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IAEA to Israel: Iran nuclear row must be resolved peacefully
Published Friday 25/01/2013 (updated) 27/01/2013 16:27
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International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano says
the organization has intensified dialogue with Tehran over its uranium
enrichment program. (Reuters/Toru Hanai, File)
VIENNA (Reuters) -- The UN nuclear watchdog chief has underlined to Israel's president the need to resolve differences with Iran diplomatically, Yukiya Amano's office said on Friday, rather than war as Israeli leaders have mooted.

Israel, widely believed to be the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East, has threatened possible military action if diplomacy and sanctions fail to prevent arch-adversary Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Iran says its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful energy purposes only.

Amano said in a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency had intensified "dialogue" with Tehran, the IAEA said in a statement.

That was a reference to the IAEA's year-long push -- so far fruitless -- to negotiate a framework deal with Iran allowing the Vienna-based UN agency to resume a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear weapons research by Tehran.

Director-General Amano "made clear the Agency's commitment to dialogue, and the need to resolve issues with Iran by diplomatic means", the IAEA said in a statement.

Analysts say any brewing or actual military action against Iran will dim the chance of Iran opening up to IAEA investigators and spur Tehran to expel IAEA inspectors tasked with ensuring civilian safeguards on Iran's nuclear activity.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an election victory speech on Wednesday, said preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear arms would be the next government's main challenge.

Iran, which denies Israel and Western accusations that it is seeking to develop the capability to make nuclear bombs, says it is Israel's assumed nuclear arsenal that poses a threat to peace and stability in the volatile Middle East.

Amano also "stressed the importance of a successful conference" on a Middle East free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, the IAEA statement said.

Talks on banning nuclear weapons in the region had been due last year. But the United States - a co-sponsor of the planned conference - said in November the meeting would not occur and did not make clear when it would take place.

US and Israeli officials have said a nuclear arms-free zone in the Middle East could not be a reality until there was broad Arab-Israeli peace and Iran curbed its nuclear program.

Iran and Arab states have criticized the decision to put off the talks, with Tehran blaming Washington for what it called a "serious setback" to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
25/01/2013 15:23
Why are we Israelis seriously worried? Because of this: Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi:"The Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel." http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9102112759 Firouzabadi is the top military commander in Iran. He doesn't joke and he was not joking in the FARS article. Iranian leaders are not lying. They want to kill me and my country. We are not going to sit by and do nothing.

2 ) Mel / USA
25/01/2013 16:02
Always CIVILIZED dialogue,B4 destruction of nations/peoples!Iranophobic Zionist-led Israel,faces no real threat from Iran's NPT-IAEA domestic nuke prog! NPT-IAEA USG knows that.And,"We The People"won't go to war with Iran,just for the sake of brutal colonialism,or lawless,egoistic OCCUPYING Zionism."We The People",should be TRADING peacefully,diplomatically,with NPT-partner Iran,& surrounding states/nations.ROGUE-nuclear Zionist-bully state,faces NO SOVEREIGN,proportionate THREATS,on ANY FRONT!!

3 ) Mick / USA
25/01/2013 17:25
The UN & it's agencies appear to get weaker,and more worthless by the day.

4 ) Michael / USA
25/01/2013 20:44
Can UN stop Iran from having nuke aimed at Israel? NO. Does UN have missiles to prevent this? NO. UN is all talks and powerless. But let's face the reality: Israel is the unmovable rock in the Middle East. The strongest military force in the Middle East. Proof? They have NEVER lost one single regional war since her rebirth in 1948. AMAZING!!!

5 ) Seth Bahauddin / USA
25/01/2013 21:26
Peaceful nuclear power for all is a right laid out by numerous international treaties. Iran has shown no evidence that it trying to develop nuclear weapons, and IAEA inspectors are present at all nuclear sites. Peace in Asia 2013 and beyond

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/01/2013 00:29
There is no Iranian nuclear row; it ended when Israel gave up on making an Iranian nuclear row.

7 ) ian / australia
26/01/2013 03:53
#1 Brian, I see you are in "extreme" mode today. Translation from Farsi can be fraught can't it? If the Imam's prediction that "the regime occupying al-Quds will pass from the pages of history" can mean "Israel will be wiped off the map", then Major General Firouzabadi's (translated) statement can mean anything. The FARS article refers to "full annihilation of the Zionist regime..." which would be achieved by enlightened Israeli leadership withdrawing to the '67 line allowing Palestinians to

8 ) ian / australia
26/01/2013 03:54
(contd.) have a state. So, not such a huge threat really. Iran's only interest in Israel is in its support for "the oppressed Palestinian nation", Israel being the oppressor. Absent that, Iran's attitude is indifference (a fact so shocking to Israeli egotism it remains in denial) which makes the Islamic Republic anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic, "Zionism" being the force oppressing the Palestinians. And any resolution to the I/P conflict acceptable to Palestinians would be accepted by Iran, making

9 ) ian / australia
26/01/2013 03:54
(contd.) visions of suicidal Mullahs hell-bent on "the full annihilation of Israel" ridiculous. And if Iranian leaders don't joke or lie and are prepared to declare murderous intentions on FARS, well why not believe the Imam that nukes are "un-Islamic", proscribed by fatwah and that Iran doesn't want them? I don't want to belittle Israelis' insecurities but, armed to the teeth, Israel could obliterate Iran if it was insane enough to attack, and justifiably. (And the Ayatollahs surely know it.)

