In the last ambassadors’ conference, Jacques Chirac said that the situation created by Iran with the resumption of its nuclear enrichment program threatened to leave no other alternative than turning to the UN Security Council. That was only the confirmation of the French position.
The months just elapsed allowed reflecting on major problems. First of all, what is the nature of Iran-Pakistan relations? In fact, If the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has decided to issue its report about Iran’s nuclear facilities on September 3 instead of August 9, is to have time to question Pakistani experts. To have more elements on the issue, the following three questions must be answered:
- What did the offer made by Islamabad to Teheran in 1987 consist of? The content of those documents, given up for lost, could be found in Iran or Pakistan, or in the information revealed during the interrogation of Dr. Khan – creator of the Pakistani bomb and indicted for having contributed to the North Korean and Libyan programs. According to the Wall Street Journal, the western service would be informed on Iran’s progress in terms of propagation of the weapon.
- Did the Abdul Kader Khan group give Iran enriched uranium in 2001? That’s what the people’s mujaheddin – a generally very well informed organization – affirmed in 2004
- Highly enriched uranium waste was found in Iran. Does it come from Iran itself of from Pakistan?
Regrettably, it is very unlikely that Pakistan will honestly answer those questions. Pakistan is not interested in its “diffuser” image to develop even further, and as they don’t allow IAEA’s inspectors to visit their country, no statement from Pakistan can be checked up. In that case, delaying the conclusions of the report to organize that meeting would be of no importance.
Second crucial question: Has there ever been any covert production of nuclear material in Iran? The existence of a possible secret place is a topic of extreme concern. The IAEA has always reasonably avoided showing any categorical view on the issue. In the meantime, open information has provided valuable evidence on the eventual existence of secret places where nuclear waste could have been found: the destruction of six buildings in Lavizan-Shian, Teheran, in March 2004, and the strange excavation of the ground several meters deep in some sites with the purpose of preventing any sample from being collected. The destruction occurred prior to the visit of international inspectors under the pretext of creating a green area there. But the creation of such a green area had been dynamically arranged by Teheran’s city government then headed by the current Iranian President.

Source
Le Monde (France)

Derrière Téhéran, Islamabad?,” by Thérèse Delpech, Le Monde, September 2, 2005.