posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 07:48 AM
(Search yielded no results; apologies if already posted)
In a move aimed at alleviating international sanctions, Iran has offered to allow "full supervision" of their undeniably controversial nuclear program
Iran has already faced intense scrutiny over their nuclear program, and has been under sanctions stemming from the U.N. Security Council:
The United Nations has imposed four rounds of Security Council sanctions over Tehran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can
be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials for an atomic bomb.
Iran's nuclear program is already subject to routine IAEA inspections. IAEA cameras monitor Iran's nuclear activities. including its contentious
uranium enrichment sites.
Vice President Fereidoun Abbasi told the semiofficial ISNA news agency, "We proposed that the agency keep Iran's nuclear program and activities under
full supervision for five years provided that sanctions against Iran are lifted."
Evidently, sanctions imposed upon Iran are having some effect, but this does not appear to be the sole motivating factor behind their offer:
Abbasi also charged that Iran is facing increasing "sabotage" in its nuclear program from its enemies.
"We've witnessed increasing acts of sabotage in our nuclear program ... they (the West) are constantly trying to harm our nuclear facilities through
(computer) viruses, sale of flawed equipment, etc.," ISNA quoted him as saying.
Last year, a powerful virus known as Stuxnet targeted Iran's nuclear facilities and other industrial sites.
Iran, as a signatory to the NNPT, should
have the right to nuclear energy, if they wish to pursue it. Constant accusations from the U.S. and
other nations concerning clandestine weapons programs are obviously a factor in any discussion regarding Iran's nuclear endeavors, however.
The question, then, is are there any conditions under which Iran could produce nuclear energy that would satisfy the West, and remove the specter of a
possible military assault? Would allowing "full supervision" assure the West that Iran does indeed intend to utilize nuclear energy for peaceful
purposes, or will the accusations remain regardless of any conciliatory gestures or compromises made by Iran?
edit on 6-9-2011 by VariableConstant because: typo