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'US dictated new IAEA report to Amano'
Tue Nov 8, 2011 2:38PM
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano
As the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano is set to release his latest report on Iran's nuclear case, an Iranian daily says the report has been dictated by the US.


According to latest news reports, Amano will also attach a 15-page addendum with the new report, detailing documents about certain alleged studies, Keyhan wrote on Tuesday.

The daily quoted Iranian diplomats as saying that during his visit to Washington last week, Amano received orders about the necessity of releasing the report at the current juncture and for this reason he declined to accept requests by Russia, China, some European countries and member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to remain impartial on Iran.

Experts in Iran and the IAEA secretariat believe that the addendum is technically and legally indefensible and will quickly call into question the agency's credibility.

Keyhan said that the IAEA's November 2011 report includes no new documents and all existing ones are those found on the laptop allegedly spirited out of Iran in 2004.

The report will prove that despite his claims, Amano had no new information and released the same old data. This indicates that the IAEA is lying about having information showing that Iran had a nuclear weapons program after 2004.

Neither Iran nor the IAEA have ever seen the original documents. Although Iran and the IAEA, have since 2007, demanded that the original documents be given to an independent team to ascertain their authenticity the US has repeatedly declined. These US refusals were so annoying that former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei repeatedly accused the Americans of obstructing the agency's Safeguards.

It appears that the US merely possesses an electronic file and there is no original file on the alleged studies. In 2007, Iran presented a 117-page assessment to the IAEA in which Tehran proved that the documents on alleged studies were forged. Amano did not mention this in his report.

Another important fact is that even if the documents in question are authenticated, the IAEA or any other source cannot prove they are linked to Iran. In other words, gathering a few documents, doctoring letterheads, and forging a few signatures and seals do not prove that these documents belonged to Iranian governmental institutions.

There is also no report or document that proves the use of nuclear material in what the Agency calls alleged studies. Therefore, even if hypothetically these documents were authenticated they could be pertaining to conventional military activities and claiming that these activities were nuclear in nature is completely without grounds.

Even if we consider these documents authentic, they only prove simulated and computer research not real scientific activity. This is actually why the agency calls this project alleged studies.

Based on the above arguments, Amano's addendum will incorporate false data which have been entered into the document under US pressure. The daily added that Amano is presenting his report at a time when there is serious doubt about his impartiality. It further cited WikiLeaks cables that revealed Amano had promised to coordinate his decisions with the Americans.

The upcoming Amano report appears to be his last commitment to the US for which he has received Washington's approval for a new term as IAEA director general.

The controversial report comes despite IAEA silence on Israel test-firing a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads recently.

This three-stage Jericho-3 missile, which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers. Paradoxically, the new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West.

Meanwhile, the Unites States -- the first and only country to have used nuclear weapons against another nation -- has also allocated a new budget to its military nuclear program, despite alleged commitment to a nuclear-free world and promises to reduce its nuclear stockpile.

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