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US, EU Condemn Iran's Lack Of Cooperation With UN

DNI McConnell In Israel For Talks On Iran.   The Jerusalem Post (6/5, Katz) reports, "Amidst reports that President George W. Bush is considering taking military action against Iran, the US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell paid a rare visit to Israel Tuesday for talks with heads of the Israeli intelligence community." During his visit, McConnell is scheduled "to meet with head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Ehud Barak." The Post notes that "McConnell's office published the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report late last year, which claimed that Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003 even though it had renewed its enrichment of uranium in 2005." The report "raised Israeli ire and delegations from the Mossad and Military Intelligence traveled several times to the US in recent months to present the Americans with Israel's estimates concerning Iran's race towards nuclear power." But "despite the visit, officials said it was unlikely that McConnell's office would put out a new and revised NIE before the US elections in November." On official told the newspaper, "We do not expect a change to the earlier American assessments, just like we do not expect the current administration to take military action against Iran."
      US, EU Condemn Iran's Lack Of Cooperation With UN.  The AP (6/5, Jahn) reports the US "urged Iran to abandon the pursuit of nuclear arms forever, saying Wednesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency had overwhelming evidence of an Iranian weapons program." Gregory Schulte, the chief US delegate to the UN nuclear watchdog, "joined European powers in criticizing Iran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment or cooperate with the UN investigation into allegations of a weapons program." Addressing the agency's 35-nation board, Schulte said, "The questions that remain unanswered strongly suggest that Iran has undertaken a significant state-sponsored effort to develop nuclear weapons -- an effort that agency inspectors are not in a position to verify has halted." The AP notes that "Britain, France and Germany, the European powers at the forefront of engaging Iran on its nuclear program," also "urged Tehran to accept an offer to start talks meant to allay concerns it wants to make weapons."
      The Christian Science Monitor (6/5, Peterson, 56K) reports, "The latest report on Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides ammunition to all sides, at once bolstering arguments led by the US and Israel that Iran has been bent on building nuclear weapons, while confirming Tehran's adherence to safeguard measures." But "the IAEA's technical report and the interpretations of its findings are spinning into an overheated strategic standoff between Western nations, Israel, and Iran that, analysts say, may become reason for a military strike against Iran." The Monitor adds, "Even as Europeans expect to offer Iran an upgraded incentive package to suspend uranium enrichment in the coming weeks, analysts say that cherry-picking of quotes and Western spin, coupled with 'breathless' media reporting about Iranian recalcitrance, could point in a nondiplomatic direction." Rhetoric "ratcheted higher this week, with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday warning that 'for the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.'"



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