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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Iran pushing back

posted by Jazz at 2/10/2005 07:07:00 AM

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Showing no signs of being impressed by any sort of bullying tactics, the president of Iran laid it out on the table yesterday for the international community.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- President Mohammad Khatami vowed Wednesday that no Iranian government would ever abandon the progress that the country has made in developing peaceful nuclear technology.

"If other parties [to the negotiations] are not committed to their promises, we will not be committed to our promises at all," Khatami told a meeting of foreign diplomats in Tehran. The Europeans have promised Iran economic and technological aid in return for cooperation on the nuclear issue.

Khatami then went further and warned of a course of action that would reach far: "If we feel you [Europeans] do not fulfill your promises, we will adopt a new policy, and the responsibility of its huge consequences will lie with those who broke their promises," he said. He did not say more about this policy.

Ah... American diplomacy at its finest. Push them hard enough, and they will push back. This next bit is rather important to remember.
Khatami reiterated that Iran would never make nuclear weapons. He said the country was a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and had reaffirmed its commitment to the peaceful use of nuclear power in November.
Wouldn't it be just a tad embarrassing if we invaded Iran, searched all of their nuclear facilities, and found out that they really were only making fuel rods for their reactors? Oh, wait... what am I thinking? This administration is never embarrassed about anything.

Continuing their recent history of showing more common sense than testosterone, Germany took an early stand on this.

Bush has refused to rule out an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, but German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Wednesday that his country could not support such action.

"We want to help Iran. We want economic cooperation. But we want no military intervention," Schroeder said to applause at a meeting of his Social Democratic Party in Cologne.

Good for you! Schroeder for preznit in '08! (Hey... why not? People are pushing for Arnold.)