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1.5 Islamic Republic of Iran
# During 2008, the Director General submitted four reports to the Board of Governors on the implementation of Iran´s comprehensive safeguards agreement and relevant provisions of United Nations Security Council resolutions (GOV/2008/4, GOV/2008/15, GOV/2008/38 and GOV/2008/59). Iran provided the Agency with access to declared nuclear material and provided the required nuclear material accounting reports in connection with declared nuclear material and facilities. The Agency was able to verify the non-diversion of the declared nuclear material in Iran in 2008.
# Since March 2007, Iran has not implemented the modified text of its Subsidiary Arrangements General Part, Code 3.1, on the early provision of design information. Iran has continued to object to the Agency´s carrying out of design information verification (DIV) at the Iran Nuclear Research Reactor (IR-40) and did not permit the Agency to carry out the DIV scheduled for October 2008 at that facility.
# In 2008, Iran and the Agency continued to address issues related to Iran´s past nuclear activities. At the end of 2008, there remained a number of outstanding issues that need to be clarified since they give rise to concern about possible military dimensions to Iran´s nuclear programme. These issues relate to the alleged studies on the green salt project, high explosives testing and the design of a missile re-entry vehicle; the circumstances of the acquisition of the uranium metal document; procurement and research and development (R&D) activities of military related institutes and companies that could be nuclear related; and the production of nuclear equipment and components by companies belonging to defence industries. Iran has not provided substantive information or access to relevant documentation, locations or individuals that would have allowed the Agency to make progress on these issues.
# Unless Iran implements the above transparency measures and the Additional Protocol, as required by the Security Council, the Agency will not be in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran.
# Contrary to the decisions of the United Nations Security Council, Iran did not implement the additional protocol and did not suspend its enrichment related activities in 2008, having continued with the operation of the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant and the construction and operation of the Fuel Enrichment Plant at Natanz. Iran also continued its work on heavy water related projects, including the construction of a heavy water moderated research reactor at Arak. There was no indication of reprocessing related activities at any declared facilities in Iran in 2008.
1.6 Syrian Arab Republic
# In November 2008, the Director General submitted a report to the Board of Governors on the implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in Syria.
# In April 2008, the Agency was provided with information alleging that an installation destroyed by Israel at Dair Alzour in Syria in September 2007 had been a nuclear reactor under construction. According to this information, the reactor was not yet operational and no nuclear material had been introduced into it. In June 2008, the Agency held discussions with Syria in Damascus and visited the Dair Alzour site, where it took environmental samples. Syria informed the Agency that the Dair Alzour site was a military site and was not involved in any nuclear activities.
# In 2008, the Agency analysed all information available to it as a result of the visit to the Dair Alzour site and its discussions with Syria and also analysed information from other sources.
# As indicated in the report, while it cannot be excluded that the destroyed building was intended for non-nuclear use, the features of the building, along with the connectivity of the site to adequate pumping capacity of cooling water, were similar to what may be found in connection with a reactor site. By the end of 2008, Syria had not provided the requested documentation in support of its declarations concerning the nature or function of the destroyed building.
# Analysis of environmental samples from the Dair Alzour site revealed a significant number of natural uranium particles. The analysis indicated that the uranium was anthropogenic, i.e. had been produced as a result of chemical processing. By the end of 2008, the Agency was still investigating Syria´s explanations about the possible origin of the uranium particles and had requested Syria to provide further access to the Dair Alzour site and any other locations where the debris and equipment from the building had been stored, for the purpose of taking samples. Also, the Agency suggested - as a matter of transparency - a visit to three other locations that might help it in its verification activities. At the end of 2008, the Agency´s verification work in Syria was continuing.
# For 2008, the Agency found no indication of the diversion of declared nuclear material in Syria. Therefore, the Agency was able to conclude for Syria that all declared nuclear material remained in peaceful activities.
Iran could not build a nuclear weapon even if they wanted to. They just do not have the technological capability.
The Bush administration routinely talked about "Iran's nuclear weapon program" or "Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons," without ever bothering to present any credible evidence for their assertion. Iran's drive for nuclear weapons has become an article of faith even to President Obama, who, in my opinion, is not pro-war. Leon Panetta, the new CIA director, recently said, "From all the information I've seen, I think there is no question that they [Iranians] are seeking that [nuclear weapon] capability." What information, Mr. Panetta? Enlighten us, please.
