The Iranian government today reiterated its support for a third party enrichment deal negotiated last week with the Turkish and Brazilian governments, and urged Western nations to support the move.
The deal is materially the same one the Obama Administration endorsed just a few months ago and was demanding that Iran agree to as recently as last month, but the US has condemned the deal, demanding Iran submit the offer formally for consideration by the IAEA, which they did today.
But diplomats familiar with the situation say that the prospect of a deal is very unlikely, particularly as the Obama Administration moves forward with plans to sanction Iran which were nominally designed to punish them for not agreeing to the deal in the first place.
The current official line is that Iran “isn’t serious” about the deal because they have already attempted to enrich uranium to the levels needed to make the fuel rods themselves, though these efforts have been very limited and Iran has verbally pledged to abandon the 20% enrichment if and when an alternate source of fuel for its medical reactor, the source of isotopes for nuclear medicine for hundreds of thousands of Iranians, is found.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- South Korea's President Moon Rules Out War on Korean Peninsula - August 17th, 2017
- Assange Meets Rep. Rohrabacher, Vows to Prove Leaks Didn't Come From Russia - August 17th, 2017
- UN Report: Saudis Killed 502 Children in Yemen in Past Year - August 17th, 2017
- Iraq PM Confirms Troops Abused Civilians in Mosul - August 17th, 2017
- North Korea: Nuclear Talks Only If US Stops 'Hostile Policy' and Threats - August 17th, 2017