Read the IAEA Reports on Iran

On Feb. 19, New York Times reporters David Sanger and William Broad filed a story about the International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest report [.pdf] on its inspection and monitoring work in Iran. The lead of story, "Inspectors Say Iran Worked on Warhead," announced the Feb. 18 report’s shocking discovery: "The United Nations‘ nuclear inspectors declared … Continue reading “Read the IAEA Reports on Iran”

New Grist for Hype on Iran

Here we go again. A report issued Thursday by the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano, has injected new adrenaline into those arguing that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. The usual suspects are hyping – and distorting – thin-gruel language in the report to “prove” that Iran … Continue reading “New Grist for Hype on Iran”

Double Standards for Iran’s Nuclear Program

Tension between Iran and the United States and its allies has been rising, following Iran’s rejection of the preliminary agreement that was reached between the two sides on Oct. 1, 2009, in Geneva. Under the deal, Iran was supposed to send 75 percent of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia for conversion into … Continue reading “Double Standards for Iran’s Nuclear Program”

Clinton Calls for Strengthened IAEA Powers

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday called for strengthening the authority of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect suspected nuclear-related facilities and ruled out lifting sanctions against North Korea until it took "verifiable and irreversible" steps toward denuclearization. In what was billed as a major policy address, Clinton also called for Iran … Continue reading “Clinton Calls for Strengthened IAEA Powers”

Countering the Conniptions Over Qom

Iran’s nuclear program is once again center stage, the dominant subject of discussions at the national and international levels. On Sept. 21, Iran sent a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) informing it of the construction of a uranium enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom, 90 miles south of Tehran. In … Continue reading “Countering the Conniptions Over Qom”

Leaked Iran Paper Based on Intel That Split IAEA

Excerpts of the internal draft report by the staff of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published online last week show that the report’s claims about Iranian work on a nuclear weapon is based almost entirely on intelligence documents that have provoked a serious conflict within the agency. Contrary to sensational stories by the Associated … Continue reading “Leaked Iran Paper Based on Intel That Split IAEA”

Our Intelligence, and Theirs

Ron Rosenbaum, journalist (the New York Observer,, author, and one of the few liberals to sign on to the ill-fated Pajamas Media fiasco, is damned mad: “Will all the pundits who relied on the discredited 2007 NIE on Iran now admit that they were wrong? That they bought into and kept citing, without any … Continue reading “Our Intelligence, and Theirs”

US Story on Iran Nuke Facility Doesn’t Add Up

The story line that dominated media coverage of the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility last week was the official assertion that U.S. intelligence had caught Iran trying to conceal a "secret" nuclear facility. But an analysis of the transcript of that briefing by senior administration officials that was the sole basis for the news stories … Continue reading “US Story on Iran Nuke Facility Doesn’t Add Up”