Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Iran's Nukes: First The Good News...

...Condi Rice has confirmed that the EU3--France, Germany and Great Britain--are negotiating with Iran about their nuclear weapons program right now.

The bad news? It didn't work the last time:

Iran duped European Union negotiators into thinking it had halted efforts to make nuclear fuel while it continued to install equipment to process yellowcake -- a key stage in the nuclear-fuel process, a top Iranian negotiator boasted in a recent speech to leading Muslim clerics.

When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Tehran, we were still installing some of the equipment at the Isfahan site. There was
plenty of work to be done to complete the site and finish the work there. In reality, by creating a tame situation, we could finish Isfahan," said Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with Britain, France and Germany until last year.

"From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, 'The Iranians are lying and deceiving you, and they have not told you everything.' The Europeans used to respond, 'We trust them,'?" Mr. Rowhani said in a speech to the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution.