Major powers plan to offer to ease sanctions barring trade in gold and other precious metals with Iran in return for Iranian steps to shut down the nation's newly expanded Fordow uranium enrichment plant, Western officials said on Friday.
The officials said the offer is to be presented to Iran at February 26 talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and they acknowledged that it represents a relatively modest update to proposals that the six major powers put forward last year.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said their decision not to make a dramatically new offer in part reflected skepticism that Iran is ready to make a deal ahead of its June 14 presidential election.So the offer is to take away Iran's most protected nuclear site, a site that is fully monitored by the IAEA, at a time when it's nuclear facilities are being threatened regularly with attack. If the report is correct, this is a twist on that famous scene from "The Godfather," where Marlon Brando says "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse, but instead it's:
"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't accept."
Obviously, unlike in 2010 where the Obama administration allowed Turkey and Brazil to make the Iranians an offer in Tehran the administration were sure they'd refuse but to their surprise they accepted, this time they're not taking any chances with this most recent offer, knowing it is completely unacceptable for a country's leadership to render itself defenseless in such a way.