Sunday, February 26, 2006

Iran, Russia, and uranium enrichment

There's news today of a possible breakthrough in efforts to contain a nuclear Iran:

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said Sunday that his country had agreed in principle to set up a joint uranium enrichment project with Russia, a potentially significant breakthrough in efforts to prevent an international confrontation over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Russia's offer to enrich uranium for Iran on Russian territory, a proposal backed by the United States and the European Union, has been the basis of intense but previously fruitless negotiations between the two countries. If Iran does agree to shift enrichment to Russia, Iran would cede control of a key element in the nuclear fuel cycle and ease suspicions that it could secretly produce uranium suitable for nuclear weapons.

This might just work. Key word: might. We'll see.

(For some background, my last few posts on Iran are here, here, and here.)

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