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U.S.A., I.A.E.A. threat Iranian scientists - Sara Flounders WORKERS WORLD



WORKERS WORLD: 
U.S. promotes assassination threats against Iranian scientists

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Thu Nov24,2011 8:27am (PST)


> WORKERS WORLD
> U.S. promotes assassination threats against Iranian scientists
> By Sara Flounders
> Published Nov 23, 2011 6:11 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency made public the names of 
Iranian nuclear scientists in a new report released this week.
Publishing their names makes these scientists targets for 
assassination.

This unprecedented violation of international guidelines, and of the 
IAEA´s own Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement, is the most menacing
proof to date that the agency is not even superficially a neutral 
U.N. body that monitors nuclear weapons. Showing the agency´s bias, 
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met with the White House before 
meeting with U.N. officials on this latest report.

Several Iranian scientists have already been killed by bombs and 
drive-by shootings. The secretary general of Iran´s High Council for 
Human Rights, Mohammad Javad Larijani, says the U.S. and Israel were 
behind the murders.

Exposing that these targeted killings are considered acceptable
practice, U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declared that
Washington is seeking to stop Iran´s nuclear program through maximum
covert operations, including the assassination of scientists.

U.S. CIA or Israeli Mossad agents have also carried out virus 
attacks
on the computers of legal Iranian centrifuges, explosions at Iranian
industrial sites and continuing acts of sabotage. All this is part 
of an ongoing U.S. war that attempts to set back Iran´s development 
as a modern, self-sufficient country.

A new round of demands that other countries join in sanctions 
against Iran comes at a time of increasing crisis and upheaval in 
the region.
The impact of an intractable capitalist economic crisis turns 
Pentagon war planners in an increasingly threatening direction.

The IAEA report was leaked to the press before its official release. 
Rather than presenting information from the agency´s countless 
inspections in Iran, it repeated discredited allegations originally 
made four years ago regarding a laptop computer "found" by U.S. 
authorities. The laptop supposedly showed Iran´s "intention" to 
construct atomic warheads.

The leak of the report follows a bourgeois media frenzy over a wild
claim that Iran was planning to execute a Saudi ambassador in
Washington, D.C.

Most ominous are the media reports of a possible Israeli military
attack on Iran. Israel is totally dependent on U.S. financial,
diplomatic and military aid to survive. Any attack on Iran could 
occur only with U.S. authorization and overflight clearance of 
regions where the Pentagon has controlled the sky for decades.

The right to develop nuclear energy

Like every other country, Iran is guaranteed the right to develop 
and acquire nuclear technology. Iran is also a signatory to the 
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Today, at least 30 countries have nuclear power plants. According to 
the IAEA´s most recent "International Status and Prospects of 
Nuclear Power" report, another 65 countries "are expressing interest 
in, considering, or actively planning for nuclear power." (iaea.org, 
March 2011)

But only Iran has faced every form of attack to block development of
a nuclear energy program.

Every Iranian nuclear facility is under 24-hour-a-day surveillance 
by IAEA cameras, and Iran has not one nuclear weapon. Yet the U.S. 
continues to demand that Iran stop the development of nuclear energy 
for peaceful purposes, because it could potentially lead to a 
nuclear weapon sometime in the future.

The IAEA does not criticize, attack or demand inspections of the 
more
than 10,000 nuclear weapons that the U.S. holds, nor of the hundreds
of nuclear weapons developed by Israel.

The bogus charges of Iraq having weapons of mass destruction to
justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq - despite years of total 
monitoring
of every industrial plant in Iraq - confirms that no inspection can
satisfy Washington´s demands.

Sanctions on Iran´s oil refineries

The most recent U.S. sanctions are not focused on nuclear research.
Instead, they are an attempt to hamper Iran´s petrochemical 
industry.

Iran nationalized its production of oil after a revolutionary
upheaval drove U.S. and British imperialism out of Iran in 1979. 
Since then, every effort has been made to destabilize Iran and 
regain the vast wealth that once flowed into Western banks and 
corporations.

Due to its past unequal relation with imperialism and the years of
sanctions since, Iran has had to import large amounts of refined oil
and petroleum products, from gasoline to jet fuel, cooking gas and
more. In 2008, Iran still had to import nearly 40 percent of its
market needs.

However, after completion of seven new refineries and improvements 
to
existing refineries, Iran is now almost self-sufficient in oil
refining needs. This is why the U.S. is so determined to again block
Iran´s refining capacity by hampering all forms of international
investment.

As this entire resource-rich region continues to slip from U.S. 
imperialism´s control and domination, the danger of a Pentagon-
inspired provocation against Iran escalates. All those who oppose 
imperialist war should be on heightened alert.

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