Sunday, January 09, 2005

More on the IAEA

Given that the IAEA appears to believe that Iran does not have a nuclear program and has resisted sending the Iranian case to the UNSC, this article raises some real questions about their thought process.

Defense News reports that:

Also up for review was South Korea's acknowledgement, prompted by aggressive IAEA inspections earlier in 2004 under an Additional Protocol agreement, that its military scientists had secretly conducted plutonium reprocessing and uranium enrichment experiments at various points during the past 22 years.

Yet South Korea, supported by the U.S. government, succeeded in convincing the IAEA Board of Governors that a referral to the U.N. Security Council was unnecessary, contending that its previous violations did not rise to the level of significance requisite for Security Council consideration.
First of all, it if takes up to 22 years to find out a country had a nuclear program, what good is the IAEA? Second, scope and scale should matter and when compared to the Iranians, this is small potatoes. Lastly, why should South Korea not be subject to patient negotiation and process rather than passed on to be dealt with by the UNSC?