Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Iran Considering Suspension of 20% Uranium Enrichment

Still Opposes Closure of Fordo, Shipping Out Enriched Uranium

Iran is considering a proposal by major world powers to suspend its 20-percent uranium enrichment for a six-month period and convert its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium into oxide for medical use, Al-Montor reported on Tuesday, quoting diplomatic sources familiar with the the Iranian position outlined at last week’s technical talks with P5+1 in Istanbul.

The Iranians, however, reportedly raised objection to suspending the operations at Fordo nuclear facility except for 20-percent enrichment and shipping out their current stockpile instead of converting it into oxide. They also did not agree to sign IAEA’s additional protocol for enhanced inspections.

File photo: P5+1 delegates at Almaty Talks. 27 February 2013 (AP)


Anonymous said...

What strikes me on all these negotiations is that China and Russia, the so-called friends of Iran, go with all demands and resolutions of this self-appointed group. Iran should be wary of these countries some of them were imperial powers just yesterday.
Why didn't they object to the demand that Iran close down its Fordow? Under which international law except that of the jungle?

mat said...

Come what may, IRAN will never ever give up or surrender its country peaceful nuclear energy program to the West's double-standard style of demand or order. It is IRAN's ultimate right just like any other nation in the world and no any single normal person will or can deny it, globally.

Anonymous said...

not a bad deal suspend the sanction against suspension of 20% Enrichment
irAN has enough 20% enriched. enough for some years.
if they want to make bomb, the ARAK-40 producing plutonium

Mark Pyruz said...

The Iranian position in these talks is easy to predict. They're consistent. The 20% issue is related to their medical needs and Fordo is needed as a means of defense. And the red line is their right to the nuclear fuel cycle. Simple.

The variable for some now has been the U.S. led position: when will it compromise and accept Iran's rights under the NPT, and how will it be able to take away sanctions.

Nader Uskowi said...

An interesting question! Pro-government commentators have a tendency to explain away Iran’s economic woes by reminding us that China and Russia are Iran’s newfound cousins, reliable trading partners and supporters of Iran at all international forums. But when it comes to P5+1, they use the word “Western” to explain opposition to Iran’s nuclear program; as if Russia and China were not in the room (just look at the photo on this post!)

I also believe there the economic growth in the world has taken an Eastward turn, especially with regard to China. But this is a historic, slow-moving trend at macro-economic level, and cannot and will not explain all economic issues regarding Iran. Not that simple! Iran might find itself at the opposite end of China and Russia in many economic and political issues in the coming decade, and vice versa.

Anonymous said...

This is all face saving option for the west as the Washington Post analysis of US failure highlighted the need to negotiate with Iran which holds all the cards:

Instead of the sanctions pressuring Iran into concessions, their failure is pressuring the United States into concessions.

Iran has also found legal ways to soften the bite of sanctions, using currency reserves of euros in foreign banks and arranging complex financial deals with rising Asian powers that evade the U.S. banking system, which is increasingly irrelevant in the new Asia centric global order. Marginalized US firms simply salivate from the sidelines as the astute Iranian businessmen cut deals with all comers.

So again… sanctions have failed. The coalition is unraveling and this isn’t even working as containment. It’s time for Obama Inc. to admit that their containment/all options on the table gimmick isn’t working or feasible, and neither is the battle-hardened Iranian leadership about to blink in face of hollow threats as the US dismantles its failed Afghanistan enterprise,and is scarcely in a position for the much touted "all options" gambit. The only rational option is to seek a serious dialogue with Tehran and work out a face-saving deal for all.

Anonymous said...

of course sanctions have failed and the Iranian economy is thriving. Oil exports from Iran have increased and food prices have dropped and the Iranian people are all richer and very happy.

Western tourists are flocking to Iran and Iranians are free to travel, communicate, possess all their human rights,and read newspapers that aren't entirely government propaganda.

Anonymous said...

Amen to your wishes.

Anonymous said...

Uskowi at 5;26PM, create answers to your rhetorical questions and double standards, by your puppets on this blog.

Nader Uskowi said...

the questions posed were, Are Russia and China as friendly to Iran as much as you think? If yes, why do they join the West in setting conditions/limitations on Iran's nuclear program? I believe it's best for Iran not to consider those two countries as "special" friends. Of course, Iran needs to keep friendly relations with them, but so is the urgency to maintain friendly relations with all countries, including the West and the arab world.

Is the Eastward move a historic shift? Yes, I believe so. but this is a historic, macroeconomic move that will take decades to run its course. Do not expect such move resolve all the economic mismanagement of the Islamic Republic. Think of today and the immediate future. do not hallucinate that such historical trend would resolve today's problems in Iran!

Anonymous said...

Uskowi at 10:25PM says:
-"I believe it's best for Iran not to consider those two countries (Russia and China) as "special friends".

After characterizing that Supreme Leader, Gen. Firouzabadi, Ahmedinejad and...others are irresponsible and harm..."the Iran", Uskowi continues its tasks suggesting to give up a hope and dump "under the bus" Russia and China, that opposed to expand the sanctions.

Old and present imperial(istic) rulers used the method "DIVIDE AND RULE" and that is one of apparent tasks carried by the (some?) authors of this blog.