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Obama's strategy on Iran shows progress, success





handfleisch
The world is a little bit safer today thanks to the new US policy concerning Iran.

Iran has made concessions to move most of its low-enriched uranium to Russia for enrichment and then to France to be turned into fuel rods to power a Tehran reactor used for medical research. It is seen as lowering the potential of war between Iran and Israel. Thank god we have an administration now that believes in hard negotiation, not disastrous invasion.

An expert on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 program:

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ASLAN: Well, it's actually quite significant. I mean, one of the major issues that we had with Iran was its stockpile of low enriched uranium. And, frankly, eight years of an administration that refused to talk to Iran unless it stopped its enrichment process resulted in eight years of uninterrupted enrichment.

And in an afternoon, we managed to make some sort of agreement for Iran to reduce its nuclear stockpile, its enriched uranium stockpile by about 75 percent. So that's a fairly significant deal.


http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/reza-aslan-iranian-nuclear-stockpile-negot
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Iran's Geneva Offer on Nukes: Progress for All

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1927537,00.html

Here is an article showing anti-Obama bias in the headline but with the same info:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/10/03/iran.talks.analysis/index.html
Quote:
# At Thursday's meeting, Iran agreed to allow inspectors into Qom site
# U.S. envoy also had crucial meeting with Iranian counterpart
# With flexibility, Iran has largely neutralized efforts to impose new sanctions
# Moves also blunt potential threat of Israeli attack


The Hope-to-Fail crowd and the jingoists must be very disappointed.
ocalhoun
handfleisch wrote:
to be turned into fuel rods to power a Tehran reactor used for medical research.

... And one of the end products of using it like that will be plutonium, which is much better for making nukes than uranium.

Iran is still walking on the thin line between giving up the nuclear program and getting sanctioned or attacked.
They're still using their strategy: appear to cooperate enough to avoid action against them, in order to buy the time needed to finish building the nukes.


Really, trying to keep Iran nuke-free is a lost cause. We'll just have to delay it as much as possible, and then once they have nukes, rely on deterrence just like we've done with the Russians.
Of course, Obama's (impossible) dream of a nuke-free world can't happen if the US has to keep an Iran-deterrent stockpile, so he's trying (probably in vain) to keep Iran from getting those nukes.
hunnyhiteshseth
ocalhoun wrote:

Of course, Obama's (impossible) dream of a nuke-free world can't happen if the US has to keep an Iran-deterrent stockpile, so he's trying (probably in vain) to keep Iran from getting those nukes.


Exactly. In order to have a nuke-free world, Obama would be required to first destroy US's own nukes to have credibility to ask others to destroy theirs and to prevent still others from developing them. But here lies the catch, the political capital and will required for such a decision is immense and I don't think any leader in near future has that. See how even simple, stimulus plan and health-care reforms are getting opposed and Obama is having tough time in getting those passed. So, it seems nuke-free world starting from nuke-free US is nearly impossible for Obama.
But if even one country has capability to use nukes the whole world wants it.

So yea, you can only delay development of nukes in Iran but you can't deny that. We also have recent example of North Korea, how it developed its nukes walking a tight rope.
deanhills
handfleisch wrote:
The world is a little bit safer today thanks to the new US policy concerning Iran.
What is the NEW US policy viz Iran? What is different from before? It has always been one with a hard line in it. Worst thing that Obama can do is to trust the Russians. One good thing that I can see however is that he does listen to his advisors. For the rest, time will tell:

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And let's also remember that the point of all this isn't the sanctions themselves -- it's getting the Iranians to give up their nuclear-weapons ambitions. Now, put yourself in the minds of Iranian leaders. Despite some major remaining technical hurdles, you're inching closer to achieving your nuclear goals. You've been watching the North Koreans very closely, noticing that even after they tested a nuclear device one, two times, the regime is still in power and, if anything, the carrots they've been offered have only become more generous. And you're willing to bet that once you've got The Bomb, you'll be able to sort out all those issues like your frozen bank accounts and airplane spare parts with The Great Satan.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/09/28/obamas_iran_trap
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