Given his track record, I suggest to Mr. Adams that he is confused. An IAEA inspection in North Korea is indeed actual progress, and without the inverted commas.
And, as far as the IAEA's mandate goes, below are a few lines I copied from their web page. I personally don't find them fundamentally confusing; as a matter of fact I find them fundamentally clear. But then again, I guess I'm not an "expert" like some of our "friends" in Energy Probe purport to be.
IAEA Mission Statement
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
is an independent intergovernmental, science and technology-based organization, in the United Nations family, that serves as the global focal point for nuclear cooperation
assists its Member States, in the context of social and economic goals, in planning for and using nuclear science and technology for various peaceful purposes, including the generation of electricity, and facilitates the transfer of such technology and knowledge in a sustainable manner to developing Member States
develops nuclear safety standards and, based on these standards, promotes the achievement and maintenance of high levels of safety in applications of nuclear energy, as well as the protection of human health and the environment against ionizing radiation
verifies through its inspection system that States comply with their commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and other non-proliferation agreements, to use nuclear material and facilities only for peaceful purposes.
ARTICLE II Objectives
The Agency shall seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world. It shall ensure, so far as it is able, that assistance provided by it or at its request or under its supervision or control is not used in such a way as to further any military purpose.
From: Tom Adams [mailto:TomAdams@nextcity.com]
Sent: Tuesday January 15, 2002 1:15 PM
To: CNS listserv
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] reply to Adam McLean's comment on "progress" in
Given its track record, I suggest to Mr. McLean that, as much as all
civilized people would like to, it would be imprudent to hope that an
IAEA inspection in North Korea represents "progress". Remember that the
IAEA gave Iraq a clean bill of health for its "peaceful" nuclear program
before the Gulf War. Among its failures, the IAEA failed to detect
Iraq's removal of most of the bomb-grade fuel from safeguarded research
reactors before the Gulf war began in January 1991. The IAEA's failures
arise from its fundamentally confused mandate - controllers/regulators
can't also be promoters. The IAEA's record makes the Israeli approach to
controlling Iraq's nuclear technology look prudent.
Tom Adams, Energy Probe
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