Quote of the WeekPosted: September 9, 2013
The Secretariat will have to review such a request in light of legal authorities, mandate, and resources and must determine whether there is a scientific basis for conducting a highly speculative investigation of this kind. In short, this will need further study. Looking past the current context, Mr. Chairman, it is our view that [such] requests for . . . analyses of hypothetical scenarios are beyond the IAEA’s statutory authority. The IAEA has never before conducted this type of analysis, and it would exceed IAEA’s mandate, and have far-reaching implications that exceed IAEA capabilities and authorities.
Guess who said it?
If you guessed the Iranian representative to the IAEA, regarding the IAEA’s continuing refusal to find Iran in compliance with its safeguards obligations, based largely on unevidenced suspicion and speculation about what may have happened, or what might in the future happened in Iran . . . . YOU’D BE WRONG!
This was, in fact, the US representative to the IAEA, Joseph Macmanus, complaining about a Russian request that the IAEA consider how a potential US strike on Syria might create new threats through the destruction of storage facilities for nuclear material in Syria. That, Macmanus argues, would clearly be an overstepping of the IAEA’s legal mandate.
Can someone loan me a knife with which to cut this irony?