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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Iran - When Can We Talk?

According to The Washington Times:

“The United States said yesterday it would attend a pair of Iraqi-sponsored regional conferences in Baghdad over the next two months that will also be attended by archfoes Syria and Iran.”

This has been agreed to and attendance is considered giving assistance to the Iraqi government’s initiative for talks. This is acceptable to a point and is “diplomacy” in “action.”

When is the right time for talks with the likes of Iran? First, a few facts from the CIA:

Economic Overview: Iran's economy is marked by a bloated, inefficient state sector, over reliance on the oil sector, and statist policies that create major distortions throughout. Most economic activity is controlled by the state. Private sector activity is typically small-scale - workshops, farming, and services. President Mahmud AHMADI-NEJAD has continued to follow the market reform plans of former President RAFSANJANI, with limited progress. Relatively high oil prices in recent years have enabled Iran to amass nearly $60 billion in foreign exchange reserves, but have not eased economic hardships such as high unemployment and inflation. The proportion of the economy devoted to the development of weapons of mass destruction remains a contentious issue with leading Western nations.

Natural Resources: petroleum, natural gas, coal, chromium, copper, iron ore, lead, manganese, zinc, sulfur

Electricity - Production: 155.7 billion kWh (2004)

Electricity - consumption: 145.1 billion kWh

Electricity - exports: 1.837 billion kWh (2004)

Electricity - imports: 2.17 billion kWh (2004)

Oil - production: 3.979 million bbl/day (2005 est.)

Oil - consumption: 1.51 million bbl/day (2004 est.)

Oil - exports: 2.5 million bbl/day (2004 est.)

Natural gas - production: 83.9 billion cu m (2004 est.)

Natural gas - consumption: 85.54 billion cu m (2004 est.)

Natural gas - exports: 3.56 billion cu m (2004 est.)

Natural gas - imports: 5.2 billion cu m (2004 est.)

To name a few coastal areas of strategic importance:

Bushehr; Larak Island due to it’s proximity to the Straight of Hormuz and is a major point for oil export; Bandar Abbas; Port at Bandar-e Lengeh; JAM Complex – Asalouyeh

Simply put, use the worlds most powerful and unmatched navy into the Persian Gulf and use it to tweak a few statistics to:

Electricity - Production: 0 kWh (2007)

Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2007)

Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2007)

Oil - production: 0 bbl/day (2007 est.)

Oil - consumption: 1.51 million bbl/day (2007 est.)

Oil - exports: 0 bbl/day (2007 est.)

Natural gas - production: 0 cu m (2007 est.)

Natural gas - consumption: 85.54 billion cu m (2007 est.)

Natural gas - exports: 0 cu m (2007 est.)

Natural gas - imports: 0 cu m (2007 est.)

NOW we can talk!

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