UN report says Iran has data to make atom bomb – will inspect Iran’s secret nuclear plant this month

October 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei has announced that inspectors will visit Iran’s unmasked uranium enrichment plant site in Qum, on October 25.  Iran had conceded to allowing inspectors after meeting with diplomats from six world powers in Geneva Thursday.  ElBaradei finalized the details Sunday after meeting with Iranian leaders in Tehran. Sunday’s meeting also produced a plan for officials from the U.S., Russia, France and Iran to hold talks October 19 on shipping Iran’s uranium abroad for enrichment.  But this new inspection agreement appears to be just more purposeful stalling by Iran and waffling by the rest of the world.
While Tehran contends its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, most of the free thinking rest of the world suspect it may be weapons-related. Twice shy American intelligence officials who jumped the gun in Iraq, have said that Iran had stopped trying to design a nuclear weapon in 2003, but apparently even the United Nations Nuclear Agency has concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The Times said unnamed senior European officials had revealed to them that the report, titled “Possible Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program,” described a complex program run by Iran’s Defense Ministry “aimed at the development of a nuclear payload to be delivered using the Shahab 3 missile system.” The paper implied an internal UN dispute had erupted in recent months over the report between the IAEA’s senior staff and ElBaradei, the agency’s outgoing director who opposes adopting a “confrontational strategy” with Iran.  Unfortunately avoiding confrontation plays right into Iran’s hands in stringing diplomatic efforts along as they work diligently behind the scenes to develop nuclear weapons.


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