Iran Raps French FM’s Irresponsible Comments

Ramin Mehman-Parast

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast dismissed the recent remarks by the French foreign minister on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, and reiterated that such allegations, which have been made under political pressures, are “irresponsible”.

The Islamic Republic of Iran considered France as an advocate of the role of international organizations and their affiliated institutions, but now it seems that the French government is moving away from its traditional stands in the international arena, he stressed on Wednesday.

How can the French foreign minister speak of the danger of Iran’s access to nuclear weapons while fully ignoring the inspections of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the past years that have rejected Iran’s diversion from peaceful purposes,” Mehman-Parast asked.

Mehman-Parast expressed the hope that Fabius would not repeat the mistakes of some former French officials who had adopted “radical and unrealistic” stands against Iran.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on October 21 that Iran looked to be on course to what he called as reaching its goal of producing nuclear weapons by mid-2013.  Continue reading

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Iran vs Israel: What The Media Wants You To Forget

The corporate media have been given their orders to throw the focus back on to Iran.

Here is a recap of what they are trying to make you forget.

1. Last Spring, Rose Gottemoeller, an assistant secretary of state and Washington’s chief nuclear arms negotiator, asked Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel refused.

2. The United Nations passed a resolution calling on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to submit to inspections. Israel refused.

3. The IAEA asked Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to submit to inspections. Israel refused.

4. Iran’s formal notification to the IAEA of the planned construction of the backup fuel-rod facility underscores that Iran is playing by the rules of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Iran has signed.

5. Iran allows IAEA inspections of all its facilities.

6. Contrary to face-saving claims, it appears that the US and Israel were both caught off guard by Iran’s announcement of a planned underground (to avoid being bombed) enrichment facility. The reasoning is simple. Had the US or Israel announced the existence of he new facility before Iran’s notified the IAEA, it would have put Iran on the defensive. As it is now, the US and Israel seem to be playing catch up, casting doubt on the veracity of Israel’s claims to “know” that Iran is a nuclear threat.

7. The IAEA and all 16 United States Intelligence Agencies are unanimous in agreement that Iran is not building and does not possess nuclear weapons.

8. In 1986, Mordachai Vanunu blew the whistle and provided photographs showing Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons factory underneath the reactor at Dimona.

9. Israel made the same accusations against Iraq that it is making against Iran, leading up to Israel’s bombing of the power station at Osirik. Following the invasion of 2003, international experts examined the ruins of the power station at Osirik and found no evidence of a clandestine weapons factory in the rubble.

10. The United Nations has just released the Goldstone Report, a scathing report which accuses Israel of 37 specific war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza earlier this year. Israel has denounced the report as “Anti-Semitic (even though Judge Goldstone is himself Jewish), and the United States will block the report from being referred to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, thereby making the US Government an accessory after-the-fact.

11. Recently revealed documents prove not only that Israel has nuclear weapos, but actually tried to sell some to Apartheid South Africa. Who else Israel approached to sell nuclear weapons remains an unasked question.

12. In 1965, Israel stole over 200-600 pounds of weapons-grade uranium from the United States.

13. Declassified documents from the former South African regime prove not only that Israel has had nuclear weapons for decades, but has tried to sell them to other countries!

We all need to be Joe Wilson right now. We need to stand up and scream, “LIAR!” at every politician and every talking media moron that is pushing this war in Iran. And we need to keep dong it until they get the message that we will not be deceived any more.

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Analyst: US sanctions on Iran constitute crimes against humanity

The latest round of illegal US sanctions on Iran constitutes crimes against humanity as they have been designed to hurt ordinary Iranian civilians, a political commentator tells Press TV

“Iran is a grain importer and the US knows that and, by creating obstacles in the way of grain exports to Iran, the US is clearly committing crimes against humanity because it only affects ordinary Iranians who have got nothing to do with the country’s nuclear energy program,” Hamid-Reza Emadi said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

In a statement, released by the White House, US President Barack Obama has said the existing sanctions on Iran’s oil industry has been expanded “by making sanctionable the purchase or acquisition of Iranian petrochemical products.” He said that the US sanctions will apply to any financial institution that allows Iran to access the international financial system.  Continue reading

No information on Iran decision to build a nuclear bomb: Panetta

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says Washington has not yet achieved any concrete information that proves Iran is building a nuclear weapon.

“I do not have any specific information that indicates (the Iranians) have made any decision one way or another” on whether to build a nuclear weapon, Panetta told reporters on Thursday after a meeting with his Chilean counterpart Andres Allamand, AFP reported.

Panetta also pointed to the recent remarks by Israel’s military chief Lieutenant General Benny Gantz describing Iran’s leadership as “very rational” and expressed hope his statements were “correct.”

In an interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz published on Wednesday, Gantz said the Iranian leadership “is composed of very rational people” who are not likely to make a decision to manufacture a nuclear bomb.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program. Washington and Tel Aviv have time and again threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike against its civilian nuclear facilities.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran’s nuclear energy program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

Source: Press TV

IAEA Chief praises Iran as a peace-seeking country

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has praised Iran as a “peace-seeking” country, in the face of increasing allegations by Western powers against Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

Yukiya Amano made the remark at a Friday ceremony marking the 33rd anniversary of the victory of Iran’s Islamic revolution at the country’s embassy in the Austrian capital of Vienna. The ceremony was attended by high-ranking Iranian and foreign diplomats.  Continue reading

Phony, Fabricated IAEA Report On Iran Released

By Stephen Lendman

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Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 (the latest one) found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

During his December 1, 1997 – November 30, 2009 tenure as IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei concurred. He carefully avoided anti-Iranian rhetoric and baseless charges.

As a result, Washington and Western allies replaced him with Yukiya Amano, known to be more amenable to their interests. Six ballots and heavy pressure eliminated South Africa’s Abdul Samad Minty.

Under his tenure since December 1, 2009, IAEA became a Western tool, providing conjecture, dubious intelligence, and fabricated allegations about an alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program. Despite no evidence proving one, Amano’s report claims otherwise.

On November 8, New York Times writers David Sanger and William Broad headlined, “UN Finds Signs of Work by Iran Toward Nuclear Device,” saying:

“United Nations weapons inspectors released a trove of new evidence Tuesday that they say makes a ‘credible’ case that ‘Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear device,’ and that the project may still be under way.”

Based on forged, otherwise suspect, long ago discredited, discounted, or nonexistent documents, IAEA’s report lacks credibility. Moreover, nothing new was revealed. Material from 2004 and earlier was manipulated to look current. It’s not!

Based on identical information, US intelligence and ElBaradei produced completely opposite conclusions. Now they’re politicized, fraudulently hyped, and regurgitated by major media liars, political Washington, Israeli hard-liners, and supportive Western leaders.

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