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Iran Announces Fusion Work as EU Presses Unwanted Deal

With the UN Security Council’s Permanent Five and Germany set to meet at the IAEA’s Vienna home this week, the EU continues to press forward in vain pursuit of a nuclear/economic package that would barter enrichment from the Iranian mullahs. The meeting is tentatively set for Thursday, June 1.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the EU3 is in discussions with the US, China and Russia seeking a mix of terms that may work. The Iranians, however, have consistently and frankly expressed no interest in such maneuvers.

The continued futility of the efforts are plainly visible in Lavrov’s reiterated that any deal would be based “on the condition that all issues that the International Atomic Energy Agency previously had to Iran will be resolved.” That is an impossibility that Iran has made stridently clear for three years.

Fully expecting the failure of a negotiated settlement on that basis, the United States is in a behind-the-scenes push for financial sanctions against Iran. According to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur report, the sanctions sought would “limit financial movements of all Iranian officials by blocking access to foreign currency and global markets, shut down their overseas government accounts and freeze assets in Europe and Asia.” Such sanctions, if agreed upon, would ostensibly be a clear logical ‘next step’ but would have the result of dividing world oil consumers into a clear choice of supporting the punishment and risking Iranian oil cutoffs or supporting Iran and guaranteeing their oil supply. Clearly, two camps would quickly form, possibly with little basis on any nuclear threat. Without doubt, they already have.

Consider carefully Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s words, quoted in Bangladesh’s Financial Express, as he said “Allowing Israel to develop nuclear weapons with impunity which it does not deny while others in the region are prohibited from doing so, is a blatant case of double standards. It has created a destabilising asymmetry in a volatile part of the world. We must recognise Iran’s right to develop such technology for peaceful purposes.”

Iran’s state-run media, IRNA, saw fit to edit and tone down that bit of clarity in Prime Minister Badawi’s quote.

Yet, Badawi minced few words. The simple attachment of the popular phrase “for peaceful purposes” to conclude his statement should not be permitted to obscure his central point: Iran must have nuclear weapons to counterbalance Israel’s nuclear arms.

The world must, as Badawi [and Iran] sees it, acknowledge “Iran’s right to develop such technology” as Israel has. Clearly, ‘such technology’ is nuclear weapons.

Every use of the phrase “for peaceful purposes” promotes a charade, whether by Iran, the IAEA, Europe, Russia, China, America or even the media.

With regards to oil supply disruption as a reaction to sanctions, Iran has long stated that they would not ‘use oil as a weapon’. Yet, Iran has also assured that their nuclear program is for purely peaceful purposes, which makes their announcement of nuclear fusion research curious. Why would Iran announce research in an area of nuclear science that has no peaceful application? The only application of nuclear fusion is for thermonuclear bombs. Nuclear fission, a science wholly more believable within the context of peaceful power programs, has a place in a budding nuclear program that Iran regularly portrays. Fusion is another matter entirely.

While the world may indeed be so intoxicated by short-term conflict avoidance as to render itself willfully ignorant, Iranian intentions are clear for all who choose to see. Those intentions – and the horrors that come with their realization – are not for sale, barter or bargain.