Sunday, February 27, 2011

IAEA Confirms Iran Nuclear Program for Energy Not Weapons

The report issued Friday confirms that Iran’s nuclear activities are for a peaceful energy program, not weapons creation
BY: John Shimkus | Sat Feb 26, 2011

For years now, the world has been breathing down the neck of Iran, believing their nuclear and uranium enrichment programs were just a cover up for some secret nuclear weapons development agenda. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report Friday confirming that Iran’s nuclear intentions are peaceful, and that their research and development of nuclear technologies has been strictly toward energy generation.

However, the IAEA has informed Iran’s powers at be that they still must comply with the four UN security council resolutions to halt their uranium enrichment programs. Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, states that the resolutions are unfounded now that Iran has proven their nuclear program to be peaceful. “When all nuclear activities are accounted for and there is no diversion to military purposes… then what is the justification for referring to an old obsolete request of suspension,” he said.

Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is fully stated that the United Nations and member states with nuclear capabilities are encouraged to assist other countries with their own peaceful nuclear energy programs. Yet, the United Nations Security Council seems to be defying the treaty by denying Iran the ability to enrich uranium. What’s more, the UN resolutions calling for the end of Iran’s nuclear program also demand the country stop processing Plutonium, which is odd considering the IAEA report reveals that plutonium processing is not even taking place in Iran.

The implications of this new IAEA report are staggering. Since the media’s involvement in the Iran nuclear program began, fears have spread about a possible armed conflict brewing between Iran and the United States and other UN nations for the country’s noncompliance with UN mandates. Have these fears been unfounded? Is the worldwide perception of Iran as some rogue state with the worst of intentions just a myth propounded by media propaganda? It’s starting to look that way. It’s a good thing this report came out when it did. All we need is for the U.S. and its allies to start busting down the doors of Iran to start yet another conflict that it can’t afford and is based on a complete lie. Nonetheless, the IAEA and the UN still have their suspicions in regard to the military applications of Iran’s uranium enrichment program, and although the country passed the IAEA’s inspection for nuclear energy generation, the agency is still seeking transparency in Iran’s military activities.

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