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    EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

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    European nations warn Iran not to resume nuclear activities

    France, Britain and Germany have warned Iran they will break off talks and join Washington in seeking UN Security Council action if Tehran makes good on its threats to resume atomic work, European Union officials said on Thursday.

    The foreign ministers of the European Union's three biggest powers sent a strongly worded letter to Hassan Rohani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, warning that resuming potentially arms-related nuclear work "would bring the negotiating process to an end," an EU diplomat quoted the letter as saying.

    "The consequences could only be negative for Iran," it said.

    On Thursday night the head of Iran's nuclear agency said it may postpone resumption of uranium reprocessing after increasing European pressure not to end its suspension of a program that officials fear could result in a nuclear bomb.

    "No certain day is fixed for resumption of reprocessing. It is possible to postpone it some days," Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran's Atomic Organization, told the Tehran state-run television in a live roundtable discussion.

    Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Moshe Ya'alon told Army Radio on Thursday that Israel knows how to protect itself against a potential Iranian threat.

    "Iran is the central proponent of terrorism and Islamic fanaticism and it has a non-conventional leadership that is liable to develop non-conventional weaponry," Ya'alon said. "Israel, therefore, needs to know how to defend itself against every threat and will always know how to do so."

    Earlier in the day Rohani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, said Tehran would resume some nuclear activities because it cannot continue nuclear negotiations with Europeans.

    "Continuation of negotiations in their present format is not possible for us," Rohani told state-run television, saying the talks were not balanced and were costly for Iran.

    "The basic point that the Islamic Republic of Iran will resume part of its nuclear activities in the near future is definite," Rohani had said.

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair spelled out the potential consequences, telling reporters: "We certainly will support referral to the United Nations Security Council if Iran breaches its obligations and undertakings."

    The United States believes Iran's nuclear energy program is a front to develop atomic weapons and has been pressing for Iran's case to be sent to the 15-member UN council for possible economic sanctions and other actions.

    The EU shares U.S. suspicions but has offered incentives to try to get Tehran to give up its atomic fuel program, which Iran insists is only for nuclear power plants, not for arms.

    French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier also urged Iran to maintain its voluntary freeze on enrichment-related activities.

    "We continue to hope that Iran will not go ahead with this move, for which it is aware of the consequences," Barnier told the French Senate upper house of parliament.

    The EU letter proposed "ministerial level talks" between the Iranians and Europeans within the next two weeks to break the impasse and avoid a crisis, EU diplomats said.

    Warning from Iran
    Iran refuses to give up uranium fuel production, which it says is its sovereign right. Fed up with the slow pace of talks, Iran has informed the EU that time is running out and it will soon resume parts of its uranium enrichment program.

    The new EU warning may have had an immediate effect. Officials close to the issue said Tehran might give talks with the EU one last chance rather than go ahead with plans to break UN seals and restart part of its nuclear fuel program.

    Only hours earlier, a diplomat close to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Reuters the UN agency was expecting a letter from Iran saying Tehran would restart part of its nuclear fuel program.

    Tehran's chief delegate to the IAEA, Sirus Naseri, arrived in Vienna on Wednesday with a letter for IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, but he may not deliver it, diplomats said.

    One official said the Iranians had held meetings with the Europeans in recent days, fostering new hope for negotiations that began in November after Tehran agreed to suspend all activities linked to the enrichment of uranium.

    But Rohani said Tehran would no longer feel bound by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if it was denied the right to pursue a full civilian nuclear energy program.

    "If Iran cannot use its legitimate rights in the framework of the NPT, it will no longer have respect for the treaty," the semi-official ISNA students news agency quoted Rohani as telling visiting Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Kislyak.

    A senior diplomat close to the IAEA told Reuters he was convinced Iran would not resume any enrichment activities until well after the country's June 17 presidential election.

    It is no accident the latest crisis in the EU-Iran talks comes a month before the election, European diplomats said.

    Political analysts say leading presidential candidate Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, whose allies are leading the nuclear negotiations with the EU, stands to benefit from an escalation in international tensions.

    Aides of the influential former president portray him as an experienced crisis solver and deal maker who could resolve the standoff. On Wednesday, Rafsanjani backed negotiations with the EU and said Iran must be patient.

    http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/575337.html

    #2
    Re: EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

    UTD, what is your personal opinion? I think it is Iran's right to seek and build nuclear technology/weapons. Afterall they have one mean and nasty hostile country which is hell bent on destroying it.
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      #3
      Re: EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

      Who wants to take out Iran?

