Russia Rejects Iranian Nuclear 'Compromise'
While Mohamed ElBaredei, as noted yesterday, pushed the notion that a deal between Iran and the West (through Russia) was close to being accepted, Russia, amid pressure from the United States and Europe (principally Germany and France) pulled the plug on the deal by rejecting Iran’s offer to suspend ‘industrial-scale enrichment’ voluntarily in exchange for enrichment for research purposes. Original reports said tht the Iranian offer was a suspension for just two years.
ElBaredei seemed to support the Iranian position to a degree when he said, “Any moratorium of more than two years and any suspension of nuclear research activities (as the West demands) will make it difficult to reach a deal. The face-saving solution is to enrich uranium on a limited scale … during the two years.” But this research only would lead to better centrifuges and their mass production within that two year window in preparation of the planned end of the two-year ‘industrial-scale enrichment’ moratorium.
Before the National Council for Resistance in Iran revealed Iran’s secret Natanz and Arak nuclear sites in 2002, Iran’s strategy had been concealment and deception. Since then, Iran’s strategy has been delay and deception. This is demonstrated clearly by an Iranian negotiator boasting of fooling Europeans in a closed door meeting with Iran’s top clerics and academics. Iran’s former head negotiator with the EU-3 talks, Hassan Rowhani, said to the gathering, “From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, ‘The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything’. The Europeans used to respond, ‘We trust them’.”
Regarding the manipulation of the EU-3 negotiators, Rowhani remarked, “When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Tehran we were still installing some of the equipment at the Isfahan site … In reality, by creating a tame situation, we could finish Isfahan.”
This is the same thinking that prevails in Iran’s current attempts to maintain allowed ‘research enrichment’. It is as much for cover for the rest of the program and fuel cycle as it is for the knowledge gained via the research, including the heavy water plant in Natanz and the laser enrichment programs running near Tehran.
As soundly indicated by the recent US nuclear agreement with India, who has not agreed to the Nonproliferation Treaty, the West’s problem is much less with the nuclear development or even with Iran’s ‘right’ to nuclear technology, but squarely with the radical regime that seeks such technology while supporting terrorism both overtly and covertly.