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Nuke report angers Germany and its allies

The Local · 9 Nov 2011, 14:14

Published: 09 Nov 2011 14:14 GMT+01:00

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“If Iran continues to refuse to conduct serious negotiations on its nuclear

programme, new, more severe sanctions would be inevitable," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said, calling the report “alarming.”

He added that discussions with European partners and allies were underway, although he ruled out any military response.

France demanded unprecedented UN Security Council sanctions if Iran's defiance continued, the EU said its concerns were seriously aggravated and even ally China said Iran must be sincere after Tuesday's searing IAEA report.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it had "serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme," prompting Tehran to insist it would "not budge an iota" from its nuclear path.

US Republican hawks demanded "crippling" economic retaliation, while a senior US official cautioned that the report did not offer definitive answers about the current state of Iran's alleged drive for nuclear bombs.

"We don't take anything off the table when we look at sanctions. We believe there is a broad spectrum of action we could take," a senior US official said on condition of anonymity.

The European Union said the report "seriously aggravates" existing concerns over a military dimension in Tehran's nuclear programme.

"Overall these findings strongly indicate the existence of a full fledged nuclear weapons development programme in Iran," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Ashton represents six world powers – Britain, China, France, Germany,

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Russia and the United States – in stalled negotiations with Iran aimed at

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15:54 November 9, 2011 by Wise Up!
Now your in trouble, Iran. We're going to be very, very angry with you!!!!
17:07 November 9, 2011 by trevzns
Here we go again, with the fear mongering and treat to world peace from another evil Islamic state.

How stupid do the people at UN and their individual Nation State handlers, believe people are in the world?

Why should one country in the Middle East have nuclear bombs and long-range missiles to threaten another country in region?

The world has seen this bad war movie. The world has traveled down this path of lies, death and misery.

The State leaders will be first to run and hide in their respective war bunkers. It will be the young and poor to suffer and die.
17:12 November 9, 2011 by Frenemy
"Why should one country in the Middle East have nuclear bombs and long-range missiles to threaten another country in region?"

Yeah right....the more the merrier! :-/
17:49 November 9, 2011 by Englishted

Sorry to tell you but I and many others do find Iran "another evil Islamic state"

and would stop at nothing to make sure they don't get the bomb.

I do notice you have as yet made no comment on the other story in todays

Local "Nearly half of forced marriage brides German" we know which evil religion is the main practitioner of this practice that thankfully died out in Europe many years ago.
17:54 November 9, 2011 by SockRayBlue
Perhaps a merry band of assassins could do wonders for ridding the world of these power hungry dolts. Better to kill off a handful of these creeps than entire countries. Just an idea whose time has come.
18:13 November 9, 2011 by bhoot87
It reminds me the Iraq time. When UN woos for the WMD and Chemical stuff there, and they found nothing.

Hope this time they must see the things before doing anything serious. Because no one forgot the more then 2 Million massacre in Afghanistan and Iraq yet.

No one dies, except innocent humans.
18:32 November 9, 2011 by Frenemy

Other than the common element of jihadi AQ influences in both conflicts, the casus belli for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were completely unrelated. Iraq had jihadists involved AFTER the fact, and Afghanistan BEFORE the fact (and now probably afterwards too).

NATO involvement in Afghanistan was a legitimate, and LEGALLY REQUISITE response (according to Article 5 of the NATO charter) to an act of aggression against a member nation (the US on 9/11) that was directly supported by the national government (the Taliban) of Afghanistan.

Iraq, on the other hand, was an oil-quest/regional stability operation masquerading as a crusade for "freedom and democracy". An attack against Iran would have much more (Western) support than the so-called "coalition of the willing" that preceded the whole Iraq debacle...
20:15 November 9, 2011 by DinhoPilot

Western support my ass. Your western leaders and their supporters to be all put together in island, along with your all nuclear bombs and Ahemjads, Syrias, corrupt bankers, presidents and liar Israe state, then blow all together to pieces... so that after we can scream that we are free of all the filfthy that destroys this planet.