An important base for the campaign has been the U.S. Congress. Take, for example, the report by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the then chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued on Aug. 23, 2006. The first bullet on page four of the report stated, "Iran has conducted a clandestine uranium enrichment program for nearly two decades in violation of its IAEA safeguards agreement, and despite its claim to the contrary, Iran is seeking nuclear weapons."
Not a single word in this statement is true. Iran did not violate its Safeguards Agreement, signed in 1974 with the IAEA, when it did not declare the construction of the Natanz facility for uranium enrichment. The agreement stipulated that Iran was only obligated to declare the existence of the facility 180 days prior to introducing nuclear materials into the facility. Iran did just that in February 2003, and nuclear materials were brought into the facility during summer 2003. The assertion that Iran is seeking nuclear weapon was a lie then, as it is now. No evidence of a secret nuclear weapons program has been discovered. Although the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate released in early December 2007 stated that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, it did not present any evidence that the program existed prior to 2003.
A caption to a figure on page nine of Hoekstra's report stated that "Iran is currently enriching uranium to weapons grade using a 164-machine centrifuge cascade at this facility in Natanz." This was another lie. Neither then nor now, when there are over 5,000 centrifuges at Natanz, has Iran enriched uranium to weapons grade.
According to the bullet at the top of page 11, "Spent fuel from the LWR [light water reactor] that Russia is building for Iran in the city of Bushehr can produce enough weapons-grade plutonium for 30 weapons per year if the fuel rods were diverted and reprocessed." First of all, according to the Iran-Russia agreement, the spent fuel will be returned to Russia. Second, the plutonium from LWR spent fuel is not suitable for making nuclear weapons. Even if it were, it should not be labeled as "weapons grade," because converting it to weapons grade is costly, laborious, and time-consuming. Third, the IAEA monitors the Bushehr reactor operations. There is no possibility of overtly or covertly diverting any nuclear materials.
Such lies and distortions forced the IAEA to take the unusual step of sending an angry letter to Hoekstra. Signed by Vilmos Cserveny, a senior official at the IAEA, the letter took "strong exception to the incorrect and misleading assertion" that the IAEA had removed a senior safeguards inspector for "allegedly raising concerns about Iranian deception," and branded as "outrageous and dishonest" the report's suggestion that he was removed for not adhering "to an unstated IAEA policy barring IAEA officials from telling the truth" about Iran.
The U.S. mainstream media, and in particular the New York Times, has played a leading role in the campaign of lies and deceptions against Iran's peaceful nuclear program. One would think that, after all the lies and exaggerations that Judith Miller and Michael Gordon planted in the Times about Iraq's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, the Times would learn its lesson. Absolutely not!
For example, after the Nov. 15, 2007, IAEA report on Iran, which, once again, gave Iran a clean bill of health, Elaine Sciolino and William J. Broad of the Times declared, "Nuclear report finds Iran's disclosures were inadequate." This was while the IAEA report itself stated several times that the information provided by Iran was "consistent" with the IAEA findings. The word "inadequate" was not used even once in the report.
Originally posted by bryanku
I am not for war of any kind but would simply like to provide a blatant example of either total disinformation or complete idiocy.
El Baradei says Iran wants bomb
Originally posted by SharkBait
I think you guys are being lead down the wrong path-that iran is Harmless.
Point 1-We got the V=Chinese helping them.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman discussed the proliferation of nuclear technology to Iran with his Chinese counterpart on Thursday, during a one-to-one, closed-door meeting that lasted 40 minutes at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, right, speaks during a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in Jerusalem, Thursday
SLIDESHOW: Israel & Region | World
The meeting came two weeks after American authorities charged Chinese businessman Li Fang Wei with using his company to supply Iran with nuclear technology and missiles.
