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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Iran: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Incredibly, the IAEA's feckless outgoing chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, is proposing lifting sanctions against Iran, in a bid to secure consensus and his own legacy.
According to a draft document seen by The Times, the 13-point agreement was drawn up in September by Mohamed ElBaradei, the directorgeneral of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in an effort to break the stalemate over Iran’s nuclear programme before he stands down at the end of this month.

The IAEA denied the existence of the document, which was leaked to The Times by one of the parties alarmed at the contents. Its disclosure was made as the agency warned that Iran could be hiding multiple secret nuclear sites.

Despite the assessment, diplomats believed that Mr ElBaradei was hoping to agree the outline of a deal with Tehran that he could present to the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany as a solution to the impasse.

It was thought that Mr ElBaradei was anxious to secure his legacy after infighting over his perceived weakness in dealing with Iran.

The plan would require the UN Security Council to revoke the three existing sanctions and five resolutions ordering Iran to halt its uranium enrichment — an unthinkable development at a time when the West is focused on how to impose more, not fewer, sanctions on Iran.

Russia and China, who have commercial ties with Iran and have been pressing for a compromise, may see merit in the plan, however.
Why sure, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

I mean, what could go wrong?


At 4:56 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Never mind Iran's extremism and refusal to address its nuclear program. It must still be appeased.

What could go wrong indeed


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