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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

No Progress On Iran and Nuclear Enrichment

There are reasons that Iran is on top of the agenda.

Diplomats familiar with the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the atmosphere between the two sides had improved during the second round, held in Geneva Jan. 17.But they agreed that no progress is being made on the Europeans' insistence that Iran's present
temporary suspension of its enrichment programs be turned into a commitment to permanently mothball all such activities.

"The two positions cannot coexist," said one of the diplomats, from a West European nation. "If the impasse cannot be resolved, then there will be no solution," clearing the path for Iran to
resume work on activities that will allow it to enrich uranium, he said.

Iran publicly insists it only seeks to make low-grade enriched uranium for generating power. The United States and other countries say that once the program is fully active, Iran will use it to make weapons grade uranium for the core of nuclear missiles.

The summary of the last meeting suggests that at those talks, Iran privately acknowledged what Washington and its allies have argued all along - that as an oil rich country, it does not need nuclear energy.

"Iran recognizes explicitly that its fuel cycle program cannot be justified on economic grounds," the summary said.


The Mossad views Iran’s nuclear weapons project as the greatest threat to Israel today. The Mossad chief left no doubt that the ayatollahs in Teheran will wind up with nuclear weapons within a couple of years in they are not forced to halt.

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