“Nuclear debate in Iran could mean progress despite West’s growing impatience”

“Nuclear debate in Iran could mean progress despite West’s growing impatience”
November 24 & 25, 2009
     Outlining Iran’s contradictory signals on the uranium export deal proposed in October [previously covered here], Carol Choksy and Jamsheed Choksy argue that the heated and public debate among Iran’s leaders is a sign of progress on the nuclear issue. Pointing out that other international nuclear agreements, such as SALT and the NPT, required years of negotiation, the writers argue that Iran (unlike Russia) is a “novice” in nuclear negotiations and that the P5+1 and IAEA should pursue “patient engagement” (Foreign Policy).
     Most recently, Iran’s Foreign Ministry indicated that Iran was not opposed to exporting its LEU as long as Western powers provided “100% guarantees” of receiving refined fuel. However, Iran’s suggestion of a simultaneous fuel swap on Iranian soil may be a “non-starter” for the West (Reuters).
Foreign Policy | Reuters

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