October 4, 2009 |
As the head of the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency arrived in Iran on Saturday, the country's president declared that it had reported the existence of a new nuclear site earlier than required. Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is in Tehran to arrange an inspection of the uranium enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom. The revelation that Iran has been building the nuclear plant has heightened the concern of the United States and many of its allies, which suspect that Tehran is using a civilian nuclear program as a cover for developing weapons-making capability.
September 15, 2009 |
After months of anticipation, the United States, Iran and other world powers on Monday set an Oct. 1 date to meet and potentially discuss Iran's nuclear program, which remains a source of concern to the West and Israel. While the Obama administration has reversed U.S. policy by agreeing to meet on the nuclear issue without preconditions, Iran has all but ruled out talks over halting its production of reactor-grade nuclear fuel, the West's central worry. "We believe that nuclear technology, the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear energy, is our sovereign right," Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, told reporters in Vienna on Monday.
September 12, 2009 |
Iran's top spiritual and political authority urged opposition leaders to act within the rules of the Islamic Republic or face harsh scrutiny, and said his nation would withstand international pressure over its nuclear program. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also laid the groundwork for the possible arrest of key opposition leaders if they call for street protests or continue to allege massive vote-rigging in the June 12 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "The system will not take action against anyone as long as they perform within the framework of the system, do not resort to violence, do not disturb the calm in society and do not carry out unlawful actions such as spreading lies and rumors," he said during Friday prayers before a crowd of Islamic Republic luminaries and supporters at Tehran University.
April 12, 2009 |
Should the United States sell advanced civilian nuclear reactors to a Middle East country that doesn't seem to need them? A country that can keep pumping oil for the next 100 years, that has a pipeline to a vast natural gas field next door and enough desert for a solar panel array of biblical proportions? No, it's not Iran. It's the United Arab Emirates, that federation of seven states, proposing the efficient and safest nuclear-generating program money can buy.
March 18, 2009 |
A succession battle over the once-obscure leadership post of the world's arms control watchdog could affect attempts to persuade Iran to dismantle its nuclear infrastructure and shape the direction of nuclear nonproliferation efforts for the next four years. Abdul Samad Minty, a South African, and Yukiya Amano of Japan are the front-runners to take over as director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency after the term of Mohamed ElBaradei expires this year.
February 8, 2009 |
Iran has achieved breakthroughs in nuclear and space technology despite international sanctions against it, the country's top leader said Saturday. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders that instead of weakening Iran, sanctions by the United States, the United Nations and others have forced it to become more self-reliant, leading to greater strides by Iranian scientists and to technological advancements unseen in the country's history.
April 18, 2008 |
President Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered equally stern warnings Thursday about the potential dangers of Iran's nuclear program, and the Briton held out the prospect of extended European sanctions to block outside investment. On a day when the head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency said Tehran was making only slow progress toward production of material suitable for nuclear weapons, Bush and Brown joined in denouncing the Iranian government.
May 31, 2007
Re "Iran bomb feasible by 2010, U.N. official says," May 25 United Nations' sanctions and American saber-rattling reveal the Bush administration's fear of taking direct action against Iran's uranium enrichment program. It is this knowledge that strengthens the bonds among Russia, China and Iran and gives Iranian President Ahmadinejad the courage to quickly make nuclear weapons. INA LOGAN Fullerton Re "Arabs make plans for a future with nuclear power," May 26 It doesn't matter how fast Iran accelerates its nuclear program.
February 18, 2007 |
China announced Saturday that it was imposing tighter controls on nuclear technology to curb the proliferation of "mass destructive weapons." The announcement, which was signed by Premier Wen Jiabao and posted on the government's website, prohibits importers of nuclear goods or related technologies, including software, from using the products for any purpose other than stated in the purchase agreement or transferring the goods to an unapproved third party.
August 27, 2006 |
Iran announced Saturday it had reached another milestone in its nuclear program, appearing eager to create an air of inevitability to its acquisition of atomic technology in the face of a U.N. deadline this week to temporarily halt its uranium enrichment operations. In choosing to inaugurate a heavy-water production plant just days before the threat of censure from world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signaled that the Islamic Republic would not be cowed.