CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Overview of the Iran - EU Agreement

Monday, December 20, 2004

Overview of the Iran - EU Agreement

The Middle East Media Research Institute has just published a very long piece discussing Iran's agreement with the EU over nuclear technology. The piece is excellent and features no less than 47 different links to supporting documents. Among the highlights are that Iran has been guaranteed by the EU not to have its case refered to the Security Council. This has been reported on already, but is important to remember. In exchange, the Iranians agreed to
a "voluntary, non-legally-binding, confidence-building measure," the duration of which, according to the Paris Agreement would depend on two conditions: a) negotiations with the E.U. over a long-term arrangement regarding Iran's nuclear activity; and b) No IAEA resolution taken against Iran.
Surely we are not the only nes who think the Iranians made out like bandits on this deal? Another interesting bit is that
Iran's position throughout the negotiations was that in principle it had the right to engage in nuclear activity and to enrich uranium because of its membership in the NPT – and that it would never relinquish this right.
This does not bode well for the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran has now effectively used its status as a signatory to blunt diplomacy aimed at preventing Iran from doing what it signed on not to; yet another case of a post-Cold War twist in the former global order of things . . .

5 Comments:

Blogger Ramrod said...

Doesn't this sound just like the agreement that Madeline Albright and El Slicko signed in North Korea?

December 20, 2004 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Brian H said...

The EU is acting like posturing patsies. Oh, well. No one can stop either the US or the Iranian populace from deep-sixing that regime in the next few years. Inshalla.

December 20, 2004 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger USMC_Vet said...

Three cheers for MEMRI.

Fellow Adventurers, if MEMRI is not one of your daily information stops, then you are missing a fantastic resource. They are not a 'Breaking News' operation and therefor lag the events, but their analysis is incredible.

More importantly, unless you speak and read Arabic, there is no more complete source of English translation of Arabic (et al) language print and broadcast media short of the Middle East desks at the CIA and NSA.

Reading what they say amongst themselves is a far cry different from what is readily 'translated' (I prefer 'tailored') for your infidel consumption on the English al-Jazeera or the English pages of many Arabic-language news sites.

You should check out the (less active but equally valuable) MEMRI-TV as well. There is a lot to be learned from watching an Iranian Ayatollah deliver a fiery Friday sermon...and even more from studying crowd reaction (and often lack thereof).

Did I mention that I love MEMRI?

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December 20, 2004 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger El Jefe Maximo said...

In effect, it appears that the EU has concluded that (1) it has no strategic interest in preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons (either because the costs are prohibitive or prevention undesirable); or, (2) it thinks that a nuclear-armed Iran is a fait accompli.

December 21, 2004 at 11:12 AM  
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