Yes, this war I would support.
20:27 November 9, 2011 by ovalle3.14
Why not just let other countries be in peace? That's the strongest deterrent to any nuclear programme.
20:34 November 9, 2011 by Beachrider
I would be concerned about Israeli pre-emptive activity. It could plunge the whole area into a dark abyss. It is clear that the Israelis don't intend to wait around for the western-world to figure out if Iran is building bombs.

It is fair to infer that the first use of Iran's reputed bombs would be against the IDF, though.
20:45 November 9, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
The trouble is, at the very latest with (Bush and Blair) and the Iraq war, we can no longer believe anything which is reported to have come from western secret/intelligence services.

Iran may well be a threat to world peace, but surely that can also be said about Israel and a number of other countries. By the time we get to know the truth about this case, the chances are, this new report will be history.
21:38 November 9, 2011 by DinhoPilot

Don't worry James Bond will save us or maybe some geek playing call of duty modern warfare 3.

I am sure the Iranians are planning world domination and blowing up all the wolrd to pieces, just like you know who did...
03:26 November 10, 2011 by Ludwig von America
The IAEA is heavily influenced by the U.S. and other Western powers who have demonstrated the willingness to lie about things in order to start wars. Let's see, the latest being NATO in Libya, "Our mission is to protect innocent civilians. We don't care how many civilians we have to kill to do it."

So you have an outspoken Iranian president who says things you don't like. Big deal. Saying is different from doing and so far he hasn't done anything to justify bombing his country and starting a major world war.

As far as nuclear weapons go, its inevitable that Iran and several other countries will get some. The speed at which this happens will be directly proportionate to the imperialistic bullying and antagonizing the U.S. and other Western powers do to these countries.

Since the proliferation of nuclear weapons cannot be stopped indefinitely, it would probably be a good idea for the U.S. and other countries to start learning how to promote peace instead of world domination.
05:28 November 10, 2011 by jbaker
War Sucks! Killing and being Killed Suck. Love will Live Forever!
06:46 November 10, 2011 by anaverageguy
When Hitler promised to kill the Jews, Chamberlain said something like. "it would probably be a good idea for the U.S. and other countries to start learning how to promote peace instead of world domination"

Nothing to worry about here. An oil rich nation that can't produce enough gasoline for it's own market because it "needs" nuclear weapons to defend itself from who? Who has threatened Iran? Some try to draw some equivalence between Israel and Iran. Kvatch mit souza! Israel has not attacked it's neighbors. Israels neighbors have attacked it..... in concert. Everyday rockets are fired into Israel. What nation tolerates such treatment? It's actually incredible. If someone told you that a sovereign nation would tolerate having rockets fired at it day in and day out, year in and year out you wouldn't believe it. To say that Iran possessing nuclear weapons and medium and long range missiles to deliver them with is the same as Israel having a defensive arsenal goes beyond belief all the way to stupid.

As to the US controlling the UN........ Puh Lease. Yes indeed, they're dancing right in the palm of our hands, with countries like Syria and Libya allowed to sit on the Human Rights Council.

And what of the Saudis. What will they do to defend their interests in the region? Anyone think of that? Will they not be forced to develop their own program? No?

But don't worry. Barack Obama has no stomach for a fight. Barack has a gift. He can charm the stink off of dung. Witness his successes so far. But America is far from the middle East. People in Europe may want to check the wind patterns and the sources of all their food products, because if Iran gets a weapon and the Seventh Imam comes to town there could be hell to pay.
09:25 November 10, 2011 by Twiceshy
@Wise Up!, who is WE? Don't speak in the name of other people, you can speak only in the name of your imperialist government which kill people in the name of profit of corporations.

@Englishted, are you on the paid list of rat company called political police? You serve them to make propaganda and keep society under control, and how much money and privileges you get for it? Go in factory and produce something for society.

@Frenemy, NATO involvement in Afghanistan was imperialism, new stage of colonialism, so, take books about history and politics and you will understand better some things. Beside it, the US on 9/11was attacked by 90% of Saudi Arabian citizens and not by Afghanistan citizens. If Taliban didn't want to deport Osama to Americans (under presumption that Osama was really there), it is criminal judicial thing/matter and not excuse for colonialist war. And occupation of Iraq was NOT an oil-quest/regional stability operation than clear criminal activity to steal energy resources from Iraq and to make business from war (borrowing money USA to rebuild Iraq after war and western companies will get that job again). 7 major western oil companies got right to exploit oil in Iraq after they killed Saddam and put there puppet government. If people remember, German politicians called for protest in 2003 against war in Iraq, people came massively to protest but later Western countries participated together with USA in order to get peace of cake (oil from Iraq) for them.

