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Iran May Have Continued Weapons Research After 2003, IAEA Chief Says

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The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said Monday that his agency cannot rule out the possibility that Iran was actively seeking nuclear weapons technology, citing intelligence on suspicious research by Iranian scientists that occurred as

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:09 pm
The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said Monday that his agency cannot rule out the possibility that Iran was actively seeking nuclear weapons technology, citing intelligence on suspicious research by Iranian scientists that occurred as recently as a few years ago.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said it is crucial that Iran come clean on its nuclear past, granting full access to Iranian facilities and documents as well as key scientists believed involved in the work.

“Iran’s activities could be continuing up until now. . . . I have asked Iran to clarify,” Amano said during a conference on nuclear nonproliferation in Washington.

Amano was responding to questions about the IAEA’s repeated efforts to gain access to a military facility near Tehran where Iranian scientists are believed to have conducted secret research a decade ago on an explosive trigger used in detonating nuclear bombs. U.S. intelligence officials think that the military base, known as Parchin, was part of an extensive research program to gather know-how for nuclear weapons.

Western spy agencies think the work was suspended under orders of the country’s leadership in 2003. But IAEA reports have hinted about evidence of ongoing but apparently limited research that occurred as recently as 2009.

Amano said there is no hard evidence that the work continues today, but he said Iran’s lack of transparency creates doubts.

“We have credible information that Iran continued its activities beyond 2003,” Amano told an audience of nuclear and arms-control experts at the annual Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.

Officially, “we do not know” whether the research remains active, he said.

The comments came on the heels of a diplomatic setback in efforts to ease international anxiety over Iran’s nuclear advances. Negotiators from Iran and six world powers made no perceptible progress during weekend talks in Kazakhstan intended to forge an agreement on limiting the size of Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran, which insists it is seeking only peaceful nuclear energy, has demanded broad relief from economic sanctions in return for any limits on its enriched-uranium stockpile.

On Sunday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said time could be running out for diplomacy.

“This is not something where you can play to the clock,” Kerry said at a news conference during a visit to Turkey. “You can’t just delay and talk for the sake of talking. So we would repeat to Iran it is our desire to have a diplomatic solution, but this choice really lies in the hands of Iranians.”

Lee Hampton (15)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:15 pm
No surprise there.

Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:52 pm
Oh-oh. Didn't see that one coming- NOT!!

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:24 pm
Noted. I don't feel that I know any more than I did before reading the thing.

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:25 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared. This doesn't surprise me. Every country is trying to go nuclear. Hope it's not true; we aren't too successful with our wars lately.

Carola May (20)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:47 am
How can anyone trust these tyrants?

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:20 am
I am certain they have researched weapons before and after 2003.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:29 am

. (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:36 am
Earthquake near top Iranian nuclear facility; three killed. You don't suppose that the HAARP project has acquired Grazer capabilities do you?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:46 am
Geez, ya think???

. (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 7:34 am
Iran is evil. They should not do anymore nuclear weapons testing and help their people instead.

Marcel E (347)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 8:54 am

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:05 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 2:21 pm
Funny how all these nations are only ever doing peaceful nuclear energy research
Its been a bit quieter there lately in Iran All this with N Korea has taken them out of the limelight but i would not trust them

noted thanks

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 2:28 pm
'May have' needs to be changed to 'has persisted in'. Iran should be bombed back to the stone age, and the rest of the Arab world should be required to execute all jihadists!

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:31 pm

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:35 am

jeanne schreurs (205)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:49 am
Are only the western countries intitled to have nuclear weapons?? And what about the American Drones??
And NO I'm not Arabic.

