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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Iran: 'Evidence is fake. See you in court'

On Thursday, Iran accused the International Atomic Energy Association of using 'fake' evidence in its investigation of Tehran's nuclear activities. It also threatened to 'sue' the United States and its allies for pushing to bring the issue to the Security Council.
In pressuring Teheran on the nuclear issue, the US, France, Australia, Canada and Japan "wished to find an excuse for ... their hidden agenda, from the extreme of regime change to [the] deprivation of [the] Iranian noble nation from science and technology," said Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, Iran's chief delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Speaking at the closing session of the 35-nation IAEA board, Soltanieh suggested the failed attempt to push Iran into concessions on its nuclear program and giving up uranium enrichment was only one example of a series of bad foreign policy decisions by Washington.

"The US Administration has continuously miscalculated in dealing with world affairs," he said in comments to the closed meeting made available to media. "The dark record in our region clearly proves this assertion."

Since beginning its investigation last year into allegations of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program, the IAEA has asked in vain for substantive explanations for what seem to be draft plans to refit missiles with nuclear warheads; explosives tests that could be used for a nuclear detonation; military and civilian nuclear links; and a drawing showing how to mold uranium metal into the shape of warheads. [If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and acts like a duck, maybe it's a duck? CiJ]

Iran remains defiant, saying the evidence from the US and other board members purportedly backing the allegations was fabricated.

Soltanieh expanded on those charges Thursday, challenging IAEA statements that the investigation was based on intelligence and other information from 10 board member nations.

"Except for one document, all documents ... have been provided to the agency by the US," he said, adding that briefings on the alleged weapons activities were based on "fabricated" evidence "because of the pressures imposed by the US." [The US is getting the documents from Iranian opposition groups. CiJ]

Iran is also under fire for defying three sets of UN Security Council sanctions and continuing to enrich uranium - which can generate both nuclear fuel and the fissile material for the core of nuclear warheads.

In a warning to the US and other nations that pushed for Security Council involvement in Iran's nuclear file, Soltanieh said Tehran had "the right to resort to legal actions to seek redress against the sponsors of these unlawful actions."
'The deprivation of the Iranian noble nation from science and technology?' That's classic.


At 7:11 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

A nation that talks about genocide of another country has no right to expect the rest of the world to help it acquire a destructive arsenal. Which is exactly the point in international concern about Iran's nuclear program.

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Oh man, there's a hilarious analysis of this on the blog of constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley:

"...Finally, there is the difficulty of proving “group libel.” On this point, homophobic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could have to rely on a homosexual defamation case out of New York...."

At 4:46 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

Bring it to court. An American court with an American jury. Just make sure that the jurors are 12 Jews.


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