Today Iran says it will end snap UN checks on its nuclear research, tearing up the so-called additional protocol on proliferation it signed three years ago when suspicions began to soar about its nuclear ambitions. Underlining the defiance President Ahmedinejad toured a nuclear complex to announce the end of checks.
At the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna Britain’s envoy Peter Jenkins insists diplomacy is not over, as there is still time to talk before taking more serious steps; their report will not be forwarded to the UN until March. In Iran, press and public opinion appears solidly in favour of the country’s right to develop nuclear energy and pursue peaceful research. Few seem to believe making bombs is the priority. However, after Iran’s broken treaty commitments during 18 years of secret research, few in the outside world share their opinion.