A "Growing Concern"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 25, 2009
President Obama Walks With President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Brown at G-20

This morning, while at the G-20 Pittsburgh Summit, President Obama, French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Brown made statements on the Iranian nuclear facility. The President said:"We are here to announce that yesterday in Vienna, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France presented detailed evidence to the IAEA demonstrating that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years.

Earlier this week, the Iranian government presented a letter to the IAEA that made reference to a new enrichment facility, years after they had started its construction. The existence of this facility underscores Iran's continuing unwillingness to meet its obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions and IAEA requirements. We expect the IAEA to immediately investigate this disturbing information, and to report to the IAEA Board of Governors.

Now, Iran's decision to build yet another nuclear facility without notifying the IAEA represents a direct challenge to the basic compact at the center of the non-proliferation regime. These rules are clear: All nations have the right to peaceful nuclear energy; those nations with nuclear weapons must move towards disarmament; those nations without nuclear weapons must forsake them. That compact has largely held for decades, keeping the world far safer and more secure. And that compact depends on all nations living up to their responsibilities.

This site deepens a growing concern that Iran is refusing to live up to those international responsibilities, including specifically revealing all nuclear-related activities. As the international community knows, this is not the first time that Iran has concealed information about its nuclear program. Iran has a right to peaceful nuclear power that meets the energy needs of its people. But the size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program. Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow -- endangering the global non-proliferation regime, denying its own people access to the opportunity they deserve, and threatening the stability and security of the region and the world.

It is time for Iran to act immediately to restore the confidence of the international community by fulfilling its international obligations. We remain committed to serious, meaningful engagement with Iran to address the nuclear issue through the P5-plus-1 negotiations. Through this dialogue, we are committed to demonstrating that international law is not an empty promise; that obligations must be kept; and that treaties will be enforced.

And that's why there's a sense of urgency about the upcoming meeting on October 1st between Iran, the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, and Germany. At that meeting, Iran must be prepared to cooperate fully and comprehensively with the IAEA to take concrete steps to create confidence and transparency in its nuclear program and to demonstrate that it is committed to establishing its peaceful intentions through meaningful dialogue and concrete actions.

To put it simply: Iran must comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions and make clear it is willing to meet its responsibilities as a member of the community of nations. We have offered Iran a clear path toward greater international integration if it lives up to its obligations, and that offer stands. But the Iranian government must now demonstrate through deeds its peaceful intentions or be held accountable to international standards and international law.

I should point out that although the United Kingdom, France, and the United States made the presentation to Vienna, that Germany, a member of the P5-plus-1, and Chancellor Merkel in particular, who could not be here this morning, wished to associate herself with these remarks."

Read the full remarks here or find out more about what is happening at the Pittsburgh Summit.

Comments

Comments

Ron
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New York, USA
September 26, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

New Axis of Evil....

Iran-Venezuela (others) in illegal Uranium, Nuclear and other Dual-Use Commodities trades. These technologies are moving into criminal and terrorist hands. Loose nukes and suitcase bombs may make a resurgence; as they did in the early post-cold-war years. What we need now, are special units to track, trace and seize these materials. As for Iran's nuclear sites....time's up....why wait until they lie to us again on October 1st. Take them out now.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
September 26, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

One must wonder why the leadership of Iran provokes confrontation with the UN and world powers...It is somewhat reminicent of Jim Jones and the Koolaid cult he ran right over oblivion's cliff.

'bout the only thing useful in having one or two bombs (and I suggest we proceeed as if they do), is if you can use them without getting caught.

What's an Ayatlloah to do if Islam cannot justfy their possesion and use?

So you simply sacrifice a nice juicy public target like a nuclear site- "Nantez" has a catchy ring to it, knowing it's probably too tempting a target to resist if your actions warrant in the eyes of the world, then provoke folks some more and simply wait for your enemy to come to you, and detonate when their bombs fall.

By the time folks folks figured out that Israeli F-16 hadn't been loaded the wrong ordenance...and air samples proved the origin of the nuclear material, the proverbial camel dung would have already hit the fan.

There is an "unhelpful" line of reasoning that fully plays into the hands of such a Iranian strategy, and my answer to Anthony Cordesman is contained in the following previous post, which I inculude along with the url to his article.

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The Iran Attack Plan
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020451850457441881380627130...

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(excerpt from previous post)

One may draw loose comparison with the internal unrest in Iran and the Gdansk shipyard strikes which historians are awant to point to as, "the beggining of the end" for the Soviet empire.

"International concerns" being what they are, I'd not wish to play up, or play down the threat posed to international peace and security if division exists between the p-5 in "the how to" aspects of ending the threat, and ending what some experts have called, "a generational struggle" sooner, rather than later. Let me just say that it should be factored into people's thinking at the UNGA.

Nor should any lame-brained military action to "take out" Iran's nuclear facilities be contemplated that leaves the regime intact with a retaliatory capacity.

Again, wrong targeting parameters = undesirable results.

When it comes to it (and unless Iran does backflips to get in folk's good graces, it probably will.), military action on an international cooperative level between the p-5 (and others) standing together to remove the regime from power via force of arms and diplomacy combined is the only viable way to achive an end to the threats posed, and ultimately create conditions of lasting stability in the region and the world at large.