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        #4
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        well considering she gets threats from some nitwit every other day, i think Iran should just get it over an done with. The Eu can kindly eff off.
        O He whose Name is a Remedy, whose remembrance is a Cure, and whose obedience is Wealth!

        Have mercy upon him whose capital is hope and whose weapon is tears!

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          #5
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          Kaleem, where have you been? Iraq is no longer ruled by a brual dictator with designs on expansion by attacking its neighbors.

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            #6
            Re: EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

            ^ who provided iraq with the weapons and satelite images while it was attacking its neighbors.

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              #7
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              hmmm, where does iraq come in to this?
              O He whose Name is a Remedy, whose remembrance is a Cure, and whose obedience is Wealth!

              Have mercy upon him whose capital is hope and whose weapon is tears!

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                #8
                Re: EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

                Great ISrael is gonna kick their matoo asses!!
                Now repeat after me...."Jeter is the prophet and Rivera is the savior"

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                  #9
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                  All the arm chair startegist don't realize the dynamics at play here.....attacking Iran would hurt Israel and its choti behan Hamreeka's interest more then it would help it and they know, thats why all the sabre ratling/rhetoric is only for consumption of Bubbas, Jethros and Billy Bobs acting restless in the tornader alley.....
                  "Mai baap Amreeka has decided to breakup Pakistan, MQM will support Amreeka and I will not stop killing pukhtoons" - Pir Altaf Bhaggorra of Landan...

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                    #10
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                    This is like the fox negociating with the chickens. The EU sold 90% of the WMD materiel to Iraq. They do not give a flying crap about true disarmament. They have disarmed, and virtually disbanded their armies. History has shown that every time Europe does this they get invaded and destroyed. But today they have 10-12% unemployment because they are basically too frikin' lazy, and they have an immigration problem. So the EU is trying to play out the carrot and the stick, oops, no stick, and certainly no will to use the stick even if they had one. Which means that the EU will withdraw with it's tail between it's legs and let the toothless UN try. The UN will bluster and hem and haw, and do nothing.

                    Then Israel will blast the reactor, everyone will quietly breathe a sigh of relief while wailing about unilateral action. The UN will want sanctions against Israel, and the US will block it, and no one will remember that it is the EU who had an opportunity to prevent conflict. So the EU will say lots of wonderful sympathetic things to the Arab world, while Israel gets them off the hook for a crummy diplomatic performance.

                    The Iranians are laughing, because they are dancing with a toothless Tiger. There are still big cats with plenty of teeth. We will have to do the dirtywork when the handwringers declare failure. I hope that Bolton is our UN Ambassador when this all happens, at least he will tell it like it is on the floor of the UN.

                    Maybe we can get a North Korean reactor the same day.......
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                    Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

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                      #11
                      Re: EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

                      Once you kill all the Matoos, Iranians are the best people ever. Mullahs end is near.

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                        #12
                        Re: EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

                        i think iran should attack israel's reactor and take it out ASAP. israel is nothing but a troublesome illegal racist state.

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                          #13
                          Re: EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

                          Iran could not get within 200 miles of that reactor. Israel also has 200+ nucleaqr weapons, and plenty of stored nuclear material. If Iran was gonna do it, they should have done it 40 years ago.
                          Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

                          Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

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                            #14
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                            As Madhanee said the people of Iran are great, I'd like to go there and meet a beautiful Persian girl. Hopefully this all can be worked out diplomatically, neither isolation nor war benefits Iran (or Israel) in the long run and it significantly reduces the chances of me meeting my Persian princess.

                            OG, Bolton blows, I'd like to lock him up with his hardliner counterparts from Iran and toss away the key.

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                              #15
                              Re: EU warns Iran, Israel reiterates that "it knows how to defend itself"

                              Originally posted by Ohioguy
                              Iran could not get within 200 miles of that reactor. Israel also has 200+ nucleaqr weapons, and plenty of stored nuclear material. If Iran was gonna do it, they should have done it 40 years ago.
                              Israel has no strategic depth, has a very miniscule territory and population....it has virtually no chances of surviving a first strike, let alone along launching a second strike.....a few well placed nuclear tipped cruise missile launched from clandestine locations are all thats needed to put all problems of the world to rest......
                              "Mai baap Amreeka has decided to breakup Pakistan, MQM will support Amreeka and I will not stop killing pukhtoons" - Pir Altaf Bhaggorra of Landan...

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