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Saturday, April 29th, 2006


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Iran to allow snap atomic inspections if case returned to IAEA

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Well of course the crazy Iranian president doesn’t care about U.N. resolutions or sanctions. He learned really well from Iraq.

Iran’s deputy nuclear chief said Saturday that Tehran would agree to United Nations supervision of its uranium enrichment process and intrusive inspections of its atomic facilities if its case was referred back to the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The offer came a day after the U.S. called a summit of foreign ministers from Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in New York on May 9 to discuss a united response to Iran’s nuclear program.
But Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said Iran would not yield to UN demands that it abandon uranium enrichment, and criticised the report by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
ElBaradei said UN checks in Iran had been hampered and Tehran had rebuffed requests to stop making nuclear fuel.
“The report was not completely satisfactory for us and we believe that the report could have been done better than that,” Saeedi told state television.
However, Saeedi insisted Iran would be able to answer ElBaradei’s concerns about the access granted to UN inspectors if Tehran’s nuclear dossier were dropped by the UN Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.
Besides standing firm on enrichment, Saeedi also said Iran was pushing forward with further technological developments.
Iran was installing two more 164-centrifuge cascades at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, central Iran.
“[Uranium enrichment in] Natanz is continuing its work well… two other cascades [of 164-machine centrifuges] are being installed,” Saeedi said.
Scientists were also studying more advanced centrifuges than those Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced research on earlier this month. The more sophisticated equipment speeds up the enrichment process.
“What we are conducting research on is not only P-2 but even more advanced machines,” Saeedi said, adding that Iran had not moved beyond using the P-1 centrifuges.
“Our efforts are to use the most sophisticated machines, like in Germany, Netherlands, Japan and Brazil,” he said.
The talks called by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice followed the release Friday of the IAEA report. (Click here for excerpts from the report)
“The report and the Iranians’ actions that produced it really compel some form of action now by the international community… We think this will lead to consideration of a sanctions regime,” said U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns as he announced the meeting.
The IAEA findings also effectively reflected a standstill between Iran and agency inspectors pursuing open questions linked to possible attempts by Iran to make nuclear arms.
Burns and other political directors from UN Security Council members Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany are to lay the groundwork for the foreign ministers’ meeting with talks on Iran in Paris on Tuesday.
There is no agreement yet, but “the Security Council, to maintain its credibility, is going to have to find a way to act in a countervailing way” against Iran, he said.
The Council’s three veto-wielding Western nations immediately announced plans to introduce a new resolution next week which would make Iran’s compliance with the demands mandatory. To intensify pressure, they want the resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which means it can be enforced through sanctions or military action.
China and Russia, the two other countries with veto power, oppose sanctions and military action and want the Iran nuclear issue resolved diplomatically, with the IAEA taking the lead, not the Security Council.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton took the toughest line, saying “the IAEA report shows that Iran has accelerated its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons although, of course, the report doesn’t make any conclusions in that regard.”
He told reporters the United States hopes to move “as a matter of urgency” and introduce a Chapter 7 resolution next week, which will give Iran “a very short” period to comply and halt enrichment.
“We’re ready to proceed; we’re ready to move expeditiously,” Bolton said. “And what comes after that is largely in Iraq’s hands… They have to comply or the Security Council is free to take other steps.”
Britain’s UN Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry called it “a calibrated approach which is reversible if Iran was prepared to comply fully with the wishes of the international community.”
“Then, the next stage of activity would not follow,” he said.
“A diplomatic solution is what we’re all working for, and our patience must be pretty consistent there in order that we achieve that,” Jones Parry stressed.
China’s UN Ambassador Wang Guangya echoed the need for a diplomatic solution “because this region is already complicated… and we should not do anything that would cause the situation [to be] more complicated.”
He said the implication of a Chapter 7 resolution is clear: It will lead to a series of resolutions, complicating the situation and creating uncertainty. “I
think whatever we do we should promote diplomacy,” Wang said.
Russia’s deputy UN ambassador Konstantin Dolgov told the Itar-Tass news agency that Moscow still sees no reason for a Chapter 7 resolution. He said the IAEA should stay in the lead on Iran and the Security Council should provide “political support” to the IAEA.
“Sanctions are not the way of resolving the Iranian problem, at least at the current stage, bearing in mind the information available,” Dolgov was quoted as saying.

