The Sydney Morning Herald: Iranian negotiator boasts of fooling Europeans
THE man who for two years led Iran’s nuclear negotiations has laid out in unprecedented detail how the regime took advantage of talks with Britain, France and Germany to forge ahead with its secret atomic program.
In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Tehran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear program was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.
He boasted that while talks were taking place in Tehran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake – a key stage in the nuclear fuel process – at its Isfahan plant while convincing European diplomats that nothing was afoot.
“From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, ‘The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything’. The Europeans used to respond, ‘We trust them’,” he said.
Well, now they haven’t fooled the Americans and Israelis, have they? And why boast of these accomplishments?
In his address to the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, Mr Rowhani appears to have been seeking to rebut criticism from hardliners that he gave too much ground in talks with the Europeans. The contents of the speech were published in a regime journal that circulates among the ruling elite.
He told his audience: “When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Tehran we were still installing some of the equipment at the Isfahan site â€¦ In reality, by creating a tame situation, we could finish Isfahan.”
Perhaps or have they already completed the work?
The President is growing weary of the BIG STALL from Iran and……..the ball is in his court.
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