New ISIS/Albright Report on Lashkar Ab’adPosted: August 1, 2013
David Albright has just released yet another report, this time focusing on a facility at Lashkar Ab’ad in Iran. The basic gist of the report is, this is a facility where Iran conducted undeclared laser enrichment activities before 2003, when it was halted under IAEA verification. Now, 10 years later, there has been construction at the site. Therefore, Iran must be reconstituting its undeclared laser enrichment activities there, and the IAEA needs to go in and investigate.
Do you get Albright’s M.O. yet? Its exactly the same one present in his reports on the Parchin facility. See Yousaf’s great piece on that here. It seems that every time Iran undertakes construction on any facility that has ever even been alleged to have a connection to nuclear activity, Albright is convinced that this is evidence of clandestine, nefarious ongoing nuclear work there, or an equally nefarious cover up operation. As if laser enrichment, a common uranium enrichment technology, could possibly be described that way in any event.
So once David’s satellite photos show landscaping, he’s off to the races with another breathless report on how important this turn of events is, and how its now a “priority”
for the IAEA to be allowed to visit the site to make sure there’s no nuclear work going on there.
Just how much this approach is a travesty of the IAEA’s safeguards system, I hope readers of this blog have come to understand from previous posts. I mean just think about it. What country would ever agree to a safeguards system, whereunder whenever they do construction on either civilian or military facilities, they have to let the IAEA come in and monitor the construction and make sure there isn’t anything that could possibly be used in a nuclear energy program? That’s not reflective of the spirit of the IAEA safeguards system, or it’s letter. I stand by what I’ve said before about Albright, and the apparent hand-in-glove nature of ISIS’ relationship to the U.S. Government and its foreign policy agenda on Iran.
I think it’s also important to bear in mind that, in terms of the letter of Iran’s safeguards agreement, it isn’t necessary to declare design information or activity at facilities at which no fissile material is present. The IAEA under the CSA is a fissile material accounting agency. They do not have a mandate to find out about activity that could in the future be connected to fissile material, but is not at the moment connected to it through the presence of fissile material at the same facility. So as long as there isn’t any fissile material at the Lashkar Ab’ad site, Iran is under no obligation to declare to the IAEA what it’s doing there. IT’S NONE OF THE IAEA’s OR ALBRIGHT’s BUSINESS. And until Albright can conjure up some evidence with his satellites that there has actually been diversion of fissile material from peaceful applications to military applications in Iran, he should spare us all his fear-mongering, pseudo-scientific rhetoric.