Iran gives just enough ground to possibly avoid sanctions

October 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Progress has been supposedly made Thursday in high-level talks with Iran on its nuclear program in Geneva this week. Iran has agreed to let U.N. inspectors into its recently revealed covert uranium enrichment plant. Iran also pledged to send most of its uranium to Russia for enrichment, which would help reassure that it is not on the path to produce nuclear weapons. The agreement was announced after more than seven hours of high-level talks in Geneva among Iran and representatives of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, which also featured the highest-level official U.S.-Iranian encounter in three decades.

The tentative arrangement could be enough to hold off a new round of sanctions on Iran, whose economy is suffering and whose government is still struggling with the fallout from its dispute presidential election.  Despite the agreements and the plans for follow-up gatherings, U.S. and allied officials remained cautious, describing the deal as positive but “fragile” and expressing concern that Iran may not make good on its promises. It seems Iran has learned how to give just enough ground to gain international legitimacy without really giving up anything essential to their nuclear program.

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One Response to “Iran gives just enough ground to possibly avoid sanctions”

  1. Nikos Retsos on October 2nd, 2009 9:55 am

    Iran didn’t really give just enough to avoid sanctions; it gave NOTHING! And it will also give nothing in any future talks. The U.S. effort to force Iran to cry uncle is not legitimate because its represents a double standard in its geopolitical game, and Iran won’t be a partner to that game at the expense of its security and regional interests. Because Iran’s nuclear program is actually a West-East geopolitical power play akin to the cold war era. The West tries to maintain it current influence in the energy rich Middle East, where it is threatened by the rising clout and military power of Iran. But Iran has Russia and China on its side which resent the U.S. and Europe’s effort to spread their influence east to Ukraine, and consolidate a foothold in Central Asia -Afghanistan.

    Why then, one might ask, Russia and China cooperate with the U.S. against Iran? Only a fool will believe that, and in the poker game of international diplomacy things are not what they appear to be. Russia and China have commercial interests with the U.S. that want to keep, but they will never accept the U.S. as the kingmaker of the globe. Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has called the U.S. effort to “resolve any of its global problems unilaterally hopeless.” And the U.S. effort to squash Iran -the Center of Islam- into a dwarf Middle East player would certainly not be helped by either Russia or China. Russia is still chaffing for the U.S. instigated war in Georgia, and China is still chaffing from collision between U.S. oceanographic ships mapping its coastal seabed for use by U.S. submarines in case of a conflict with China. The Chinese disgust was clear when Chinese coastal ships rammed the U.S. ship head on. Russia and China, therefore, are on the U.S. containment list like Iran, and they would not certainly help the U.S. corner either Iran or themselves.

    Is Iran a threat to international peace -as the U.S. argues? Not according to the international community. The Institute for Economics and Peace, an Australian Non-Profit Research Body, published its Global Peace Index in 2009, and among 144 countries, Israel was 141, down on the bottom, just before Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq! (Jerusalem Post, June 3, 2009) Yet, Baraq Obama, according to a report in the Washington Times today, October 2, 2009, re-assured Israel that he will not mention Israel’s nuclear arsenal while he tries
    to bash Iran and North Korea as rogue states for their nuclear programs. Sure, Iran is close to Russia, and North Korea is close to China, and, therefore, they must be quashed, while Israel is a U.S. ally and it must remain strong – even though the international community see it as a threat -according to the aforementioned poll. But the U.S. and its vast global media network distorts the facts to demonize Russia’s and China’s allies as global nuclear villains, while Israel is getting a free-nuclear weapons ride – courtesy of the U.S., and the tons of money paid by Jewish interests to the U.S. Congress in the form of “political contributions.”

    Welcome to the 21st Century “Cold War” between East and West. The war of disarming the tougher allies of your geopolitical opponents. Nikos Retsos, retired professor

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