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‘Powers’ To Pay Iran To Develop Nukes

From those lovers of nuclear proliferation at Reuters:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, south of Tehran, April 8, 2008.

Major powers agree on new incentives offer to Iran

By Adrian Croft and Arshad Mohammed

LONDON (Reuters) – Major powers agreed on Friday to make a new offer of incentives to Iran to halt its sensitive nuclear work and a European diplomat said helping Tehran develop civil atomic power remained at the heart of the proposal.

The offer, whose details have not been made public, is based on a package of economic and political benefits laid out by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany in June 2006 but so far spurned by Iran.

“I am glad to say that we have got agreement on an offer that will be made to the government of Iran,” said British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, flanked by senior officials from China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

We very much hope that they will recognize the seriousness and the sincerity with which we have approached this issue and that they will respond in a timely manner to the suggestions that we are making,” he added…

The incentives offered to Iran in 2006 included civil nuclear cooperation and wider trade in civil aircraft, energy, high technology and agriculture, if Tehran suspended uranium enrichment and negotiated with the six…

The 2006 proposal included recognition of Iran’s right to develop civil nuclear energy, a promise to support the building of new, proliferation-resistant light water reactors and guarantees that Iran would have access to fuel.

Russia has been the main country to promote the idea of refreshing the June 2006 offer while the United States has made no secret of its skepticism, with U.S. officials saying they saw little reason to expect Iran to change course.

The European diplomat said the heart of the previous offer — helping Iran develop civil nuclear power, including with state-of-the-art technology — remained.

“The central part is maintained. It also contains a series of elements that can make the core more attractive,” said the diplomat, who asked not to be named. “It relates to economic issues,” the diplomat added, declining to elaborate…

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said attacking Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons was not an option.

We have to do everything we could to avoid finding ourselves faced with the only solution of bombing Iran,” he told a news conference through an interpreter. “The only option is to pressure the Iranian government through diplomatic means, economic means, and financial means.” …

The Bush administration, reversing its policy, agreed to offer incentives to Iran in 2005, and to broaden the proposal in 2006, only with great reluctance.

Yes, we must give them “incentives” (aka billions of taxpayer dollars) to allow us to help them develop their nuclear power program.

Yet another brilliant triumph of our foreign policy — and of course the United Nations.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 2nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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