White House spins IAEA Iran report as no big deal
The most revealing IAEA report to date on Iran's nuclear intentions elicited little more than a yawn from the White House.
Obama administration officials said Tuesday that a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "raises concerns" about Iran's nuclear program, but cautioned that it does not draw any conclusions about when Iran might be capable of building a nuclear bomb.
The report concludes that Iran had a "structured program" to build a nuclear warhead from the late 1990s until 2003, an official said, but does not "assert that Iran has resumed a full-scale" weapons program.
There are, however, "indications that some activity relevant to the development of a nuclear device continues, and that some may be ongoing," one official said.
The report "certainly doesn't assert that Iran has mastered all the necessary technology [to make a weapon], and we agree with that," the official said.
President Obama and his aides will consult with the international community "about the next steps we might take" with regards to Iran, including more economic sanctions, the officials said.
"This report confirms some of the concerns we've had, and also confirms why the president's been working so hard to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," one official said.
As Ed Lasky points out,
Ah..that all purpose "raises concerns"....
WH spinning like centrifuges...."sporadic", "report certainly doesn't assert that Iran has mastered all the necessary technology [to make a weapon] and we agree with that", "no evidence", "does not draw any conclusions" etc.
I guess the "smoking gun" that seems to be required will have to be a " mushroom cloud".
Now comes the "consulting with the international community" cliché:
Administration officials said Obama expects Iran "to respond to this report by demonstrating to the world the peaceful nature of its program by answering the questions that are raised, very directly, by this IAEA report."
I am sure the mullahs are shaking in their shoes.
Hasn't this been going on for years now? Hasn't Iran been asked constantly to demonstrate the peaceful nature of its program and to answer questions. The IAEA report itself brings up the fact that Iran has REFUSED to answer many questions. Did the WH even read the IAEA report?
Move along folks...nothing to see here.