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Perspective and Context: ElBaradei Says Iran Slowing Nuclear Program?

Consider the following while bearing in mind Mohammad ElBaradei's recent public comments that his primary job is to avert a military conflict with Iran, as opposed to his delineated task of overseeing international nuclear compliance with IAEA requirements...

Tunneling Near Iranian Nuclear Site Stirs Worry
The sudden flurry of digging seen in recent satellite photos of a mountainside in central Iran might have passed for ordinary road tunneling. But the site is the back yard of Iran's most ambitious and controversial nuclear facility, leading U.S. officials and independent experts to reach another conclusion: It appears to be the start of a major tunnel complex inside the mountain.

The question is, why? Worries have been stoked by the presence nearby of fortified buildings where uranium is being processed. Those structures in turn are now being connected by roads to Iran's nuclear site at Natanz, where the country recently started production of enriched uranium in defiance of international protests.

And regardless of 'clarifications' the IAEA may have been provided by the mullah regime, one can rest assured they are not digging freshwater wells. And ElBaradei's public statement on Iran as concerns are raised once more?

"We have seen a fairly slow development in commissioning new cascades," Mr ElBaradei said.

He said International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors had noticed Iran's slowdown "in commissioning new cascades for the treatment of nuclear material" while on a visit to the nuclear facility at Natanz last week.

Mr ElBaradei welcomed this.

"Iran needs to do everything to cool things down," he said. "[There is a] need to shift from the mode of confrontation to the mode of goodwill and co-operation."

Nothing to see here. Move along. Remember the context.