Obama May Drop Key Pre-Condition For Iran Talks
Well, he did say he would sit down with Mohmoud Ahmadinejad without any pre-conditions. I supposed this is a step in that direction
The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.
Great news! Let Iran keep attempting to produce weapons grade nuclear materials (if they are) while negotiating to shut down the program. That should work out well, eh? They’ll finally agree to shut down the program in about 10-20 years, when they have a good stockpile of nuclear weapons.
So, can we say that Obama’s promise to rid the world of nuclear weapons are toast? Numbers 195, 384, and 415. Just words.
The proposals, exchanged in confidential strategy sessions with European allies, would press Tehran to open up its nuclear program gradually to wide-ranging inspection. But the proposals would also allow Iran to continue enriching uranium for some period during the talks. That would be a sharp break from the approach taken by the Bush administration, which had demanded that Iran halt its enrichment activities, at least briefly to initiate negotiations.
Can the Obama administration keep anything secret? And, yes, it is a sharp break. A sharp break towards appeasement.