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Iran to allow snap atomic inspections if case returned to IAEA

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Well of course the crazy Iranian president doesn’t care about U.N. resolutions or sanctions. He learned really well from Iraq.

Iran’s deputy nuclear chief said Saturday that Tehran would agree to United Nations supervision of its uranium enrichment process and intrusive inspections of its atomic facilities if its case was referred back to the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The offer came a day after the U.S. called a summit of foreign ministers from Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in New York on May 9 to discuss a united response to Iran’s nuclear program.
But Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said Iran would not yield to UN demands that it abandon uranium enrichment, and criticised the report by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
ElBaradei said UN checks in Iran had been hampered and Tehran had rebuffed requests to stop making nuclear fuel.
“The report was not completely satisfactory for us and we believe that the report could have been done better than that,” Saeedi told state television.
However, Saeedi insisted Iran would be able to answer ElBaradei’s concerns about the access granted to UN inspectors if Tehran’s nuclear dossier were dropped by the UN Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.
Besides standing firm on enrichment, Saeedi also said Iran was pushing forward with further technological developments.
Iran was installing two more 164-centrifuge cascades at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, central Iran.
“[Uranium enrichment in] Natanz is continuing its work well… two other cascades [of 164-machine centrifuges] are being installed,” Saeedi said.
Scientists were also studying more advanced centrifuges than those Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced research on earlier this month. The more sophisticated equipment speeds up the enrichment process.
“What we are conducting research on is not only P-2 but even more advanced machines,” Saeedi said, adding that Iran had not moved beyond using the P-1 centrifuges.
“Our efforts are to use the most sophisticated machines, like in Germany, Netherlands, Japan and Brazil,” he said.
The talks called by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice followed the release Friday of the IAEA report. (Click here for excerpts from the report)
“The report and the Iranians’ actions that produced it really compel some form of action now by the international community… We think this will lead to consideration of a sanctions regime,” said U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns as he announced the meeting.
The IAEA findings also effectively reflected a standstill between Iran and agency inspectors pursuing open questions linked to possible attempts by Iran to make nuclear arms.
Burns and other political directors from UN Security Council members Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany are to lay the groundwork for the foreign ministers’ meeting with talks on Iran in Paris on Tuesday.
There is no agreement yet, but “the Security Council, to maintain its credibility, is going to have to find a way to act in a countervailing way” against Iran, he said.
The Council’s three veto-wielding Western nations immediately announced plans to introduce a new resolution next week which would make Iran’s compliance with the demands mandatory. To intensify pressure, they want the resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which means it can be enforced through sanctions or military action.
China and Russia, the two other countries with veto power, oppose sanctions and military action and want the Iran nuclear issue resolved diplomatically, with the IAEA taking the lead, not the Security Council.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton took the toughest line, saying “the IAEA report shows that Iran has accelerated its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons although, of course, the report doesn’t make any conclusions in that regard.”
He told reporters the United States hopes to move “as a matter of urgency” and introduce a Chapter 7 resolution next week, which will give Iran “a very short” period to comply and halt enrichment.
“We’re ready to proceed; we’re ready to move expeditiously,” Bolton said. “And what comes after that is largely in Iraq’s hands… They have to comply or the Security Council is free to take other steps.”
Britain’s UN Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry called it “a calibrated approach which is reversible if Iran was prepared to comply fully with the wishes of the international community.”
“Then, the next stage of activity would not follow,” he said.
“A diplomatic solution is what we’re all working for, and our patience must be pretty consistent there in order that we achieve that,” Jones Parry stressed.
China’s UN Ambassador Wang Guangya echoed the need for a diplomatic solution “because this region is already complicated… and we should not do anything that would cause the situation [to be] more complicated.”
He said the implication of a Chapter 7 resolution is clear: It will lead to a series of resolutions, complicating the situation and creating uncertainty. “I
think whatever we do we should promote diplomacy,” Wang said.
Russia’s deputy UN ambassador Konstantin Dolgov told the Itar-Tass news agency that Moscow still sees no reason for a Chapter 7 resolution. He said the IAEA should stay in the lead on Iran and the Security Council should provide “political support” to the IAEA.
“Sanctions are not the way of resolving the Iranian problem, at least at the current stage, bearing in mind the information available,” Dolgov was quoted as saying.

