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Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Tells IAEA to Remove Surveillance Cameras and Seals From Nuclear Sites

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IAEA flag in front of the International International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna. Iran said it had formally notified the UN nuclear watchdog of its decision to restart sensitive nuclear work at the centre of concerns the hardline regime could acquire nuclear weapons.

ASSociated Press: Iran Tells Nuke Agency to Remove Cameras

Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency to remove surveillance cameras and agency seals from sites and nuclear equipment by the end of next week, the U.N. watchdog agency said Monday.

Iran’s demands came two days after the IAEA reported Tehran to the Security Council over its disputed atomic program. The council has the power to impose economic and political sanctions.

In a confidential report to the IAEA’s 35-member board, agency head Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran also announced a sharp reduction in the number and kind of inspections IAEA experts will be allowed, effective immediately.

The report was dated Monday and made available to The Associated Press.

So, Iran has another tantrum and orders out the inspectors and instruments of remote inspection. Does this sound familiar?

How about Saddam Hussein and Iraq……..

The moves were expected. Iranian officials had repeatedly warned they would stop honoring the so-called “Additional Protocol” to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty — an agreement giving IAEA inspectors greater inspecting authority — if the IAEA board referred their country to the Security Council.

A diplomat close to the Vienna-based IAEA told the AP that Iran had also made good on another threat — formally setting a date for resuming full-scale work on its uranium enrichment program, which can make either fuel or the nuclear core of warheads.

The diplomat, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the matter was confidential, refused to divulge the date set by Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, in a letter received Monday by ElBaradei.ran’s demands came two days after the IAEA reported Tehran to the Security Council over its disputed atomic program. The council has the power to impose economic and political sanctions.

In a confidential report to the IAEA’s 35-member board, agency head Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran also announced a sharp reduction in the number and kind of inspections IAEA experts will be allowed, effective immediately.

The report was dated Monday and made available to The Associated Press.

The moves were expected. Iranian officials had repeatedly warned they would stop honoring the so-called “Additional Protocol” to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty — an agreement giving IAEA inspectors greater inspecting authority — if the IAEA board referred their country to the Security Council.

A diplomat close to the Vienna-based IAEA told the AP that Iran had also made good on another threat — formally setting a date for resuming full-scale work on its uranium enrichment program, which can make either fuel or the nuclear core of warheads.

The diplomat, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the matter was confidential, refused to divulge the date set by Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, in a letter received Monday by ElBaradei.

Of course, the moves were expected.

The entire referral to the United Nations Security Council is an attempt by the world to acquire a backbone and to stand up to Iran.

But, they ultimately won’t….. and the United States and Israel will.

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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.


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