Amano Puppet Plays the British War Game vs. Iran at IAEA
March 6, 2012 • 9:11AM

In a provocative briefing to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Director General Yukiya Amano told the body that "The agency continues to have serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program.... As Iran is not providing the necessary co-operation, the agency is unable to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities." The briefing was timed with an effort by the U.S.-Britain-France to pass an already drafted resolution condemning Iran for non-cooperation with IAEA inspectors who visited Iran in January and February.

But non-Western news agencies, including the China Post (Taiwan) reported that diplomats on the Board of Governors, especially from Russia and China, are opposing such as resolution as unnecessary and unfounded. Instead, there is a push, reportedly from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to make the West stick to the P5+1 talks with Iran that Iran agreed to.

In addition, former IAEA Chief weapons inspector for Iran, Robert Kelley, in an interview with EIR, called for the Board of Governors to conduct a full investigation of fraudulent information and possible forgeries that were used to accuse Iran of possible nuclear weapons work in the November 2011 report by Amano. The previous IAEA director, Mohamed ElBaradei had rejected them as not authentic.

Amano made the statement, one of the strongest accusations about Iran's nuclear program to come from an IAEA chief in about a decade (the previous Director Generals were Mohamed ElBaradei until 2009, and before that, Hans Blix, until about 1999), despite the fact that there has not been a single instance of diversion or non-compliance at a nuclear site being inspected by the IAEA since Iran resumed enrichment of uranium in 2005. Immediately, right wing Anglo-Israeli publications like Commentary began feeding Amano's statements into the AIPAC conference, where war against Iran is the main topic.

In a development that could counter Amano's war drive role, the Board of Governors also received a full communique from Iran on their talks with the two visits by the IAEA inspectors, the agreements reached, and the parameters that Iran has agreed to in talks, and allowing inspections. Iran's official news agency IRNA, release the full communique Monday night. The communique can be read .