Iran nuclear report:
don't believe the media
reports, but read it yourself

By Cyrus Safdari

Iran Affairs
May 27, 2008

I have already received questions about the recent IAEA report. My only answer for now is wait until you read the actual report, and do not rely on the characterizations of the report by the media which have thus far always put the worst possible spin on such reports, with the NY Times usually being the worst but followed closely by the Washington Post, and the rest of the media take their cue from them. So, until someone finds me the actual report, don't assume that the media's accounts are correct or accurate. Don't forget, the IAEA itself has accused Western powers of using the same "hype tactics" against Iran as they did against Iraq.

There are some facts to keep in mind in the meantime. First, that the Feb 2008 IAEA report and ElBaradei  stated explicitly that all of Iran's prior nuclear activities had been accounted for, with no evidence of a nuclear weapons program -- save for the "alleged studies" supposedly carried out by Iran in making missiles with nuclear warheads etc, evidence of which was provided by the US from the so-called "laptop of death" to the IAEA at the lasts minute in order to prevent the IAEA from giving Iran a "clean bill of health."

Note further that Iran most certainly does have a missile program, and there's nothing wrong with that since it is perfectly legal. I suspect that the IAEA has been asking questions about such programs that technically fall outside of the IAEA area of authority (remember, the IAEA can only inquire about nuclear matters, and the Feb 2008 IAEA report explicitly stated that it had  "not detected the use of nuclear material in connection with the alleged studies, nor does it have credible information in this regard" -- and so the IAEA has no real authority to demand information on Iran's missile program.) And, I suspect therefore that the Iranians have drawn a line at providing non-nuclear information on sovereignty grounds, seeing no end to the process.

So, the IAEA has therefore reported that it hasn't received the information (which it technically isn't entitled to receive) and the media are seizing on that as evidence that the "alleged studies" have been proven to be right.

But like I said, lets wait until we see the actual report.