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THE man who for two years led Iran's nuclear negotiations has laid out in unprecedented detail how the regime took advantage of talks with Britain, France and Germany to forge ahead with its secret atomic program.
In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Tehran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear program was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.
He boasted that while talks were taking place in Tehran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake - a key stage in the nuclear fuel process - at its Isfahan plant while convincing European diplomats that nothing was afoot.
"From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, 'The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything'. The Europeans used to respond, 'We trust them'," he said.
Originally posted by CogitoErgoSum1
Not sure if this has been posted, interesting indeed.
The world is full of misdirection and all in the search for survival and power.
Who’s the bad guys who’s the good guys, is there even such an answer?
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
I would be a little more interested in this story if it didn't amount to a journo simply claiming "it's all completely and absolutely true" by way of substantiating this story.
Pardon my scepticism but since when has an unverified single source in a 'newspaper' been the be-all and proof of anything anywhere?
Maybe the Sydney Morning Herald - and Philip Sherwell, the correspondent in Washington who appears to have written this, for that matter - are well known to some of our Aussie members as having a distinct 'agenda'?
Originally posted by Curio
You seem hell-bent on giving them the benefit of the doubt...
Out of interest, how would you handle Iran?