Saturday, October 31, 2009

Iran Continues to Say No

Iran has--once again--said "no" to yet another Western offer designed to slow Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons:

Senior Iranian lawmakers rejected on Saturday a U.N.-backed plan to ship much of the country's uranium abroad for further enrichment, raising further doubts about the likelihood Tehran will finally approve the deal.

The UN-brokered plan requires Iran to send 1.2 tons (1,100 kilograms) of low-enriched uranium — around 70 percent of its stockpile — to Russia in one batch by the end of the year, easing concerns the material would be used for a bomb.

After further enrichment in Russia, France would convert the uranium into fuel rods that would be returned to Iran for use in a reactor in Tehran that produces medical isotopes.

Iran has indicated that it may agree to send only "part" of its stockpile in several shipments. Should the talks fail to help Iran obtain the fuel from abroad, Iran has threatened to enrich uranium to the higher level needed to power the research reactor itself domestically.

My guess is that we will continue to refuse to accept "no" for an answer. The Europeans followed this for years. And now we promise to be more like the Europeans.

Is it any wonder the mullahs of Iran believe God is on their side? How else would you explain the refusal of the leading Western powers to stop you?