Liars on Iran
by Gordon Prather
the fact that Article IV of the Treaty
on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons says:
in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable
right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production
and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination
and in conformity with articles I and II of this Treaty.
Feb. 4, 2006, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic
Energy Agency adopted a resolution in which, inter alia,
the panel noted "that outstanding questions" in the minds of some
of the governors concerning the implementation of the Iranian Safeguards
Agreement could "best be resolved" in the minds of some of the governors
and "confidence built" in the minds of some of the governors "in
the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program" if –
and only if – Iran were to:
full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing
activities, including research and development, to be verified
by the Agency;
the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;
promptly and implement in full the Additional Protocol;
ratification, continue to act in accordance with the provisions
of the Additional Protocol which Iran signed on Dec. 18, 2003;
transparency measures, as requested by the director general, including
in GOV/2005/67, which extend beyond the formal requirements of
the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol, and include
such access to individuals, documentation relating to procurement,
dual-use equipment, certain military-owned workshops and research
and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing
Board also requested that the director-general inform the United
Nations Security Council that those steps "were required of Iran
by the Board."
what the UNSC should have done is to tell the Board in no
uncertain terms that the Board had vastly exceeded – even abused
– its authority under the IAEA
Statute, under which the IAEA, a U.N. agency, is required to
most outrageous abuse of the IAEA Statute, indeed the U.N. Charter,
itself, was the attempt to "require" Iran – a sovereign state
– to "ratify promptly and implement in full the Additional Protocol"
to the Iranian Safeguards Agreement. Not even the UNSC has the authority
to do that.
did undertake – as did all signatories to the NPT not already having
nuclear weapons – to conclude and abide by a Safeguards Agreement
with the IAEA for the exclusive purpose of providing "verification"
to other NPT signatories that no "source or special fissionable
material" is diverted from peaceful purposes to a nuclear weapons
in report after report – including the "confidential" one he just
made to the IAEA Board and shared with the UNSC – Director-General
Mohamed ElBaradei has provided "verification" that, as best he can
determine, no source or special fissionable material has been diverted.
the UNSC didn't actually discipline the IAEA Board. Nor did it,
contrary to many reports
by dolts and/or liars, make any demands on Iran.
the UNSC issued a non-binding Presidential
Statement, essentially "calling" upon the parties to settle
their differences amongst themselves.
while that last report was "confidential," the media elite were
telling us that ElBaradei had reported that "Iran defied the council's
call to freeze uranium enrichment" and that Iran was "conducting
an enrichment program in defiance of UNSC demands to halt it."
unfortunately for those members of the media elite who were making
those inflammatory accusations, the actual "confidential"
report has now been posted several places on the Internet. Those
members are now revealed to either have a reading comprehension
problem or to have deliberately misrepresented what ElBaradei actually
is scarcely any difference between this report and a dozen other
reports ElBaradei has made over the past three years, either in
tone or substance.
latest report begins to end – and should have finally ended – this
the nuclear material declared by Iran to the Agency is accounted
for. Apart from the small quantities previously reported to the
Board, the Agency has found no other undeclared nuclear material
it. Mission Accomplished. ElBaradei has done his job. As best ElBaradei
can tell, Iran is now, and has been for several years, in complete,
total compliance with the requirements of its basic Safeguards Agreement.
about those IAEA Board members who claim to have "outstanding questions"
about the "exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program."
that's their own personal problem.
James Gordon Prather [send
him mail] has served as a policy-implementing official for national
security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency,
the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department
of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department
of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for
national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla.
ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the
Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather
had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory
in New Mexico.
© 2006 Gordon Prather