Li has denied the charges, claiming his shipments were not intended for military use and telling the Financial Times earlier this month that he had limited his relationship with Iran after being censured by the Chinese authorities
Point 2: They had the russian's helping them since way back when:
Power Reactors: Bushehr Nuclear Power Station
In January 1995, Russian Minister of Atomic Energy Viktor Mikhailov and the head of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran, Reza Amrollahi, signed a $800 million contract calling for Russia to complete the first unit of the unfinished nuclear power station at Bushehr by installing a 1,000MW VVER-1000 light-water reactor at the site within four and a half years. Construction of a nuclear power station at Bushehr had been started in 1974 by the German firm Siemens as part of the Shah’s nuclear program. However, work stopped after the Iranian revolution of 1979, and the site was heavily damaged by bombing during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. Iran tried to find a contractor to finish the plant during the 1980s, but failed owing to US pressure on potential suppliers. Amrollahi and Mikhailov also signed a secret protocol to the contract under which Russia and Iran would conduct talks on a wide range of nuclear assistance beyond the power reactor. Under this protocol, Russia agreed to open negotiations on providing Iranian specialists with training at Russian nuclear research centers, assisting Iran’s efforts to mine uranium, and supplying Iran with a gas-centrifuge uranium enrichment facility. The protocol also discussed the possibility of Russia providing Iran with 2,000 metric tons (MT) of natural uranium and a research reactor. In August 1995, Russia and Iran signed a 10-year contract under which Russia would supply nuclear fuel, fabricated at the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrate Plant, for the Bushehr plant. In February 2002, Minatom announced that Bushehr NPP's first reactor will become operational in September 2003. Minatom officials have indicated on a number of occasions that a contract for a second reactor at Bushehr may be issued after the first reactor becomes operational. For more recent developments, see the Nuclear Exports to Iran Developments file.
Point 3: just read the poor IAEA report-all i hear is that Iran has not Co-Operated with them in the inspections, not giving them all the info they need and its now been over a year that they have had access and over 2 years without access to the one or more of their sites, not to mention the ones we don'tknow about. then they sum it up by saying they did not see that Iran does not have the technology- How can they make a comment like that with half the facts-
"Iran need Nuclear power for Electricity" Now there's the joke of the century. So does every other country in the world. So why don't we just make it for everyone. Hey we can be the lead exporter and maybe offset our defecit.
As for the reason being that its about money-Firstly maybe you should check who Iran sell their oil to. The U.S Don't buy oil from Iran
THESE are the top ten countries that the U.S. imports from:
3. Saudi Arabia
9. United Kingdom
Check out this link to see updated info on U.S oil imports-Iran does not appear -NOT ONE BARREL- OOPS you've been lied to!
Originally posted by bryanku
reply to post by audas
You can't be serious right? My post was intended to reflect the disinformation of the media by making a countering post to the OP's articles posted at the top. His articles, directly from the IAEA, indicating no evidence of a nuclear weapons program, when not two months ago the head of the IAEA says....let me rephrase "has gut feeling Iran wants a bomb". I can't believe I twisted the intention of the article, I must apologize to the rest of the board. I think most everyone with deductive reasoning skills saw the point of my post, a skill you unfortunately do not possess.
Edit: Forgot to add that this is the title of the article....WOW. Slowdown champ, let's work on those debunking skills.
[edit on 3-8-2009 by bryanku]
Board Formally Appoints Yukiya Amano as IAEA Director General
Appointment Goes to General Conference for Approval in September
3 July 2009
Ambassador Yukiya Amano of Japan today addressed the Board of Governors following his successful bid to become the IAEA´s next Director General later this year. The Board officially appointed Mr. Amano at a meeting at IAEA headquarters in Vienna.
"I will dedicate my efforts to the acceleration and enlargement of the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world," Mr. Amano said. He pledged to work towards the enhancement of technical cooperation and its related activities and the prevention of the spread of nuclear weapons.
Expressing his pleasure at being appointed to the position of Director General, Ambassador Amano said he would devote himself to the "effective, efficient and impartial functioning of the Agency."
The Board meeting today was convened by Ms. Taous Feroukhi, the Board´s Chair, and was open to all IAEA Member States. Many States presented statements to the Board, congratulating Mr. Amano and commending the service of outgoing Director General Mohamed ElBaradei.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Iran is becoming a stem cell powerhouse, even though its scientists have to obtain some of their equipment on the black market because of political and economical sanctions. According to a recent survey of Iranian stem cell science published by two researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scientists at theRoyan Institute have cloned a sheep, developed stem cell lines and differentiated them into pancreatic, heart and liver cells.
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran launched a research rocket and unveiled its first major space centre, state television reported Monday, the latest steps in a program many fear may be cover to more fully develop its military ballistic missiles.