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    No Nukes?...

    Iran Willing to Share Nuclear Technology
    Sep 15 12:30 PM US/Eastern


    By NASSER KARIMI
    Associated Press Writer


    TEHRAN, Iran


    Iran is willing to provide other Islamic nations with nuclear technology, Iran's hard-line president said Thursday.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the comments after meeting Turkey's prime minister on the sidelines of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

    Ahmadinejad repeated promises that Iran will not pursue nuclear weapons, IRNA reported. Then he added: "Iran is ready to transfer nuclear know-how to the Islamic countries due to their need."

    Iran has said it is determined to pursue its nuclear program to process uranium and produce energy, despite European attempts to limit it. The United States accuses Tehran of secretly seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

    Meanwhile, diplomats and government officials in Europe said a U.S.- European drive to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council is encountering fierce opposition and could be postponed despite deep international concerns about Tehran's nuclear agenda.

    Just days before planned action on referral, the diplomats and officials told The Associated Press that the idea of giving Iran a deadline of several weeks to comply with international demands on its nuclear activities is gaining favor.

    "It would not be a change in policy but a change in timing," said one European official about the possibility of delaying _ but not withdrawing _ the U.N. Security Council threat. There has been strong opposition from more than a dozen nations on the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency to a demand for referral at next week's board meeting.

    The officials and diplomats _ some in Vienna, others elsewhere in Europe _ demanded spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the negotiations on what tack to take on Iran.

    Their comments seemed to mirror indications from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Washington was prepared to delay again its drive for Security Council referral.

    Rice last week appealed openly to China, Russia, India and other nations to support the United States in threatening Iran with sanctions for refusing to halt its nuclear program.

    Russia quickly registered its opposition to trying to impose sanctions in the U.N. Security Council, and the White House acknowledged Wednesday that President Bush was unable to get a commitment from Chinese President Hu Jintao.

    Ahmadinejad urged the U.N. not to bend to U.S. pressure.

    "The raison d'etre of the United Nations is to promote global peace and tranquility," he told the General Assembly. "Therefore, any license for pre-emptive measures which are essentially based on gauging intentions rather than objective facts ... is a blatant contradiction to the very foundation of the United Nations and the letter and the spirit of its charter."

    Washington had been a key force in trying to marshal enough support at Monday's board meeting of the Vienna-based IAEA for referral. But in comments Wednesday, Rice indirectly acknowledged that drive was faltering.

    "I am not so concerned about exactly when it happens," Rice told the Fox News Editorial Board, "because I don't think this matter is so urgent that it has to come on Sept. 19."

    The European Union has taken the lead in trying to persuade Iran to halt development of nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons in exchange for economic concessions.

    The European official said that _ as of Thursday _ any resolution in Vienna demanding immediate referral to the Security Council would have "only a slim majority of two or three countries" on the 35-member IAEA board.

    Rice on Wednesday suggested the EU remained fully committed to referral, saying: "The question is how much support can you bring that is non-European support."

    But officials and diplomats said that was not so.

    About a half-dozen EU member nations _ among them Italy, Spain and Portugal _ are openly questioning the authority of France, Britain and Germany to negotiate a resolution at the board meeting on behalf of the European Union, said the official.

    Iran's lobby efforts against referral "have been rather successful," said the official. "Both African countries and nonaligned countries are very keen on it not going to the Security Council."

    A senior nonaligned diplomat in Vienna said informal but high-level contacts were under way between Tehran and key EU countries on what concessions Iran was prepared to make in exchange for a delay of the push to have Iran hauled before the Security Council.

    Ahmadinejad is expected to reveal new Iranian proposals by the weekend at the U.N. summit, which it hopes will defuse the nuclear crisis.

    Among those leaning against the idea of immediate referral in favor of a several-weeks-long deadline is IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei, said several officials and diplomats. One of them said ElBaradei "moved over to the camp" of countries opposed to referral in recent weeks as that group of countries has grown.

    While an EU diplomat said ElBaradei had suggested a delay as one of several options, the European official said the IAEA chief appeared increasingly to be backing that approach over others in recent conversations with EU foreign ministers and Rice.

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    Associated Press Write George Jahn contributed to this report from Vienna.

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    How troubling is that article?

    Here's a question I cannot answer, perhaps someone here knows. Does Iran do anything to help African Nations? Do they help those Countries as much as the USA? Why would they go against our wishes? The only answer I can come up with is selfish reasons to eventually produce nukes.

    There are very serious problems out there, and they will effect us eventually.

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    [QUOTE=jetswin]
    [B]Iran is willing to provide other Islamic nations with nuclear technology, Iran's hard-line president said Thursday. [/B]
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    I'm surprised there have been no comments on this, I guess we are all in agreement for once, now what?

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    this is what you would call a WMD problem. Not worrying about mustard gas from 1960s.

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    Iran will have passed around Nuc technology to all sorts of undesireables, North Koreas insane leader will be spouting off about their nukes. And the search for WMD hidden in milk trucks will continue in Iraq.....ah, they gave up on that correct?..... bringing stable democracy to Iraq will continue.

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