10 ) ian / australia
26/01/2013 03:55
(contd.) "They want to kill me and my country." There's a weird, hysterical side to Israelis that's oddly unconvincing: it feels propagandistic like you don't REALLY believe it, just like the sound (and drama) of it. You KNOW it's not true; don't CARE it's not true, and don't care who KNOWS it...because it works on another level, serving some other agenda. I find it weird but I think it's the "mode" you're in here.

11 ) James / Canada
26/01/2013 07:11
Well.... not everyone is given nuclear weapons like Israhell, some people actually build nuclear facilities for peaceful purposes. What a hypocritical nation of people israel is. Hang your head in shame Coberg. No one is fooled in the 21st century by your lies. No more mass media to manipulate, globalization has changed all.

12 ) Sami,the bedouin / Palestine
26/01/2013 12:05
It took the Britons thirty years to kick the Palestinians out, and the French a few years to create Nuclear Zionist state that is eligible and entitled to any new technology specially the deadly ones…. The so “democratic” West, was about to make the Apartheid South Africa a nuclear state for them to be able to control the whole of Africa from Cape-Town …BUT… the democratic and forgiving South Africa is banned from getting nuclear Power, even for peaceful purposes. Why? (cont)

13 ) Sami the bedouin / Palestine
26/01/2013 12:07
(cont) ..Iran?? When Iran was ruled by a feudal dictator, the so “democratic” States started backing him with the nuclear knowledge, and even built a primitive core for not to compete them… BUT… after the public Islamic revolution it became a rogue country, that not only prevented from getting any scientific knowledge, but also besieged to be deprived from developing even its own knowledge. Why? (cont)

14 ) Sami, the bedouin / Palestine
26/01/2013 12:07
(cont) Nuclear Iran would mean a New Middle East other than that one of Ms Condie or that one drawn by the end of WW1, a new middle east that will be free off the American supported Arab dictators… to create it own future, to have its full independence off the transnation (American dominated) companies !!

15 ) Doug / USA
26/01/2013 23:56
#1 Brian Cohen is a lieing Hasbarist that has absolutely no integrity. He completely misstakes what was said in the article and puts his misstatements in quotes, implying it was a direct quote. Read what Brian says in his comment above, then follow the link and read what the article says. I believe Jews label what Brian has done as "blood libel".

16 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/01/2013 07:50
Ian - I'll hold off on comments about your intelligence regarding your remark about "translation from Farsi". FARS is an Iranian website. FARS is approved by the Iranian government, which has shut down every opposition news outlet. They have no problem accurately translating Farsi into English. The quote is exact and inarguable. The commander of Iran's armed forces said it. Sorry that your hate for Israel makes you blind to other things. The Iranian regime is evil. Just ask the Iranians.

17 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/01/2013 07:55
Seth - where do you read the news? The Tehran Times? The IAEA concluded that Iran was carrying out nuclear weapons work: http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Reports/Anrep2011/yearinreview.pdf "The Secretariat’s analysis indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device." Iran has banned IAEA inspectors from its secret nuclear facilities. That is a fact. Are you pad by the Iran govt to post propaganda lies?

18 ) ian / australia
28/01/2013 07:17
#16 "...your hate for Israel makes you blind..." Aw, Brian. I don't hate Israel. Just the s***** things it does. Like killing Lubna Hanash may her soul rest in perfect peace then making up a story about petrol bombs to get the sadist(s) who did it off the hook. Everyone's like that. Including Major General Firouzabadi. Israel just keeps doing stuff that drives people crazy. I take your point about about translation in FARS (yes, I didn't think of that) but if "full annihilation of

19 ) ian / australia
28/01/2013 07:19
(contd.) the Zionist regime of Israel" is the accurate quote, though kind of florid, it still doesn't mean "wipe Israel of the map with our new bomb"! It means Israel renouncing Zionism, expansionist Zionism, dreams of Eretz Yisrael, and withdrawing to its legal border, something which eventually enlightened Israeli leadership will have to do. As for Iran actually attacking Israel: Iran may be crazy but it's not insane. It's a harsh, unlovely regime hated by many but there's no evidence of a

20 ) ian / australia
28/01/2013 07:26
(contd.) death wish or desire for national martyrdom in a great mushroom cloud. (I'd also note that the existential threat, which is suddenly imminent again, pretty much vanished during the election campaign, as though pollsters had found it a buzz-kill among Israeli voters. With the election won, back it comes, clamouring, whining and threatening, and deflecting attention from everything else (clearly its bespoke function).
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