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5/17/03

US new tactic to tarnish Iran's image will backfire: Iranian daily

`Tehran Times' on Saturday said that Washington's latest tactic to have a report falsified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against Iran's nuclear programs, will fail like all previous attempts to accuse Iran of violating the arms treaty, IRNA reported from Tehran.

America's attempts to tarnish Iran's image in the international community just because Tehran resists US bullying will prove unsuccessful like all its other attempts against the country, the English-language daily wrote in its Opinion column.

"Let it be known to US officials that Iran is not Afghanistan, nor it is Iraq and neither it is Vietnam," the paper reminded.

The militarist adventurists in the US should not underestimate Iran and seek confrontation. Rather, it would auger well for Bush to pave the way toward mutual understanding, it suggested.

With the IAEA meet just round the corner, the Bush Administration is pressuring the esteemed IAEA as well as countries on its governing board to falsify a report that would indicate that Iran has an advanced nuclear weapons program.

To this end, a senior US official said on Thursday that UN nuclear watchdog agency would make a "big mistake" if it failed to find Iran in serious violation of a key international arms control treaty, the daily noted.

This indicates that almost all members of the Bush Administration want the entire world, all countries and all organizations to be at their service to falsify reports about other countries, the daily pointed out.

It is to be noted that IAEA chief ElBaradei announced at a press conference in Iran early this year that Iran's nuclear activities are meant for peaceful purposes and are within the framework of the IAEA. He and other experts of the IAEA - the only international organization authorized to monitor nuclear activities - are tasked with commenting on Iran's nuclear activities, it highlighted.

This makes ElBaradei the sole authority to comment on the issue because only he has the firsthand information which he obtained during his visit to Iranian nuclear sectors, the daily suggested.

Washington, which has no relations with Iran whatsoever and which does not have any information, nor access to any Iranian nuclear sites, is not entitled to comment on the issue, the daily argued.

It must be noted that Iran has not committed the slightest violation of the treaty, the daily underlined.

The US is waging a psychological war against the IAEA by pressuring its experts to deliver a report to its liking, contrary to the information the IAEA has directly collected from Iran.

This is gross mistrust in the esteemed organization that has been entrusted with the crucial role to maintain world peace, the daily said.

But the daily believes, the IAEA will not submit to such US pressure as it has resisted in the past. The IAEA officials fully know that the prestige of the respected organization is so valuable and its role is so crucial to maintaining world peace that the "slightest mistake would ruin its excellent reputation," the daily added.

As for El Baradei, he is a man of independence and integrity, the daily praised.

"His handling of arms inspection in Iraq before the US-led war toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein shows that he is a man of integrity who will not submit to pressure. This is one reason the IAEA is respected throughout the world," the paper concluded.

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