Friday, June 18, 2004

Meaningless Rhetoric

This latest "harsh resolution" by the IAEA condemning the Iranian government for its intransigence over coming clean about its nuclear programme must surely have that country's rulers quaking in their boots; possibly the only nation whose rulers are more scared now of the imminent prospect of EU chastisement is the Sudan ...

VIENNA, Austria -- The U.N. nuclear watchdog's governing board has adopted a resolution saying it "deplores" Iran's lack of full cooperation and urging it to improve its behavior.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution, submitted by three European powers -- France, Germany and Britain -- does not threaten to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions in the event of further poor cooperation.

In harsh language, the resolution approved by the 35-member board of governors of the IAEA "deplores" that "Iran's cooperation has not been as full, timely and proactive as it should have been," and notes "with concern that after almost two years" since Iran's undeclared program came to light, "a number of questions remain outstanding."

The resolution was a product of days of diplomatic maneuvering over the right wording.

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Even though the resolution does not give a deadline, it states it is essential for Iran to deal with issues "within the next few months."

It also does not contain a "trigger mechanism" -- a clause sought by Washington that could send the Iran case to the U.N. Security Council for violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Yeah, that will have the Iranians quaking in their boots!