Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Iranian development

There was a major development yesterday regarding Iran's nuclear program:

From the NYT: "In a sign that Iran may be willing to restart talks on its nuclear program, the country's chief negotiator did not immediately reject an incentive plan delivered by the European Union today, saying that the proposal deserved further study."

But that's not all. From the AP: "A package of incentives presented Tuesday to Iran includes a provision for the United States to supply Tehran with some nuclear technology if it stops enriching uranium -- a major concession by Washington, diplomats said."

I know I sound like a broken record, but let me repeat what I wrote last Thursday: "Let's not get too excited. This carrot-and-stick approach -- which is well worth trying, don't get me wrong -- is also an ultimatum. Iran must stop its uranium enrichment program or else. Will it?"

That's the question: Will Iran stop its uranium enrichment program, which is well underway (perhaps even further along than we know), in return for nuclear technology from the U.S. and various other carrots from the West?

I'd like to know the answer. What say you, President Ahmadinejad? Does this "incentive plan" work for you, or are you toying with us, stalling for time, committed to reaching your ultimate goal of nuclear power (and nuclear weaponry) in nationalist spite of the stick we carry and the carrots we dangle in front of you?

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