10 April 2004

"The media is constantly filled with allegations that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability in the same manner as its neighbor to the west, Iraq, had."
"The Gulf War uncovered Iraq's considerable progress toward the production of nuclear weapons. Iraq's progress fueled the fires of America's long-standing concerns that Iran also is building the bomb, despite its legal standing as a non-nuclear weapons state under the terms of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Furthermore, Iran is known to have chemical weapons, which it used during its war with Iraq, and has been building a considerable conventional military since the end of the war in 1988. The United States government has correctly determined that like Iraq, Iran must be prevented from developing a nuclear weapons capability."
Germany and France Disagree with U.S. Policy
"Fearing that Iran could develop nuclear weapons based on equipment and knowledge used in nuclear power-generating programs, the United States' principal goal has been to prevent Iran from acquiring any and all nuclear equipment, technologies, and know-how, including those necessary for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. ... Although this embargo is currently unilateral, the United States is attempting to transform it into a multilateral arrangement. To date, European countries have refused to join the United States in placing embargoes on Iran and many of the states, including Germany and France, have stated that the U.S. policy is wrong."
Negative repercussions with allies
"The new Republican Congress may pass a bill proposed by Senator Alfonse D'Amato that will close U.S. markets to any foreign company dealing with Iran. A similar bill has also been proposed in the House of Representatives ... which would have negative repercussions on relations with U.S. allies."
France refuses to go along with America's 'hatred of the moment'
"Reports of a secret protocol that was part of the Eurodif settlement between Iran and France surfaced. These reports indicated that France agreed to supply Iran with enriched uranium for its nuclear "projects," which most likely means its research reactors and nuclear power reactors, once they are completed and operational. In November 1991, the United States asked France to cooperate in a high- technology embargo on Iran. French officials negatively stated, "This is not a question of export control policy. This is politics, full stop. America does not like the current Iranian regime, and they want us to buy on to their hatred of the moment. No way." "
Foggy Bottom flip-flops
"In 1992, a State Department official stated, "I don't think the Iranians are going about it in such a brutish fashion as Saddam Hussein. Their program is much more subtle and long-term." Three years later, the State Department describes Iran's nuclear weapons program in the media as being similar to Hussein's, an all-out crash program to obtain the bomb."
Inspectors given the run-around
'""We visited without any restriction everything we had asked to see. All nuclear activities in Iran are solely for peaceful purposes." Regarding accusations that the IAEA had been led to a phoney location and not to the real Moallem Kalayeh facility, David Kyd, a spokesman for the IAEA, stated, "None of our member states ever suggested that we were taken to a wrong location."
Unlike the first invited inspection, the second inspection in November 1993 was a "political mission" based on information provided by the United States.
"After visiting facilities in Tehran, Esfahan, and Karaj, David Kyd announced that IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards Bruno Pellaud "found no evidence which was inconsistent with Iran's declaration that all its nuclear activities are peaceful."
The United States almost seems to be grasping for straws concerning Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program."
U.S. policy increases hatred and mistrust; is based on the Mere fact that Iran is a terrorist state
"At the very least, the U.S. policy will harm relations with Iran further, thereby increasing the hatred and mistrust that exists between the two countries."
" Unless the United States has classified evidence or proof that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, it would appear that its policy is not based on nonproliferation but on ideology: the fact that Iran is a terrorist state; it is an opponent of the Middle East peace process; it is an enemy of Israel; it exports fundamentalist beliefs in the region; it is an obstacle to U.S. goals in the region; and that it took U.S. citizens hostage in 1979. If the United States has classified proof that Iran is cheating, it should submit the evidence to the IAEA and the international community so that international measures can be taken against Iran."
By Mark D. Skootsky
June 1, 1995
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