November 7, 2004


Preliminary agreement made in Iran nuclear talks (AP, 11/07/04)

Iran and European nations reached a preliminary agreement about Iran's nuclear program at talks hoped to avoid a U.N. showdown, but all countries involved still must approve it, Iran's chief negotiator said Sunday.

If approved, the deal could be a major breakthrough following months of threats and negotiations and could spare Iran from being referred to the U.N. Security Council, where the United States has warned it would seek economic sanctions.

The preliminary agreement worked out with Britain, France and Germany could be finalized in the next few days, chief Iranian negotiator Hossein Mousavian told state-run Iranian television from Paris, where talks wrapped up Saturday.

"We had 22 hours of negotiations ... They were very difficult and complicated negotiations but we reached a preliminary agreement at the expert level," Mousavian said. "It contains the basic viewpoints of the two sides. The four countries are to take this to their capitals (for final approval)."

First Syria, then Iran, that leaves North Korea.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2004 12:33 PM

Iran already showed they weren't detached from reality when they released the embassy hostages the day the presidency changed in 1981.

Posted by: John at November 7, 2004 2:35 PM

Yes, an Iranian promise is a promise.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 7, 2004 2:37 PM

More likely, the mullahs know which presidents are serious and would bomb them back to the Stone Age, and which ones - or which presidential hopefuls -- would not.

Posted by: John at November 7, 2004 4:08 PM

They were certainly smart enough to drag out anything serious beyond the USA elections.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at November 8, 2004 12:15 AM

AOG --

Whatever their desire for a hardnosed theocracy, the Iranians are most definitely not arabs.

In part because of that, whatever agreement is reached must include tough, long term monitoring.

This cannot be left to the UN and may not actually be possible.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at November 8, 2004 10:28 AM