Iran: Give us enriched uranium, and we’ll stop enriching ours

posted at 2:31 pm on April 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Has Iran finally decided to settle the years-long dispute over its nuclear program — or just stalling for a little more time?  The regime’s foreign minister told the state-run news agency that Tehran would agree to stop enriching uranium if the West guaranteed a supply of already-enriched uranium for the country’s supposedly peaceful purposes:

 Iran is ready to resolve all of its nuclear disputes “quickly and easily” in a second round of talks with world powers planned for next month in Baghdad, the country’s foreign minister said Monday.

Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying that Iran might be more flexible if it could be guaranteed an external supply of enriched uranium — an apparent endorsement of a U.S. compromise proposal.

However, Salehi wants an expression of trust first:

The minister also urged Western countries to move toward lifting sanctions on the Islamic Republic, calling this a “trust-building” measure that could speed up negotiations.

Color me skeptical, but it’s not the West that needs to demonstrate trust in this case.  Iran lied for years about this program, kicked out IAEA inspectors, and dispersed its efforts to keep international organizations from determining just how far it had gone.  This looks like yet another stall, although it comes closer to agreeing to US terms on the dispute than ever before.  That may be a function of how hard the sanctions have bitten the regime.

The offer to stop enriching altogether is new, although it remains to be seen whether they’re serious.  In order for the West to accept those terms, Iran would have to allow comprehensive and ongoing access to observers, more so than before 2003, when the IAEA finally caught on to Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons.  Left unstated too was the issue of the uranium already enriched by Iran, and whether they would allow testing to see whether Iran has enriched it to the point of being weapons-grade. Salehi also pledged to continue enrichment for now in his interview with ISNA, saying that it was negotiable.

In fact, color me very skeptical on this supposed offer.  It looks like a public-relations stall, perhaps as a way to divide Iraq from the US, as this teeth-gritting statement suggests, emphasis mine:

His statements appear to signal flexibility after Saturday talks in Istanbul with world powers over Iran’s controversial nuclear activities. Both sides hailed the talks as positive and a new round was scheduled in the capital of Iran’s ally, Iraq.

Unfortunately, that’s not inaccurate.  It’s good that Saddam Hussein no longer has his iron dictatorship over Iraq and that his dreams of pan-Arab anschluss died with him (the reason we liberated Kuwait and ended up having to finish the job twelve years later), and it’s good that Iraqis have at least some degree of self-determination, but it’s nevertheless galling to see Baghdad being pulled into Tehran’s orbit.


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I move we give it to them.

In missile form. From a sub.

NoDonkey on April 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

That was our initial offer years ago…

astonerii on April 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

So you want to quit enriching uranium to build a nuclear bomb if we give you enriched uranium… to build a nuclear bomb?

What’s wrong with that picture? Am I the only one seeing this?

Turtle317 on April 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I’m transmitting this post to Vladamir Putin, Ed, I’m sure he’ll be happy to oblige Iran.

JPeterman on April 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

This is called taqiya, nothing more and absolutely nothing less.

SWalker on April 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Will Isreal pull the trigger?

newportmike on April 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Ron Paul’s sentient eyebrow agrees.

Bishop on April 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Obama will have more flexablity after the election.

nicknack60 on April 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football. I’ll let you decide which one we represent. Heck, it might even be the football.

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Tell ya what, we’ll drop it from 40,000 ft and you catch it!

thebrokenrattle on April 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

O/T but world/U.S. significant.

Communist is picked to lead World Bank.

Obama doubling down on democratic socialism.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Do they want it in airplane bomb form, or on top of a missile?

rbj on April 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

This is called taqiya, nothing more and absolutely nothing less.

SWalker on April 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

(i.e. The other side lies, no matter what. We should just kill them.)

I move we give it to them.

In missile form. From a sub.

NoDonkey on April 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Tell ya what, we’ll drop it from 40,000 ft and you catch it!

thebrokenrattle on April 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Do they want it in airplane bomb form, or on top of a missile?

rbj on April 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

And as an agreement seems possible, the usual suspects come out and express their real intention of wiping all the Muslims out.

lester on April 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Peace in Our Time! Or at least until November.

rhombus on April 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I say we hold off responding until they pay us Tuesday for that hamburger today.

