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In response to the IAEA report that was released detailing the fact Iran’s nuclear program is indeed for the purpose of creating WMDs, China’s foreign Minister, Hong Lei, has called for dialogue rather than sanctions.
As many Western powers prepare to institute sanctions if “Iran does not cooperate with UN inspectors,” China indicates that it will further “study the IAEA report before taking any action.”
Reports indicate that China’s foreign minister said that “sanctions will not resolve concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.”
Sources suggest that this is just a “bluff” and an “attempt to buy time, where there is no time,” and China, which values its ties to Tehran, most likely will not vote for more UN sanctions against Iran.
European Union governments announced on Thursday “that they could approve a new package of sanctions against Iran in the coming weeks.”
Read more at the Global Post.
Original Post November 9, 2011:
Human Rights – The U.N. atomic agency said Tuesday that Iran is suspected of conducting secret experiments whose purpose is the development of nuclear arms, ending Tehran’s not-so-clever ruse that their nuclear program was solely for energy purposes.
Their assessment of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions draws on 1,000 pages of intelligence and nearly a decade of research on the secretive Islamic republic.
The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is “its most unequivocal yet suggesting that Iran is using the cover of a peaceful nuclear program to produce atomic weaponry. Based on years of trying to probe Tehran’s secretive activities, its release will stoke debate on whether it’s time to jettison failed diplomatic efforts to end Iran’s nuclear defiance and replace them with force.”
Among the allegations were that Iran has conducted high explosives testing and detonator development to set off a nuclear charge, as well as computer modeling of a core of a nuclear warhead. The report also indicated preparatory work had been done for a nuclear weapons test, and development of a nuclear payload for Iran’s Shahab 3 intermediate range missile – a weapon that can reach Israel.
In Washington, officials said, “[T]he report confirms U.S. suspicions about the military nature of Iran’s program.”
The Obama administration announced it would be preparing for a range of sanctions and “other measures” against Tehran for when they undoubtedly fail to give straight answers in regards to its nuclear ambitions.
Prior to the report’s release, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, “We continue to recommend to our friends in the world and to ourselves, not to take any option off the table.”
When invoked by Israeli politicians, that phrase is most often a gentler way of saying military assault.
Meanwhile Iran continues to blatantly lie, stating that their nuclear program is peaceful and solely for energy purposes.
Iran’s official IRNA news agency went so far as to dismiss the U.N. findings and accuse IAEA chief Yukiya Amano of including “worthless comments and pictures provided by the intelligence services.”
Read more at Yahoo! News.