Monday, November 21, 2005

Iran Continues to Play The West

From AP:

VIENNA, Austria - Washington and its European allies will forgo pushing for Iran's referral to the U.N. Security Council later this week, giving Russia more time in persuading Tehran to give up technology that could make nuclear arms, diplomats and officials told The Associated Press on Monday.

For the Americans and the European Union, the plan holds the promise of success even if Iran continues to reject the proposal that would move its uranium enrichment program to Russia.

The acceptance of that plan, in theory, would deprive the Iranians of the chance to enrich uranium to weapons grade, suitable for use in the core of nuclear warheads.

But if the Russians fail to win over the Iranians, Washington and the Europeans hope Moscow and other key board members of the International Atomic Energy Agency now opposed to Security Council referral will moderate their opposition.

Iran is playing this perfectly. But, the thing is, so is the Bush Administration, who are, more than likely, simply biding their time, until things are finished in Iraq, at which point, Iran is in trouble.

Meanwhile, the IAEA now admits that Iran obtained plans to build nuclear weapons on the black market. Wow, Mohammed El-Baradei, and his fellow sleuths at the IAEA are regular Inspector Clouseau's, aren't they?