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Monday, May 15, 2006

No turning back the Clock on Iran

According to Reuters:

The European Union is ready to share the most sophisticated civilian nuclear technology with Iran if it agrees to halt uranium enrichment on its soil, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday.

From IRNA comes:

Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said to a news conference, "we remain committed to a diplomatic solution. The intention is not to push Iran into further isolation but to find a way to bring Iran back to the negotiating track.
Unfortunately, they push themselves further into isolation on a daily basis and endless bending on our part in an effort to entice them away from their "peacefull" nukes only emboldens them further.

From IRNA also comes remarks from Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki:
If Europeans' proposals disregard the two fundamental conditions, including official recognition of Iran's inalienable rights to access nuclear technology and upholding this right, it will end up facing a situation similar to their plan proposed in August 2005.
Let's face it, they are going nuclear. Nothing the EU, UN or US does is going to change this fact. The US or Israel could strike the various sites, but these invariably would not be all of them.

One day, Iran will be nuclear weapons power and they will use them. One day, our nukes will not just be pointed at military targets there, but civilian centers. Welcome to the 21st century cold war; it's going to be a hot one.


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