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US welcomes Iran inspection offer
Sep 26th, 2009 at 11:53pm
 
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has given a cautious welcome to Iran's announcement that it will open a newly revealed nuclear plant to inspection.

Speaking in New York, Mrs Clinton said it was always welcome when Iran decided to comply with international rules.

The US, France and UK accused Tehran of deception after it admitted to the existence of the facility on Monday.

Iran says the uranium enrichment plant, near the city of Qom, is in line with UN regulations.

It maintains it wants atomic power only for the production of electricity.

But the revelations have raised tension ahead of next Thursday's talks in Geneva between Iran and six global powers negotiating over Tehran's atomic programme.

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Reply #1 - Sep 26th, 2009 at 11:54pm
 
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In a few days, this will die down. Iran has informed the IAEA that it has a new facility 6 months or more prior to introducing uranium EXACTLY AS IT IS REQUIRED TO DO. The U.S./Israel and their hangers-on are trying to make a lot of noise about it and at first it seemed convincing, but with time it's becoming clear that Iran is in total compliance with its NPT obligations. Russia and China will figure that out soon enough and the west will again be complaining of their foot dragging and lack of cooperation.

However, Iran has built this facility into the side of a mountain. Essentially, it is nearly indestructible. The message to the west is clear. We're not building nukes now. But if you attack us, all bets are off. We'll do what we want and their wont be a damned thing you can do about it.
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Ahmadinejad: Iran Isn't Breaking Rules
Reply #2 - Sep 27th, 2009 at 12:02am
 
By JOE LAURIA

UNITED NATIONS -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Friday denied his government had violated International Atomic Energy Agency rules by failing to disclose a nuclear enrichment facility under construction in Iran and said the U.S. and its allies would "regret " confronting Tehran about it.

"It seems to me that what was done was a real mistake:  When the IAEA report finally comes out they will definitely feel sorry about their move," Mr. Ahmadinejad said at a press conference in New York. "They probably already regret and will regret it more down the road because in the end of the day, this is a very ordinary facility and it is only in the beginning stages."

But a few hours later in a New York hotel with a specially invited list of U.N.-based journalists, Mr. Ahmadinejad said, "What we did is completely legal."

He said IAEA regulations require a country declare the existence of new a nuclear enrichment facility only six months before enrichment begins.

"If you want to build the building you can do that, if you want to lay the pipes you can do that [and only] six months before you start processing itself—not even when you are installing the enrichment equipment—you need to inform the IAEA so it is prepared to begin its inspection program."

By informing the IAEA on Monday Iran beat this deadline by a year, the Iranian president said. "Now is this the right thing or the wrong thing to do?" he asked. "It is not a secret facility. If it was, why did we inform the IAEA a year ahead of time?"

Mr. Ahmadinejad said he would allow IAEA inspectors to visit the site.

U.S. officials said the three Western leaders went public because Iran learned that the U.S. had long been aware of the undeclared site.

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