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Monday, November 21, 2005 

Iran Approves Blocking Nuclear Inspectors

(AP) TEHRAN- Parliament approved a bill Sunday requiring the government to block international inspections of its atomic facilities if the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency refers Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions.

The bill was approved by 183 of the 197 lawmakers present at the session, which was broadcast live on state-run radio. The vote came four days before the International Atomic Energy Agency board meets to consider referring Tehran for violating a nuclear arms control treaty.
When the bill becomes law, as is expected, it will strengthen the government's hand in resisting international pressure to abandon uranium enrichment, a process that can be used to produce fuel for nuclear reactors or an atomic bomb.

The line in the sand has been drawn. Notice this part: “t will strengthen the government's hand in resisting international pressure”. Now, put that in with: “Iran President Ousting Political Rivals”. This thing is getting more and more spooky. Will Europe step up to the plate and do the hard work on this, or will the sit back, again, and let the US take the heat for doing the tough (and unpopular) job?