ElBaradei Under Pressure
To Release Iran Report

Bernama (the Malasian National News Agency)

May 28, 2008


This news article is the fairest of all news reports I've seen so far on the ElBaradei report on Iran delivered to the IAEA Board of Governors on May 26, 2008, and leaked to the press soon after (apparently first to AFP).  The report is now available on the Internet both as an html file [http://www.endusmilitarism.org/IAEA_Rpt_May_26_2008.html] and in its pdf format [http://www.iranaffairs.com/iran_affairs/files/IAEA_Iran_Report_May2008.pdf]. The report will be discussed by the IAEA Board of Governors in early June, at which time it is expected to become the Board's own report. -- George Desnoyers



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TEHRAN, May 28 (Bernama)-- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on Monday circulated a report to the IAEA Board of Governors regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and it seems that he was under pressure to write and compile the document.

According to Iranian national news agency (Irna), ElBaradei's report is a double-standard document: while referring to Iran's cooperation and its response to all the questions, it raises some criticisms against the country.

The IAEA chief presents his report to the IAEA Board of Governors every three months and the latest one carries the outcome of tens of hours of the IAEA inspectors' visit to Iranian facilities, talks with Iranian officials and directors and investigation of the documents put at his disposal based on the Safegaurds documents.

Foreign media aggrandized negative aspects of the report and released the report with headlines such as `Iran refuses to offer information,' 'Iran has not allowed inspection to facilities,' `Iran defies the UN Security Council and the Board of Governors resolutions.'

BBC website, calling the report confidential, said it might have announced that Iran is still defying resolutions of the UN Security Council and the Board of Governors to stop suspected nuclear activities.

ElBaradei's report is open to criticism: On the one hand it says the IAEA has been able to continue with efforts to verify non-diversion of the country's nuclear activities.

It said that
Iran has been allowed to have access to the declared nuclear substances, also providing the IAEA with necessary reports on its nuclear activities. It adds that the fuel shipments from Russia had been sealed under the IAEA supervision.

Elsewhere, the IAEA head's report says Iran had within about two weeks to May 23 successfully responded all the IAEA questions, which were raised in May 9, 2008, as a means to prove transparency of the country's nuclear activities.

It also says the IAEA has no information on the project for production of the nuclear or any other parts and substances such as explosives and nuclear physics studies.

The uranium metal document which is similar to a document in Pakistan -- as the country has confirmed presence of such a document there -- should be excluded from the series.

ElBaradei, however, calls for Iran's cooperation and its offering speedy and careful response on nature of the country's nuclear activities and programmes within framework of the confidence building.

ElBaradei in his report unveils unilateral requests in the absence of the other party's cooperation. Though pursuing double-standards, the report shows that it has not been prepared in a safe and calm atmosphere and under ordinary conditions and he had been under more pressure than before in writing and compiling it.

On February 22,
Iran has got clean health bill after it responded to all outstanding issues in line with the Modality Plan signed between the two parties on August 21, 2007.

The six outstanding questions were the plutonium issue, the P1 and P2 centrifuges, the metal uranium document, source of contamination in a technical college in Tehran, polonium 210 and the Gatchin mine.

Following Iranian responses to the six outstanding issues, the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said in his report that 'the answers delivered by Iran to the outstanding issues support documentation'.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has so far offered its assessment of the claims or `alleged studies' -- as envisaged by the August 21 agreement.

From Tehran's point of view all the claims are baseless, faked and fabricated.

Though Tehran had presented its early assessment of the alleged studies and it was reflected in IAEA report on February 22, 2008, certain countries, especially the US, raised other claims against Iran's nuclear programme and the Agency too demanded new meetings on the subject.

Despite considering the modality being closed, Tehran announced readiness to hold three rounds of technical talks with the IAEA officials in May.

That's a clear indication of transparency of Iran's peaceful nuclear programme and a proof of Tehran's goodwill.

Furthermore, though political talks with the G5+1 have stopped due to the Western governments unacceptable approach, the Islamic Republic of Iran has presented a set of proposals in the framework of a package to help resolve the political, security, economic and nuclear problems.

The package consists of proposals to the international institutions and the influential powers and the countries which are ready for talks.

In the nuclear field, Tehran has proposed materialisation of the nuclear disarmament treaty and formation of a committee to follow up the issue, promoting the IAEA supervision on the member states nuclear programmes, joint cooperation in the area of nuclear safety and physical protection, joint cooperation to acquire and use peaceful nuclear technology, easy access of member states signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty, setting up a consortium for uranium enrichment to produce nuclear fuel in different parts of the world including Iran, and confidence building to ensure non-diversion from NPT and the IAEA Safeguards.