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Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


Iran is being thrown under the bus

Caspian Sea states shut Iran out of summit

commentary by Peter Chamberlain:

[Another clear indicator that nothing is as it seems in the Middle East. We are encouraged by the controllers of the "free press" to believe that conflicts and divisions between players are real and not simply play-acting for the gullible people to witness. Like the argument between the US and Pakistan, we witness a manufactured non-event, that plays-out to convince us that there is space between the two friends. The US uses secret deals with collaborator nations like Russia and Iran to stage diversionary events, to confuse and distract those who are paying attention. But the danger for a small power, like Iran, that ignores the warning signs, or forgets the hard historical lessons it has been taught, is that it will be thrown into the fire, a disposable scapegoat, when the time for sacrifice comes. This move by Russia, to cut Iran out of any Caspian summit, shows the real nature of Russia's support for Iran. I am certain that Israel is paying close attention.]

Iran is peeved at its northern neighbors over a decision to exclude the Islamic Republic from a meeting of Caspian Sea states on Thursday.

Iran’s top diplomat, Manouchehr Mottaki, said today he was outraged that Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan plan to meet in the Kazakh city of Aktau without Iran, according to the website of Iran’s state-owned English-language Press TV satellite news channel.

“In our view the meeting runs contrary to Iran’s national interests,” Mottaki said.

Iran has stewed for years as Russia and its former Soviet satellite states gobble up more and more of the Caspian Sea’s resources.

The four countries attending the Aktau meeting, described as an “informal” summit to discuss “subregional cooperation,” say they don’t plan to make any decisions on the status of the sea or the division of the seabed, an official representative of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry told Azerbaijan’s Trend news agency.

But to Iranians, it looks like another attempt to chip away at Iran’s claims to the sea’s riches, which include gas and oil reserves as well as marine life.

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SUDDENLY, as if taking a page from Debka File (yesterday):

US: Iran nearing atom bomb ability, must negotiate

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday Iran was nearing the ability to make atom bombs by stockpiling enriched uranium and, with EU allies, prodded Tehran to engage in talks now on its nuclear ambitions. Western powers spoke at a U.N. nuclear watchdog meeting as Iran's state television announced that it would hand over a long-delayed package of proposals for talks "very soon" amid Western talk of pursuing far harsher sanctions against Tehran.

"We have serious concerns that Iran is deliberately attempting, at a minimum, to preserve a nuclear weapons option," U.S. envoy Glyn Davies told the 35 nations on the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors. "Iran is now either very near or in possession already of sufficient low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon if the decision were made to further enrich it to weapons-grade ... (This) moves Iran closer to a dangerous and destabilizing possible breakout capacity," Davies said.

U.S. national intelligence chief Dennis Blair estimated earlier this year that Iran probably would be unable technically to "weaponize" enrichment before 2013. IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei has said Iran's threat has been exaggerated. But Davies' remark pointed to growing Western disquiet about Iran's nuclear advances, largely out of sight due to restrictions on U.N. inspections.

An August 28 IAEA report said Iran had somewhat improved transparency by approving tighter monitoring of its Natanz enrichment plant and allowing inspectors to revisit a reactor site of proliferation concern after a year-long ban on access. Iran had also slightly reduced, as of mid-August, its number of centrifuge machines refining uranium, the report said, a move diplomats said pointed to repair and maintenance work.

[Iran..... deliberately attempting to...... Preserve Options?!?!?!!? THOSE BASTARDS! - ed.]

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