Brazil President Lula, Iran President Ahmadinejad and Turkish

Prime Minister Erdogan, after reaching an agreement that calls

for Iran to ship some of its uranium to Turkey for reprocessing.

 

 

Le Figaro, France

Tehran Moves Shrewdly with Turkey-Brazil Nuclear Deal

 

"By winning the support of two emerging powers like Turkey and Brazil, Tehran has left an important imprint on the international stage. Barack Obama had managed to isolate Iran and was previously criticized for the time he took reaching out to it. Now it's time for him to move."

 

By Pierre Rousselin

 

Translated By Philippe Guittard

 

May 17, 2010

 

France - Le Figaro - Original Article (French)

Iran President Ahmadinejad and Brazil President Lula, an ambitious statesman who has significantly raised his nation's profile.

 

BBC NEWS VIDEO: Iran signs nuclear feul swap deal with Turkey and Brazil, May 17, 00:01:51RealVideo

The agreement on Iran's nuclear program negotiated in Tehran with Brazil and Turkey is a deal that permits Iran to mislead the eye with the illusion of progress.

 

In fact, it's a reprise of a proposal that dates back to October 2009, and fails account for the progress on enrichment Iran has made in the meantime.

 

Seven months ago, it was proposed that Iran export 1,200 kilos [2645 pounds] of low-enriched uranium (of a total stockpile, estimated at the time, of 1,800 kilos) to be further enriched abroad to supply a research reactor [boosting the purity of Iran's uranium from 5 to 20 percent]. The Iranian stockpile today is estimated at 2,400 kilos. The proposal accepted by Tehran would leave 1,200 kilos of low-enriched uranium in Iran. Knowing that the country has since unilaterally begun to further enrich its uranium to over 20 percent pure and has repeated its intention to continue, the deal proposed to Turkey and Brazil has all the makings of a fool's bargain.

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Let's recall that the original proposal had the goal of giving negotiators time by delaying the moment at which Iran would be able to build a nuclear weapon. But what was valid that October doesn't apply today, since even if it exports 1200 kilos of low-enriched uranium, Iran is much closer to the threshold than it was before.

 

 

But in terms of form, this is a very clever Iranian maneuver. By winning the support of two emerging powers like Turkey and Brazil, Tehran has left an important imprint on the international stage.

 

Insofar as China and Russia, it will be difficult to call for sanctions without at least considering the Iranian proposal. Barack Obama had managed to isolate Iran and was previously criticized for the time he took reaching out to it. Now it's time for him to move. Now it's time for him to move.

 

 

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