Thursday, February 23, 2012

IAEA Talks with Iran Officials Collapsed

Permission Not Granted to Visit Parchin Military Base

The IAEA officials and inspectors left Iran on Wednesday after their talks with the Iranian officials on possible military dimensions of the country’s nuclear program collapsed in disagreement over a visit to a suspected site. The issue of contention was the IAEA team’s insistence to visit Parchin military base, southeast of Tehran, reportedly the R&D site for nuclear weapons, and the Iranian government’s refusal to grant permission.

“During both the first and second round of discussions, the agency team requested access to the military site at Parchin. Iran did not grant permission for this visit to take place,” the IAEA said in a statement [Reuters, 22 February].

An IAEA report in November suggested Iran had pursued military nuclear technology.

“It is disappointing that Iran did not accept our request to visit Parchin. We engaged in a constructive spirit, but no agreement was reached,” IAEA Director General Youkiya Amano said in Vienna [Reuters, 22 February].

Meanwhile in Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressing defiance during an address broadcast on national TV, said Iran’s nuclear program will not change despite international pressure.

“With God's help, and without paying attention to propaganda, Iran's nuclear course should continue firmly and seriously,” Ayatollah Khamenie said. “Pressures, sanctions and assassinations will bear no fruit. No obstacles can stop Iran's nuclear work,” he added [IRIB, 22 February].

In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the US was evaluating Iran's intentions.

“This particular action (refusal to grant permission to IAEA inspectors to visit Parchin) by Iran suggests that they have not changed their behavior when it comes to abiding by their international obligations,” Carney told reporters [Reuters, 22 February].

The collapse of the IAEA talks occurred as Iran had given strong signals in recent days of its willingness to reopen nuclear talks with the six major powers, the so-called P5+1. It was not immediately clear how the preparations for those talks, proposed by Iran to be held in Istanbul, could now advance.


Anonymous said...

It is in the national interest of Iran to recognize Israel as a legitimate state and put an end to all this useless talk; it does not make any sense anymore; but then: the Mullahs will not have any subject to talk about anymore ...

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:51 AM
These mullahs haven't the interest of Iran at mind and are prepared to destroy Iran because of their self seeking destructive Islamic ideology.
But don't worry my friend stay rest assured their days are numbered.

Anonymous said...

Iran did not sign additional protocal and therefore is not obliged to allow inspectors to anywhere outside their mandate..

No country will allow self-appointed "important" people into critical defence sites..They should try that in the US and see the response they get..

mat said...

ALERT! Obviously, those IAEA representatives look more spies than officials.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:46 AM

But don't worry my friend stay rest assured their days are numbered.

Too bad you won't live to see that day come.

Anonymous said...

PArchin is no Atomic center, it was a try at commiting legal espionage.

Anonymous said...

From when IAEA has a right to inspect military base.

Nader Uskowi said...

@ 8:33 PM

A fair question, one I expect IAEA chief Yukiya Amano to explain in his report to the board, expected soon. All we know is Iran’s expression of readiness to engage in frank dialogue with IAEA to prove that there are no military dimensions to its nuclear program. IAEA should have had some solid evidence that R&D work on nuclear weapons have been going on at Parchin, otherwise they had no business of inspecting the place. After all, that are hundreds of military bases in Iran, why wanting to visit Parchin?

Anonymous said...

"Too bad you won't live to see that day come."

You just live in the West and be a good hypocrite and leave the rest to us to sort out.
Not only will I live to see it but also I will live to see people like you put behind bars for being traitors to Iran.

Anonymous said...

Just a new attempt to learn of a few new names to assassinate.