12 May, 2006

Coming To The Table

Sounds to me like Iran, contrary to the fears of a previous post of mine, is actually willing to sit down and talk.

From TIME.com, Iran would be willing to submit the following:
  • Iran would make an active contribution, provided that other countries with similar sensitive fuel cycle programs also do the same, to fixing the loopholes in the non-proliferation system and to developing a technically credible international control regime.

  • Iran would consider ratifying the Additional Protocol, which provides for intrusive and snap inspections.

  • Iran would address the question of preventing break-out from the NPT.

  • Iran would agree to negotiate with the IAEA and states concerned about the scope and timing of its industrial-scale uranium enrichment.

  • Iran would accept an IAEA verifiable cap on enrichment limit of reactor grade uranium.

  • Iran would accept an IAEA verifiable cap on the production of UF6 — uranium hexafluoride, which is used for enrichment — during the period of negotiation for the scope and timing of its industrial scale enrichment.

  • Iran and the IAEA would agree on terms of the continuous presence of inspectors in Iran to verify credibly that no diversion takes place in Iran.

  • Iran's readiness to welcome other countries to partner with Iran in a consortium provides additional assurance about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.
This makes things sound alot better than the alarm-filled tone of that post of mine over on Creative Destruction. Keep things going on the diplomatic front. That is how to avoid conflict. And looks to me like Iran will be giving the world, via the UNSC and IAEA, a vast majority of what they want.

[Turn Signal: Washington Monthly]

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