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EU Gives Iran 2 More Weeks On Nuke Deadline

From the easily bamboozled at Reuters:

EU gives Iran time to clarify position

Saturday 02 September 2006

The EU have given Solana two weeks for 'clarification talks'

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to give Iran two more weeks to clarify its stance on halting sensitive nuclear work after Tehran ignored a UN deadline to suspend uranium enrichment.

Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief, will meet Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, next week t o try to clear up ambiguities in Tehran's 21-page reply to a major power offer of co-operation if it stops work that could lead to building a bomb.

Dimitrij Rupel, the Slovenian foreign minister, said after the 25 ministers discussed the issue at a meeting in Finland: "We give Solana two weeks for his clarification talks."

Iran did not adhere to an August 31 deadline set by the United Nations security council for it to halt uranium enrichment and has given no sign it is prepared to meet the conditions set for opening negotiations on economic, technological and political co-operation…

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, was quoted on Saturday by the Iranian Student's News Agency as saying: "Our nation is a supporter of peace, but it will not retreat an iota from its right to nuclear technology."

EU ministers declined to talk publicly of sanctions if Tehran did not comply and stressed their preference for dialogue

I'm sure it will all be worked out in two weeks.

Either that or the world will just pretend it has been.

Many are already losing interest.

Here is a chart from Technorati which shows the mention of the words "Iran" and "negotiate" online over the last year:

Interest seems to have peaked just before the war in Lebanon began. Which supports the theory that Hezbollah was ordered by their masters in Iran to provide a distraction.

It looks like it worked. And since then the concern is fading even as the UN’s August 31st "deadline" passed.

Mr. Ahmadinejad will get away with building a bomb because people are just tired of worrying about it.

And what’s so bad about a madman having the power to blow up the world’s energy supply anyway?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 3rd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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