Iran Nuclear NewsIran fears an emboldened IAEA after Nobel prize

Iran fears an emboldened IAEA after Nobel prize


AFP: The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize Friday to the UN atomic watchdog and its chief Mohamed ElBaradei has left Iran fearful of facing intensified pressure over its hotly disputed nuclear programme. AFP

TEHRAN – The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize Friday to the UN atomic watchdog and its chief Mohamed ElBaradei has left Iran fearful of facing intensified pressure over its hotly disputed nuclear programme.

Iran, accused by the United States and Israel of using its nuclear energy drive as cover for weapons ambitions, has always sought to counter those claims by working within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

But with ElBaradei’s last report on Iran notable for its critical tone and the IAEA chief saying the prize will “strengthen his resolve”, Iranian officials were unafraid to admit their concern for the future course of events.

“Since the start of the crisis, Mohamed ElBaradei always resisted US pressure and his reports were more technical. But recently, for some reason, he has changed his position and his last report was very political,” said one top Iranian official, who asked not to be named.

“The attitude of ElBaradei has not been consistent on the Iranian nuclear issue,” said Kazem Jalali, spokesman of parliament’s foreign affairs committee. “He was trapped between a technical and legalistic vision and a political attitude,” he added.

“There are two ways in which to view the award of this prize. The optimistic hypothesis is that the prize will reinforce the role of the agency and the technical work it does to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

“The pessimistic hypothesis is that with this prize, Mr ElBaradei will become closer to the political position of the United States and the Europeans, especially on the nuclear issue. And he will put more pressure on Iran.

“In my opinion I think that the second hypothesis is the closer to reality,” Jalali concluded.

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, himself a Peace Prize winner, has already described the award to ElBaradei and his watchdog as a warning to Iran.

“It is a warning to Iran because Iran is today the biggest and most dangerous problem,” he told Israeli public radio.

Iran vehemently maintains its nuclear programme is merely for peaceful purposes.

ElBaradei was quick to pledge that the award would “strengthen my resolve and those of my colleagues to speak the truth to power”, without being more specific.

The prize comes at a critical moment in the long running standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme after IAEA in September passed a resolution finding the country in breach of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Negotiations between Iran and Britain, France and Germany to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis broke down in August, when Iran resumed nuclear fuel cycle work in defiance of a pledge to freeze such activities during the talks.

The resolution paved the way for Iran to be hauled before the UN Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear programme, an outcome that the talks with the EU-3 had attempted to avoid.

Speaking in Moscow on Wednesday, ElBaradei said he was “optimistic” Iran would resume talks but said it must still answer questions to allay the allegations it wants to build nuclear weapons.

Latest news

Iran: Militarization of the Country’s Education

After months of contention about the position of the minister of education, the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi finally...

As Thousands of Iranian Prisoners Were Executed in the 1988 Massacre, the World Remained Silent

With the trial of former Iranian prison official Hamid Noury still ongoing in Sweden, proceedings were briefly expedited to...

Even a Revived JCPOA Will Not Save Iran’s Government

Since the beginning of the Iranian regime’s nuclear crisis, which was revealed by the Iranian opposition group, the MEK,...

Iran’s 1988 Massacre Will Never Be Erased From History

As the trial of former Iranian prison official Hamid Noury races forward in Sweden, supporters of the Iranian Resistance...

Iran’s Government Auctions Everything, Now This Bad Fortune Has Hit the Country’s Palms

The Iranian government is auctioning everything from the country’s resources and wealth, and the latest news is that they...

Iran Is Thirsty As People Protest

The hollow promises of the Iranian regime to the people are no longer effective. These days there is a...

Must read

Iran speaker: will ditch fuel plan if new sanctions

Reuters: Iran will abandon an atomic fuel swap plan...

Gates ends Mideast tour with call for pressure on Iran

AFP: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates ended a Middle...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you