IAEA tells US to bug off!
Not even mild-mannered diplomats can control their disgust with this administration:
The [IAEA] is clearly rankled by [U.S.] assertions just days ahead of a trip by IAEA inspectors to Natanz, the site of Iran's known enrichment efforts.Ghee, where did he get that impression?
IAEA officials normally refuse to be identified as such when discussing sensitive topics such as disputes with leading IAEA board members, such as the United States.
But reflecting exasperation, a senior agency official dropped such reservations Saturday as he called the U.S. claims that an agency briefing on the advances made by Iran on enrichment was a bombshell "pure speculation and misinformation."
"It comes from people who are seeking a crisis, not a solution" to the confrontation over Iran, the official said.
[A] diplomat in Vienna . . . said some U.S. [officials] were misrepresenting a recent briefing by the agency to Vienna-based representatives of . . . the five permanent Security Council members.The U.S. is going to have to come up with a new strategy. Their time-honored method of bullshit-ing their way into war is not working this time.
The information on where Iran was on enrichment and where it was headed was not new, but the U.S. officials claimed "the ... IAEA was blown away by (Iran's) progress and had the U.S. redefining its timeline" for Iran's capacity to make its first nuclear weapon down to three years, the diplomat told [AP].
Just last year, U.S. officials cited intelligence estimating Iran would need 10 years for its first bomb.