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Mullahs Take a Leak

October 20th, 2013 - 1:52 pm

I wonder who this leak is supposed to be putting pressure on, or taking pressure off of:

Iran has reportedly proposed a new offer on its nuclear program to increase confidence that it would remain bound to requirements to ensure it doesn’t produce nuclear weapons, Al-Monitor on Thursday cited an Iranian sources as saying.

According to the source, the Islamic Republic’s proposal to world powers during recent talks in Geneva included a halt on the production of near-weapons-grade enriched uranium, a vow to convert its arsenal of fuel rods and a pledge to hand over used nuclear fuel for an unfinished heavy water reactor.

The package, presented by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, also allegedly allows for increased monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The offer supposedly consists of two stages, each to last at least six months, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the secrecy surrounding the Geneva talks, told Al-Monitor.

Iran, in the first stage of the plan, would reportedly cease production of 20% enriched uranium and “try to convert the stock” so-far amassed to fuel rods for a research reactor.

Other elements of the proposal supposedly include: Iran’s willingness to relinquish more information on the Arak heavy water reactor; allowance of full inspection of the Fordow underground enrichment plant; engagement in talks on curbing the scope of production at the Natanz enrichment plant; and Iran’s signing of the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

That’s an awful lot, which brings to mind two questions. What is Iran hiding? Or, Are they really not pursuing nukes?

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Didn't they just elect new leadership? Seems like they're trying to at least look like they're turning over a new leaf after the rein of Ahmadinnerjacket.
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If they weren't really pursuing nukes they would have submitted to an inspection regime long ago. It's possible that they have changed their minds.

I think the more likely scenario is that they either have enough weapons-grade material to present the world with a fait accompli or they've moved their weapons production to facilities they think are unknown to us.
47 weeks ago
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Agreed, on all counts.

I have never heard a serious argument claiming that Iran isn't pursuing nuclear weapons. They have fought bitter wars with their neighbors, they have openly declared their long-term goal of eradicating Israel, and they are the world's number-one sponsor of terrorism. OF COURSE they are pursuing nuclear weapons!

(They also have enormous proven reserves of oil, which they must ship abroad to have refined for them. If energy was what they wanted, they'd build new refineries. Heck, they could declare that as their intention, announce that they were scrapping the centrifuges to pay for it, and the world would fall all over itself to help.)

What the Iranians want is to run out the clock. Once they have nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, everything changes... and we can stop worrying about silly little trivialities like ObamaCare.
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