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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:05 AM
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Iran Denies Inspectors Access to Site
Aug 21, 10:49 AM EDT

Iran Denies Inspectors Access to Site

By GEORGE JAHN
Associated Press Writer


VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran has turned away U.N. inspectors wanting to examine its underground nuclear site in an apparent violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty, diplomats and U.N. officials said Monday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of the information, told The Associated Press that Iran's unprecedented refusal to allow access to the facility at Natanz could seriously hamper international efforts to ensure that Tehran is not trying to make nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader said Tehran will pursue nuclear technology despite a U.N. Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment by the end of the month or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has made its own decision and in the nuclear case, God willing, with patience and power, will continue its path," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to state television.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IRAN_NUCLEAR?SIT...
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meisje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:09 AM
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1. Bombed if they do, bombed if they don't!
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Theres-a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:04 PM
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16. Good one.
Frightening,too.You're probably right.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:25 AM
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2. "Iran's supreme leader"??? who calls him that?
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erik-the-red Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:46 AM
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3. It's a title
The Supreme Leader of Iran is the highest ranking political authority, according to Wikipedia.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:52 AM
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4. wow, thanks
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erik-the-red Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:52 PM
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11. NP
You're welcome. I'm actually now not sure if you were being sarcastic on the original post.
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BushOut06 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:10 PM
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12. Please, don't ever refer to Wikipedia as a source
Wikipedia is probably the biggest collection of half-truths, hearsay, and propaganda on the internet. Anyone can post articles on there, and many times you'll find false information on there.

Wikipedia might be a good place to start, but always try to corroborate whatever you find there.
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erik-the-red Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 09:39 AM
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15. OK
It is true that anyone can edit on Wikipedia. It is also their policy to make sure that statements are cited.

But, from now on, I'll use more reliable sources.
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zreosumgame Donating Member (862 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:10 PM
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17. yes, but how often are those cites
checked? it could be weeks months or years before something is corrected.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:10 AM
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5. "Unprecedented"?
Iran Denies U.N. Access to Nuke Site

NewsMax.com Wires
Wednesday, March 2, 2005

VIENNA, Austria -- Iran severely restricted access to a suspect military site late last year and has refused a new request by the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency to revisit the facility, a senior agency official said Tuesday.

Pierre Goldschmidt, a deputy secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also told the IAEA board that Iran continues to build a heavy water reactor in the city of Arak that can produce plutonium, despite agency requests to cease construction on the facility.

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/3/1/16173...
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:15 AM
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8. Newsmax?????
:rofl:
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:17 AM
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9. True, but I thought the comparison with the OP might be apt. nt
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Andrushka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 02:40 AM
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14. And someone said this about Wikipedia:
"probably the biggest collection of half-truths, hearsay, and propaganda on the internet"

They have never read Newsmax.
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:11 AM
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6. Expected...
Iranians need only look to Iraq and what happened there...the UN inspection teams merely got caught up in the bullpit of western politics.

If the teams find nothing like they did in Iraq, the US and it's enablers simply ignore them...if they find some evidence, then the UN inspection teams become a 'hero' to US/Israel and it's propaganda machine...

Iranians are smart...letting the inspection teams into Iran and NOT Israel, would simply be seen as 'weakness' in their government and region, conceeding to racist Zionism and US projection of power...it's legitimate for any nation to oppose their enemies.

Good for the goose is good for the gander...
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:15 AM
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7. Yahoo link
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060821/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran...

"The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of the information"

Whats up with that? How is this confidential?
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agentkgb Donating Member (37 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:46 PM
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10. Just Like Us
I'd prefer if no one had nukes (or chemical weapons, or guns, etc.), but the US wasn't exactly real supportive of the UN when they wanted to check out Iraq. Iran's just refusing access to their own country and for different reasons, but both times are ignoring the UN.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:34 PM
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13. ".. Bolton .. had no specific knowledge of the reported recent blocking ..
.. of U.N. inspectors .."

Accusation, innuendo, rumor ...
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