Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 - 01:51 UTC

Argentine loses top post in UN Atomic Energy Agency dealing with Iran

Argentina’s Rafael Grossi has resigned as assistant director-general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), sparking speculation as to whether his exit might be linked to Argentina’s agreement earlier this year with Iran.

Rafael Grossi resignation came as a surprise

Grossi is expected to leave his post in the early European summer to become Argentina’s envoy to the IAEA.

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that the Argentine diplomat, who has an ambassador status and is also IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s cabinet chief, had handed in his resignation and that the “timing of his departure will be defined very soon.”

The Argentine diplomat, who will be this week in Buenos Aires addressing CARI (Argentine Council for International Relations)’s Nuclear Committee, played a key role in IAEA talks with Tehran, whose controversial nuclear program has been at the forefront of agency attention in recent years.

While Amano insisted via a spokeswoman that Grossi’s departure would not change policy “including the ongoing negotiations with Iran,” other sources were divided on whether it was a sign of internal agency tension or not.

His surprise resignation coincides with an apparent deadlock in the Iran investigation with suspicions that Argentina’s recent rapprochement with the Islamic Republic might be a factor. The IAEA had been pushing since early last year to coax Iran into allowing its inspectors to restart a long-stalled investigation into suspected atomic bomb research.

With Iranian stonewalling widely blamed for the failure to come to an agreement (a charge Tehran denies), the UN agency has been under pressure to reconsider its tactics. The next round of talks with Iran is due on May 10.

Grossi is expected to leave his post in the early summer to become Argentina’s envoy to the IAEA. Argentina is a member of the UN agency’s 35-nation governing board.

Grossi is one of two senior IAEA officials who have been leading the agency’s efforts since early 2012 — so far in vain — to persuade Iran to give its inspectors access to sites, officials and documents for their inquiry.

His resignation means that both of them will leave the agency this year. The IAEA said last month that a senior Finnish official, Tero Varjoranta, would succeed chief IAEA nuclear inspector Herman Nackaerts when he retires in early autumn.

But analysts and diplomats stress that it is Amano who decides policy. He steered the agency into a tougher approach to Iran and secured a second four-year term in March.

Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank in London, said Amano would not select replacements who “differed in substance” from Nackaerts and Grossi.

“The institutional norms and ways of doing business don’t easily change,” Fitzpatrick said.

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1 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 08:18 am Report abuse
lol, Argentina being forced out of all international positions, no power, no position, nobody
2 Pirate Love (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 09:08 am Report abuse
Argentine you made your bed, now snuggle in, its going to be a bumpy ride......
3 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 09:19 am Report abuse
IAEA, I've heard about them...
Aren't those the ones to condemn developing nations for wanting nuclear weapons, threatening them with empty words once in a while?
At the same time as they say nothing at all about the nations that already DO have nuclear weapons. Especially to the only nation on the planet that has actually ever used nuclear weapons against another nation.

It's them, isn't it?
4 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 09:27 am Report abuse
Its the only countries with power, Stevie......so that excludes Argentina, LOL
5 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 09:36 am Report abuse
Power to tell other countries what to do only to be disregarded as hypocrites?

Enjoy that power and use it well...

6 Clyde15 (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:07 am Report abuse
Who knows, we may yet !
7 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:16 am Report abuse
Thanks, we'll enjoy that power bullying retards like your country around lol!
8 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:17 am Report abuse
You like to be disregarded as hypocrites?

That would explain a lot...
9 yankeeboy (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:31 am Report abuse
Stevie, What a wonderful fantasy world you live in. Does it have unicorns that poop rainbows too?
I wonder if you are trying to be funny or sound clever but don't realize it doesn't come off that way.
10 Zool (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:38 am Report abuse
Next stop Argentina's removal from the G20
11 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:52 am Report abuse
Having a nuclear arsenal while telling others not to is hypocrisy.

