in the UN Security Council.

26/02/2008 IRAN
Doubts of the IAEA over the Iranian bomb bring Tehran toward new sanctions
The report of the UN atomic energy agency asserts that it has never had "credible assurances" on the military program, which according to U.S. intelligence had been ended in 2003. "Sanctions will not stop us", says Ahmadinejad.

26/03/2007 IRAN – UN – UK
Tehran reacts to sanctions with threats and British sailors’ capture
Iran says it will partly suspend co-operation with IAEA and review its relations with countries who backed sanctions. Concerns are voiced in the Arab world.


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