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l January 2004 l

The Kashmir Bachao Andolan Publication

l Vol 3, No 8 l


America, Iran & Nukes
Gary Fitleberg

America believes Iran is heading down a destructive path with its nuclear program designed not for peaceful purposes but for weapons of mass destruction.

“Iran’s nuclear weapons program and its now well-documented pattern of [nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] safeguards violations are deeply troubling,” stated a United States State Department spokesman.

The statement was made in response to a recent report from the International Atomic Energy Agency that declares Iran conducted a systematic campaign in order to conceal its nuclear program. The report said Iran had concealed the production of the nuclear weapons material plutnium, testing of centrifuges with nuclear material, and a laser enrichment program.

The U.S. believes, even with all the missing pieces of the puzzle, that the recent IAEA report proves the nuclear program is not for peaceful purposes but for weapons of mass destruction.

Undersecretary of State for Arms Control John R. Bolton compellingly declared “The massive and covert Iranian effort to acquire sensitive nuclear capabilities makes sense as only part of a nuclear weapons program,” adding “In what can only be an attempt to build a capacity to develop nuclear materials for nuclear weapons. Iran has enriched uranium with both centrifuges and lasers, and reprocessed plutonium…It attempted to cover its tracks by repeatedly and over many years neglecting to report its activities, and in many instances providing false declarations to the International Atomic Energy Agency.”

The U.S. and IAEA strongly condemned Iran’s violations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty over eighteen years.

Mohammed El Baradei told the IAEA Agency Board of Governors, “our efforts to verify the program…have…revealed a deliberate counter effort, that spanned many years, to conceal material, facilities and activities that were required to have been declared under the safeguards agreement-material, facilities and activities that covered the entire spectrum of the nuclear fuel cycle, including experiments in enrichment and reprocessing.” El Baradei also added, “These breaches and failures are, of themselves, a matter of deep concern, and run counter to both the letter and the spirit of the safeguards agreement.”

The U.S. beliefs and concerns have resulted in resolutions before both houses of Congress expressing deep concern regarding Iran’s failure to adhere to nuclear safeguards agreements and urging President Bush and the entire international community to take all appropriate measures to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. This might possibly range from urging the U.N. Security Council to issue sanctions against Iran or possibly military action.

One can not rule out the latter possibility as the U.S. has had to do the same with Iraq despite international roadblocks from France, Germany and even the United Nations.

Reps. Curt Weldon (R-PA), Jane Harman (D-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Howard Berman (D-CA) have co-sponsored and reintroduced the House resolution while Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Kyl (R-AZ) reintroduced a similar resolution in the Senate.

The U.S. has made it crystal clear that the world can not trust Iran. Especially based on past actions and performance regarding its nuclear program. A history and pattern of consistent concealment and deceit that can’t be beat.

U.S. Ambassador to the IAEA Kenneth Brill told the IAEA’S Board of Governors there is ‘no rational basis’ to believe Iran had stopped lying to the world about its nuclear program only one day after IAEA Director Mohammed El Baradei reported that Iran had been in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty for decades. Brill remarked, “So much of what [Iran] has said in the past year about its nuclear program has turned out to be false there is no rational basis to assume the contrary now.”

Arrogant and defiant, reminiscent of Iraq and Saddam Hussein, Iran initially vowed to continue its nuclear program. Iran announced that its decision to suspend nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment, was only temporary.

“Our decision to suspend uranium enrichment is Iran’s natural right and [Iran] will reserve this right…There has been and there will be no question of a permanent halt at all,” declared Hasan Rowhani, head of the powerful Supreme National Security Council.

In an interview on National Public Radio, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell questioned why Iran needs a nuclear program in the first place, saying: This is a country loaded with oil. Why does it need a nuclear power plant?” Powell makes a point no one can argue with. Iran is indeed swimming in a sea of oil with vast reserves.

Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton made it crystal clear in his declaration “The [International Atomic Energy Agency’s] November 26 resolution should leave no doubt that one more transgression will mean that the IAEA is obligated to report Iran’s noncompliance to the Security Council.” Bolton added, “The United States believes that the long-standing, massive, and covert Iranian effort to acquire sensitive nuclear capabilities only makes sense as part of a nuclear weapons program.”

The U.S. has given Iran an ultimatum on its nuclear program. The U.S. clearly stated it would not tolerate any more lying by the clerical regime in Iran about its nuclear weapons program. The U.S. means what it says when it comes to nuclear programs. Just ask Iraq who waffled for years but then eventually faced an American attack.

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