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Monday, November 15, 2004

Iran Plays 'Let's Make a Deal'

Iran has made a deal with the EU3 (Britain, France and Germany) to suspend its uranium enrichment program. At least for the moment:

The IAEA report said Iran had agreed to suspend the building of centrifuges and the processing of uranium into the gas state that is spun in the centrifuges for enrichment, two activities that Iran previously refused to halt. The gas can be enriched to lower levels for producing electricity or processed into high-level, weapons grade uranium.

Iran underlined on Monday that its suspension would be brief, and that it agreed voluntarily in hopes of building confidence in the world that its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.

"Iran's acceptance of suspension is a political decision, not an obligation," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said, adding that the suspension was "the best decision under the current circumstances."

Iran's top nuclear negotiator Hasan Rowhani said the suspension will last until the completion of negotiations with Europe over Iran's nuclear program.

I'll take this with a grain of salt; it's a move in the right direction, though. But, I wonder if the re-election of a certain President has anything to do with this?