October 3, 2006

$40 A BARREL MAY NOT BE THE FLOOR:

Iranian nuclear official proposes that France enrich Iran's uranium (AP, 10/03/06)

A top Iranian nuclear official proposed Tuesday that France create a consortium to enrich Iran's uranium, in a bid to satisfy the international community's demands for outside oversight of Tehran's nuclear program.

"To be able to arrive at a solution, we have just had an idea. We propose that France create a consortium for the production in Iran of enriched uranium," Mohammad Saeedi, deputy chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, told France-Info radio.

"That way France, through the companies Eurodif and Areva, could control in a tangible way our enrichment activities," he added. [...]

Tehran has claimed that it has 50 tons of UF-6 gas, the feedstock for enrichment, in Eurodif's uranium enrichment plant in France but has not been allowed to use it.

Russia sought to defuse the dispute with Iran by offering to conduct all of Iran's enrichment on Russian soil, but Tehran has refused. Moscow says it has worked out a deal with Iran for all the plant's spent fuel to be sent to Russia, eliminating the possibility that Iran could reprocess it for weapons.


They want off the limb.

MORE:
U.S. wins a united front on Iran (Nicholas Kralev, 10/03/06, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The United States is confident that Russia and China will join it in pushing for U.N. sanctions against Iran if it does not agree to suspend enriching uranium this week, a senior U.S. official said yesterday.

R. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs, also said the U.N. Security Council will insist on a clear answer to its demand that Iran suspend its enrichment activity. A "maybe" will be considered a "no," he said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 3, 2006 8:40 AM
Comments

"They want off the limb."

No, they want to do an end-run. Remember France's involvement with oil-for-food? Remeber them selling Hussen his first reactor? If they're in charge of Iranian enrichment, the Iranians will have a bomb in under a year.

They turned down Russia because Putin would have driven a harder bargain than Chiraq.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at October 3, 2006 9:27 AM

France will enrich it, Russia dispose of it. Letting folks do what they do best.

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2006 9:45 AM

"France will enrich it, Russia dispose of it."
By selling it to Iran?

"Letting folks do what they do best."
That would be "betrayal" and "corruption" respectively, right?

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at October 3, 2006 11:50 AM

Iran needs and will have nuclear power.

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2006 12:04 PM

"Iran needs and will have nuclear power."

Why? They've got plenty of oil and plenty of sun.

But if they really do, let them string a power line over to an American or Japanese run plant in Kuwait. I don't want the French or Russians anywhere close to this deal, because I don't trust them.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at October 3, 2006 12:14 PM

The same reason we do.

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2006 12:20 PM
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