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Monday, August 08, 2005

Telegraph | News | Iran 'resumes nuclear work'


Iran has resumed uranium conversion in a move which EU officials have warned will probably see its nuclear case sent to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions. Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, said: 'The uranium conversion facility in Isfahan has started its activities under IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) supervision.' Iran agreed to suspend all nuclear fuel work last November as part of a deal with the EU while both sides explored a long-term arrangement for Iran's nuclear programme. But Tehran has complained about the slow pace of the negotiations and on Saturday rejected an EU proposal offering it economic and political incentives to halt nuclear fuel work for good.
Sanctions, if they even are passed by the Security Council will not work. The world had greater reason and precedence to fear Saddam's WMD aspirations, and those sanctions were never popular, leaked like a sieve, and empowered, rather than weakened his regime. Oil is expensive enough, and Iran has enough of it, that it will be able to buy it's way past any sanctions. Yes, we can hurt Iran's economy, but not enough to make a difference. Bottom line is, either we live with a nuclear Iran, or we use military action.


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