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Cablegate: Ecuador Supports Iaea Reforms

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 QUITO 002116

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP AORC TRGY ENRG PGOV PREL EC
SUBJECT: ECUADOR SUPPORTS IAEA REFORMS

REF: STATE 159113

1. (SBU) PolOff delivered RefTel points on September 12 to
MFA Director for Multilateral Affairs, Miguel Mendez,
congratulating the GOE for its work on establishing the IAEA
Committee on Safeguards and Verification and requesting GOE
views on organizational and substantive issues related to the
Committee.

2. (SBU) Mendez said the GOE considers the creation of the
Committee "an important step towards a more open, transparent
global dialogue on nuclear non-proliferation." He reiterated
the GOE position that states who support terrorist activities
should not be allowed to develop nuclear programs, but added
that if a nation, like Iran, wants to harness nuclear energy
for domestic consumption, they should be given the "benefit
of the doubt." He added that all available diplomatic means
should be utilized to solve the Iran question. Mendez also
expressed concern over reports of a new USG strategic
doctrine authorizing nuclear preemptive strikes against
terrorist groups and rogue nations.

3. (SBU) PolOff also delivered RefTel points to Executive
Director of the Ecuadorian Commission on Atomic Energy, Dr.
Marco Bravo Salvador. Dr. Bravo said the GOE is supportive
of unspecified changes in the IAEA, particularly in the area
of nuclear non-proliferation. On a separate but related
subject, Dr. Bravo said the Commission is drafting a revision
to Ecuador's nuclear control law to increase domestic
security of reactors and reduce radioactive exposure by
requiring additional licensed, registered inspectors.

4. (SBU) Comment: Mendez's reference to Iran suggests that
the GOE may support the EU's more permissive approach to
restricting Iran's nuclear program. End Comment.
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