Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tehran says no 

The deal proposed by the UN regarding nuclear fuel has been rejected by Iran:
Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday said his country would not export its enriched uranium for further processing, effectively rejecting the latest U.N. plan aimed at preventing Tehran from building nuclear weapons.

Instead Manochehr Mottaki said Iran would consider a nuclear swap inside Iran as an alternative plan.

The United Nations last month offered a deal to take 70 percent of Iran's low-enriched uranium to reduce its stockpile of material that could be enriched to a higher level, and possibly be used to make nuclear weapons.

That uranium would be returned about a year later as refined fuel rods, which would solve the impasse over its nuclear program. Fuel rods cannot be readily turned into weapons-grade material.
Mottaki also took a swipe at the U.S. Secretary of State:
"Diplomacy is not all or nothing. Mrs. Clinton's comments that Iran must accept only this proposal is not diplomatic."
Maybe the term "Smart Diplomacy" does not translate well into Farsi.

In other news, Peyton Manning is a good quarterback, LeBron James can really play basketball, and, late this afternoon, the sun will set in the west.


By Anonymous feeblemind, at Wed Nov 18, 05:03:00 PM:

I am thinking that your observation about the sun would be negotiable were there only someone to negotiate with. Process and negotiations have become ends in themselves.  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Wed Nov 18, 05:24:00 PM:

Holy Cow...Somebody press the "RESET" button!!!!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Nov 18, 05:56:00 PM:

Iran and North Korea have played the same game about nuclear for years.

They deny, then they hedge, various officials within their governments contradict one another and keep the exact status of any matter unclear.

From time to time they sign agreements. Within weeks the terms turn out to be flawed and unacceptable.

At each step they get a reward, good faith money so to speak. It sometimes may not be much but they get it for doing nothing.

After denouncing and/or violating promises they delay for a few months. Then they agree to new negotiations.

Diplomats everywhere immediately proclaim all parties are showing good faith by being willing to resume negotiations.

Repeat previous paragraphs.

Any child would have learned by now. The diplomats never do.  

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