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U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Report Slams Iran

Friday, 28 April 2006 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- A report released Friday to the U.N. Security Council from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna detailed Iran's failure to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear agency and paved the way for Security Council action against Iran.

A copy of the 8-page report, obtained by Newsmax, found that Iran had failed to comply with the March 28 Security Council "presidential statement" that gave Iran a 30-day deadline to halt all uranium enrichment activities.

Tehran reacted predictably by dismissing the report and the threat of U.N. action: "The Iranian nation won't give a damn about such useless resolutions," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a crowd in northwestern Iran.

A U.S. official familiar with the United Nations negotiations and the latest report told Newsmax that despite the IAEA's clear finding that Iran had "not met the Agency's requirements," further action by the Security Council "could take three months or more."

"This is not our timetable," the official added. "But we recognize that it could take that long. The United States will be pressing for a Security Council resolution with Chapter 7 authority with alacrity," the official said.

Chapter 7 of the United Nations charter deals with "threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression," and gives the Security Council authority to use force against a member state.

Iran tried to soften the IAEA report in an 11th hour meeting in Vienna between its deputy nuclear chief, Mohammad Saeedi, and the IAEA safeguards director, Olli Heinonen on Thursday.

Saeedi delivered a letter to the IAEA in which Iran said it would "continue granting the Agency's inspection" of declared nuclear sites, and emphasized Iran's cooperation with the inspectors over the past three years.

But IAEA officials and other diplomats aware of Iran's negotiating tactics dismissed the letter, noting that Iran was "not being forthcoming" and had "fallen way short" of meeting the Agency's demands.

Undersecretary of State Robert Joseph told reporters last week that Iran was "approaching the point of no return" in its nuclear programs. He defined that as the moment when "Iran has acquired the confidence and the capability of running [enrichment] centrifuges over a sustained period of time, allowing it to produce enriched uranium."

Once Iran has acquired that capability, it could replicate a uranium centrifuge cascade in a clandestine site, U.S. officials fear. As NewsMax has

Highlights from the latest IAEA report:

While the low-key IAEA report was both factual and technical, its political implications were immediately clear.

"We are ready to take action in the Security Council," U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, told reporters in New York. "We're concerned about Iran's efforts to obtain nuclear weapons."

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