Thursday, November 24, 2011

UN agency says Iran developing nuclear Donor Wall

Can Iran create a nuclear donor wall?
A United Nations watchdog agency says Iran has likely developed a nuclear-power donor wall.

In a new report, the International Atomic Recognition Agency (IARA) said it had enough evidence to conclude that Iran had at least one, maybe two nuclear donor recognition walls. The findings were  released at the Agency’s Geneva headquarters yesterday.

“We have been watching the donor recognition program in Iran for several years now. Recently, all of our evidence has been pointing to one thing – the development of nuclear powered donor recognition walls,” concluded Dr. Gerful Snidely, head of the IARA.

In announcing the findings, the IARA let journalists see key evidence first hand. This included satellite photos of large, shiny rectangular-shaped structures being moved from a truck into a building. In a close-up, the name “Zerfeeze Paydar, President’s level donor” could be clearly seen on one name plaque on the structure. Other evidence included a translated invitation from the Iranian government to their “Nuclear Giving Circle” and blueprints for a “recognition system” installation for a key government building. Perhaps the most damning evidence came from donor recognition suppliers in Canada and the US.

“US authorities intercepted an illegal shipment of donor recognition wall parts to Iran last month in New York. It included several wooden panels and more than one thousand blank name plaques,” said Snidley. “It was enough material to make an entire donor wall, maybe two or three.”

Seven people were arrested in the sting operation, including one man with dual Iranian-US citizenship who used to work at the development arm of a major Ivey League university.

Also intercepted was a defective name plaque that was sent back to a US supplier. FBI tests found it was slightly radioactive. The radioactive signature matched that of an atomic donor wall system sold by the US military to Iran just before the fall of the Shah in 1980. In previous years, US government officials had said the donor wall would be impossible to use without up-to-date parts and continued servicing. They predicted there would be “gaps” in several of the giving categories, especially among top donors, unless new plaques could be made. Snidely says it appears that Iran has developed its own ability to use the donor wall and maintain it.

“They have obviously figured out by themselves how to add new names to the donor wall with nuclear power,” said Snidely.

The IARA says Iran is in violation of the International Treaty on the Proliferation of Nuclear-Powered Donor Recognition Systems, which was signed by most major countries in 1985. The treaty bans countries from developing donor wall systems if they are “bad countries” or run by “bad people”. The IARA is now calling for economic sanctions.

The Iranian delegate to the IARA, Dr. Zoomi Ostovar, issued a statement saying that the report was incorrect and that Iran only wanted to develop nuclear-powered donor walls for “Peaceful purposes”. Journalists who received the note noticed it glowed in the dark when all the lights were turned off in the news room.

The reaction by world powers to the IARA report has been mixed. The White House promised more economic sanctions. China and Russia, who have both sold donor recognition systems to Iran in the recent past, were calling for more international discussion. The Israeli government had little to say, but Israeli media have been speculating that the Mossad spy agency was working on a plan to attack the donor wall by removing the screws holding the large sections to the wall.