On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued its latest report on
In the last four months, in particular, we have made quite good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues that had to do with Iran´s past nuclear activities, with the exception of one issue, and that is the alleged weaponization studies that supposedly
And he was assisted by last December’s U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, which concluded that
But today, out of the blue, IAEA delegates revealed that they had been shown evidence that suggested that
A senior diplomat who attended the IAEA meeting said that among the material shown was an Iranian video depicting mock-ups of a missile re-entry vehicle. He said IAEA Director General Oli Heinonen suggested the component — which brings missiles back from the stratosphere — was configured in a way that strongly suggests it was meant to carry a nuclear warhead.
Other documentation showed the Iranians experimenting with warheads and missile trajectories where "the height of the burst ... didn't make sense for conventional warheads," he said.
The fact that ElBaradei’s name doesn’t appear in today’s stories, and that some IAEA members asked to be quoted anonymously, suggests that not everyone at the authority is singing from the same hymn sheet.
Evidence of continued Iranian duplicity will be an embarrassment to ElBaradei, and will further call into question his fitness to lead the IAEA. It will also be another blow to the credibility of the CIA, which has developed an uncanny knack of producing intelligence that proves to be the exact opposite of what's going on in a given country at any given time.Equally, it’s bad news for Barack Obama, assuming he gets the Democratic nomination, as it further exposes the foolishness and utter naivety of his assertion than
And by the same measure it has to be good news for John McCain, who made his position on Iran clear in his speech at CPAC earlier this month:
I intend to make unmistakably clear to
The implications of today's news could turn out to be seismic – both metaphorically, in terms of the effect on efforts to achieve a consensus on how to deal with Iran; and literally, if they lead the US to conclude that bunker busters, and not interminable negotiations, are indeed the best way of dissuading the mullahs from their nuclear ambitions.Thanks to Kate for linking.