Thing is, like scientific discovery may answer one question, the dicovery often raises many more,; Solving this problem will pose other problems in the process of resolution that will need to be solved as well.

We've done this twice in the last eight years and the U.S. may do "nation building" better than anyone else, but we just weren't geared up to do it properly up to this point, and we're still trying to get it right.

"Third time's the charm" , as the saying goes.

Posted on Tue Sep 22, 2009

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I hope a little common sense will go a long ways if sanctions prove less than sufficiant to resolve the threats posed to international peace and security.

God speed in efforts of diplomacy...

T.J
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United Kingdom
September 27, 2009

T.J. in the United Kingdom writes:

Feb 10th 2010;

This date will be remembered by all. The Mullahs regime will be 30 years old on this day. Expect the FIRST Nuclear test on this day and Ahmadinejad & Co to take the glory.

The Clock is ticking fast........

Ron
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New York, USA
September 27, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Get it Done....

Remove Iran's Nuclear sites and missile launching capacity. Iran's defiance has been shown clearly with today's multi-missile test launch. Please do not wait for international consensus...too many nations
are in denial or doing illicit nuclear business with Iran. Let's get it done!

Ron
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New York, USA
September 28, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Iran's Nuclear Currency....

Look closely at the Iranian paper Currency. It has the atomic symbol embossed; along with the Ayatollah, President and a Minaret.

Nuclear weapons have become Iran's most important product. Why wait for a "fire-sale"? Please do not tell me that Iran's sovereignty stands in the way of intervention. Please do not tell me that the facilities
are not penetrable....Let's not delude ourselves...We need to take action now.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 29, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Diagnostic Screening....

Isn't it more sensible to require psychiatric screening of prospective world leaders; than to wait until they are in power and have access to WMD's? Think of all past and current leaders who have wreaked havoc for millions because they were psychiatrically impaired.

Zharkov
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United States
September 29, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Before you go on the warpath again, let's be sure you know what you are talking about this time.

I think it is a violation of international law to attack another nation without good cause and making speeches at the U.N. or G-20 isn't proof of anything. Show us the proof before we destroy another nation, and then tell us how you plan to clean up the radioactive mess that bombing a nuclear processing plant would create.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 29, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

A Novel Idea.....

Have Ahmadinejad kidnapped by Gadhafy or Kim. Terms of release could include the closure of nuclear sites.

Sorry for the dark humor; but we seem to be backtracking on our ultimatums already.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 30, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Grown Concerns....

Afghanistan is Vietnam

Iran is not Iraq...it has WMD's

Pakistan is AQI Center

Waziristan is AQI Sanctuary

Russia and China are waiting for USA to get in deeper

Ron
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New York, USA
October 1, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

New Concerns:

When member states of UN brazenly violate international treaties and agreements, and go further to use International regulatory agencies (IAEA) as cover and tool for delay of compliance...how can anyone argue that international laws apply?

With rogue-states, all bets are off...what are we negotiating for? No terrorism, no hostage-taking?, no illicit trades in Humans, Drugs, arms, nukes, organs...no money laundering...no mass murder....no violence against children, women, girls, boys,etc.

Time to rethink our growing concerns....

Ron
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New York, USA
October 1, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

More Concerns on Afghanistan:

If our troops drive through Afghan towns throwing bottles from their vehicles at villagers to clear their path...Can you imagine the impact of 20-40,000 more troops trashing the culture? This behavior just drives up the feeling among Afghans that the U.S. cure is worse than the Taliban disease.

Gen. McChrystal cannot end the culture-clash with more troops; only exacerbate the situation.

Just don't do it.

Ron
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New York, USA
October 1, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Shifting Sands.....Growing Concerns.....

It is October 1st....Iran has defied the international requirement to back down on nuclear weapons developmentand deployment. What actions will be taken and by whom? Is U.S. so bogged down with the economy, Healthcare Reform, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the dissolution of Congress to respond in an effective way? Are the sands of state shifting?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
October 1, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Ron in New York,

Relax, the USG can do a we bit more than just walk and chew bubble gum at the same time.

Like a lot of folks, I see the efforts of "engagement" as policy with Iran as little more than an opportunity to let them hang themselves with their own words and actions.

And once the Afghan people understand that this is their fight to take their nation back from extremism as much as it is our's to defeat al-quaida and the taleban, then one may anticipate man-made miracles.

Now if McCrystal doesn't get what he needs then defeat is on the president's head for making that decision. If he gets what he needs and it still isn't enough, then he's miscalculated, and defeat rests on the general's shoulders.

Success will not come with doing things half-way, or via half-measures, or with half the resources needed to win the fight.

And we won't defeat al-quaida by remote control, but with an "in your face" attitude towards defeating them, they will be.

"And that's just the way it is." to quote the late great Walter Cronkite.

Ron
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New York, USA
October 2, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Iran invites Intervention....

Iran has had several nuclear sites for over a decade...all are developing nuclear weapons...they have several launching facilities...and a clear aim to remove Israel from the face of the earth. Walking and chewing
gum analogies not-with-standing, USG better find a way to quickly undermine Iran's capabilities. And that's the way it really is.

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