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Volume 3, Number 20 June 22 - 28, 2003 Quezon City, Philippines
Forces 'Prepare for Iran Attack'
has been constructing a nuclear civil power programme for some years. It is due
to start generating significant amounts of electricity for the national power
grid in two years.
United Nations, American and EU experts have become alarmed at the extent of the
nuclear plants in Iran, and many are of a sophistication that suggests that they
are for a weapons programme rather than for civil use.
full report by the International Atomic Energy Authority is due to be published
within days. It points at "discrepancies" in what Iran has officially
disclosed about its nuclear facilities.
chief IAEA inspector Mohammed El Baradei said: "Tehran has failed to report
certain nuclear material and activities."
EU has declared this week that it backs the demands of the United States and
Britain that IAEA inspectors should be allowed full access to all nuclear sites
in Iran. Russia, which has helped Iran develop nuclear plants, has also backed
the international effort to get more inspectors on the ground there.
has rejected these demands. A government spokesman accused Washington of
"blatant interference" in stirring up the student protests against the
clerical regime, which have been running for six nights in the capital.
the EU's foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg yesterday backed the Americans
and demanded that inspectors be admitted or any trade deals with the EU should
be called off.
the past week the EU and Nato, as well as Russia and Japan, have expressed
genuine alarm that Iran could be developing a nuclear weapons programme more
powerful than anything Saddam Hussein actually achieved in Iraq, whatever he
is not a question of crying Wolfowitz," a Washington defence insider said,
referring to the calls to deal with the "axis of evil" of rogue states
- which include Iran - by the hawkish deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz.
"The threat is real."
CIA agents are known to have been working inside Iran to establish the full
range of the Iranian nuclear programme. Production and research is being carried
out at no less than 16 different sites, including Tehran university-Recently
Iran began developing a new series of medium-range missiles, which could reach
Israel, Cyprus and even Greece.
protests against the clerical regime of the ayatollahs has suddenly made Iran
more unstable in the past few weeks. President Bush has welcomed the protests,
though some fear they will make the country even more unmanageable. But one of
the Pentagon's most hardline advisers, Richard Perle, has said that the
demonstrations could undermine the rule of the clerics, which would be the best
way of disarming Iran. Michael Ledeen, his colleague at the American Enterprise
Institute, a think tank close to the White House, has gone further.
wrote last week: "Iraq's support of terrorism was minuscule compared to
Tehran's activities. If we are serious about winning the war against the terror
masters, the Tehran regime must fall."
also blames the ayatollahs in Tehran for giving financial backing and training
to a hardline organisation, the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in
Iraq (SCIRI), founded by Ayatollah Mohammed Bakr al Hakim. He has just returned
to Iraq. The ayatollah is blamed for the Shi'ite violence against British and
American forces in Basra and in the Shi'ite heartlands of central and southern
British intelligence official said that any campaign against Iran would not be a
ground war like the one in Iraq. The Americans will use different tactics, said
the intelligence officer. "It is getting quite scary."