Let Cyrus Explain

The IAEA has verified that all of Iran’s known (declared) nuclear activities are progressing under IAEA safeguards exactly as they’re supposed to be, and are not being used to make weapons. However, the IAEA has said that it cannot legally verify that there are no undeclared nuclear activities in Iran.

Naturally, this point is being manipulated and spin-doctored by the media to make Iran appear suspect. However, the IAEA’s refusal to guarantee the absence of clandestine nuclear activities in Iran is not because there’s actually any reason to suspect the existence of such undeclared activities — rather, its because the IAEA does not verify the absence of undeclared activities for ANY country that has’t signed and ratified the Additional Protocol. In short, it is a legal technicality, which is being exploited and misrepresented by the media for political purposes.

According to the IAEA’s own Annual Safeguards Implementation Report of 2004, of the 61 states where both the NPT safeguards and the Additional protocol are implemented, the IAEA has certified the absence of undeclared nuclear activity for only 21 countries, leaving Iran in the same category as 40 other countries including Canada, the Czech Republic, and South Africa:

“With regard to 21 States with both CSAs [Comprehensive Safeguard Agreements] and AP [Additional Protocol] in force or otherwise applied, the Agency concluded that all nuclear material in those States remained in peaceful nuclear activities. For 40 other such States, the Agency had not yet completed the necessary evaluations, and could therefore only draw the conclusion that the nuclear material placed under safeguards remained in peaceful nuclear activities.”

Iran has signed the Additional Protocol, voluntarily implemented it for 2 years (during which time no evidence of any clandestine nuclear activity was found in Iran) and has offered to ratify the AP once its nuclear rights are recognized. However to allow excess inspections under the AP when Iran is being threatened with bombings is to give away crucial intelligence that can only be used to make such bombings more effective.

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2 Responses to “Let Cyrus Explain”

  1. Dave Dubya Says:

    Yes, I see. Therefore we may now rely on our trusty and proven excuse of “faulty intellegence” to bomb Iran.

    Our new Armageddonist theocratic President Palin will be delighted. Now let’s all head up to Alaska for “refuge” from the Big One.

    There must be something in the water…

  2. RickB Says:

    Speaking of ‘faulty intelligence’ Palin called Ahmadinejad a dictator in her abandoned speech, now he’s an odious little bigot but erm, he was elected (by popular vote unlike erm Bush), Iran has elections!
    -There must be something in the water…- Ice? although I guess if Rapture Ready Mooselini gets her party’s way it will be oil.
    I really think Obama will win but with GOP fiddling… who knows?
    Also all of october to get through, Bin Laden turning up captured or dead, a terrorist attack, Israel attacks Iran and the US has to step in to defend against an Iranian counter-strike????? I dunno but the worst mistake to make would be to underestimate the depths they might go to to install McCain. Corporations are Ok with Obama but neo cons and fundies are worse than ever. October could be one helluva month.

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