Cablegate: Iran Press/Nuclear: November 17: Iran Initial Reaction To
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SUBJECT: IRAN PRESS/NUCLEAR: NOVEMBER 17: IRAN INITIAL REACTION TO
IAEA REPORT, RED LINES
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1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The following contains November 16-17
nuclear-related statements as reported in the Iranian press by:
A. IRIG IAEA Rep Soltanieh: 'Fordo Inspection Confirms Iran's
B. Head of Majlis Foreign Relations Subcommittee of the National
Security Committee: 'Iran Isn't Going to Swap Fuel'
C. IAEA Director El-Baradei: 'Inspection Confirms Iran's
D. Ayandenews: 'Export of Iranian Fuel is Red Line'
2. (SBU) IRIG OFFICIAL COMMENTS:
A. IRIG IAEA REP SOLTANIEH: 'FORDO INSPECTION CONFIRMS IRAN'S
INFORMATION' (ISNA, NOV 16)
Title: Soltanieh to ISNA: "Iran Won't Implement Additional
Protocol and Code 3.1. The IAEA Inspection Results of Fordo
Conform to the Information Provided by Iran"
Summary: In this story Soltanieh is quoted as saying:
- [Re November IAEA report]: IAEA inspection results conform to
all the information provided by Iran concerning Fordo.
- This IAEA report, like the previous normal and repetitive
ones, again concerns itself with the normal process of
inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities.
- [Noting that the only difference with this report is that it
contains a report on the inspectors' inspection of Iran's second
enrichment site (Fordo)]: It was announced in this report that
there were inspections of Iran's second enrichment site and the
results of these inspections clearly indicate that all the
information Iran provided corresponds with the inspection
results and that there is no centrifuge installed in this
facility and nuclear material isn't being used in it.
- Re Fordo, we pointed out that to due to the continuation of
threats against Iran's nuclear centers, Iran had no option but
to establish another enrichment center besides Natanz.
- This report shows that the propaganda and political
hullaballoo about Fordo after Iran's voluntary announcement to
the IAEA is totally baseless.
- As has been said repeatedly, Iran in no way will end its
peaceful nuclear activities to include enrichment~ Iran will
continue its transparent cooperation with the IAEA and this
latest report is another document from this nuclear watchdog
that announces that all of Iran's nuclear activities are within
a peaceful framework and under the supervision of the IAEA.
- [ Re El-Baradei's emphasis in the report on Iran's
implementing the Additional Protocol and the Code 3.1 of the
Subsidiary Arrangements]: This sentence is repetitive and was
in all the previous reports. After Iran's technical and
specialized nuclear issues were referred to the Security
Council, without any technical or legal considerations, the
Majlis instructed the Government to cease implementing the
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Additional Protocol and the 3.1 Code. Iran continues to
cooperate with the IAEA based on the NPT and carries out all its
activities under IAEA supervision.
B. HEAD OF MAJLIS FOREIGN RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL
SECURITY COMMITTEE: IRAN ISN'T GOING TO SWAP FUEL (November 16,
Summary: Hojjatoleslam Hossein Ebrahimi, Head of Majlis Foreign
Relations Subcommittee of the National Security Committee, said
that Iran would in no way exchange its 3.5 percent enriched
uranium for 20 percent enriched fuel from the West. Iran would
either buy fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR) if someone
wants to sell it, or produce it itself.
3. (SBU) OTHER ARTICLES/NEWS:
C. EL-BARADEI: INSPECTION CONFIRMS IRAN'S HONESTY (November 17,
Summary: The IAEA inspection results concerning Natanz conform
to what Iran has announced. The report makes reference to the
following paragraphs from the report in enumerating the report's
23 'positive points': Paragraphs 3-11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26.
[COMMENT: This IRNA article omits mention of the IEAE's comments
on Fordo (paragraphs 12-17), the "Possible Military Dimensions"
section (paragraphs 31-32), and the "Summary" (paragraphs 33-27]
D. AYANDEH NEWS: "SENDING URANIUM ABROAD OUTSIDE THE REGIME'S
[Ayandenews (pragmatic conservative), November 16]
- A source close to Iran's nuclear negotiating team told
"Ayande": "sending uranium outside of Iran before receiving fuel
is outside of the Regime's redlines." This source said "with
the Supreme Leader's clear opinion that sending uranium outside
of Iran before receiving 20 percent enriched fuel is out of the
question, and the Islamic Republic is only prepared to lock and
seal its own 3.5 percent enriched uranium under IAEA supervision
on Iranian soil.
- The IAEA website has reported equipping storage areas in
Turkey to receive Iranian fuel and 'Middle East News' has
claimed that President Ahmadinejad showed a positive reaction to
the role of Turkey as a mediator in the exchange of fuel.
- There is also a significant difference of opinion between the
sides on how much Iranian enriched uranium needs to be supplied.
Whereas the US, Russia and Western countries are seeking
1,200kg, some Iranian officials to include Expediency Council
Secretary Mohsen Rezai say the maximum amount Iran needs to
supply is 350 kg of 3.5 percent enriched uranium. Some sources
also inform us of the government's willingness to supply 800 kg
of 3.5 percent enriched uranium in exchange for receiving 116
kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium.
- Iranian experts emphasize separating the two issues of the
confidence-building measures sought by the US of Iran's
providing 1200 kg of its own uranium from the separate issue of
buying TRR fuel.
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-Many Iranian officials, to include the Majlis Speaker Larijani,
the Expediency Council Secretary Rezai, Judiciary Head Larijani
and some credible institutions like the Tehran Society of
Combatant Clerics believe that Iran's providing 1200 kg of its
own 3.5 percent enriched uranium in exchange for receiving TRR
fuel is an American trick and trap. These officials suggest
that Iran must demand suspension of the UNSCR Resolutions in
exchange for delivering its own uranium, and that the issue of
providing TRR fuel be carried out within a technical framework
and far from political issues and the interference of
- Supreme Leader Khamenei in his 13 Aban (November 3) speech
decisively rejected Iran's entering into negotiations the
outcome of which have been previously mandated by the US.