Ellen G (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:55 am
This sounds like another march to start a war. With Iraq and Afghanistan winding down the corporate bosses of our government want to make sure there is another war to feed their profits. They don't care if we start wars based on lies and since the Obama administration refused to investigate the Bush war crimes it would come as no surprise if he followed the example of the previous administration. Unfortunately the American people have their attention focused on reality TV so are oblivious about what is going on. Our media are more than happy to lend a helping hand and not call the administration out even if it leads to another war.

jeanne schreurs (205)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 8:14 am
Ellen G. you are so right. EVERY country should get rid of ALL weapons.

Hartson Doak (39)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:57 am
Didn't we hear this same rhetoric just before our current two wars?

Colin R (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:00 pm
If a State like Israel can be trusted with nuclear weapons I don't see why any other state should be denied them.

Beth S (330)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 1:02 pm

Virtually every country in the world knows that Israel has nuclear bombs, yet not one country, most especially in the Middle East, has a fear of Israel using it in anything other than being absolutely pushed to the wall, by a nuclear attack by another country. In other words, Israel is understood to have nuclear capability simply in a deterrent capacity.

If Iran goes nuclear, it was cause virtually every Arab country in the Middle East to go nuclear, as Iran is far more of a threat to Saudi Arabia, other Arab oil states, Egypt and others than Israel can EVER be. So as soon as Iran goes nuclear, every Arab country that can WILL go nuclear and we will thus have a far more unstable world. It will also have a domino effect, with even more countries feeling threatened.

Israel's nuclear capability has been deliberately and wisely ignored by most countries on that side of world. Iran is the 8000 pound gorilla in the room, and anyone who knows anything about Iran and the Middle East understands this.

Colin R (0)
Friday April 12, 2013, 12:18 am
Beth, nuclear weapons are the tool of bullies whose only intention is to subjugate and dominate, not deter. In Israel's case they are used to underpin the continuing theft of Palestinian land and rights, in the pursuit of achieving the goal of total occupation of the area and the genocidal methods of achievng this goal. If the rest of the Middle East had the same "deterrent" perhaps Israel would think twice about it's actions, The land grabbing and the brutalisation of the Palestinian people would stop.

Beth S (330)
Friday April 12, 2013, 1:51 pm

I think if you thought about your argument for just a few minutes, you would appreciate the sheer absurdity and vapidity of it.

Israel is a very tiny country, and Israelis, like most people would like to stay alive. Launching a nuclear warhead in the West Bank/Gaza, literally yards away from its own country that in some places is less than 10 miles wide, is like Fred, sitting in the rear of the plane, planting a megabomb in the front section of the same plane, where his nemesis Ralph is sitting.

Hamas, who had previously been armed by and owed fealty to Iran, cast off Iran as a sponsor precisely because Hamas understands that if Iran goes through with its threats to nuke Israel off the map, there go Gaza and the West bank with it.

You might consider, too, that Israel has been attacked by numerous Arab countries a number of times, and none of those countries were afraid of Israel using its nuclear arsenal. No Arab country is, because every one (expect moronic Lefties) knows that it is simply a statement of insurance in case of all out disaster.

There are so many other ridiculous fallacies and outright failures of logic in what you posited (and we haven't even touched on the insipidity of your assertion that Israel is genocidal) that I'm flabbergasted that anyone with the ability to type would even think of such a thing. However, ignorance, prejudice and hatred has a way of severely dumbing down even the mediocre.


Gillian M (218)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:19 pm
Colin - "nuclear weapons are the tool of bullies whose only intention is to subjugate and dominate" which is what Ahmadinejad is. He is despised by the other Arab nations who want his research stopped. Iran is now enriching uranium for a bomb and his declared intention is to use the first one on Israel and the second on the US. Ahmadinejad will not allow proper inspection and sanctions are being applied which are biting but he doesn't care that the population are suffering over this. Included in the sanction are things like cranes, from which he hangs people because he can. Do you know anything about this? Have you seen pictures of the mass hangings? Have you tried to stop them or the hanging of little children? I have and it is frustrating because they just hang them anyway because they can! The UN ignores this despite the howls of protest that people like myslef have made.

