* Diplomat says IAEA wants to give Tehran one final chance
* US shows satellite images to foreign diplomats to bolster charges
BERLIN: The head of the UN nuclear watchdog fears referring Iran to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions now would be wrong and instead wants to give Tehran one final chance to comply, diplomats said on Wednesday.
The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) begins meeting on Monday. The main issue will be a joint EU-US plan to refer Tehran to the Security Council, which could lead to economic sanctions, due to fears Iran is developing atomic weapons.
“Everything points in the direction of the need for more time. So it would be in everbody’s favour to give it some three or four weeks,” a senior diplomat close to the UN atomic watchdog told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The diplomat said IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei suggested to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the IAEA’s governing board could instead set a deadline for Iran to resume a suspension of sensitive atomic activities and help the UN resolve outstanding questions about Iran’s nuclear programme.
Set a deadline? Give them more time? Are these diplomats not listening to what Iranian officials have been saying? As they gloat about how all the time they have been given already has made it possible for them to move further down the path to achieve their nuclear ambitions?
Undoubtedly, when Iran develops (if they have not already developed) a nuclear weapon and uses it, the IAEA will suggest additional time to permit the mullahs to consider carefully the evil of their ways.
UN = Useless