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IAEA Claims ‘New Info’ On Iranian Nukes

As Scott Horton so eloquently pointed out in that video, Iran has proven the ‘negative’ that Iran has not diverted any nuclear material towards a bomb, yet that noise still persists…

There’s a whole new spate of fear-mongering headlines that is proliferating across the web today, fueled by this Reuters report…

IAEA says gets info on possible Iran military work

The U.N. atomic watchdog has received new information regarding allegations that Iran may be seeking to develop a nuclear-armed missile, the agency said in a report voicing deepening concern about the issue.

The confidential document signalled the U.N. body’s growing frustration at what it sees as Iran’s lack of cooperation with a long-running investigation into its disputed nuclear programme.

It also made clear Iran’s determination to press ahead with sensitive atomic activity despite four rounds of U.N. sanctions since 2006, saying the country had informed the IAEA it would soon start operating a second uranium enrichment plant.

The report looked likely to add to Western suspicions that Iran is secretly bent on building a nuclear weapons capability from its enrichment programme, which Tehran denies. […]

The IAEA report, obtained by Reuters on Friday, said it remained concerned about possible current activity in Iran to design a nuclear payload.

“Iran is not engaging with the agency in substance on issues concerning the allegation that Iran is developing a nuclear payload for its missile programme,” it said. […]

An official with knowledge of the IAEA’s investigation said the new information, if it turned out to be correct, concerned both Iran’s past and more recent activities.

The report said that based on an analysis of “additional information which has come to its attention since August 2008, including new information recently received, there are further concerns which the agency … needs to clarify with Iran.”

In parsing the verbiage, once again it would appear that ‘unnamed Western countries’ are rehashing the same old debunked ‘Nuke Laptop’ conspiracy theories…

Iran Nuke Laptop Data Came from Terror Group

WASHINGTON, Feb 29, 2008 (IPS) – The George W. Bush administration has long pushed the “laptop documents” – 1,000 pages of technical documents supposedly from a stolen Iranian laptop – as hard evidence of Iranian intentions to build a nuclear weapon. Now charges based on those documents pose the only remaining obstacles to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declaring that Iran has resolved all unanswered questions about its nuclear programme.

But those documents have long been regarded with great suspicion by U.S. and foreign analysts. German officials have identified the source of the laptop documents in November 2004 as the Mujahideen e Khalq (MEK), which along with its political arm, the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), is listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organisation.

There are some indications, moreover, that the MEK obtained the documents not from an Iranian source but from Israel’s Mossad.

In its latest report on Iran, circulated Feb. 22, the IAEA, under strong pressure from the Bush administration, included descriptions of plans for a facility to produce “green salt”, technical specifications for high explosives testing and the schematic layout of a missile reentry vehicle that appears capable of holding a nuclear weapon. Iran has been asked to provide full explanations for these alleged activities.

Tehran has denounced the documents on which the charges are based as fabrications provided by the MEK, and has demanded copies of the documents to analyse, but the United States had refused to do so.

In a recent Truthout article, Gareth Porter further debunked the hype…

Exclusive Report: Evidence of Iran Nuclear Weapons Program May Be Fraudulent

Here’s another extensive article on Iran and Israel’s attempts to frame Iran…

The Phantom Menace: Fantasies, falsehoods, and fear-mongering about Iran’s nuclear program

I’ve also highlighted Bibi’s desire to bomb Iran with US complicity…

AFP: ‘Create Credible Military Threat Against Iran,’ Says Israel to U.S.

This is getting really old, really fast…!


Update: Here is the IAEA Board of Governors report (12 pg PDF) In it they state that they can confirm the ‘nondiversion of nuclear material’, but, bitch about not being given ‘full access’ to the Iranian military’s plans…! Can you think of any nation allowing that to occur…? *gah*

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