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IAEA chief says attack on Iran would be catastrophe
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/07 | Stella Dawson

Posted on 01/25/2007 5:20:32 PM PST by NormsRevenge

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - An attack on Iran would be catastrophic and encourage it to develop a nuclear bomb, Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said on Thursday.

"It would be absolutely counterproductive, and it would be catastrophic," ElBaradei said at a discussion on nuclear proliferation at the World Economic Forum.

The Bush administration in recent weeks has toughened its stance against Iran, which the West has accused of seeking to secretly build an atomic bomb, raising fears among political and business leaders that the U.S. plans an attack.

President George W. Bush has moved an additional aircraft carrier into the Gulf and told Iran that he would not allow it to provide weapons and support to insurgents in Iraq.

Israel has refused to rule out pre-emptive military action against Iran on the lines of its 1981 air strike against an atomic reactor in Iraq, although many analysts believe Iran's nuclear facilities are too much for Israel to destroy alone.

The United Nations imposed sanctions in December to prevent Iran using its nuclear energy program for military weapons, and Iran this week banned 38 IAEA nuclear inspectors.

ElBaradei, head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, has been engaged in meetings here at the gathering of world political and business leaders. He said diplomacy is the only way forward, and talk of military action can only backfire.

"This strengthens the hands of those in Iran who say 'let's develop a bomb to protect ourselves," he said.

The Bush administration has said it wants a diplomatic solution and that it is not preparing to attack either Iran or Syria.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz also warned against an attack, while Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami urged calm to reduce tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

"If there is military action, it will have catastrophic results, not only in the region, but the whole world," Aziz said.

"I hope they would be good enough in managing the situation. We deeply need patience and understanding and not to get too emotional," Khatami said.

ElBaradei said force should not be ruled out, but past experience has shown that it should not be used with haste, citing Iraq where no evidence of nuclear weapons was found after the U.S.-led invasion.

"I am convinced that the only way forward in Iran is engagement," ElBaradei said. "We have to invest in peace," he said, adding that if the international community failed to do that "the consequence will be 10 times worse."

"I hope we will stop speaking about a military option and focus on finding a solution," ElBaradei said.

Iran says it needs nuclear power to generate electricity but the West fears it is secretly seeking an atom bomb. In December, the United Nations imposed sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology to try and stop enrichment work that could produce bomb material.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: attack; catastrophe; iaea; iran
Reuters has been working overtime to forestall any attack on Iran through whatever channels they can use to do so, not that one is forthcoming, Right?
1 posted on 01/25/2007 5:20:35 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Who decided to put a muzzie in charge of the IAEA anyway?


2 posted on 01/25/2007 5:21:26 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: NormsRevenge

Why blow up the reactor? Just destroy Irans abililty to produce oil. Doesn't impact us except for a buck or two more at the pump.

However, China would be in economic ruins as would the EU.

We are going about this all wrong.


3 posted on 01/25/2007 5:22:27 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The Clintons: A Malignant Malfeasance of the Most Morbid)
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To: NormsRevenge

Same old song from the Islamic-nuclear-weapons promoting ElBadari. He and Blix have overseen the most danerous of proliferation of weapons into the hands of nutjobs the worlkd has seen for some time.

So clearly the U.N. will give them, some more awards.


4 posted on 01/25/2007 5:22:44 PM PST by rod1
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To: NormsRevenge

ElBaradei has had his chance. What exactly is his track record of success?


5 posted on 01/25/2007 5:23:31 PM PST by Dog Gone
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Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami is seen on a large video screen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 25, 2007. (Sebastian Derungs/Reuters)


Iran's Khatami calls for calm heads in nuclear row
Stella Dawson

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday called for calm heads to reduce building tensions between the United States and his country over its nuclear program.

"I hope that they would be good enough in managing the situation. We deeply need patience and understanding and not to get too emotional," Khatami said at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

Tehran and Washington have collided head-on over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision last February to resume the country's uranium enrichment program, reversing a more than two-year pause under Khatami's government.

Iran says it needs nuclear power to generate electricity but the West is concerned it is secretly seeking an atom bomb.

In December, the United Nations voted to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology to try and stop enrichment work that could produce bomb material.

