"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Lavrov: UNSC must not play IAEA inspectors role in Iran case - Irna

Lavrov: UNSC must not play IAEA inspectors role in Iran case - Irna: "The Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, too, stated here (Iran) on Wednesday that the Russian proposal for joint uranium enrichment in Russian soil for Iran is still valid."

The Russian proposal is still "valid," yet Iran has never agreed to that unless they can also enrich uranium on Iranian territory as well. So it's kind of a bust no?

Further clarifying where negotiations stand:

'"Iran supports the idea of establishment of an international consortium to produce nuclear fuel in Iran's oil soil. Iran believes it cannot rely on such a strategic matter on promises made by international manufacturers of the nuclear fuel."'

Meanwhile, Kofi Annan demonstrated the streamlined functions of the U.N., when he "there ought to be no competition between the Security Council and the IAEA because as far as technical matters are concerned since the agency has the necessary expertise and should have the final decision on these matters and not be restricted in its authority by the Security Council."

He also said, "I hope that the Iranian nuclear program has not reached a dead end as apparently both Iran and the negotiating parties are willing to come to negotiations." Which to date consist of the offers over and over and refusals of those same offers.

Annan, speaking as the diplomat he is, "Iran should heed recommendations of IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to do more to persuade the international community that the country's nuclear program is for civilian purposes." As it appears Kofi is convinced.


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