To the frustration of Israel, many Western countries, and any right-minded individual, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been given the run-around by Iran for years regarding its nuclear program. It has been told obvious lies, Iran has stonewalled and stalled for time with endless talks and negotiations, and the IAEA credulously reported it all back to the UN and Western countries. On the basis of these reports, these countries then decided that Iran can be given yet more time to back down, although mild sanctions have now been partially applied.
This week, in completely unsurprising news to anyone with their eyes open and brain engaged, Iran finally admitted quite openly that it has indeed been lying about its nuclear weapons program.
Iran has been systematically providing false information to the International Atomic Energy Agency because it has been infiltrated by intelligence agencies keeping tabs on Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s Atomic Energy Vice President Fereydoun Abbasi Davani has admitted.
Abbasi Davani, who heads the Iranian delegation taking part in the 56th session of the agency in Vienna, made the revelation in an interview with the Al-Hayat newspaper.
“The IAEA says it gets its information from the intelligence services belonging to the member states, and we monitor and followed up seven years ago activities of the British foreign intelligence service [MI6], which gathered information for people, which then exposed [Iranian nuclear scientists] to assassination at the hands of Zionist intelligence agents.
Does this startling piece of information (assuming it’s true and not yet another lie) mean that it’s been the British assisting Israel in countering the Iranian threat, and not the US?
Some of the information provided by the agency related to these events. For our part, we sometimes gave false information to protect our nuclear sites and our interests. This inevitably misled other intelligence agencies,” Davani told Al-Hayat.
Meanwhile Israel is protecting its own nuclear program:
On Thursday, Israel said it would not attend a conference on the creation of a nuclear-free Middle East scheduled to take place in Finland.
“This announcement was made on Wednesday in Vienna during a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency by the director of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, Shaul Chorev,” spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.
Israel has said it would sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and renounce nuclear weapons only as part of a broader Middle East peace deal with Arab states and Iran that guaranteed its security.
Chorev, the Israeli delegate, said the concept of a region free of weapons of mass destruction “is certainly much less applicable to the current volatile and hostile” Middle East and would require a significant transformation in the region.
Chorev also warned Iran on Wednesday to stop its “direct and blunt threats” against his country, telling a 155-nation nuclear conference the Jewish state is ready to defend itself against any nation that menaces its existence.
Chorev said the Iranians were working towards nuclear weapons on many levels, building heavy water facilities, manufacturing plutonium for military purposes, and trying to develop a nuclear warhead for their long range Shihab-3 missiles.
Iran denies any interest in owning nuclear weapons. It says it is enriching uranium solely to make reactor fuel and for medical research. But Israel, which is widely considered to have such arms, asserts that Tehran wants ultimately to enrich to levels higher than reactor grade to create weapons-grade material used to arm warheads.
Israel, the U.S. and allies of the two nations have provided intelligence to the IAEA on alleged Iranian nuclear weapons research and development, and while Iran dismisses the intelligence as fabricated, the IAEA takes the allegations seriously.
Alluding to Iranian statements questioning Israel’s right to exist, Chorev warned that Israel “does not remain indifferent in view of such direct and blunt threats.”
“Israel is competent to deter its enemies and to defend itself,” he told the meeting.
You’d think that the West would have learned its lesson from all this. But no. More talks are planned.
Seeking to prove Israel wrong, and to blunt the possibility of a Middle East war, the U.S. and five other world powers are attempting to revive stalled high-level nuclear talks with Iran that were downgraded after a Moscow meeting in June ended without resolving a stalemate carried over from previous negotiations.
A Western diplomat told The Associated Press on Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would meet with the foreign ministers of Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany on Sept. 27 on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. They are to review the results of talks Tuesday in Istanbul between EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and top Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.
The diplomat, who demanded anonymity, said Jalili “expressed huge interest in the (negotiating) process” at that meeting
I’ll bet he did. It’s what the Iranians love more than anything else. Talks instead of real thorough inspections.
Iran’s danger extends to Syria too:
Beyond criticizing Iran for its nuclear defiance, the U.S. and Israel also accuse the Islamic republic of military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Chorev, the Israeli nuclear chief, said Wednesday that Iran’s “fingerprints are manifested in Syria” in Assad’s attempt to put down the increasingly violent insurgency, which has left more than 27,000 dead.
And in conclusion:
Meanwhile, Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair told Israeli Labor party chairman Shelly Yachimovich that the Iranian threat was a “global issue.”
I wish Tony Blair could inspire the rest of the global community. Sadly they don’t seem all that interested.
Iran’s bare-faced admission of lying has not deterred it from brazenly threatening to annihilate Israel once again:
In unusually strongly worded, detailed statement, Revolutionary Guard Chief Mohammad Ali Jafari warns Israel against consequences of proceeding with military strike against Tehran’s nuclear program
The top commander in Iran‘s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Sunday that “nothing will remain” of Israel if it takes military action against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.
General Mohammad Ali Jafarisaid Iran’s response to any attack will begin near the Israeli border. The Islamic Republic has close ties with terrorists in Gaza and Lebanon, both of which border Israel.
Iran has in the past made reference to the destruction of Israel but his comments at a Tehran news conference were unusually strongly worded and detailed.
He also said that Iran warned that oil shipments through the strategic Strait of Hormuz will be in jeopardy if a war breaks out between Iran and the United States. Iranian officials have previously threatened to close the waterway, the route for a fifth of the world’s oil, but less frequently in recent months.
General Jafari also told a news conference in Tehran Sunday that if it is attacked, Iran will no longer be committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, under whose terms UN inspectors visit Iranian nuclear sites. He said however that this does not mean that Iran would build a nuclear weapon.
Condemnation by the UN and the international community of Iran’s murderous words against Israel in 3…2…1…