quarta-feira, março 10, 2004
No Washington Times:
The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), currently meeting in Vienna, faces a tremendous challenge: what to do about a systematic, ongoing campaign of cheating and deception by Tehran.
It is already clear that once again, Washington and the European Union disagree about whether to take a forceful stance against Iran's refusal to tell the truth about its nuclear program.
Undersecretary of State for Arms Control John Bolton sent a sharply worded letter to Britain, France and Germany stating that their soft stance toward Iran was undercutting common efforts to force the regime to give a full accounting of its efforts to produce atomic weapons.
Germany, France and Britain, representing the European Union, want to emphasize what they euphemistically term Iranian progress toward opening up and eventual dismantling these weapons programs. But their recent performance record is hardly encouraging.
Back in the fall, the three European countries announced that Iran had agreed to stop constructing uranium-enrichment centrifuges, which are used to build nuclear weapons. Then in January, Iran announced that it was building the centrifuges after all. In a remarkable act of impertinence, the regime claimed that the deal did not require that it stop all enrichment-related activities and that it had the right to continue amassing centrifuges. In short, the "EU 3" were hoodwinked.
posted by Miguel Noronha 4:11 da tarde
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