I can’t believe this qualifies as breaking news.
The report states in relatively stark terms that “outstanding issues” that remain unresolved raise “concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile. These alleged activities consist of a number of projects and sub-projects, covering nuclear and missile related aspects, run by military related organizations.”
This is the first time the IAEA has referred to possible “ongoing activities” related to nuclear weaponization, a senior administration official observed.
Another first, the official said, the IAEA saying that “Iran has not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the Agency to confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”
A brief timeline of Hot Air posts over the past year or so:
February 12, 2009: Obama and Panetta claim Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons “capability”
August 2, 2009: The Times of London reports that Iran can now build a bomb and are awaiting Khamenei’s word to get started
September 17, 2009: Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the UN’s nuke agency, admits that Iran knows how to build a bomb and is working on missile delivery systems
September 28, 2009: Iran test fires medium-range nuclear-capable missiles
December 14, 2009: WaPo reports on a secret Iranian document discussing how to build “neutron initiators,” a.k.a. triggers for atomic bombs
February 11, 2010: Ahmadinejad claims that Iran’s now enriching uranium at 20 percent purity, a step closer to bomb-grade enrichment
Sounds like weaponization activities have been ongoing for awhile now, doesn’t it?
Here’s the real “news” from today’s scoop:
The U.N. nuclear agency on Thursday said it was worried Iran may currently be working on making a nuclear warhead, suggesting for the first time that Tehran had either resumed such work or never stopped at the time U.S. intelligence thought it did.
The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency appeared to put the U.N. nuclear monitor on the side of Germany, France, Britain and Israel. These nations and other U.S. allies have disputed the conclusions of a U.S. intelligence assessment published three years ago that said Tehran appeared to have suspended such work in 2003.
In other words, our disgraceful, politicized 2007 NIE on Iran claiming that the country had suspended its weapons program in 2003 — which the White House has already all but repudiated now that the document’s served its main purpose of tying Bush’s hands — has been discredited even by the dovish diplomats at the IAEA. But then that’s another story we’ve been tracking for months and months and months.
Exit question via yet another archived post: It sure would be nice to have a long-range European missile defense system in place sometime soon, wouldn’t it? Oh well.