This week, Iran banned 38 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors from working in the country. On Tuesday it said it was still cooperating with the U.N. watchdog, which has a pool of about 200 inspectors qualified to check Iranian sites.

Khatami declined to comment on the decision to ban the group of IAEA inspectors, whom diplomats said were all Westerners.

The United States has urged Iran to sit down for talks on its nuclear program or face tougher sanctions if IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei tells the Security Council in a report due on February 21 that Tehran is not complying with U.N. demands.

Ahmadinejad has called the U.N. resolution a "piece of torn paper" and vowed to press ahead with the nuclear program.

Khatami also threw his support behind the U.S. Iraq Study Group proposal for the Bush administration to involve Iran in regional talks about the future of Iraq.

"Rather than confrontation, it would be better to cooperate and have dialogue with Iran and Syria," Khatami told reporters after attending a panel discussion on the outlook for Iraq.


6 posted on 01/25/2007 5:23:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... California 2007,, Where's a script re-write guy when ya need 'em?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
However, China would be in economic ruins as would the EU.

Well, that's likely to make us solidify friendships! Why don't we bomb London with B-52's just to go whole hog.

7 posted on 01/25/2007 5:24:04 PM PST by zarf
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To: zarf

These are countries that support terrorism. If I remember correctly you are either with us or against us. Seems that both China and the EU are against us.

Talking and making nice hasn't really worked. Isn't that what the Democrats want to do?


8 posted on 01/25/2007 5:26:07 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The Clintons: A Malignant Malfeasance of the Most Morbid)
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To: NormsRevenge

ElBaradei seems to be an expert concerning a catastrophe WRT Iran, but probably has no problem with an Iranian nuke hitting Israel or Iraq (w/ US forces there). That would not be a catastrophe.


9 posted on 01/25/2007 5:27:43 PM PST by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: Dog Gone
ElBaradei is only worried about his family in Tehran
and the possible removal of his people who control the US Patent Office.
10 posted on 01/25/2007 5:28:29 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: NormsRevenge

Properly done, and attack would not leave enough resources to manufacture a stick match!


11 posted on 01/25/2007 5:29:08 PM PST by lawdude (2006: The elections we will live to die for!)
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To: lawdude

...an attack...


12 posted on 01/25/2007 5:29:47 PM PST by lawdude (2006: The elections we will live to die for!)
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To: Diogenesis

I thought he was Egyptian.


13 posted on 01/25/2007 5:30:19 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: NormsRevenge

It would be a catastrophe, but if its done right, it will be a catastrophe for them.


14 posted on 01/25/2007 5:31:32 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: jimbo123

My first question and I quit reading right there.


15 posted on 01/25/2007 5:32:25 PM PST by Eaker (You were given the choice between war & dishonor. You chose dishonor & you will have war. -Churchill)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
If I remember correctly you are either with us or against us.

The actual quote was "You are either with us or you are with the terrorists." It's obvious from the many times that it is misquoted that Republicans are not good at repeating powerful expressions enough so that everyone learns them. Of course we don't have the DBM repeating things helpful to our country every half hour on the radio for three straight days as in the reign of ex42.

Many would like to be against us. Few want to be with the terrorists.

16 posted on 01/25/2007 5:33:13 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: NormsRevenge

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Mohamed ElBaradei gestures while speaking during a session 'Stopping the Spread of Nuclear Weapons' at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday Jan. 25, 2007. The tumult in the Middle East and the ongoing crisis between Israel and the Palestinians will take center stage Thursday at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)


17 posted on 01/25/2007 5:35:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... California 2007,, Where's a script re-write guy when ya need 'em?)
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To: NormsRevenge
"An attack on Iran would be catastrophic..." -for the mullahs
18 posted on 01/25/2007 5:36:17 PM PST by oneolcop (Take off the gloves!)
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To: NormsRevenge
If the worthless CLOWN Mohamhead ElBaradi doesn't want us to HAVE to attack Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons, perhaps he should not have been a fucking joke for the entire time he has held the office at the IAEA.

You made you bet Mohamhead... now lie in it.
19 posted on 01/25/2007 5:37:29 PM PST by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: NormsRevenge

So maybe taking out Iran from the air is the key to winning the war on terrorism.


