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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog will arrive in Iran on Friday to visit nuclear sites, including the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
"The agency inspectors are traveling to Tehran this Friday. The inspectors will visit different parts of Iran's nuclear facilities including the Natanz facility," Aliasghar Soltaniyeh, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told ISNA.
Soltaniyeh, who had said IAEA inspectors would visit Iran this week but had not given a date, said the inspections were part of Iran's commitment to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Originally posted by M6D
so theyre finally letting inspectors in?! about damn time, considering the fact they've made themselves look so damn suspiscious to the rest of the world, but at least its a start, then again, you could look at it in the way that iran has just held of inspectors for this long to hide any evidence of anythng,two sides to it as always!
Originally posted by knowledge23
It is a positive move, in the positive direction...however, these are the initial steps. If we reflect on Iraq, the same occurance too place, but this did not stop US....attacking..../quote]
Wait, that was different. The UN inspectors were there to verify that Iraq had destroyed its WMD, which they were unable to do, they never sent in a report saying 'yes, they have been destroyed'. The IAEA isn't there to have Iran prove that its not got a Nuke Weapon program, its there as international oversight on the Nuke Tech program, so long as Iran has a 'thumbs up' from the IAEA, there is no basis for an Amero-Iranian War.
Originally posted by skippytjc
Thats one perspective, here is another:
“In 1992, for example, Iranians visited the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Kazakhstan, a plant that produces reactor fuel and manufactures specialized metal components for the aerospace, electronics, and other defense industries. The plant also had a surplus inventory of more than 600 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU), which the Iranians may have tried to buy.
Upon learning of the Iranian interest in Ulba, the U.S. government asked the Kazakh government to block any possible transactions with Iran. After deciding that physical security at Ulba was too weak to prevent diversion, the United States bought Ulba's HEU inventory in a secret, complex deal that was not revealed until it was completed in late 1994.
In more recent months, Iran's nuclear intentions have caused a continuing crisis du jour. The alarm bells went off in January when Russia signed a contract to complete the construction of a moribund nuclear power plant in Iran. The U.S. government repeatedly asked Russia to cancel the deal, arguing that Iran could use the reactor deal to bolster its nuclear infrastructure and as a cover to obtain sensitive nuclear technologies and equipment critical for producing separated plutonium or highly enriched uranium.
Adding to suspicions, Russia's Minister of Atomic Energy, Viktor N. Mikhailov, and Iran's Vice President and President of the AEOI, R. Amrollahi, signed a secret protocol declaring their commitment to negotiate additional contracts for research reactors, and to develop a uranium mine, train AEOI scientific personnel at Russian academic institutions, and build a gas centrifuge plant for enriching uranium.
The U.S. government did not learn about the centrifuge plant until March or April, at which point it stepped up its efforts to convince Russia to abandon the entire deal. On April 30, with Congress considering tough legislation that would sanction foreign companies that did business with Iran and cut off aid to Russia if it proceeded with the deal, President Bill Clinton announced his decision to institute a U.S. trade embargo on Iran.
The Russian-Iranian deal was a major issue at the May 10 U.S.-Russian summit in Moscow, at which Russia agreed that it would not supply a centrifuge plant. Yeltsin said then that the deal contained components with the "potential for creating weapons-grade fuel," so "we have decided to exclude those aspects from the contract." Nevertheless, most of the deal remained intact, which is a continuing sore point between the United States and Russia.”
Iran has a large, battle-hardened army, which is likely to remain loyal to the government. Russia has supplied air defense missiles; although it is not clear whether they would be effective against a massive U.S. airstrike. Iran also has a number of surface-to-surface missiles which have a range of 1300km. They can reach as far as Israel, and can certainly cause massive damage to oil processing facilities in the Persian Gulf. Iran has bought missile technology worldwide, especially from North Korea, but also from German and Russian middlemen. In December, the United States imposed sanctions on six Chinese, two Indian and one Austrian firm for selling missile or chemical weapons-related supplies to Iran.
On March 31, 2006, Iran announced that it had tested a new ballistic missile, the Fajr-3, which it claimed could evade radar and disperse multiple warheads. In the following days, they tested new, high-speed torpedoes.
“The missile was an "ultra-horizon" weapon that could be fired from all types of military vehicles, the television report said.
The weapon was fired as the climax of a series of tests and military exercises by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard troops, it added. “
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.
Beijing (AsiaNews /Agencies) – Iran is seeking Russian and Chinese support to stop efforts to address concerns over its nuclear programme in the UN Security Council. Ali Larijani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, arrived today in Beijing from Moscow, where he expressed qualified support for a plan to have Iranian uranium enriched on Russian territory. The Iranian embassy in Beijing confirmed Mr Larijani’s visit in Beijing, but in a laconic statement said: “He will meet with high-ranking officials to discuss mutual cooperation”.
Kong Quan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that China opposed sanctions against Iran. “We think the Russian proposal is a good attempt to break this stalemate,” he noted.
The Syrians denied having banned weapons and just as quickly kicked the ball into the American court by proposing that the entire Middle East be declared a zone free of non-conventional weapons. They were also quick to deny reports that Syria let Saddam Hussein's regime hide weapons of mass destruction in their territory.(2) Washington, however, was not satisfied with Damascus's denials and the U.S. government made clear that it would be closely watching Syria's behavior.(3)
Only time will tell how much substance there is in these accusations and American threats to do something if they proved true. But Syria does have a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons along with the means to deliver them using its impressive arsenal of advanced surface-to-surface missiles which can reach most of Israel's populated areas