Iran duped European Union negotiators into thinking it had halted efforts to make nuclear fuel while it continued to install equipment to process yellowcake — a key stage in the nuclear-fuel process, a top Iranian negotiator boasted in a recent speech to leading Muslim clerics.
"When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Tehran, we were still installing some of the equipment at the Isfahan site. There was plenty of work to be done to complete the site and finish the work there. In reality, by creating a tame situation, we could finish Isfahan," said Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with Britain, France and Germany until last year.
"From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, 'The Iranians are lying and deceiving you, and they have not told you everything.' The Europeans used to respond, 'We trust them,' " Mr. Rowhani said in a speech to the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution.
I've been convinced for some time that much of what passes for negotiations with Iran are being conducted in the spirit of deception by Iran. Their modus operandi is to reluctantly agree to whatever is necessary to keep negotiations open (then backtrack, then agree again, etc) and keep Europe and the US at the table instead of planning strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities. Meanwhile, Iran does what it pleases in secret. Mr. Rawhani speech to the Supreme Council validates my concerns.
How did we find out about this speech? It was in a limited circulation journal which apparently was handed over to the west:
The speech, which lays out Iran's policy of nuclear deception in unprecedented detail, was published in an Iranian journal that circulates among the nation's ruling elite.
So, now that we have confirmation, what will be the new game plan?
Mr. Rowhani's remarks were disclosed at an awkward moment for the Iranian government, ahead of a meeting tomorrow of the United Nations' atomic watchdog, which must make a fresh assessment of Iran's banned nuclear operations.
The judgment of the IAEA is the final step before Iran's case is passed to the U.N. Security Council, where sanctions may be considered.
Any guess as to the IAEA will react to this news?
Another interesting part of this speech by Rowhani is why it was given:
In his speech, Mr. Rowhani appears to have been addressing criticism from hard-liners that he gave too much ground in talks with the European troika, known as the EU-3.
Rowhani was bragging that, in fact, he'd really given no ground to the EU-3. That, in fact, they'd been essentially duping them while business was conducted as Iran wished under the veil of secrecy.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran throws out a well deserved "I told you so" to the west:
Mohammad Mohaddessin, NCRI's foreign-affairs chief, told the Sunday Telegraph: "Rowhani's remarks show that the mullahs wanted to deceive the international community from the onset of negotiations with EU-3 — and that the mullahs were fully aware that if they were transparent, the regime's nuclear file would be referred to the U.N. immediately."
Lying and deception. Negotiating in poor faith. How does that work in a muslim based, shria driven theocracy?
Apparently when dealing with infidels, all's fair ...
When the bus unionists were attacked and jailed recently in the capital, the West’s governments, unions and the liberals and many conservatives alike choose to ignore it. So, what does it take to get the MSM to notice any Iranian internal problems and the US to use them as a wedge against the Iranian government? President Bush’s proactive actions elsewhere have received little overt praise; why he continues in these efforts, I just don’t know. While I don’t agree with his policies on quite a few issues, including border security, I have the utmost respect for his attempts to safeguard our country while under such unprecedented attacks in modern times on his character and motivations for that effort. I think I would thrown up my hands long ago and said to America, if you don’t want to survive the GWOT, then find someone else to raise the white flag.
So, what does it take to get the MSM to notice any Iranian internal problems and the US to use them as a wedge against the Iranian government?
The bus union strike (and arrest of the unionists) was largely ignored, that’s true, but not because it would or could have been used as a wedge issue.
Besides, as pointed out in the WSJ today, those who should be interested in making it an issue are largely ignoring it. I’m speaking primarily of the ’fellow travelers’ out there who are usually keen on the rights of workers.
Lastly, without that sort of support (or at least those groups being vocal about such things, there are few "wedge" issues which will have any impact on the mullocracy.