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NEWS: Europe to offer Iran reactor if Tehran shows nuclear program is peaceful

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posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 08:58 PM
Germany, Britain, and France, are ready to offer Iran technology and a light water reactor if its government can show its not making nuclear weapons. The offer was detailed in a confidential document presented by the three nations tot he G8 group last week in Washington.

Europe's three main nations are ready to promise Iran nuclear technology, including supplying a light-water nuclear reactor, if Tehran takes steps to show it is not secretly trying to make atomic weapons, according to a confidential document obtained by AFP.

"We would support the acquisition by Iran of a light water research reactor," said the seven-page document presented by Britain, France and Germany to the G8 group of industrialized nations last week in Washington ahead of a meeting of the so-called Euro-3 with Iran on Thursday in Vienna.

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While the U.S. is pushing the IAEA to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council and institute sanctions against Iran, The three European nations are trying to implement a policy of "constructive engagement" to get cooperation. Iran has insisted that its nuclear program is for energy use only and defends its rights to enrich uranium as it sees fit.

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[edit on 19-10-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 11:42 PM
hmmm the initial reaction of most people to this will probably be "freakin euros have gone insane!"
This euro thought so too in the first few secs, but then the logic kicked in.

If Iran is going to enrich uranium anyway, and they do have the right to do it, then it is better to control it by offering help.
With the technical equpment, Germany, France and Britain will probably send people too, experts, to help build the whole thing. That way they will have people there, watching whats going on, they will have a friendly cooperation of iranian goverment and it might ease the tensions a bit, between Iran and the west.

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 11:44 PM
The other thing is (I may be wrong) is that a light water reactor cannot develop plutonium.

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 11:59 PM
Didn't Iran ask Europe for help getting nukes a little while back. I think the Europeans are obliging. Of course, they can't say so publicly, but they aren't interested in having Bush invade Iran, and the only way they can prevent it is to give Iran Ukes. How does Bush end up with these crazy policies?

posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 01:56 AM

Originally posted by FredT
The other thing is (I may be wrong) is that a light water reactor cannot develop plutonium.

Any fission reactor can make plutonium.
Actually any neutron source can make
plutonium, but reactors are usually cheaper to
obtain useful quantities. If Iran was really hell
bent on obtaining nuclear weapons they don't
even need reactors.. simply manufacture a few
million neutron tubes designed to run off line
current, distribute them among a few million
households and business, operate them for a
year with a shell of uranium enclosing them,
then collect them all and remove the plutonium
from the uranium.. instead of a TV in every
household turning brains to mush.. a neutron
tube helping the defense of the country.
Calculations show this is feasible in any
industrialized country with electric power
distribution. And there would be no way to
stop this kind of decentralized manufacturing
unless the country were bombed back into
the stone age, with no electricity at all.

[edit on 20-10-2004 by mockan]

posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 02:03 AM
Yeah the entire country made to watch 24 hour Martyr TV for 365 days, either that or Al'Jazeera with the new comedy based on the Osbourns called at home with the Bin Ladens...

I think our goverments are nuts anyway, selling nuclear power to any fudal nation is simply asking for trouble.

posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 01:28 PM
Good job Europe, using an intelligent idea to solve the situation instead of just blowing Iran up.

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