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Iran was not referred to UNSC, contrary to Bolton's assertions

Reported by Chrish - February 24, 2006

On February 7th, 2006 US Ambassador to the UN (by virtue of Bush recess appointment) and current president (for the month of February) of the UN Security Council John Bolton appeared on Fox's Studio B and The Big Story , where he told David Asman that Iran had been referred to the Security Council by the IAEA. Much was made of the distinction of whether they had been merely "reported" or the more serious "referred." A Google News search that day turned up over a thousand hits for both "Iran referred UNSC" and "Iran reported UNSC." Now the word is out that it was "none of the above."

Mike Whitney writes at Information Clearing House that

Iran was not referred to the Security Council for Noncompliance

He asks:
How powerful is the corporate information-system we call the mainstream media?

Is it powerful enough, for example, to mislead the public into believing that Iran has been “referred” to the United Nations Security Council for violations to the NPT, thus paving the way for another war on the back of false information?

The IAEA DID NOT report on Iran’s “noncompliance” to the Security Council, because there is no evidence that Iran has done anything wrong. In fact, as nuclear physicist Gordon Prather points out in his recent article, “March Madness”, “THE BOARD DIDN’T REPORT ANYTHING.”

Then why does the media keep insisting that Iran is being called before the Security Council for noncompliance?

Could it be that the media is simply executing an agenda that is deliberately designed to deceive?

There was no “referral” and there will be no “punitive action” because there are no violations. “Rather”, as Prather ads, “the IAEA Board ‘REQUESTED’ that Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei report to the Security Council”…”calling on Iran to-among other things-implement ‘transparency measures’”.

These “transparency measures” have nothing to do with Iran’s obligations under the NPT. They are additional demands made at the behest of the Bush administration (through strong-arm tactics with nations on the IAEA Board) that will force Iran to provide access to “individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual-use equipment, certain military owned workshops, and research and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing investigations”.

From his bio: "Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico."

Now I certainly have no loyalty to the mainstream media - in their greedy frenzy to cash in on Fox's market success they are in a downward spiral of dumbing down their shows and audiences - but in this case they were taking it straight from the horse's... mouth. Only a small fraction of the people who saw Bolton say it directly and who subsequently heard it echoed all throughout the media will hear that there was no referral. Like the little correction on the bottom of page A-2 that says the headline was all wrong, it's not enough and the damage is done. Or as some see it, mission accomplished.

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