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Friday, July 30, 2010

Good news: Iran willing to 'negotiate' over uranium exchange

Iran has indicated its willingness to return to the negotiating table with the P 5+1 powers in September. And the Obama administration is eager to embrace the new negotiations.
Iran has given an assurance that it would stop enriching uranium to 20 percent purity if world powers agreed to a proposed nuclear fuel swap, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul.

The offer, conveyed to Davutoglu on Sunday, could bode well for an expected resumption of talks in September between Iran and major powers on the Islamic Republic's atomic program, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes and not for bombs.

Asked about Davutoglu's comments, the U.S. State Department said Iran had often sent mixed signals but that the United States was "fully prepared" to resume talks among the six major powers and Tehran about Iran's nuclear program.

Iran last met the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia in Geneva in October, when they discussed Iran sending some low-enriched uranium abroad in exchange for fuel for a Tehran reactor that makes medical isotopes.

"We hope to have the same kind of meeting coming up in the coming weeks that we had last October," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters. "We are interested in a process -- more than one meeting."
And where would Iran's uranium be stored? Turkey, of course.

Note also that Iran isn't going to stop enriching until a deal is reached. That could take years.

What could go wrong?


At 2:18 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Iranians have bought themselves more time to build a nuclear bomb and they are amazed at how eagerly the West took them up on their offer! Good dhimmis, those Westerners!

What could go wrong indeed


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