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November 30, 2004
No, Seriously, We Had Our Fingers Crossed The Whole Time

You'll never guess what Iran did this morning:

Iran reiterated Tuesday it was only prepared to freeze its uranium enrichment activities for a few months and would not, as the EU and Washington want, permanently mothball facilities which could make atomic bombs.

The comments, made by Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, were a further blow to European Union efforts to persuade Tehran to scrap enrichment for good and were likely to fuel U.S. concerns that Iran secretly plans to produce nuclear weapons.

Iran, which insists its nuclear program is solely for electricity generation, Monday escaped possible U.N. sanctions after agreeing to suspend all activities which could be used to make bomb-grade material.

What? Iran reversed itself? Why, that's unprecedented! It hasn't happened since as far back as last week.

What exactly have the EU-3 negotiators accomplished in this silly waltz with the Iranian mullahcracy? They had Iran sign off on an agreement which the mullahs immediately discredited, then re-endorsed, after which they asked for an exemption from it. Once denied that, they threated to pull out of the agreement before re-re-endorsing it ... temporarily.

What a brilliant strategy on the part of the Europeans. It's lifetime employment for the diplomats involved.

We need to put an end to the gameplaying that the EU-3 apparently enjoy. The US noted yesterday that any Security Council nation can refer suspected violations of the non-proliferation treaty to the UNSC for sanctions and further action. It's far past time to do so and bypass the incompetency of the current Western negotiators.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 30, 2004 4:59 AM

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