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Iran Utilizes Delay Tactic

Updated

Iran says it's ready for serious negotiations on its nuclear program yet it refuses to stop enriching uranium. As reported yesterday, it even prevented UN inspectors from inspecting its facilities. Since the UN has given Iran until August 31 to stop its enrichment program before sanctions are implemented, it appears that Iran is simply trying to stall.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday that Tehran was ready to enter "serious negotiations" over its disputed nuclear program but did not say whether it was willing to suspend uranium enrichment _ the West's key demand.


The negotiator, Ali Larijani, hand-delivered Iran's response to a Western package of nuclear incentives aimed at persuading it to suspend enrichment. He gave the reply to ambassadors from Britain, China, Russia, France, Germany and Switzerland, state-run television said, without disclosing details.

"Iran is prepared as of Aug. 23 to enter serious negotiations" with the countries that proposed the package, state-run television quoted Larijani as telling the envoys.

Iranian officials close to the meeting said Iran offered a "new formula" to resolve the dispute as part of its formal response to the Western incentive package. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

"Iran has provided a comprehensive response to everything said in the Western package. In addition, Iran, in its formal response, has asked some questions to be answered," one official said, without elaborating.

European Union officials declined to comment, saying they needed to study the Iranian offer.

State-run television said Iran's response meant Tehran was committed to its promises.

"Iran's response suggests Iran is committed to dialogue and its promises. ... It is in contrast with America's policy of unilateralism," the television said.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany in June offered Iran the package that aims to persuade Iran to roll back its nuclear program.

My prediction: Iran will resume six party talks in the hopes of getting the UN's August 31st deadline moved back - after all, Iran will say, they are "seriously negotiating" and the UN will capitulate. Several months down the road, the negotiations will predicitably fail once again and in the mean time, Iran will have given up nothing and gained more inroads into its nuclear program.

Update: Hot Air links to AKI, which reports this:

Just hours before the self-imposed deadline, an anonymous source at the IAEA told Adnkronos International (AKI) that new centrifuges were installed at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility over the past two weeks.

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Comments (14)

Delay tactics? Now whoever ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Delay tactics? Now whoever gave them that idea?

In the mean time, we send b... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

In the mean time, we send billions of dollars in oil money, so that they can finance Hezbollah and continue to work towards nuclear weapons. Why the hell aren't we drilling for our own oil?

P.S.It is quite po... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

P.S.

It is quite posible that the libs are going to get us all killed.

So they are going to 'serio... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

So they are going to 'seriously negotiate' now. Does that mean they weren't 'serious' in prior negotiations? And if they weren't 'serious' before, why should we believe they will be 'serious' now?

Too bad we can't pick an uninhabitied area of Iran near a major city, say Tehran, and make a large glass hole in the ground to show them how 'serious' we are.

You are surprised by this t... (Below threshold)

You are surprised by this tactic?

If you were Iranian, why wouldn't you USE this tactic, since it works so marvelously well?

Once Iran nukes Tel Aviv, I'm quite sure that the United Nations will immediately condemn the act. What more do you want?

techinically we don't send ... (Below threshold)
jp:

techinically we don't send Iran any oil money, they are getting Euro's and whatever china/asia use.

1) we have an embargo against Iran

2) we use 40% of our consumed oil comes from Dometstic sources(this was about 70% domestic during Jimmy Carter days)...so do the math on the increase of demand while we do nothing domestically, and we have alot to get domestically

3)of the 60% we import, only 6% comes from Middle East and its Saudi...the rest comes mostly from Canada and Mexico, the rest Opec Nations like Venezuala and Nigeria(we refuse to buy Iranian and besides that its not much of a logistical choice to begin with.)

that said, in a macro sense our consumption/demand does drive up market price, especially when we aren't drilling domestically and exploring for our own. So in a macro sense those factors are lining the Iranian/terrorist pockets, just indirectly.

techinically we don't send ... (Below threshold)
jp:

techinically we don't send Iran any oil money, they are getting Euro's and whatever china/asia use.

1) we have an embargo against Iran

2) we use 40% of our consumed oil comes from Dometstic sources(this was about 70% domestic during Jimmy Carter days)...so do the math on the increase of demand while we do nothing domestically, and we have alot to get domestically

3)of the 60% we import, only 6% comes from Middle East and its Saudi...the rest comes mostly from Canada and Mexico, the rest Opec Nations like Venezuala and Nigeria(we refuse to buy Iranian and besides that its not much of a logistical choice to begin with.)

that said, in a macro sense our consumption/demand does drive up market price, especially when we aren't drilling domestically and exploring for our own. So in a macro sense those factors are lining the Iranian/terrorist pockets, just indirectly.

The UN will capitulate? Wha... (Below threshold)
Florence Schmieg:

The UN will capitulate? What ever would make you think that!!

jp:A few years ago... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

jp:

A few years ago oil was $16.00 a barrel, and today it is around $70.00 a barrel. We have a lot more terrorist and terrrorism today than back then. You do the math. I understand your point completely, but it doesn't matter as long as they are getting massive amounts of money. If we would produce our own oil, the money tree would dry up for them.

There is lots and lots of o... (Below threshold)
MItchell:

There is lots and lots of oil in oil shale of the western states, under sea oil fields off Florida and the East Coast, and oil from coal processes now under development by Sasoil and RTK, but the Nancy Boys in the Democrapic Party want you to drive a Yugo and feel the pain of the "Bush Oil" prices.

Bunch of stupid sons of bitches. It's all here if we develop it.

P.S.Its quite prob... (Below threshold)
914:

P.S.

Its quite probable that the libs are going to get us all killed.....

133.27% in fact!

I wouldn't mind it so much ... (Below threshold)
MItchell:

I wouldn't mind it so much if we fought and died united against Terror, but fight and die with about 40% of us opposed to the effort is an affront to all those who gave their lives for our freedom.

If we were a serious people, there would be a clarity of thought about the true threat, and it ain't Bush, that's for damn sure.

133.27% in fact!... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

133.27% in fact!

Stop it, you are sounding like Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passy.

It is clear that Iran is bu... (Below threshold)
Joe:

It is clear that Iran is buying CRITICAL time. The funny thing though, is that the world keeps on falling to the same pattern: we focus on Iran's nuclear program - "something" happens in the world that diverts attention - we slowly start refocusing on Iran - they come out with statements about their 'readiness to negotiate' - it takes a long time to digest and realize that these declarations are just 'time buyers' - we threaten them with sanctions - "something happens in the world that diverts attention - we slowly start refocusing on Iran - they come out with statements about their 'readiness to negotiate' - it takes a long time to digest and realize that these declarations are just 'time buyers' - we threaten them with sanctions - etc.
You get the picture...
My hope is that sooner or later the world will wake up!
But the longer it takes...the more lives will be lost.
Also, it would be interesting to predict when Iran will use their 'secret weapon'. Check it out at http://www.technonllc.com/blog




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