Christien on April 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

the usual suspects come out and express their real intention of wiping all the Muslims out.

lester on April 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

NOT all of them, just the islamists, the bad ones, the sharia ones.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

And as an agreement seems possible, the usual suspects come out and express their real intention of wiping all the Muslims out.

lester on April 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

LOL. You are the Charlie Brown in this story, aren’t ya?

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Well, okay then.

In tomorrow’s news, North Koreans agree to stop nuclear weapons and missile delivery system development in return for a cable television system and a year’s supply of kim chee.

novaculus on April 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

lester on April 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

That you have a problem with wiping the bad ones out, is your problem. May you be first in line when they come for heads to be chopped off. You PC lefties deserve no less, in London, and in the U.S.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Haven’t we covered this ground before? If Hillary! falls for this, she’ll make Charlie Brown kicking a football held by Lucy look like a genius.

GarandFan on April 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

And as an agreement seems possible, the usual suspects come out and express their real intention of wiping all the Muslims out.

lester on April 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Is this Casablanca?

NoDonkey on April 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

This is called taqiya, nothing more and absolutely nothing less.

SWalker on April 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

It is, and this is the reason we can’t do business with muslim countries in any way similar to how we deal with non-muslim countries.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

And as an agreement seems possible, the usual suspects come out and express their real intention of wiping all the Muslims out.

lester on April 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Liars like you have had the distinction between Muslims and Islamists made for them often enough. The ongoing refusal to recognize the distinction exists, let alone that it is being made, can’t be seen as anything but intentional dishonesty.

Smearing with lies is your modus operandi.

novaculus on April 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

No. Give them Plutonium-240. It is perfectly good for reactor fuel, perfectly useless for bomb making.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Okay, I must admit to being ignorant of nuclear science. Can someone tell me if it is possible to agree to this deal and provide Iran with a source of enriched uranium that could be used for peaceful purposes such as generation of electricity, but which could not be used for building nuclear weapons? Or would any enriched uranium be equally usable for all purposes?

Shump on April 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

No. Give them Plutonium-240. It is perfectly good for reactor fuel, perfectly useless for bomb making.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

It’s also great for powering flux capacitors.

Shump on April 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Your money AND your life!

Rixon on April 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

IIRC this offer was made years ago before they started trying to enrich their own. They rejected it.

It’s a stall.

farsighted on April 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I trust our leaders to do the right thing.

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I think we should give Iran functional nuclear weapons.

We just airdrop them in and they can have as many as they can catch.

Rixon on April 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Actually, I don’t believe it would be that hard to deal. Simply assume that anything they say or propose is a trick or a lie. Ignore all promises of future actions. Any transactions must be reciprocal and simultaneous, and any ongoing agreements subject to ongoing verification.

In other words, ignore words and give credence to actions only. They get nothing for which they do not pay, immediately.

Frankly, this is how they deal with each other.

novaculus on April 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

This is gonna be hard on Romney – he’ll need to react to this.
Does he stick with the tough psuedo-cowboy lines he’s been tossing out, or maybe go with something a little more, um…presidential?

If he needs some ideas for the tough psuedo-cowboy, there’s some good ones here.
My fave:
‘I move we give it to them.
In missile form.
From a sub.
In their face.
While they’re having breakfast.
In their pajamas.’

verbaluce on April 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Sure. May we deliver it by air mail?

Cleombrotus on April 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

LOL

Cleombrotus on April 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM

We’ll send it. Look for the ballistic trajectory it takes to get there.

dentalque on April 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

verbaluce on April 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Sorry, this election is an evaluation of Scooter’s track record, campaign promises, outright lies, and projected failures. You’re trying to deflect again.

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Iran: Give us enriched uranium

No problem. It’ll be there in about a half-hour, tops…

Bruno Strozek on April 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Problem with this, is that they’re way too close to being able to build nukes already, and we only have their word that they’d stop. Not only that, but Uranium, even insufficiently enriched uranium, can still be used to build a nuke with sufficient know-how.

By now they probably have the know how, so this is a no go.

WolvenOne on April 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

End game or same old stall?

