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A2: US/Turkey Relations: Iran No Nukes



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A2: US/Turkey Relations: Iran No Nukes


Iran’s nuclear program remains static. It’s still not nuclear capable.

Stewart 10 (Phil, Journalist, “Iran not nuclear weapons capable for at least a year- Gates” Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSWBT01379320100413) MKB

Iran is not expected to be capable of producing nuclear weapons for at least a year, maybe more, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday. Asked about reported comments that Iran might be able to join the nuclear club in months, Gates said: "I don't believe it." "I think that most estimates that I've seen, haven't changed since the last time we talked about it, which is probably at least a year, and maybe more," Gates told reporters on a flight to South America.
The threat of nuclear weapons in Iran is media hype. The IAEA confirms that it is for peaceful uses.

Global Research 7 (“IAEA confirms the ‘peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities” Global Research, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6655) MKB

The mainstream media has failed to report the agreement reached between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Iranian government in regards to the Iranian nuclear energy program. An understanding has been reached between the two. The IAEA has given Iran's nuclear program a clean bill of health. Why is the U.S. media not reporting on this matter? Why do the U.S. and its Western allies continue to threaten Iran with punitive bombings for its alleged non-compliance, when everything indicates that Iran has a bona fide nuclear energy program and does not have the capabilities of developing nuclear weapons? The following are highlights from the document: Article IV (1): These modalities cover all remaining issues and the Agency [meaning IAEAconfirmed that there are no other remaining issues and ambiguities regarding Iran's past nuclear program and activities. Article IV (3): The Agency's delegation is of the view that the agreement on the above issues shall further promote the efficiency of the implementation of safeguards in Iran and its ability to conclude the exclusive peaceful nature of the Iran's nuclear activities. Article IV (4): The Agency has been able to verify the non-diversion of the declared nuclear materials at the enrichment facilities in Iran and has therefore concluded that it remains in peaceful use. The Director-General of the IAEA has also confirmed in an interview published by Profil, an Austrian magazine that it is highly unlikely that Iran would pursue the development of a nuclear weapons program. The document is a slap in the face for the Bush Administration. In light of these developments, it is no surprise that the Washington is now seeking to justify military action on the grounds that Iran is allegedly behind the killings of American troops in Iraq. The fact of the matter is that the U.S. and its Coaltion partners, as confirmed by several reports, are in an "advanced state of readiness" to wage a military operation directed against Iran. What they now require is a new fabricated pretext which portrays Iran, in the eyes of public opinion, as a threat to world peace. The Western media bears a heavy burden of responsibility in the current wave of disinformation regarding Iran.

A2: US/Turkey Relations: Iran No Nukes


The threat of nuclear weapons in Iran is media hype. The IAEA confirms that it is for peaceful uses.

Derhally 10 (Massoud, Journalist, “ ‘Show the world Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful’ ” Press TV, http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=118568§ionid=351020104) MKB

Tehran has urged brotherly states, and Turkey above all, to make efforts to help convince the international community that Iran's nuclear activities are totally peaceful.
They should say that not even a single case of deviation from peaceful nuclear activities has ever been found, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast told the Trend news agency on Saturday.
“Iran's nuclear activities have been of a peaceful nature at all times. The Islamic Republic has pursued its nuclear program through transparent measures, and relevant clean bills of health put the seal of approval on such a claim,” Mehmanparast noted. He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been committed to its obligations in its civilian nuclear activities and strives to fulfill all its duties in this regard.
On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated that he believes there is still common ground for talks between Iran and the parties involved in the nuclear negotiations. Ankara still wants to see a diplomatic solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program, he stated shortly after Iranian nuclear technicians set dozens of centrifuges spinning to begin enriching uranium stocks to a level of 20 percent purity in a move which heightened tension in some quarters. Davutoglu said he believes that diplomatic routes have not yet been exhausted and there may still be a window of opportunity. Turkey has been taking all options into consideration and holding talks on various formulae to help resolve the dispute, he added. The Turkish foreign minister will arrive in Tehran on February 16 for an official visit, during which he is scheduled to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, and other senior Iranian officials. Iran says that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to the peaceful application of nuclear energy. The country expects to generate 17.5 percent — 20,000 megawatts — of the country's electricity demand through nuclear energy over the next two decades. Over the years, Washington and its allies have accused the Islamic Republic of pursuing a military nuclear program. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities and has found no evidence of the diversion of nuclear material.


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