Islamic Republic’s head of Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi in his address at the IAEA General Conference on Moday in Vienna called for an immediate resumption of talks on Iran’s nuclear swap with the Vienna Group (Russia, France, the US and IAEA).
The 54th annual meeting of the 151-member organization was kicked-in on Monday, September 20, 2010 at Vienna International Center. Austria. To the great dismay of US-Israel, Pakistan, the only Muslim-majority nuclear-armed country, is elected to chair the meeting. According to independent sources – the current stockpiles of nuclear bombs is – Russia (12,000), US (9,000), Israel (240-400), France (300), China (240), UK (225), India (80-100), Pakistan (60-80) and North Korea (less than 10). In addition to that the US has nuclear bombs at its military bases in Italy (70-90), Turkey (50), Germany (10-20), Belgium (10-20), Netherlands (10-20) and Australia (1).
Last year’s summit saw a resolution tabled by Arab states urging Israel to sign up to the treaty, had passed with a very narrow majority but Israel has since dismissed the non-binding resolution and has refused to become a signatory to the NPT, saying it is a purely symbolic document.
The resolution called the IAEA’s Director General Yukiya Amano to prepare a report on how to implement it and “work with member states toward achieving” the goal of persuading the Zionist entity to join the NPT. Amano’s investigation into Israel’s nuclear activities which was expected to include on-site inspections of nuclear facilities – resulted in a 81-page dubious report, which was published this month ahead of the conference. The report, as expected, highlights Iranian and Syrian nuclear activities while it has shielded the Zionist entity’s dubious role in this field. Naturally, Islamic Republic and Arab nations believe that as Tel Aviv is the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, the IAEA is obliged to investigate to the fullest of its capacity.
The Western Zionist Occupied Governments lead by the US believe the IAEA conference is neither the place nor the time to table another resolution on Israel or agitate for inspections.
The US in particular claims that with newly-launched Middle East peace talks at a very delicate juncture, any extra pressure may jeopardize progress. Washington has stated that Israel has fully cooperated with the IAEA and that there is no need for further debate in Vienna this week.
The Obama administration is also concerned that any undue pressure on Israel at this time regarding its nuclear capabilities may ruin its chances of persuading Israel to attend a conference in 2012 on freeing the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction.
Zionist entity’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak who met US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen in Washington on Monday – insisted that the US military option against the Islamic Republic must remain active.