20 posted on 01/25/2007 5:41:01 PM PST by jacob allen
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To: NormsRevenge

****An attack on Iran would be catastrophic and encourage it to develop a nuclear bomb, ****

Yeah like they arent trying to make one now.

Like the man says , Make the attack right and they wont be making anything that even resembles a Nuclear bomb.


21 posted on 01/25/2007 5:52:23 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Reuters has been working overtime to forestall any attack on Iran through whatever channels they can use...

Flipping through available channels now :

Channel 11 : Vincent Cannistraro

Channel 21 : James Abourezk

Channel 13 : Harold Ickes

Channel 36 : Pat Lang...

22 posted on 01/25/2007 5:52:57 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: jacob allen

iran and syria

they are demonstrated intermeddlers in Iraq. The only thing they have not done is verbalized the declaration of war against the US. Its a proxy war. Whats gotta be done is cut the heads off the 2 snakes.

Iran need to be hit hard, particularly in light of them getting technological guidance from north Korea. For the way everyone is focussing up, there will he several smoking holes in Israel., then Europe.

they already have 1400 years of jihad under their belt, the last thing they need is to have nuclear weapons.

....imo


23 posted on 01/25/2007 5:56:07 PM PST by himno hero
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To: NormsRevenge

IAEA chief says attack on Iran would be catastrophe

Yeah, our soldiers will never be able to cope with those Iranian winters....oh wait.
24 posted on 01/25/2007 5:56:57 PM PST by COBOL2Java ("No stronger retrograde force exists in the world" - Winston Churchill on Islam)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I hope we will stop speaking about a military option and focus on finding a solution," ElBaradei said.

"We" being the United States or Iran?

25 posted on 01/25/2007 6:00:39 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: NormsRevenge

The UN is gonna freak if Israel has to drop a bomb on Damascus.


26 posted on 01/25/2007 6:14:49 PM PST by Cyclops08
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To: NormsRevenge

We all believe a guy named Mohammed, right ?


27 posted on 01/25/2007 6:20:04 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"It would be absolutely counterproductive, and it would be catastrophic,"

You 9th Century knuckledraggers all stick together,don't you Abdul!

1)An attack,done right,would be very productive,indeed.

2)Yes,an attack would be difficult and would cause difficulties but,done correctly,it would *PREVENT* a catastrophe,not cause one.

28 posted on 01/25/2007 6:21:37 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: NormsRevenge

We don't have to call it an attack. The US could conduct simultaneous above ground nuclear tests in Iran for peaceful, educational purposes, in the vacinity of their current nuclear and military installations.


29 posted on 01/25/2007 6:24:43 PM PST by Mad Federalist
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To: NormsRevenge

A worthless bureaucrat said it...so it must be true!


30 posted on 01/25/2007 6:37:09 PM PST by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: jimbo123

OK, let's just blow up the 'I' et al and Albardari and see if anybody outside of the Dems care!!


31 posted on 01/25/2007 7:45:02 PM PST by phillyfanatic
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To: NormsRevenge

It would be a catastrophe if Iran was hindered in it's efforts. These UN guys couldn't find their noses with both hands.


32 posted on 01/25/2007 7:55:18 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: NormsRevenge
""It would be absolutely counterproductive, and it would be catastrophic," ElBaradei said at a discussion on nuclear proliferation at the World Economic Forum. "

Did he happen to mention what an atomic explosion would be like in Israel or NY?

33 posted on 01/25/2007 8:00:48 PM PST by blam
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To: piasa

Channel 12 : Joseph Biden


34 posted on 01/25/2007 8:29:09 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: NormsRevenge

The book on the ragheads is to delay the West. In the meantime, re-double efforts to re-arm, recruit more crazies and work full tilt to develop THE bomb.

The West is populated by way too many suckers who believe these goat ****ers.


35 posted on 01/25/2007 9:33:08 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: NormsRevenge
So who cares what the head of IKEA thinks?


36 posted on 01/25/2007 9:37:13 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: NormsRevenge

kumbaya my lord, kumbaya

kumbaya my lord, kumbaya

oh lord, kumbaya

--

bush discussing iraq war strategy for the last six years


37 posted on 01/25/2007 11:25:30 PM PST by Enduring Freedom (President Bush - Your Public Relations Team Sucks!)
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