The Cheney/Bush administration’s war of words on Iran continues, amid more speculation concerning a US military attack.
From the Guardian UK:
Iran’s willingness to answer questions about its nuclear program will not save it from new U.N. sanctions, a U.S. envoy said Wednesday, describing Tehran’s new openness as an attempt to deflect “attention from its … bomb-making capabilities.”
The remark by Gregory L. Schulte, chief U.S. delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, drew criticism from some diplomats, who suggested that Washington was trying to derail important progress in the Iranian nuclear negotiations in its drive to impose new U.N. penalties.
The IAEA’s 35-nation board will meet next month to discuss Iran, and the conflicting views suggest the meeting could see Washington and its closest allies clash with countries less hawkish on Iran.
Iran and the Vienna-based IAEA – the U.N. nuclear watchdog – said Tuesday they had agreed on a timetable for Tehran to respond to lingering questions over its controversial nuclear activities.
….State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said the United States believed the council “must move forward as soon as possible with additional sanctions.”
Two diplomats and a U.N. official familiar with the Iran-IAEA timetable disagreed, however, saying substantial progress was being made in lifting the veil of Iran’s nuclear secrecy. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue with the media.
“This appears to be a deliberate (U.S.) campaign to derail the process,” said one of the diplomats. “It is dangerous to dismiss it before even having seen the details.”