Kerry says: Give Iran Nuke fuel

…that we together call the bluff of the Iranian government, which claims that its only need is energy. And we say to them: “Fine, we will provide you the fuel that you need if Russia fails to provide it.” Participating in such a diplomatic initiative makes it more likely to succeed.

Brilliant! Maybe this would work with North Korea too? Of course we can trust them, they're a government aren't they? They're bound by international law and the etiquette of diplomacy. Oh yeah, and besides, Kerry has the power of his own diplomacy behind him.

John Edwards actually said that this is a 'great bargain' for Iran and that if they don't take it it would prove they're not really going nuclear for peaceful purposes. Does the Kerry campaign really think this is the kind of nuance Americans will find heartening? Of course it's a great bargain for Iran! Let's go a step further and just give them a few fully assembled nukes from our stockpiles to 'even' out the balance of power in the world.

Oh wait, they've actually demanded something similiar...

Iran has issued an extraordinary list of demands to Britain and other European countries, telling them to provide advanced nuclear technology, conventional weapons and a security guarantee against nuclear attack by Israel.

...Iran said the EU-3 should support Iran's quest for "advanced (nuclear) technology, including those with dual use" - a reference to equipment that has both civilian and military applications.

The Europeans should "remove impediments" preventing Iran from having such technology, and stick to these commitments even if faced with "legal (or) political . . . limitations", an allusion to American pressure or even future international sanctions against Iran.

More astonishingly, Iran said the EU-3 should agree to meet Iran's requirements for conventional weapons and even "provide security assurances" against a nuclear attack on Iran.

Given that Kerry's own web site says that, "The greatest threat facing America in the 21st Century is the possibility of an attack by terrorists armed with a nuclear weapon. The most difficult step for a terrorist to take in making a nuclear weapon is getting highly enriched uranium or plutonium," you'd think that he'd try to avoid the kind of blind Carter-esque trust of dictatorship that this policy implies.

Of course it's probably all Israel's fault in the first place for having nukes, otherwise the mullahs wouldn't want nukes 'to protect themselves'. Something must have made them mad right?

Watching Kerry's chosen weapon against the Iranian mullahs, the UN, continue to handle this is painful to watch. The IAEA warns Iran the UN will impose harsh consequences. Iran says, "Shove it." Then the IAEA backs down a bit. Obviously EL Baradei must have pulled a mullah aside to complain that they were making his job too difficult, you know because he has to make it look like he's doing his job at least, because Iran then offers to freeze uranium enrichment. Well, they meant some sorts of uranium enrichment, not all of it.

Iran last year agreed to freeze enrichment activities but has since resumed testing, assembling and making centrifuges.

One of the diplomats said the Iranian offer was made by Hassan Rowhani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, to Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

"Rowhani called ElBaradei to tell him that Iran is ready for a (new) freeze," said the diplomat.

Rowhani has been lobbying European nations in recent days ahead of the start Monday of an IAEA board of governors meeting that will focus on Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. officials are spearheading an effort at the IAEA board meeting to have Iran declared in violation of its treaty obligations, a move that could force the U.N. Security Council to take action against Iran.

Another western diplomat told the AP no dates or other specifics had been set by the Iranians and ElBaradei and talks continued on how to verify any renewed suspension.

Iran last week confirmed a report by the IAEA that it planned to convert more than 40 tons of raw uranium into uranium hexafluoride, the feed stock for enrichment.

Both diplomats said Iran's renewed suspension pledge did not extend to the production of uranium hexafluoride as far as they knew.

Experts estimate that the 40 tons of uranium hexafluoride could yield more than 200 pounds of weapons-grade highly enriched uranium hypothetically enough to make five crude nuclear weapons.

It's like a dance. A macabre, meaningless, dance of death. Meanwhile the bombmaking continues.

Posted by Eric Simonson at September 8, 2004 1:19 AM