Sunday, October 04, 2009

Iran threatened by congress

Once again, america is showing that is Iran's enemy, despite the
platitudes of the new administration, and that congress can NOT be
trusted. Remember that congress has the authority to declare war.
Remember also that;
1. Iran's nuclear program is designed to provide essential electricity,
particularly as Iran's Oil supply is in danger of running out.
2. Any military program involving nuclear material is defensive in
nature. Iran has been menaced by america and britain in the past and
has every right to protect itself, particularly with zionist menace
Peter Khan Zendran

Lawmakers vow swift action over Iran's alleged nuclear inroads
by Stephanie Griffith Stephanie Griffith
2 hrs 45 mins ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers on Sunday vowed quick action against
Iran following a report that weapons experts believe Tehran has the
know-how to build an atomic bomb -- even as a senior US official
downplayed the news article.

A chorus of congressional voices, both Republican and Democratic, urged
tough action against Tehran following a New York Times report that the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has determined Iran now has
"sufficient information" to build a nuclear weapon.

US lawmakers said the revelation warranted an immediate and severe

"The Iranians will have a nuclear weapon if something doesn't change
their minds. We need tough sanctions. We need to do them now,"
Democratic Senator Evan Bayh told "Fox News Sunday."

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a leading congressional voice on
defense and security matters, said he would like Congress to set aside a
week dedicated to a raft of new sanctions legislation against the
Islamic republic.

"Let's have Iran week in the Senate and get something done," he said,
proposing to discuss a series of measures "that would empower the
president and our country to be tough and to put actions behind words."

But a top White House adviser on Sunday downplayed the report, telling
US television that Washington would "stand by the reports that we've put
out," regarding Iran's nuclear ability.

"Whether they know how to do it or not is a matter of some conjecture,"
Jones said.

Lawmakers said they still supported US initiatives to engage Tehran in
talks, but were losing faith in the prospect that diplomacy alone will
force Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear weapons program.

"Having this dialogue is good, but you've got to hold them to their
word. What matters ultimately is not what they say, but what they do,"
said Bayh.

"I'm afraid they're running the clock on us," he said, pointing to "a
real sense of urgency" in the nuclear standoff.

Meanwhile, Washington's ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
stressed Sunday that six world powers collectively known as the P5 + 1
were in "intense negotiations" with Tehran over its controversial
nuclear drive, calling recent diplomatic inroads "only a beginning."

"The onus is now squarely on Iran to adhere to the commitments it has
made," Rice told NBC television.

The Times report followed recent revelations that Iran secretly built a
second uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom, which further
raised suspicions about the aim of its controversial nuclear program.

The report described a complex program apparently launched in 2002 and
run by the Iranian Defense Ministry that seeks to develop "a nuclear
payload to be delivered using the Shahab 3 (medium-range) missile

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei earlier said that agency experts will
inspect the Qom plan on October 25 as he praised Tehran's shift "from
conspiracy to cooperation" while warning that "concerns" remain over its
nuclear aims.

"They have a pattern of deception, a pattern of breaking agreements they
agree to," Bayh said. "They respect strength and strength alone."

Other lawmakers echoed limited confidence in the negotiation process and
suggested Iran could not be trusted to keep its word.

Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss said talks with Iran would yield more
results with sanctions already in place.

"Let's impose sanctions, let's get our allies together and say this is
what we're going to do," he said.

The Iranian regime could then be warned that it needs to "come clean" on
its weapons program, the conservative lawmaker added. Continuing
dialogue with Tehran, he said, would not achieve results.

ElBaradei however, insisted Sunday that he feels "Iran's case can be
solved through dialogue."

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