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Thursday, March 02, 2006

CNN.com - Iran asks EU3�for last-ditch talks - Mar 2, 2006

CNN.com - Iran asks EU3�for last-ditch talks - Mar 2, 2006: "But Britain says no new proposals before crucial IAEA meeting"

Iranian diplomat "Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani" has asked the EU-3 to meet again prior to the IAEA meeting on March 6 to decide whether to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council.

The March 6th meeting is slightly ludicrous and yet another example of U.N. action, but will accomplish the U.N. strived for result. A recent posting on the successful machinations can be found here.

A spokesman for the British Foreign Office, said, "we will listen, but we have no new proposals. Our position is already set out in the IAEA board resolution of the 4th of February." I imagine this is the case since back in early February when Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamed Reza-Asefi said, "we have not reached a dead end, and there have been more difficult situations," which has left more time for further meetings and some great catered cuisine.

According to CNN in the resolution of February 4th, "the IAEA's board of governors voted to report Iran's nuclear activities to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions." But that was not an "official" official vote/meeting, so "the board will "officially" gather on March 6 to make that recommendation."

As Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijane said, "we need to refine ... a few elements of this question and study it. This requires time," and perhaps some more of that swell catered cuisine. He also wanted to make clear why Iran was being so particularly pertinacious in so "peaceful" a manner by saying, "I want to say that the process of enrichment is a sovereign right of any state." Which makes the countries involved in negotiations feel much better, when you consider Russias offer; which were Iran to accept, would give them the enriched uranium necessary to use in their "peaceful" nuclear ambitions, while allowing Iran's resources concentration on the secret "non-peaceful" nuclear ambitions.

But, all is not lost since Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani said, "In order to defend our rights within the framework of international rules and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), we are ready to negotiate with the European states." Asked by the Iranian News Agency's cub reporter Jimmy Olson, "Does this mean that your talks yesterday with the Russian officials were not fruitful?" Larijani further relaxed tensions by replying, "You are judging so hastily. I believe that we should give time to diplomats to think." Phew!

Ultimately there is no need for concern, as according to CNN, "Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but the West, particularly the United States, charges the nuclear power program is simply a front for a nuclear weapons program." So, basically it is just the U.S. led by that Bush being his usual recalcitrant self.


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