@anavaregaguy, o man, you are really under control of Israel medias, you can speak so in Israel but in Europe we get different information than you. Stop your building houses in Palestine territory, stop to kill Palestinian peasants who drew stones against have armed military, stop with barbarian killing your enemies (Hamas) with poison in hotel all over the world, you have really primitive behavior and you are much more dangerous than any other country in that region.

For the end, I would like to mention, I would be happy if no country need nuclear weapon, but as we see, American business is kicked out from Iran in 1979 and now America plan war, before or later, and Iran has right to protect themselves from colonialists and imperialists. Saudi Arabia is surely bigger dictatorship than Iran (no opposition, no rights for women, no translator or lawyer at court process) but Saudis collaborate with American business and therefore nobody speak about human rights there, but whole war machinery speak against Iran. In the end, read human rights watch and you will see reports about broken human rights in EU and USA, there is no country where HR are not broken. Unfortunately, imperialists misuse HR to attack other countries, to make criminal war. USA and EU killed more civilians in Iraq than Saddam killed Kurds, therefore they hate Julian Assange so much (he published information about their crimes) and Sweden help them to make problem for him.
09:44 November 10, 2011 by jtech7
@Twiceshy: Mmmm, which country are you from?

I just love it when people spew forth their conspiracy theories, thankfully for the rest of the human race, most people don¦#39;t think like you (otherwise, the whole world would be at war)…
11:13 November 10, 2011 by trevzns

Did not read the forced marriage brides story.

However, there are 3 European religions that need to die out. And maybe, there would be less ignorance, wars and crimes committed against humanity…in the name of ancient fairytales and folklores?
11:55 November 10, 2011 by raandy
I can not not believe that anyone would question the fact that Iran wants and is building nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad is a bigger liar than Netanjahu. Iran has made it clear that it would like to remove Israel from the map.

Any such conflict would seriously disrupt Asian,American and European economies that are already under stress. You can call intervention Imperialism but it really is survivalism. All industrial economies could care less about the people , only keeping the oil flowing.
17:47 November 10, 2011 by Englishted

If you want peace in the long run all religions need to die out.

One question that I must ask what are the three? two I know but three.
23:54 November 10, 2011 by ChrisRea

I cannot believe you or anyone still buys the infamous miss-translation about Israel's removal from the map.

Survivalism? How about investing in economy the trillion USD (yes, a million million) that was spent on weapons by US in the last 10 years? Would have that relieve the stress from the mentioned economies?
09:51 November 11, 2011 by raandy
Ever hear of the Military Industrial complex?
10:09 November 11, 2011 by storymann
The translation by Ahmadinejad was miss represented, but other statements and banners written in English were not, an example:

Karim Sadjadpour, an Iranian specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, notes that Iranian government entities began to erect billboards and signs with the ¦quot;wipe off¦quot; phrase in English. Joshua Teitelbaum of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs compiled an interesting collection of photographs of these banners, such as one on the building that houses reserve military forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. ¦quot;Israel should be wiped out of the face of the world,¦quot; the sign reads in English.

This should be clear enough as to Iran's sentiments.
11:53 November 11, 2011 by ChrisRea

Yes, that's exactly what I am talking about. It seems that President Eisenhower's warning was in vain. Back in 1961, he said: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

However, the belligerent approach of US governments, especially the neo-cons, drain the US Treasury (basically the money of all Americans), transferring wealth to the weapon industry (so only a handful of people who are "lobbying" politicians). John Doe is told by the neo-cons propaganda that there are dangers everywhere and he should be happy to pay taxes which are used to buy many expensive guns. (Or sometimes US would not even get the guns - Washington Post reports that since '95 the military has spent $32 billion on abandoned weapons programs; that would be enough to offer free, universal college tuition for a year.)

