Ahmadinejad calls Israel ‘Western plant to control oil’

IAEA inspectors arrive in Iran

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30 Jan 2012
Ahmadinejad calls Israel ‘Western plant to control oil’

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed a conference of Iranian youth on Sunday, rhetorically asking his young audience “Why did they install the Zionist regime (Israel)?” and answering his own question by declaring it was “to gain control over oil, as well as the popular and revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East! It is clear that this was a historical scheme.” As he was speaking, a team of inspectors from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) landed in Iran to investigate “suspected” military aspects of the Islamic Republic’s renegade nuclear program. Iranian officials declared that they were looking forward to the inspections but would not cooperate if it appeared that they were becoming a "tool" for outside powers.

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"This visit is a test for the IAEA. The route for further cooperation will be open if the team carries out its duties professionally," declared Iran's parliament speaker, Ali Larijani. "Otherwise, if the IAEA turns into a tool (for major powers to pressure Iran), then Iran will have no choice but to consider a new framework in its ties with the agency." Elsewhere, Iran's Deputy Oil Ministry Ahmad Qalebani warned of “$120 to $150 oil price per barrel in future," if current EU sanctions on Iran remain in place.

Despite the Iranian rhetoric, IAEA officials expressed optimism about the inspections.

"In particular we hope that Iran will engage with us on our concerns regarding the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program," IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts told reporters before departing from Vienna airport.

Also on Sunday, Iran’s parliament delayed a vote on a proposed bill to immediately cut oil deliveries to Europe in retaliation for an EU oil embargo. The EU’s recently passed sanctions are scheduled to take effect on 1 July, in order to give countries time to line up new suppliers, but Iran would like to attempt to force the issue in order to push back.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that initial tests of the Pentagon’s 13,600-kg. “mass ordnance penetrator” (MOP) bomb, which was specifically designed to be able to take out Iranian and North Korean nuclear facilities buried deep underground, showed that the weapon is not capable of completely destroying the latest Iranian facilities. The Pentagon is continuing work on the project.

 

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