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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Surprise: Iran rejects P-5+1 demands

In an earlier post, I reported on the demands that the P-5+1 'powers' plan to make from Iran when 'talks' on Iran's nuclear program open later this week, probably in Istanbul. I titled that post 'The West's dream world' and it seems likely that I was right. Iran has already rejected the demands.
Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization called the western diplomats' demands "irrational," according to AFP.

AFP quoted Davani as saying in an interview with the Iranian ISNA news agency that the Fordow facility had to be built underground because of the West's threats to attack the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities.

“If they do not threaten us and guarantee that no aggression will occur, then there would be no need for countries to build facilities underground. They should change their behavior and language,” he said.

Davani added that Iran would continue to produce uranium enriched to 20 percent, but not "more than we need, because it is not in our benefit to produce it and keep it." Iran says it needs 20% enriched uranium to produce medical isotopes in its Tehran research reactor, while the West claims that 20% enriched uranium is a stepping stone to creating nuclear weapons.
What could go wrong?

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At 1:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's entirely possible that Obama is just too stupid to realize that you never get everything you want in negotiations, so showing your hand before you've even reached the table is a very dumb thing to do.

But I suspect that he's willing to settle for far less than his public demands.


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