UN drafts deal to export Iran enriched uranium to Russia and France (again)

October 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Iran agreed in principle a month ago and then backed off on a plan where their uranium would be shipped to Russia and France for re-processing into fuel rods. The United Nations atomic agency said Wednesday that diplomats from Iran, the U.S., Russia and France had agreed to a new draft proposal that would see Iran ship it’s low-enriched uranium to Russia via the IAEA. The enriched uranium would then be returned to the IAEA and sent to France, which has the technology to add the “cell elements” needed for Iran’s reactor. IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters in Vienna that he was feeling “optimistic” after the talks, which he said had been “very constructive”.

Under the proposal, Iran may use some or all of the 1,500 kilograms of low enriched uranium at its Natanz fuel-fabrication plant to be further enriched and manufactured into fuel for the reactor, which supplies medical isotopes to over 200 hospitals in Iran. Each nation’s government, however, will still need to ratify the agreement by Friday, and it’s still unclear whether the hard-line rulers of Iran intend to do so. Exporting uranium has been seen as a way for Iran to get the fuel it needs, while giving guarantees to the West that it will not be used for nuclear weapons.



2 Responses to “UN drafts deal to export Iran enriched uranium to Russia and France (again)”

  1. Quark on October 21st, 2009 1:14 pm

    Several points that should be understood:
    1) Israel will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. It doesn’t matter what the U.S. President wants, it doesn’t matter what the U.S. public thinks (stupid polls), it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world thinks. Israel will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
    2) The delivery date of Russian advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran is the deadline by which Israel must act. They will not risk being unsuccessful in a strike to take out the Iranian capability. They know they cannot depend on the U.S. to stop Iran’s development politically or militarily. (Diplomacy without the threat of potential military consequences doesn’t work. Negotiation from a position of power is always more successful than groveling, appealing to a “moral” sense, or empty threats.) When Israel strikes, it will be thorough and conclusive – they know they’ll only have one chance. They will most likely then need to divert their attention to stopping the retaliation by moving into Syria and Lebanon – and maybe other counties….
    3) Israel doesn’t really have to worry about the U.S. entering the ensuing war from a strike on Iran. In response to the strike, Iran will close the Straits of Hormuz – and the U.S. will move to open them again.
    4) Iran does not need an ICBM capability to deliver nuclear weapons to the United States. They can be brought in secretly disguised as other cargo and detonated in U.S. cities with devastating consequence. While the current regime is in power in Iran, it is not in the interest of the U.S. for Iran to achieve nuclear weapons capability. It does not matter that most of the Iranian people are good, rational, and civilized – their leaders are insane. Until the civilized people are in power in Iran, Iran is a threat to the rest of the world.

    While it is far more pleasant to be naïve, it has never stopped brutal reality – sooner or later the sheep must run to the sheepdog for protection from the wolves, whether they like the sheepdog or not.

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