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Monday, February 27, 2006

Iran and Russia Deal for Real?

Iran and Russia are said to have agreed in principle to a deal on nuclear enrichment. The devil is often in the details, so we'll have to wait to see what this will really mean. The Russians were said to be holding firm on a requirement that Iran cease it's own enrichment program for a deal to go through. If it all works out, this will be a major breakthrough, and a retreat by Iran from its firmly stated position.

A key to any deal will have to include unfettered access for inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which as of today is stating that Iran is not cooperating. Unless that changes, we will be right back where we started. Hopefully Iran is responding to international pressures and will back down. If it is just another stall tactic, the international response needs to be swift and firm.

Normally the chances of that occurring on any issue is between slim and none. The Iranian nuclear issue might be one of the rare instances in which that is not true.

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