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03OTTAWA2115
2003-07-24 18:17:00
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Embassy Ottawa
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IAEA/IRAN: CANADA AGREES ON NEED TO MOVE UP EL

Tags:   KNNP  PARM  MNUC  PREL  IR  CA  IAEA 
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						S E C R E T OTTAWA 002115 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NP/RA, NP/MNA, IO/T, NEA/NGA AND WHA/CAN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/24/2013
TAGS: KNNP PARM MNUC PREL IR CA IAEA
SUBJECT: IAEA/IRAN: CANADA AGREES ON NEED TO MOVE UP EL
BARADEI REPORT BUT DOUBTS AUGUST 15 IS DOABLE

REF: (A) STATE 210913 (B) OTTAWA 1670 (C) OTTAWA 2109

Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Brian Flora,
Reasons 1.5 (b) and (d).



1. (C) Canada agrees with us that the IAEA Director General's
next report on Iran needs to be issued prior to August 29 in
order to mount an effective campaign before the September
8-12 Board of Governors meeting (ref. A), but believes that
August 15 may not be feasible. Terry Wood, Foreign Affairs'
Deputy Director for Non-Proliferation, told us on July 23
that the extended absences of El Baradei and of Deputy DG
Goldschmidt (who will be returning from leave on August 18)
and the need for a thorough report will make it difficult for
the IAEA to proceed two weeks earlier. But Wood said that we
must have more time to prepare for this BOG meeting than we
had in June, when the DG's Iran report came out on the 6th
and the BOG meeting was held on the 16th. Exactly how far in
advance of August 29 is the challenge.



2. (S) Wood said that Canada has an added complication if the
DG's report is moved up to August 15. Another GoC agency is
preparing to provide "sensitive information" on Iran to the
IAEA Secretariat, and had not planned to do so before
mid-August (the Secretariat's informal deadline for
submissions to be considered in the report is August 15).
Wood was unsure whether or how much the sharing of this
information, which was out of Foreign Affairs' hands, could
be accelerated. Wood was not suggesting the report be held
up on account of this, but said that Canada wanted to bring
the information to bear on the report if at all possible.
(NOTE: Canada has not previously shared intelligence with the
IAEA, and is grappling with how to do so. The GoC has
informed us (ref. B) that it has intelligence from the late
1990s regarding nuclear activity at Kalaye. END NOTE.)



3. (C) The GoC continues to push both the Iranian Government
and the IAEA on full disclosure and full accountability.
Wood said that Canada's Ambassador in Vienna is meeting with
IAEA Acting DG Waller on July 24 to reiterate Canadian
concerns, including moving up issuance of the Iran report,
maintaining a rigorous approach to inspections, and using all
the IAEA's tools, including special inspections. Wood told a
Secretariat official earlier this month that if Iran did not

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agree to environmental sampling at Kalaye, Canada would push
for a special inspection to be conducted there. Wood was
preparing a letter from Minister Graham to El Baradei
reiterating these messages, and said that Graham discussed
Canadian concerns again this month with Iranian FM Kharazzi.
He noted that Canadian access in Tehran will be more limited
now that the Canadian Ambassador has been recalled over the
death in custody of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi
(ref. C).



4. (C) Overall, Wood was pessimistic about bringing Iran
around. He noted that experts who travelled with El Baradei
to Iran this month had returned early because of the lack of
cooperation by the Iranians. Wood said that the IAEA's
investigation was showing additional Iranian work with
nuclear materials that had not been declared.
CELLUCCI