Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Iran nuke deal close, says officials opposed to the deal

Is this an attempt to disrupt this deal? The Washington Times (my emphasis):
Iran is close to an agreement that would include a suspension of uranium enrichment but wants the deal to include a provision that the temporary halt be kept secret, according to Bush administration officials.

Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, has been working with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on the enrichment-suspension deal that could be completed this week.

Disclosure of talks on the secret element of the arrangement comes as Mr. Solana and Mr. Larijani are set to meet today or tomorrow in Europe when the deal could be completed, said officials opposed to the deal, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

According to the officials, the suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran would be for 90 days, so additional talks could be held with several European nations.
White House officials opposed to the temporary cessation of Iran's enrichment program have leaked aspects of the negotiation. Is this an attempt to undermine the talks? It's only a temporary stop to enrichment, but this story is a strange one.


Blogger Chuck said...

Iran: We will stop enriching uranium but you have to keep it secret.
EU: Wow!! Thats great. How long will tou stop?
Iran: 90 days, but remember, you can't tell anyone.

What a crock of crap. I hope the Bush administration tells the EU and Iran to stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

I'm not too keen on bombing Iran's nuclear facilities but I wouldn't mind an operation to cause an accident.

3:31 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Don't get me wrong, I do not trust Iran. But, I don't trust the office of the Vice President either.

Dan Drezner, no left-wing nut job, said the following of this story: "A Story That By Its Very Existence Will Alter The Facts Reported In Said Story."

5:13 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Iran is playing the EU and the UN like a violin and they will have a nuclear bomb within a year. If we go along with this continous bait and switch negotiation we will find ourselves looking down the barrel of a nuclear gun.

It is time to pull the plug on the EU and the Security Council. We should announce to the world that we will no longer be a party to the charade and if the EU and UN wany to keep playing games so be it. We should in that same announcement tell the world that if Iran uses a nuke of any kind against Israel or any place we have troops we will hit Iran with no less than 100 nukes within 10 minutes.

Chris, there comes a time when talk doesn't work and the time has arrived with Iran. I have dealt with this type of negotiation too many times in my career and at some point a line has to be drawn in the sand. Bluffing and weaseling won't do it. You have to throw down the gauntlet or you will be wakled over.

7:54 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

I believe the gauntlet is close to being thrown, after the election.

I believe the gauntlet throwing will be the deploying of several carrier groups within strike range of Iran.

Iran remains some time away from a nuclear device, unless they have obtained one in an external process from either Pakistan or North Korea -- or unless they have a complete enrichment cycle in secret and this is a strange diplomatic dance. That is not out of the question given Persian culture.

Within a year, they will have the knowledge to make a bomb. Members of Israel's government state that is the actual red line. I am inclined to think that the president agrees. But, plans must also take into account our strategic situation, which is not very good at the moment.

8:53 PM  

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