If you have to ask, then assume the answer is the latter.

Christien on April 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

And as an agreement seems possible, the usual suspects come out and express their real intention of wiping all the Muslims out.

lester on April 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

…Soooooooooo?…You got a problem wit dat?

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM

That was our initial offer years ago…

astonerii on April 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

yup.

ergo = this is bs.

either stalling or they believe they can have a secret/uninspected parallel program on the side.

reliapundit on April 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

End the sanctions. They do more harm to citizens than to government. End the covert war. End the public saber rattling.

Dante on April 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

rhombus on April 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Almost all the headlines are so positive. But I have had two sources tell me this is a useless show to get crude prices down and keep the ice on till November. These guys give investment advice.

Then Bloomberg just had a report from an insider with a very dark opinion of the progress of the talks. The word was “disappointing”. The expert is Emily Landau, director of the arms control and regional security project at the Institute for National Security Studies.

The MSM is in a mess since green energy is an abject failure and the Dems don’t have donors from firms that actually produce anything feasible. And hanging “big oil” fits the narrative so well.

IlikedAUH2O on April 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Sorry, this election is an evaluation of Scooter’s track record, campaign promises, outright lies, and projected failures. You’re trying to deflect again.

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

So said in a post on Iranian enrichment issue.
Oh, the irony..

verbaluce on April 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

I am sure that Obama gave serious consideration to Iran’s retort that they would be happy to quit enriching Uranium if the USA gave them enriched Uranium. Those ayatollahs. They’re really comedians at heart and can always turn a liberal Democrat Narcissist Marxist’s threats into jokes.

However, I believe that we should send them several hundred kilos of enriched Uranium, except upgraded into the form of weapons grade Plutonium – the kind that suddenly goes critical upon impact.

dockywocky on April 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

No they won’t.

Mimzey on April 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

And as an agreement [in Munich] seems possible, the usual suspects come out and express their real intention of wiping all the Muslims [Nazi's] out.

lester on April 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

No really… it’s peace in our time.

SoonerMarine on April 16, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Mahmoud to Hillary: “We’ll always have Paris”.

Hillary: “Mahmoud, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.”

oldroy on April 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Oops….relationship….freindship.

oldroy on April 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Read the core of Salehi’s comments (bold mine):

Iran is ready to resolve all of its nuclear disputes “quickly and easily” in a second round of talks …

Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying that Iran might be more flexible if it could be guaranteed an external supply of enriched uranium

.
… sounds like their enrichment system does not work.
.
How much money did they spend? Lots, apparently … they’re broke.
They have no money … TODAY. RIGHT NOW.
.

The minister also urged Western countries to move toward lifting sanctions on the Islamic Republic, calling this a “trust-building” measure that could speed up negotiations.

.
Iran is desparate.
.
If the West keeps up the sanctions, the Iranian regime will collapse. A great evil gone, greater evil prevented, and for very few dead bodies.
.
Smart diplomacy says “No Deal”. Let’s see what Joe “INTJ DOPE” Biden and Teh JEF do.
.
.
Yes, I too am stocking up on food, water and ammo …

Arbalest on April 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Cue the immortal words of Lt. Ripley:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCbfMkh940Q

Archivarix on April 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Sorry, this election is an evaluation of Scooter’s track record, campaign promises, outright lies, and projected failures. You’re trying to deflect again.

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM
So said in a post on Iranian enrichment issue.
Oh, the irony..

verbaluce on April 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Relevance.

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Same old shiite.

n0doz on April 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

To build a bomb, they need highly enriched uranium (HEU). To date, they’ve apparently had to convert the raw material. Give them enriched uranium and they can convert it to HEU more easily and quickly.

NNtrancer on April 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

SOS.

(Same old stall.)

J.E. Dyer on April 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

If Acmedidajob had grown to the height of a smallish first grader we might not be dealing with him today.

He has issues.

But we should still blow his arse up sky high.

At least he will have a fleeting instant of tallness.

Sherman1864 on April 16, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I say we give them some…already packed and in a nice neat metal container. When they take it to their facility, it promptly has an ‘accident’ resulting in a mushroom cloud.

MelonCollie on April 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM