14 November 2005 ~A "stolen laptop" from "Iran" and allegations that Iran is attempting to build a nuclear warhead. See Independent.
Iran's intentions to obtain the full nuclear cycle date from the 1970s when its nuclear energy programmes was set up with the US and some European governments. Le Monde Diplomatique this month asks, "is US pressure on Iran about suspected weapons programmes, or is it really about securing a western monopoly on nuclear energy?"
"... Uranium is sold all over the world as yellowcake, which typically contains 70%-90% of uranium oxide. It is then purified to obtain uranium hexafluoride. Iran already carries out these transformations under the supervision of the International Atomic Agency. The final stage is known as enrichment, a process that generates a sufficient amount (3%) of one isotope, uranium 235, to produce nuclear power. To be used in a weapon, the proportion has to reach 90% U235. Article lV of the Non Proliferation Treaty gurantees the "inalienable right of all parties to the treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes." Signatory countries have the right to enrich uranium...
...Iran presents a convenient opportunity to set a precedent to be used against other aspirants for nuclear power in the developing world. That is why Ahmad Inejad was denounced as an uncompromising hardliner in the coverage of his UN presentation. But he did in fact suggest a compromise deal....he proposed to operate Iran's enrichment programme as joint ventures with private and public sector firms from other countries to ensure that the programme remains transparent and could not be secretly diverted for military purposes. This was no small offer..
.....the political nature of the IAEA's decision about Iran is clear when compared with the treatment accorded to South Korea and Egypt, two allies of the US> Caught red-handed conducting secret nuclear experiments over several years. They got no more than a slap on the wrist....( www.thebulletin.org")