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iran playing games with nuclear offer

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Rice Says Iran Playing Games With Offer

WASHINGTON (April 30) - The United States rejects Iran's offer to allow a watchdog agency to inspect the country's nuclear facilities and will press ahead for U.N. penalties against Tehran, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.

   



"They've had plenty of time to cooperate. I think they're playing games," Rice said.

Iran on Saturday offered to allow inspections to resume if the Security Council turned over the dispute to the U.N. nuclear monitor, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

A report from the IAEA confirmed that Iran had successfully produced enriched uranium and defied the Security Council's Friday deadline to stop the process.

Rice said the offer to resume IAEA inspections suggests the Iranians "are indeed somewhat concerned" about actions the Security Council might take to further isolate Iran.

Her remarks contrasted with comments from her predecessor at the State Department, Colin Powell, who said in an interview broadcast Sunday in London that Iran seems to "have pretty much decided they can accept whatever sanctions are coming their way."

Regardless, Rice said the U.S. probably would seek a U.N. resolution that would require Iran to comply with demands that it stop enriching uranium. Rice mentioned a resolution under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which means it can be enforced through penalties or military action.

"The international community's credibility is at stake here," she told ABC's "This Week."

"And we have a choice, too. We can either mean what we say, when we say that Iran must comply, or we can continue to allow Iran to defy."

While the U.S. and its European allies are pushing for possible penalties, Russia and China -- veto-wielding Security Council members -- have opposed the idea.

Iran insists it has no plans to make nuclear weapons and does not need or want them. The United States, Britain and France suspect the program is aimed at producing nuclear warheads.


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Comments

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Comment by pacattack05 - April 30, 2006, 6:22 pm
Very interesting Mike. I just hope my Aunt and her husband move out soon. They went back to Iran a few years ago.

They weren't doing to well, financially, in the states, so they figured on leveraging the american dollar to their advantage, in Iranian currency. The cost of housing is cheaper there, so they had to do what they had to do. It's rough when you don't like working as a carpenter for someone else, like a boss. That was my uncle's downfall. He wanted his own business, but didn't succeed. Maybe he shouldn't have gived up so easily. I don't know.

I heard a rumor that the reason this country really wants to invade Iran is because, Iran is supposedly going to convert the currency they currently use into Euro dollars, and that's gonna hurt this administration in some fashion that I forgot about, but that was the jist of it presented to me. And that this reason of enrichment is just a facade to create a dilemma, so we have a good reason to attack.

But they must get out soon if things heat up.
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konaneComment by konane - April 30, 2006, 9:14 pm
This pretty much sums it up ................

Olmert says Iran president "psychopath"

"BERLIN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a psychopath and anti-Semite whose declarations resemble those of Adolf Hitler, Israeli acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a newspaper interview on Saturday.
"Ahmadinejad speaks today like Hitler before taking power," Olmert told Germany's Bild newspaper. "He speaks of the complete destruction and annihilation of the Jewish people."

Ahmadinejad has questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." He has also suggested the Jewish state should be moved to Europe or North America.

"So you see, we are dealing with a psychopath of the worst kind, with an anti-Semite," Olmert said. "God forbid that this man ever gets his hands on nuclear weapons, to carry out his threats."

http://reuters.myway.com/article/20060429/2006-04-29T113132Z_01_L29373499_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-ISRAEL-IRAN-OLMERT-DC.html
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - May 1, 2006, 7:17 am
thanks konane and pacattack!

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