Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) and Gholamreza Aghazadeh (L), head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation visit the Natanz uranium enrichment facilities some 322 kms, south of the capital Tehran, 15 February. UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei has warned in quiet diplomacy that it will be hard to strike a compromise on Iran’s nuclear program without letting it do small-scale enrichment work — something the West firmly rejects, diplomats told AFP.
Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told French TV no civilian programme could explain Iran’s activity.
Iran says it resumed small-scale uranium enrichment work last week, after the UN nuclear watchdog reported it to the Security Council.
But Tehran insists the programme is solely for peaceful purposes.
Why is President Ahmadinejad so adamant in protecting Iran’s right to develop its own uranium?
Why NOT accept the Russian deal for their enrichment?
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator sharply denied the charges made by Mr Douste-Blazy.
“Contrary to all the propaganda against us, we are not seeking a nuclear bomb, since we are a signatory to (the nuclear) Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” he said on French radio.
“We are a responsible country – it is Western propaganda that keeps on saying that Iran is seeking a bomb, but it is not true.”
Right……isn’t that what North Korea said prior to announcing they possessed nuclear weapons?
But Mr Douste-Blazy said Iran was being disingenuous.
“No civil nuclear programme can explain the Iranian nuclear programme. It is a clandestine military nuclear programme,” he said.
“The international community has sent a very strong message to the Iranians – show reason, suspend all nuclear activities and uranium enrichment. And they’re not listening to us.”
“That is the reason why, for the first time for days, the international community is united. It’s not just the Europeans – France, Germany and the British – it’s also Russia and China.”
Stay tuned……. the Iranians and Russian will meet on February 20 on a possible uranium enrichment deal.
But, it is doubtful……..
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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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