Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to supporters during his weekly trips, in the city of Qom, 125 km (77 miles) south of Tehran January 5, 2006. Ahmadinejad insisted on Thursday that Iran would resume atomic research, despite warnings from the West that it would endanger efforts to find a diplomatic compromise over its nuclear ambitions.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday Iran would still resume atomic fuel research despite Western warnings that this would endanger efforts to find a diplomatic compromise over its nuclear plans.
Tuesday’s announcement of a resumption after a break of more than two years brought swift demands for restraint from the European Union and Washington, which fear Iran seeks nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian atomic energy program.
Concern about Iranian intentions deepened when a delegation from Tehran failed to show up for a meeting in Vienna to explain to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei what the new research would encompass, the IAEA said.
IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said there was no word from Iran as to why the delegation had not appeared and no new talks were scheduled. ElBaradei has called for Iran to clarify its decision and feared it would aggravate tensions, diplomats said.
Ahmadinejad was defiant in a speech in the holy city of Qom.
“Some … have said the Iranian nation has no right to nuclear research,” he said in the address carried by state TV.
Western diplomats have said the move, which follows Iran’s resumption in August of uranium conversion, the first stage of the nuclear fuel cycle, was likely to amplify calls for Iran to be referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
The United States and European Union must IMMEDIATELY refer this mattter to the United Nations Security Council for consideration of sanctions.
Israeli and American military action is on the horizon and Flap thinks imminent.
Particularly since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has just made the most MORONIC and OUTRAGEOUS comment:
Ahmadinejad was referring to Sharon, who as defense minister in 1982 directed Israel’s ill-fated invasion of Lebanon. An Israeli commission found him indirectly responsible for a massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps by Christian Phalangist soldiers.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iran’s resumption of atomic fuel research would signal its rejection of a diplomatic solution, but stopped short of saying this would finally trigger a U.S. push for U.N. Security Council action.
Rice told reporters she hoped “diplomacy has not been exhausted.”
Flap hopes that a diplomatic solution can avert a global NUCLEAR crisis.
John Bolton should IMMEDIATELY call for an EMERGENCY SESSION of the United Nations Security Council or the B-2’s are in the AIR.
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