Now, as for Israel, has Israel ever threatened any country with bombs? Has Israel ever threatened any country? The answer is no, any war fought has always been defensive. It is people like you who say, "It's Israel's fault, it only started when Israel retaliated....!" According to people like you, it is acceptable for Hamas and Hezbollah to shell Israel but they are not allowed to protect themselves. Why? You ignore the abuses of Hamas when they hide amongst the civilians knowing that Israel will not retaliate. Did you know that they shelled an Israeli kindergarden whilst Obama was there? What kind of scum deliberately targets babies? Muslim terrorists. They will go into Jewish homes and shoot little children in their beds or in the bath. Snipers target babies in buggies. Have you ever heard of an Israeli do that? No, I didn't think so.

And as for stolen land, what land? Gaza, Judea and Samaria were part of Israel when it came into existence under both the League of Nations and the United Nations. Israel was attacked and the land stolen. Under international law this land should have been returned by both Egypt and Jordan but they regained it after being attacked by various Arab countries. TransJordan was created under this mandate as well for Arabs and any land in Israel was rejected by the Arabs so, again under international law, there is no legal claim. In fact, Palestinians did not come into existence until an Egyptian, Arafat, made a claim after the Arabs realised that they were not going to destroy Israel by war. Israel did not have to allow Gaza to go to the Palestinians nor does it need to create any other land for them.

This is all out there but you are too lazy or prejudiced to read the truth. You are quite happy to spin Muslim propaganda on these pages because you are anti-Semitic. Being pro-Palestinian is to jump on the current popular band wagon but should you ever bother to read the truth, you ought to be attacking the Muslim controlled countries in the Middle East for their abusive ill treatment and neglect of the Palestinians.

And while you are thinking of that, remember the 1 million Jews forced out of their homes and lands by the same Muslims that you feel so sorry for and for whom no-one gave a damn nor talks about. Nor did they set up NGOs for the fourth generation of refugees which shouldn't actually exist, they should be members of the country in which they live. But the Muslims will not allow that because that would mean nothing to bully Israel about.

And what about the Christians in these same countries being murdered and abused as well as being forced out now. I didn't hear you mention them. Selective hatred is racism.

Beth S (330)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 5:46 pm
Excellent, Gillian. Thank you.

Colin R (0)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 4:45 am
Beth & Gillian - "genocide" the deliberate subjugation and extermination of a racial or cultural group. Precisely what Israel is carrying out in Palestine. They don't need mass murder, slow and continual extermination by regular bombing raids and incursuions with the aim of gradually reducing the Palestinian population. One step on from mass exterination by gas chambers, and less likely to be noticed by the rest of the world. As for attacking children, it is ordinary men, women and children who are the target of every Israeli attack. The use of sophisticaed weapons in response to what are firecrackers by comparison is like asking me not to use a stick to defend my rights against armed robbers.
The creation of the state of Israel and the present Middle East was a political act of convenience masterminded by the US; even Britain was originally against the theft of Palestinian land in order to satisfy Zionist demands, but was eventally blackmailed out of that stance by the threat of withdrawal of Marshall Aid needed to rebuild Britain after the War. Ther never was justification for the creation of that State - there is no factual hisorical, archaeological evidence for anything other than a muti racial and culural prescence in the region since earliest records of habitation. Why do you think that even the Romans called it Palestine?
I abhor the subjugation and brutalisation of any religious or cultural group by any other, and that goes for Jew, Muslim, Hindu or Christian. And lets consider that Christians hold the world record for the extermination of the most human beings on this planet. As a Christian that makes me ashamed of my religious group.
As for the Middle East, that regions state is a direct consequence of the desire of The Us and its European Allies to install a prescence - A Jewish State - wherby they could continue to control the Arabs.
Please feel free to bring up the age-old whine of "anti-Semetism", it's your only recourse to rational argument.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 9:24 am
Not surprising...
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