November 14, 2004
Iran 'to halt uranium enrichment'
News outlets are reporting that Iran will its halt uranium enrichment program.
Is this a diplomatic coup for Old Europe? Or have they been shanghaied?
Consider Friday's editorial in the Wall Street Journal . . .
As more news of this deal becomes available, some questions to ask:
1. How will the IAEA verify any of the promises of the Iranians? How cooperative will the mullahs be?
2. How easily can Iran continue with a clandestine nuclear program while appearing to cooperate with the IAEA?
3. What is the current stage of any programs, clandestine or otherwise? At what point does the Iranian program reach a point of no return?
4. Aside from this agreement, what would a more robust diplomatic solution look like? The WSJ article suggests a deal similar to the one made with Libya. Is this even a remote possibility?
5. How will the Europeans describe this step in the press -- will they embrace it and say that it shows the desire of Iran to be a full-fledged member of the international community, etc, or will they be more cautious? This is important because it will signal the level of European support for other US diplomatic action down the road.
The Adventures of Chester will aggressively seek answers to all of these questions. Please continue to visit.
Posted by Chester at November 14, 2004 1:03 PM
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