Or perhaps you want me to believe that USA uses them with more caution than anybody else?
12 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:10 am Report abuse
I don't care if you call me a hypocrite. My country's more powerful than yours, therefor I get to bully your weak, pathetic ass around, lol
13 yankeeboy (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:11 am Report abuse
As the most powerful nation on earth we have the right and ability to dictate terms to whomever we choose.

Just because you don't want it to be true doesn't change reality.

Why can't you get that through your thick head?
14 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:19 am Report abuse
You can bully all you want, you'll never ever get your hands on our natural resources again. Ever.
You'll have to stand in line like you do today and pay for it like everybody else.

Get THAT through your thick heads.

Nunca mas.
15 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:21 am Report abuse
LOL is that why Cristina's desperately trying to sell them to Shell/Chevron/Dow, etc?
LOLOLOL@ your mental retardation and economic collapse!
16 ChrisR (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:33 am Report abuse
14 Stevie

I don't know which country you are referring to about 'our' but you don't speak for Uruguay, we have enough wackos in government as it is, but not for much longer.

But, you don't live in SA any more do you?
17 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:33 am Report abuse
No, that is why USA still buys oil from Venezuela and is upset over the prices.
That is why USA refers to the islands as Falklands/Malvinas.
That is why USA, together with Europe, are where they are today.
The arise of China made you lot run out of cheap resources, and you are having problems outbidding them.
Attack any SA nation under the disguise of your choice. We'd know what you want. And you're not getting it. Get it?
18 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:43 am Report abuse
Yes, I get that you're retarded and you understand nothing and there's no point talking to you.

I also get that you have no life and stare at mercopress.com day and night, have no friends, and are some kind of antisocial freak with some kind of hideous deformity.

I'll continue laughing while your nation crumbles, and while my nation bullies your nation around.
19 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:45 am Report abuse
But we keep the lady.

20 Also Add (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:55 am Report abuse
stare at mercopress.com all day/night, no friends, hideous deformity, nation crumbling, mentally retarded
21 manchesterlad (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 01:05 pm Report abuse
Dweebie is trying to protect RG interests from the basement of his mommy
22 Pirate Love (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 01:25 pm Report abuse
expect iran to gradually pull back urgent relations with argentina as they have no motive now........no influence in a seat of power to be gained!

@3 The world is looking at cutting nuclear weapons yet iran, north korea and dany bergers wishful argentine ambitions are pushing for power using weapons of mass destruction.....and all you can offer is to add more nuclear missiles using the excuse that they are “developing” countries.....all the more reason why they should never have them.

as for “countries with power” i thank my lucky stars iran, north korea and Argentine(Hahahaha) will never have true global power,not now, not ever, the only power they possess is internal at best!

sucks to be a nuclear power/religion wannabe!
23 manchesterlad (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
Ooops….. put my finger in the wrong hole!

Dweebie is trying to protect RG interests from the basement of his mommy´s home somewhere in the US…….. que tipo patetico!!!
24 Conqueror (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 04:01 pm Report abuse
@3 Poor little Stevie. Wants nuclear weapons. Except that “his” country signed a treaty banning nuclear weapons in its area. Now, who do we know that ignores treaties that it's signed?
@5 Yep. The only country to have ever used a nuclear weapon. Twice. To end a war. You might want to bear that in mind. The UK, all by itself, can end any latin-american war.
@8 Oh hohohohoho. A hypocrite calling other people hypocrites. What nationality are you today, Stevie? Ever read a document stating that all members are committed to aiding the development of others? And how does refusing to allow certain vessels to dock aid their development? And how do feel about being part of an imperialist colonialist state, or at the least a supporter of one?
@11 Except that the USA has only used a nuclear weapon twice in nearly 70 years. And how often has cowardly argieland planned a war against a neighbour?
@14 Ever heard of a neutron bomb? Lethal radiation dosage out to 1400 metres. Never say never. And if the USA is as nasty as you think, why shouldn't they?
@17 See if you can figure this. Every living thing in South America could be destroyed in less than a week. Get it?
@19 Thanks, argie. You don't have a “lady”. Here's your choice. You can have a dictatorial slut. Or a slutty dictator. You don't think she got those bandy legs from riding horses, do you? She got them from the number of freebie shags she's received. A true “3-hole” receiver is your CFK.
25 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 04:08 pm Report abuse
I surely don't want nuclear weapons. I'm not homicidal like you.

I'm merely pointing out the hypocrisy in the demands of the nuclear nations.

Especially considering the fact that the USA are the only ones to have used named weapon to murder.
26 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 05:47 pm Report abuse
lol poor little stevie can't get nuclear weapons. His country has no position, no power, its a nobody
27 ChrisR (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 05:49 pm Report abuse
25 Stevie

If you are referring to the two bombs dropped on Japan that was not murder, the USA were at war with Japan that started when Japan attacked Pearl Harbour without declaring war.

Does that sound a bell in that febrile brain of yours? Of course, that is EXACTLY what the argies did, so the three Islanders who died (by 'friendly fire', yes I know) were MURDERED by the argies who invaded in a similar manner to Japan.

With Japan it was an error that due to having to translate their language to English in Washington, having first decoded the signal their Ambassador was late arriving at the State department.

What excuse did the Junta have for not warning the Falklands other than were a bunch of spineless fcuking cowards just like your present bunch headed by TMBOA?

Pleased to set you right, no need to thank me.
28 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 05:52 pm Report abuse

Full stop.
29 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 05:55 pm Report abuse
LOL, yup, we could murder you with ease....but we leave that up to your dictators/military, they do it for us for free!
30 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:01 pm Report abuse
You can't take a shit before asking the Chinese soon

In both sentences

31 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:07 pm Report abuse
lol, we could take a shit ON the chinese.

China expects Argentina to default, listed as CCC and negative outlook according to China's credit rating agency LOL
32 briton (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:31 pm Report abuse
Argentina = Iran
Iran = Argentina
Twins who aid each other in lies deceit and corruption,

Would you trust either of them?
33 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:35 pm Report abuse
Actually briton, that's being too hard on Iranians.
The Iranian government/regime is indeed insane/corrupt/fanatical like Argentina's gov, but the Iranian people are actually pretty decent, unlike Argentines, who are mostly garbage.
34 briton (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
As its always a nasty government and not the majority of the decent people,

And as witnessed on here, the nasty horrible uncoofed Argies,

You have a valid point..
35 Clyde15 (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 08:06 pm Report abuse
The definition of war could be state sponsored murder.
Nuclear weapons are terrible things and cause huge casualties however the fire bomb raids on Tokyo caused more deaths than Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Japan was rather complicit in bombing cities in China, Korea Malaya, Singapore and Burma - even Australia. If they had nuclear weapons they would have used them as would Germany.
After the battles to capture Iwo Jima and Okinawa with American casualties of 26,000 and 62, 000 respectively, it was estimated that allied casualties in an invasion of Japan could reach 1,000,000. The civilian population in Okinawa committed acts of mass suicide rather than surrender.
The Japanese Army would have fought to the death, all civilians were being armed to form huge defensive lines on beaches and 8,000 Kamikaze aircraft had been built and training given to fly these suicide missions.
Would the American public put up with these losses or would a terrible but decisive weapon save more lives in the long run.
It's easy for armchair pundits like you to take a moral ground
as you have never been in a position to take lives to save lives.
The two bombs had the desired affect and Japan surrendered.
How many lived were saved is problematical but the war ended about 18 months earlier than it would have otherwise.
36 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 08:11 pm Report abuse
You can try to find all arguments you want in order to justify murder.

Still murder.
37 briton (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 08:15 pm Report abuse
to be fair,
then Argentina shares the same murder charge for the deaths of over 700 men in the falklands war.
true is it not..
38 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 08:39 pm Report abuse
Sure, CFK is putting all those responsible in jail.

You lot should aid her.

Give us a hand in Uruguay as well, we have an amnesty law to fight against...

Are you lot sending Bush to jail? Blair? No? Hypocrats? Yes?
39 ChrisR (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 09:06 pm Report abuse
38 Stevie

“We”.....(notice the use of the fabled...)....“in Uruguay.”

Go on, pull the other one it's got an argie with his arse up my boot! You don't live in the Southern Cone.
40 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 09:19 pm Report abuse
Where I live doesn't concern you and has little to do with the discussion. If you want to discuss our persona's , start a blog.
I promise I will join.

By the way, living in the Southern Cone doesn't make me Uruguayo, just look at you. You live here too, still you aren't Uruguayo...
41 ChrisR (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 09:52 pm Report abuse
40 Stevie

Never said I was though I hope to be a Citizen of Uruguay someday, the fates willing.

It is YOU who want us to believe you have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things Latino when the reality is that you probably spend all day on the net reading your declared publications from the comfort of a N. European country, sponging off their support services.

I am retired and I cannot spend the time you must do if the response time to my posts by you are anything to go by.
42 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:12 pm Report abuse
If I have the time, I'll post. If I don't, I wont. Simple.

I should, like most of you lot, really spend my time more wisely, in that we can agree. But it's just too much fun.
Yes, I'm a sinner.

About my person, just keep fishing, I accept all labels.
43 mastershakejb (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 12:45 am Report abuse
ChrisR is more Uruguayo than Stevie. Fact (full stop. lol)
Stevie has no Uruguayo friends, he's an antisocial freak who disagrees with and hates all Uruguayos. He has stated so himself. He's the only “uruguayo” that loves Argentina.
44 Also Add (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 01:27 am Report abuse
lol, nevermind, i retract my statement
ChrisR and Stevie are PERFECT for eachother. They are both social rejects with hideous deformities. ChrisR sits in his house in Uruguay all day on the computer, far far away from the UK where he was unable to make friends/family due to his lack of social abilities and his hideous deformities. Stevie does the same, but its his home country.
45 Clyde15 (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 08:58 am Report abuse
You can try to find all arguments you want in order to justify murder.

Still murder.

OK then - everyone killed in a war directly or indirectly has been murdered. That should satisfy you.
You should run for the Secy. of the United Nations.
With your brilliant insight you will be elected unchallenged.
46 briton (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 06:35 pm Report abuse
good point,
your turn steve..
47 Stevie (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 07:04 pm Report abuse
Every civilian dead by bombs? Indeed.

48 briton (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 07:18 pm Report abuse
Some experts say,
Without war, the worlds population would just get out of control,
And war keeps the population down.

Now I don’t know if that is true or just rubbish,
But perhaps exploring space and settling on new planets will help elevate the worlds growing population,

Mind you ive no idea what this might have to do with murder,
But just saying like.
49 Stevie (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 08:51 pm Report abuse
I know for a fact that calling a war for a necessity is utter rubbish.

At some point birth control will have to be on the agenda, but in theory it is possible to half the entire population without killing a single soul and still everybody would have a child. This within a lapse of two generations.
In theory.
I admit birth control is a nasty thing, but wars as necessities is far worse...
50 briton (#) Apr 25th, 2013 - 12:01 am Report abuse
well china has some kind of birth control, i think,
and it does not seem to work.
51 Clyde15 (#) Apr 25th, 2013 - 09:57 am Report abuse
Civilians manufacture the weapons used by the armed forces to kill, so they are then complicit in “murder”. The law would say they are equally guilty .
52 briton (#) Apr 25th, 2013 - 06:24 pm Report abuse
Everybody [then]
Who pays taxes==what goes on military hardware?

So it seems then, in the smartest form,
That we have approx 6.5 billion murderers,,,,

Less 40 million argentines that have nothing to do with it,
It aint there fault and thus exempt.

53 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 02:50 pm Report abuse
China actually has birth wardens. The try to control and keep couples at 1 kid per couple. They even have incentives not to have kids.
54 Brazilian (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 02:58 pm Report abuse
The IAEA should investigate Israel, which has several nuclear weapons, unlike Iran, and is a threat to world peace, unlike Iran. Also, Israel is not a part of the NPT.
55 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 03:16 pm Report abuse
perhaps you should go tell them that brazilian
56 Brazilian (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 03:51 pm Report abuse
# 55 - Itamaraty has already done that, making it clear that all nations should sign the NPT, and giving support to Iran, a nation which does not have nuclear weapons to proliferate and which has signed the NPT. Unlike the nuclear armed nations, which present the largest risk to humanity, Brazil is one of the few nations in the world where it has in it's contitution that it cannot build nuclear weapons.
57 ChrisR (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 06:21 pm Report abuse
56 Brazilian and your dumb fcuk government.

Hamas do not want peace in the Gaza or anywhere else. ALL they want is every Israeli dead.

If Israel were to lay down their weapons they would ALL be killed by the cowardly Arabs and the Mullahs of Iran, etc.

If Hamas lay down their weapons there would be peace throughout the region.

That is the real problem.
58 Clyde15 (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 06:50 pm Report abuse
Are you really so simple that you think that Iran is not trying to obtain nuclear weapons ? Their president, backed by their Mullahs has called for the total annihilation of the state of Israel.
If they gain nuclear weapons then their use is a very strong possibility.
Remember, martyrdom seems to be a precept of the more extreme forms of Islam. Would you be happy to see a bunch of nutters in charge of a nuclear arsenal.
Despite what you think, the “more responsible” nuclear powers have come to a modus vivandi with each others nuclear arsenals which has kept them from using them in times of conflict.
I have been in Israel and seen what living in an armed camp feels like. All their neighbours want them destroyed - not to live in peace with them.
Their ownership of a nuclear arsenal - never confirmed or denied -is the one thing that guarantees their survival as a country..
I do not agree with their treatment of the Palestinians and the land grabs they have made on their territory but the Israelis think they are playing a survival game - and they may be right.
59 briton (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 06:56 pm Report abuse
Iran, a nation which does not have nuclear weapons

Perhaps when they show the world what they have,
Will you have a different opinion of them
Also you say.
Brazil is one of the few nations in the world where it has in its [constitution] that it cannot build nuclear weapons.
So why will it obtain nuclear subs,
Are these not weapons in themselves,
Brazil will in time obtain what the few have,
Because some must have what others do not,
And south American countries do not,

their are some that cant be trusted, IRAN is one such country.
60 ChrisR (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 09:50 pm Report abuse
59 briton
“Brazil is one of the few nations in the world where it has in its [constitution] that it cannot build nuclear weapons.”

Have to be careful here though! What does it say about POSSESSION of nuclear weapons (built by some other country)?

We must also remember that ARs constitution says that the Falklands are theirs!

It seems LatAm countries treat their constitutions as if they are 'aspirational' and subject to amendment on a whim.
61 Stevie (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 12:03 am Report abuse
No Chris, SA should ask the Brits how to treat their own constitutions.

Aren't you the clever one...
62 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 12:30 am Report abuse
Chris in SA they do not know the difference in generals laws and constitution.
63 ChrisR (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 12:18 pm Report abuse
62 Captain Poppy

Given the fact they have just emasculated the Judiciary down to the level of TMBOA lackeys I think you are correct.

@61 Stevie

Your post is unintelligible (it contradicts itself).
64 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 03:33 pm Report abuse
When the head of state has such broad based, unchecked powers, the free world calls the .....a dictator.
65 briton (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 07:19 pm Report abuse
60 ChrisR
You are of course very correct,
They will move the goal post as and when it suits them.

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