Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Iranian Expanding Nuclear Program with Hostage Distraction
Iranian government has ordered their country's Atomic Energy Organization to build 10 more nuclear enrichment sites, thumbing their nose at the UN. This is after the board of governors of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency vote 25-3 demanding that Iran immediately stop operations at the nuclear facility in Qom that recently was uncovered.
"Demanded" - that made me snicker when I read it.
Now Iran has returned to their favorite diplomatic tool: hostage negotiation.
This time five Britons were being held and as usual, the Iranian regime is claims that these people broke the law (in this case by wandering into Iran's territorial waters)and denounces them as spies.
These hostages were released Wednesday morning.
So is it a distraction from their nuclear program?
After the press officially ignored the Iranian progress, the detainees were released.
Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said world powers had made no progress over the last year in settling concerns about Iran's nuclear program.
"It is now well over a year since the agency was last able to engage Iran in discussions about these outstanding issues. We have effectively reached a dead end." - El Baradei
Obama's diplomacy was supposed to correct this...
Different President, same results. Anyone else see a pattern forming?