Nuclear Inspectors Turned Away In Iran – Al-Jazeerah Calls NATO Imperialist – Possible Nukes Against Israel Twist

Nuclear Inspectors Turned Away In Iran – Al-Jazeerah Calls NATO Imperialist – Possible Nukes Against Israel Twist

United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors were turned away from an underground shelter used to shelter uranium enrichment. This is an unprecedented refusal to allow access to the facility at Natanz, and a blow to the process aimed at non-proliferation.

The country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says Tehran will not give up its nuclear technology. This could also increase the resolve of Western nations to “punish” the Tehran regime, according to Associated Press reporters George Jahn and Nasser Karimi. Jahn and Karimi add that the inspectors were only given a single visit visa as opposed to the customary multiple-entry permit.

After more than three years of frustration concerning Iran’s assurances concerning undeclared nuclear material and activities, back in July the UN Security Council gave Iran one month to comply or face the possibility of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

Al-Jazeerah reports that the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments came on the eve of a self-imposed deadline. They also say that “if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear technology, this may threaten the Israeli nuclear hegemony in the oil-rich Middle East.” They claim that this would be unacceptable to Israel and NATO, calling the US and European nations “imperialist”. They add “Basically, all their efforts against Iran aim at keeping the Zionist state as the only nuclear power in the oil-rich region.”

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on July 31, urging Tehran to "suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development" by Aug. 31 or face possible sanctions. The Persian Journal in Iran says the US demanded swift action for noncompliance.

According to the Journal, Iran was due to reply to the incentive package put forward by Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany for solving its nuclear issue on Tuesday (Aug 22nd). They add that the Bush administration has “speculated” that the Iranian response to the incentive package would not be conclusive, yet would include no sign of willingness to stop the uranium enrichment process.

One strange explanation for the response from Tehran involves the use of nuclear weapons against Israel on August 22nd 2006. According to the Watcher Magazine website, the explanation involves the date known on the Islamic calendar as the Night of the Sira’a and Miira’aj. The magazine claims that because of interpretation of a “great light” that lit up the sky on that day, Iran had planned to use nukes against Israel.

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer

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