Friday, January 20, 2006

Processing And Enrichment

France Rejects Iran's Request for Resumption of Nuclear Talks
18 January 2006

BLOOMBERG (NEW YORK) - France today, 18 January 2006, rejected an Iranian proposal to resume talks with the European Union (EU) on its nuclear program until the Islamic Republic suspends research that could lead to the production of nuclear weapons.
``The unilateral resumption of sensitive activities announced by Iran on Jan. 9, 2006 means it is not possible for us to meet in satisfactory conditions to pursue these talks,'' said Denis Simonneau, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry, on the ministry's Web site today. ``Iran must first return to a full suspension of these activities.''
The U.S., Britain, Germany and France want the United Nation’s (UN) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to hold an emergency vote to refer the matter to the Security Council, where Iran may face censure or sanctions. The EU wants IAEA governors to convene on Feb. 2, Simonneau said.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/duh78 (Reliability 8.5)

Iran Threatens No Inspections
18 January 2006

PEOPLE’S DAILY ONLINE (CHINA) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday, 18 January 2006, that Iran was capable of frustrating the attempt by the European Union (EU) and the United States to push for referral of its nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council. He asserted that the EU and the US would fail if they continued to use "language of force". Iran has threatened to stop voluntary confidence-building measures, including an end to snap inspection of its nuclear sites by the IAEA and suspension of uranium enrichment, if referred to the Security Council.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bkfhc (Reliability 6)

Comment: Once referred to the UN Security Council, an Iranian rejection of IAEA inspections will bring them closer to military action by the US or Israel. Iran’s hard line stance will make it much easier for the US to find support for a military strike. Ahmadinejad’s reference to “language of force” apparently does not include his call for Israel to “wiped off the map.”

Iran Threatens Full-Scale Enrichment
23 January 2006

ASSOCIATED PRESS (VIENNA) - Iran will immediately retaliate if referred to the UN Security Council next week by forging ahead with developing a full-scale uranium enrichment program, Tehran's senior envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday. The comments by Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh reflected Iran's unwillingness to bow to growing international pressure, especially in the West, to end all nuclear enrichment activities. Iran recently announced it was resuming limited nuclear enrichment. The process can be used to provide fuel for nuclear reactors or, if taken far enough, material for nuclear weapons.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/cp/world/060123/w012330.html (Reliability 9)

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