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Saturday, March 04, 2006

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

To mimic a classic line from Claude Rains in Casablanca. Unfortunately, instead of being feigned surprise over gambling at Ricks Café Américain my reaction is to the following news story.

How we duped the West, by Iran's nuclear negotiator


The man who for two years led Iran's nuclear negotiations has laid out in unprecedented detail how the regime took advantage of talks with Britain, France and Germany to forge ahead with its secret atomic programme.

In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Teheran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear programme was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.

He boasted that while talks were taking place in Teheran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake - a key stage in the nuclear fuel process - at its Isfahan plant but at the same time convince European diplomats that nothing was afoot.

"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'," he said.

Euroweanie diplomats, I get the impression used car salesmen would love them.

He described the regime's quandary in September 2003 when the IAEA had demanded a "complete picture" of its nuclear activities. "The dilemma was if we offered a complete picture, the picture itself could lead us to the UN Security Council," he said. "And not providing a complete picture would also be a violation of the resolution and we could have been referred to the Security Council for not implementing the resolution."

Mr Rowhani disclosed that on at least two occasions the IAEA obtained information on secret nuclear-related experiments from academic papers published by scientists involved in the work.

Is there anyone still wanting to trust these mad mullahs?

The Iranians' biggest setback came when Libya secretly negotiated with America and Britain to close down its nuclear operations. Mr Rowhani said that Iran had bought much of its nuclear-related equipment from "the same dealer" - a reference to the network of A Q Khan, the rogue Pakistani atomic scientist. From information supplied by Libya, it became clear that Iran had bought P2 advanced centrifuges.

Thank you President Bush for that setback!!

I wonder, which stories will be considered important enough by the MSM and *TUS to repeat and analyze over several news cycles, Katrina is Bush's fault, Poll shows US soldiers want to pull out of Iraq, (fill in the blank) is Bush's fault or that Iran has inadvertantly admitted to lying about its nuclear programs? I would really liked to be shocked with what actually happens, but I just know that will not be the case.

*TUS = the usual suspects - the howling Deans, Koskiddies, Sheehanbots and Garafolo types


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