Iran still needs to comply with the IAEA, the intelligence report doesn't change that. I don't see any reason for them to laugh, as they are still denying that they ever had a program. The report says that the program was suspended. If one believes the report is accurate, then one believes Iran is still lying about its nuclear program. I don't find that very comforting, and it certainly puts into question the credibility of anything Iran says about a weapons program (the report says Iran continues to enrich uranium and could have a bomb in three years). Considering that the invasion into Iraq was the thing the report states as causing the suspension in the program, it seems the deterrent towards war is not irresponsible at all.
I think the worrisome aspect is that something suspended doesn't mean it was forever ended. We really need Iran to fully open up, the whole purpose of the iaea and the inspections being to prevent the need for a strike like on Iraq. If they still refuse to comply, then the action of refusal trumps the intelligence report as regards international cooperation and sanctions and how close to the edge not just we but a proud Iran with nothing to hide should be seeking to take their refusal.
Dec 4 2007 - 4:51pm