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State Senate Supports Immigrant Walkout On Monday

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

I can’t see where this is going to help the illegal immigration’s cause any. After the last round of protest, their support actually went down. I guess we’ll have to see.

(AP) SACRAMENTO California’s state senators on Thursday endorsed Monday’s boycott of schools, jobs and stores by illegal immigrants and their allies as supporters equated the protest with great social movements in American history.
By a 24-13 vote that split along party lines, the California Senate approved a resolution that calls the one-day protest the Great American Boycott 2006 and describes it as an attempt to educate Americans “about the tremendous contribution immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy.”
“It’s one day … for immigrants to tell the country peacefully, ‘We matter … (we’re) not invisible,'” said Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, the resolution’s chief author. She said immigrants make up a third of California’s labor force and a quarter of its residents.
Opponents said the nonbinding resolution was misleading because it failed to mention a goal of the boycott was pressuring Congress to legalize millions of undocumented people.
“It is a disingenuous effort to put the government of California on record supporting open borders,” said Sen. Bill Morrow, R-Oceanside.
The boycott, also called “A Day Without Immigrants,” grew out of huge pro-immigrant marches across the United States in recent weeks. Organizers are urging people to stay home from school and jobs and avoid spending money on Monday to demonstrate their importance to the U.S. economy.
California’s top education official appeared with school officials in several cities Thursday to urge students to stay in school on Monday.
State Superintendent for Public Instruction Jack O’Connell encouraged students interested in the immigration issue to voice their opinions by participating in protest activities but only after attending their classes.
“If students need to protest, they should feel free to do so after school,” O’Connell told students and reporters at San Jose High Academy. “We want students to exercise free speech, but not at the expense of their education.”
Rallies are planned for Monday in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Gardena, Bell, Santa Ana, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, Concord and other cities.
School officials in San Leandro, meanwhile, said Thursday that rising tensions over the immigration issue may have contributed to a series of brawls between Hispanic and black teenagers.
Over a dozen San Leandro High School students were taken into custody Wednesday following the fights that started on campus and spilled over into the parking lot of a nearby convenience store.
While educators theorized that the stress children of immigrants are under while the immigration debate roils may have played a role in the violence, students said that racial tensions predated recent developments.
Several senators equated the protest with the civil rights movement of the 1960s and other major events in American history.
Segregation was ended in part because of the public bus boycott by blacks in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955, said Romero.
Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, likened the debate over immigrant rights to the fights over slavery, women’s suffrage, the internment of Japanese during World War II, and the Vietnam War.
America wouldn’t have been created without illegal action, said Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys. “They dumped a bunch of tea in Boston harbor, illegally. God bless them,” he said.
But Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, said lawmakers should not encourage lawbreakers even if they disagreed with the law.
“It is irresponsible for this body to advocate that students leave school for any reason,” Cox said.
He introduced a bill that would require a special school attendance audit on Monday, so that schools would not receive state aid for any student who was truant. School funding is based on attendance levels. O’Connell said the state would not grant waivers to schools that lose funding if students were absent while out protesting.
The debate was personal and emotional for some senators.
Sen. Nell Soto, D-Pomona, recalled watching as a child as immigration police swept up brown-skinned farmworkers, “not even asking if they were legal or illegal.”
Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, described how her grandfather remained in the country illegally after overstaying a work permit during the 1940s, when he picked fruits and vegetables while American men were fighting World War II.
“This happened 60 years ago. And you know what? The story still continues,” Escutia said, choking up as she described her 11-year-old son asking her about the controversy. She said the Great American Boycott should be renamed “the Great American Secret, and that is we all rely on someone who is here illegally.”
Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, while citing immigrants’ contributions, said the nation’s goal should be assimilation: “From many people, one people, the American people. One race, the American race.”