IAEA’s Director General Mohamed ElBaradei waits for the start of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) 35-nation board meeting on the escalating nuclear standoff with Iran, on Monday, March 6, 2006, at Vienna’s International Center.
ASSociated Press: IAEA Hopes for Deal on Iran Nuke Program
Strong U.S. opposition appeared close to torpedoing a Russian initiative that would leave Iran with a small-scale uranium enrichment program, diplomats said Tuesday as Moscow and Washington struggled to find common ground on what to do about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
One of the diplomats, who spoke outside a 35-nation IAEA board meeting, said Germany also remained open to the proposal, which would allow the Iranians to run 20 uranium-enriching centrifuges domestically while ceding control of large-scale enrichment to Moscow, on Russian soil.
As the board meeting entered its second day, German representatives were meeting with counterparts from France and Britain â€” which both back the Americans in opposing the plan â€” to try to re-establish a common European stance on enrichment, said the diplomats, who demanded anonymity in exchange for divulging confidential information.
A European official in Vienna for the meeting said that ultimately the plan would fail if the Americans opposed it.
The dispute, which surfaced in the last few days, was driving a wedge into joint international efforts to wean Iran of all enrichment activity by moving it to Russia, thereby reducing its potential for misuse by Tehran.
No surprise here.
The Europeans have NO WILL or INTESTINAL FORTITUDE to stop Iran’s nuclear program.
They never have and never will and that is why ALL of these IAEA and United Nations permutations/negotiations have been a WASTE OF TIME.
The original Russian plan that surfaced last year and is backed by the Americans and the
European Union, would have stripped the Iranians of all enrichment potential. But the proposal carried to Washington Monday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would allow the Iranians a still-to-be-defined “research and development” capacity â€” including the 20 centrifuges.
The diplomats said IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei backed the plan. On Monday, he told reporters a deal on Iran’s suspect nuclear program could be only a few days away, making
U.N. Security Council action unneeded. Though he did not elaborate, his optimism appeared linked to the Russian proposal on limited enrichment
“I am still very much hopeful that in the next week an agreement could be reached,” ElBaradei said.
China’s foreign minister also appealed for more negotiations, suggesting no need for Security Council involvement.
“Iran should cooperate closely with the IAEA to settle the nuclear dispute,” Li said.
More appeasement and cover for Russia and/or China to veto sanctions in the United Nations Security Council.
And the European Union will be NO help.
The ball is in the United States and Israel’s court.
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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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