posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 08:38 AM
The EU has been at it since November. I can see the points of both sides of the negotiations, though I can say I don't think either side is truly
commited to finding a resolution.
Iran wants nuclear power and quite possibly nuclear weapons. They have stopped their enrichment activities and allowed UN inspectors to visit their
sites. They have been open in supporting their claims that they want a reactor for peaceful power generation, but have been unwilling to conceed
anything to get it, which furthers the suspicions that they want to develop nuclear weapons.
Russia had stated they would supply Iran with enriched uranium for a power-generating reactor and would collect the spent fuel. This would have been
a perfect situation for Iran because they would have a gauranteed source of fuel without having to worry about creating or storing it themselves.
However, they turned the offer down, insisting on the indigenous enrichment of uranium. That tells me they want nuclear weapons, not a power
The EU has been half-heartedly attempting to negotiate a resolution. They have so far refused to escalate the talks to the security council for a
resolution, economic sanctions, and possible military action. Iran feels they are wasting their time talking to the EU, and frankly I agree with
them. The EU needs to get firm. Since the EU doesn't want to go the the UN Security Council they lack any kind of punitive power against Iran and
that is why the talks are failing. Iran has flatly refused to comprimise on the enrichment issue because it knows the EU will not punish Iran for
It's time for these talks to go the the Security Council. The longer Iran can hold out, the more advanced it's nuclear weapons program becomes.