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the only question that matters: is it true?

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


there will be a struggle over Kazakhstan

1. Chinese president to visit Kazakhstan

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay a working visit to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan from Dec. 12 to14 at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said here Wednesday.

source: chinaview

2. Kazakhstan urged to lift visa requirements for Iranian traders

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran called on Kazakhstan to lift visa requirements for those Iranian businessmen willing to run trade activities in the Central Asian country.

...Noting that the trade volume between Iran and Kazakhstan has increased in recent years, he stressed that in case existing problems are resolved, the two countries can boost the volume of annual trade to $10 bln.

Mehman Parast also referred to the strategic situation of Iran and Kazakhstan in the region, and said today the world supplies its needs through importing either the goods and products manufactured by Iran and Kazakhstan or the other countries' products which should again pass through Iran or Kazakhstan.

read more @ fars news agency

3. also strategic: Antarctica: New Zealand backs moves for mandatory code in polar tourism

WELLINGTON, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand supports tougher controls of cruise ships visiting Antarctic waters to address environmental threats from a tourism boom on the frozen continent, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said on Wednesday.

"Considering Antarctica's harsh conditions and remoteness, the Antarctic cruise tourism industry is currently inadequately regulated," the foreign minister said in a statement.

An Antarctic Treaty Meeting of Experts (ATME) in Wellington this week is considering a mandatory code for vessel design and construction, equipment, crew training and safe operation, of cruise ships to Antarctica.

The results of their talks will go to the Antarctic Treaty states' meeting in Uruguay next May.

read more @ chinaview

4. summary of Antarctic Treaty - list of countries and when they signed, goes back to 1960 with UK, South Africa, Belgium the first three

read the whole thing here

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