Iranian nuclear saga continues….

Yukiya Amano, the new boss of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in his first public statement on Iran’s nuclear program at the World Economic Forum at Davos (Switzerland) on Friday said that dialogue with Islamic Iran on its nuclear program were continuing: “I hope an agreement will be reached and I continue to work as intermediary”. Yukiya Amano has succeeded former Egyptian Dr. Mohamed El-Baradei, who has been critized by the US, France, Britain, Israel and Germany for not confirming Israeli lies about Iran’s nuclear program for civilian purpose, which the country has the right to pursue as a signatory of the NPT Protocol. Israel, India and Pakistan – the three nuclear powers – still refuse to sign the NPT.

Washington under the Jewish Lobby pressure is leading the campaign for new crippling sanctions against Islamic Iran. China, as member of the so-called ‘P5+Germany” and one of the five veto-powers at the UN Security Council – is in favor of peaceful dialogue with Tehran instead of bullying it with new sanctions and military action. Earlier this month, the group (P5+Germany) met in New York but failed to agree on Washington’s proposed new sanctions. Now, Israel is hoping to turn the table on Tehran next month when the German ZOG takes over the presidency of the UN Security Council.

On Thursday, Israel Lobby (AIPAC) controlled US Senate approved a legislation that would provide the necessary ‘democratic coverage’ to Barack Obama to impose new santions against Islamic Iran. AIPAC, though applauded the passage of the Bill, neverthless, it demanded an immediate implementation of the resolution. “Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons capability would be a devastating blow to America’s national security interests (read Israeli interests in the Middle East). The US and our allies must impose “bitting diplomatic and economic” pressure to try and peacably prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and avoid confronting more distressing alternatives,” said AIPAC spokesman Josh Block.

The US Congress under the Speakership of Nancy Pelosi (allegedly an Argentine Morrano posing as a devout Italian Catholic), had passed similar measures earlier. Pelosi’s father, Congressman Thomas D’Alesandro had championed  the interests of Israel at the risk of his own career. To know the extent to which the US political system is controlled by Israel Lobby – 72 Senators and 294 Congressmen had sponsored the latest legislation to block Iranian imports of refined gasoline.

However, the pro-Israeli Foreign Policy (FP) magazine’s Gal Luft argued in an article that “Iran is not much vulnerable to gasoline sanctions than is commonly believed on Capitol Hill and its foreign gasoline dependence is dropping by the day. The little known reason is that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has imposed dramatic measures to eliminate this stategic vulnerability. He has massively expanded the country’s refinery infrastructure. Seven of Iran’s nine existing refineries are undergoing expansion projects; seven new refineries are on the drawing board or already under construction. In three to five years, these projects will double Iran’s refining capacity, putting it on par with Saudi Arabia ……. By 2012, Iran is projected to be gasoline self-sufficient; shortly after that, the Islamic Republic is likely to become a net gasoline exporter…” Last Sunday, Dr. Ahmadinejad declared that Iran’s new budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year would “lessen reliance on oil revenue” – a move at making the Islamic State less vulnerable to the new western sanctions.

In another development, one of Middle East’s most renowned Sunni Islamic scholar based in Qatar, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi PhD, has endorsed Tehran’s nuclear program: “As we witness western states’ opposition to Iran’s legitimate right to use civilian nuclear technology, they have kept silent over the Zionist regime’s atomic arsenal”. Dr. Qaradawi also urged the Muslim Ummah to maintain and reinvigorate solidarity and unity specially with Iran in order to confront the challenges and defuse the all-out pressure exerted by the enemies of Muslim world.

Iran has been party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) since 1970, and according to NPT Charter, it is entitled to receive technical assistance, equipment and materials from the nuclear or non-nuclear member states and the IAEA. So far, a total of 187 countries have joined the Treaty and some 57 countries have nuclear programs for civilian usages. Three nuclear powers, Israel, India and Pakistan have refrained from joining the Treaty. Both Israel and India have business as usual with the US and EU in the nuclear field. Both have never been threatened by Washington with military strikes, or referred for economic sanctions to the United Nations Security Council. Apparently, some countries are above the international treaties and feel no obligation towards nuclear disarmament.

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