All these while every year the Census Bureau reports higher and higher levels of poverty (now it has reached the highest rate in 17 years). So it is actually easy to see the military-industrial complex at work, just as President Eisenhower warned.
15:59 November 11, 2011 by raandy
All well stated and understood, my point was simply that the military Industrial complex which accounts for nearly half of all products manufactured and bought ,are responsible for a major part of the US economy Sad as this may be I see little change in the future. This does account for a lot of payroll, however, even if the economics is flawed.

I wish I could render a simple ,workable solution to end this ,but the power lies with the defense and support contractors who have a very powerful lobby and waste taxpayer money all the time increasing their wealth at the cost of the citizenry.

As you said the income gap between haves and have nots has increased the number of poor.

I would assume this gap is also the result of outsourcing our civilian manufacturing to countries with low tax, low wages and very few environmental standards .

I also agree with you that there is a large amount of fear propaganda generated by those in power to increase the Military , there by increasing their profits.

The course of the USA should be to lessen the military budget and concentrate on civilian manufacturing and green technology lessening their demand for the worlds energy and involvement in other countries affairs.

I could go on and tell you what I think about the way Government is run there but another time :-)
18:05 November 11, 2011 by wenddiver
It's like that ovie "Team America", If North Korea (substitute Iran) doesn't cease making a Nuclear weapon, the UN will get very, very mad and then it will form a commitee. They will consider writing a very, very angry letter. If that doesn't work they will consider an Embargo of Lady Gaga videos, German Pickles and Beetles movies.

Eventually a nuke will come down in a European Country that is a part of NATO and th US Military will ix it.
21:32 November 11, 2011 by ChrisRea
Bravo, wenddiver! If nothing else works, you can earn a living writing sci-fi scenarios :)
09:35 November 12, 2011 by trevzns
@Englishted #20

Not in any particular order. Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

@ChrisRea #27

What about the real life scenarios during the making of the 2003 war classic, Operation Iraqi Freedom?

Directed and Produced by the U.S. government.

Lies and deceptions written and directed by the U.S. government in association with European allies, supporting cast members, the U.N. security council and the IAEA.

And, the special effects used by secretary of State Colin Powells U.N. graphics presentation, with the Italian military intelligence supplying forged documents of Niger Uranium. Walk-on and bit parts played by Israel and various Arab states. You mean this type of writing for sci-fi scenarios?

The working title for this worldwide deception production is better known as, The Axis of Evil.

U.S. government copyrighted 2002.

Countries removed from the Axis of Evil list as of 2011 are, Iraq and Libya.

Countries still on the Axis of Evil list are, North Korea, Iran, Syria and Cuba.

Sounds like sci-fi scenarios to me. Smile
12:23 November 12, 2011 by Englishted

Sorry but I don't think Islam is a European religion .

We all know where they began but Islam (apart from "by the sword") is only very ,very recently arrived in Europe .
21:14 November 13, 2011 by trevzns

I do not understand what you mean by Islam very recently arrived in Europe?

Islamic African Moors ruled and occupied Spain for over 700 years until 1492.

In my opinion, Islam is a religion of peace and a religion of violence taught by Muhammad.

The Bible and the Qur¦#39;an have examples of peace and violence taught by their prophets. Failure to submit resulted in the slaughter of human beings. And, children and women were sold into slavery.

The Qur¦#39;an recognizes the Torah, The Gospel of the New Testament and the book of Psalms by David.

Judaism. Moses is the prophet given god¦#39;s commandments for the Children of Israel. Moses was forbidden to enter the Promised Land. The Jews are still waiting for the Messiah.

Christianity. Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God, born to amend the teachings of the bible and provide salvation for all mankind who submit. Christians are waiting for the return of Jesus.

Islam. Muhammad is the last prophet from the time the Qur¦#39;an was given to him by the angel Gabriel. Islam is a religion for all people who will submit.

Islam is waiting for Jesus a messenger of god to return.

Islam has the same God and many of the same prophets as the bible and New Testaments. Some of Muhammad¦#39;s teachings like Jesus teachings are of peace, humility, respect and providing for the poor.

Both prophets were threats to many individuals lifestyles, wealth and power.

Muhammad and Jesus had many enemies, Jesus was crucified and Muhammad fled to Medina.
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