Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sunday Iran news roundup

As we get closer to the crucial IAEA meeting on Thursday in which Iran's nuclear case and the possibility of its referral to the UN Security Council will take the center stage, more news reports and commentaries are being run on Iran and its fate in the world's media:

Amir Taheri - Why Iran can't be trusted:

There are only two ways to find out the truth [about Iran's nuclear program].The first is to march into Iran and find out on the spot. That means invasion, regime change and an Iraq-style undertaking only on a much larger scale. It is clear that even the most gang-ho advocates of regime change do not have the stomach for such an adventure.

The second way is to wait until Iran detonates its first bomb and brings the good news to the whole world...

Economist - Igor's Turn, Will Russia Help, or Just Get in the Way?

By supposedly considering the Russian idea, Iran may simply hope to escape further IAEA censure. A new inspectors' report on November 18th was expected to show that it has been a bit more forthcoming. But inspectors have more questions, especially about potentially militarily useful help Iran received in the past, including from the network run by Pakistan's Abdul Qadeer Khan. America, meanwhile, has again been showing around documents that purport to be Iranian design work on a missile nose-cone of a sort that that could carry a nuclear warhead. Not reassuring.

Sunday Telegraph - US offer will allow Tehran to enrich Uranium in Russia

The significant switch in America's position comes even though Iran, which Western intelligence is convinced is secretly seeking to develop nuclear arms, admitted last week that it had resumed conversion of uranium, the stage before enrichment, in defiance of an international ban.

The regime also admitted to the International Atomic Energy Authority that it had possessed a document containing partial instructions on the construction of a nuclear bomb, believed to have been obtained through the black market weapons network of rogue Pakistani atomic scientist AQ Khan.

The fresh diplomatic manoeuvring seems certain to mean that America and EU3 will not try to have Iran referred to the UN Security Council over its forbidden nuclear activities at Thursday's meeting in Vienna of the IAEA. Until the middle of last week, America intended to push for referral...