The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.Netanyahu has already said that if Obama does not stop Iran's nuclear program, Israel will.
The proposals, exchanged in confidential strategy sessions with European allies, would press Tehran to open up its nuclear program gradually to wide-ranging inspection. But the proposals would also allow Iran to continue enriching uranium for some period during the talks, a sharp break in the approach taken by the Bush administration, which had demanded that Iran halt its enrichment activities.
If the United States and its allies allow Iran to continue enriching uranium for a number of months, or longer, the approach is bound to meet objections, from both conservatives in the United States and from the new Israeli government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Mohamed El Baradei, director general of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency, said,
Mr. Obama has little choice but to accept the reality that Iran has "built 5,500 centrifuges," nearly enough to make two weapons’ worth of uranium each year."Okie-dokie" should not form the basis of US foreign policy. An ass-backwards faith based policy upon which we hang all our faith on the altruism of Iran doesn't do it for me either.
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