Israel, White House commend IAEA Iran censure 
Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 2:00PM
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(APA)Israel has praised the 25-3 vote of the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors today to issue its first resolution censuring Iran in more than three years.

"Israel commends the resolution today by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Iran," Israeli embassy spokesman Jonathan Peled said in a statement.

"The importance of the resolution is in its determination that Iran is continuing to defy the resolutions of both the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, as well as its expression of concern over the fact that Iran is building its enrichment facility in Qom in secret," Peled continued. "The demand to immediately halt the construction of this facility is of extreme importance."

The resolution notes "with serious concern that Iran has constructed an enrichment facility at Qom in breach of its obligation to suspend all enrichment related activities." 

It also notably suggests that Iran's failure to declare the existence of the Qom enrichment facility until September, several years after it began construction on the facility, "reduces the level of confidence in the absence of other nuclear facilities and gives rise to questions about whether there are any other nuclear facilities under construction in Iran which have not been declared to the Agency."

Only three nations voted against the resolution  -- Cuba, Venezuela and Malaysia -- while several abstained, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, South Africa and Brazil, where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled this week. Twenty-five nations including all western ones voted for the resolution, which also won key support from Russia and China.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that two top officials from Obama's National Security Council secretly traveled to China last month to urge Chinese support for such an Iran resolution.

Today's vote is a vindication of a White House that has faced skepticism about whether its more conciliatory approach of trying to reengage with the world is securing concrete results.

The resolution is "very positive in that Iran is isolating itself, and others are expressing lost patience," says the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace George Perkovich. "The Revolutionary Guards can consolidate power by internal repression and external defiance, but ultimately the contradictions grow. As Obama appears more reasonable to others, a change in Iran's governance seems less alarming, i.e. for Russians, Chinese." 

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs hailed the IAEA resolution, noting the broad international support it won in today's vote. "Today's overwhelming vote at the IAEA's Board of Governors demonstrates the resolve and unity of the international community with regard to Iran's nuclear program," he said in a statement. "Indeed, the fact that 25 countries from all parts of the world cast their votes in favor shows the urgent need for Iran to address the growing international deficit of confidence in its intentions." 

Gibbs also said the resolution out of Vienna is a signal that time is running out for Iran to choose a path of international cooperation, but that the U.S. still hopes Iran will choose that course.

"The United States has recognized Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy and remains willing to engage Iran to work toward a diplomatic solution to the concerns about its nuclear program, if - and only if - Iran chooses such a course," Gibbs continued. "Our patience and that of the international community is limited, and time is running out. If Iran refuses to meet its obligations, then it will be responsible for its own growing isolation and the consequences."

IAEA Resolution Against Iranian Nuclear Position



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