Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Senior IAEA official discourages using force to stop Iran

Tariq Rauf, head of verification and security policy coordination at the IAEA, has told the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe that "the use or threat of force unilaterally to deal with proliferation challenges does not guarantee success. At best, [the result] could be incomplete, and at worst, it could be driver to proliferation."
The comments come as speculation continues over potential Israeli or American military action against Iranian nuclear sites, against the backdrop of diplomatic negotiations, economic sanctions, and serious computer viruses afflicting Iran.

Rauf spent much of his talk discussing his vision of a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East.
Of course.... That's the Arabs favorite talking point. Meanwhile, at the same conference, former National Security Council Chairman Uzi Arad says that we have reached the moment of truth.
The international community has reached "the moment of truth and confrontation" on Iran's nuclear program, former National Security Council chairman Uzi Arad told The Jerusalem Post Monday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the fifth International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, which was attended by security experts from around the world, Arad said, "The Iranians want to get rid of sanctions against them, and the international community wants Iran to cease its nuclear program."

Describing the current situation as a "collision path," Arad said "both sides have advanced. Iran advanced its nuclear program, and the international community has increased sanctions."

Arad, of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Lauder School of Government at the IDC, added that the next step in the ongoing struggle between the two camps depended on their "level of determination" to stick to their guns.

He pointed out that Israel's expectations were the same as those of the UN Security Council, which has called for a total freezing of Iranian uranium enrichment activities, unlike some propositions being raised by P5 + 1 negotiators, who have reportedly suggested that Iran could continue to enrich uranium to a low level under an agreement.
We're now 13 days from the next round of P 5+1 talks in Moscow, and one can only wonder how long the charade will continue. If Israel allows it to continue, I would bet at least until November.

SOURCE: posted by Carl in Jerusalem - ISRAEL MATZAV
According to a report by Debka, Carl's guess that the charade will continue until November is "spot on"!  And as America votes Obama out of office in November, BHO can shake his hands, brush off the dust, and walk away proclaiming he did everything possible to use "diplomacy" with the Iranian leaders (who will be laughing heartily about fooling the world and gaining more time) ....  
and now, in an exclusive interview with PM Netanyahu, - quote:
Netanyahu: We certainly would prefer that all these economic sanctions produce a result. But you have to understand how atomic weapons are made. The most critical part is to fill the bomb with explosive material which in this case is called fissile material. To prepare that material is very hard, it takes a long time. Most of the significant part to prepare this atomic TNT is to enrich uranium at a low percentage of enrichment. Iran has that already. The higher up you get is much faster. What they are being asked now to do is not stop filling the canister, not to stop enrichment, not to take away the material – all that is not being asked, not even shut down the underground nuclear bunker in Qom that they tried to hide from the world. The Iranians were only asked to stop 20 percent enrichment of uranium. That doesn’t stop their nuclear program in any way. It actually allows them to continue their nuclear program," .... read interview here ...