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  • Iranian Official Promises a Diplomatic Slowdown and Gloats: “Time is on our side”

    Hopes for a quick diplomatic breakthrough in the long-running stalemate over Iran’s nuclear weapons program have been dimmed by Iranian backtracking on a tentative agreement reached on October 1 in Geneva and Iran’s foot-dragging on future negotiations. Reuters today quoted an anonymous senior Iranian official as saying “Time is on our side” and declaring that Iran plans to slow-walk the diplomatic negotiations that will resume on October 19 by sending junior officials who do not have the authority to make firm commitments.

    This confirms previous suspicions that Tehran will exploit the P5+1 talks to engage in a diplomatic filibuster that will defuse momentum for further international sanctions while Iran continues to move forward on its nuclear program.

    The value of the “agreement in principle” reached in Geneva on October 1 also has been substantially downgraded by a blockbuster revelation publicized today in a Washington Post column by David Ignatius. Ignatius cited an article in Nucleonics Week that reported that Iran’s supplies of low-enriched uranium appear to be contaminated by impurities that could wreck centrifuges if Tehran tries to boost it to weapons grade fissile material. Ignatius wrote:

    You’ve got to hand it to the Iranians, though, for making the best of what might be a bad situation: In the proposal embraced in Geneva, they have gotten the West to agree to decontaminate fuel that would otherwise be useful only for the low-enriched civilian nuclear power they have always claimed is their only goal.

    Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal today reported that U.S. intelligence officials are considering whether to rewrite the controversial 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear activities. The findings of that NIE, which concluded that Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003, have been disputed by intelligence agencies from Britain, France, Germany and Israel. Even IAEA officials, who have long treated Iran with kid gloves and accorded it the benefit of the doubt, have been critical of the NIE’s findings. The recent revelation of Iran’s secret uranium enrichment facility hidden inside a mountain near Qom also has cast further doubt on the NIE.

    Congressional pressure is building to review the flawed 2007 NIE. Last week Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, urged Congress to establish an independent “red team” of outside experts to review the 2007 NIE in light of disturbing recent revelations about the Iranian nuclear program. Rep. Hoekstra is right: a re-evaluation of the NIE is long overdue.

    For more on the 2007 NIE, see: The Iran National Intelligence Estimate: A Comprehensive Guide to What Is Wrong with the NIE

    For more information on the Iran nuclear program see: Iran Briefing Room

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    5 Responses to Iranian Official Promises a Diplomatic Slowdown and Gloats: “Time is on our side”

    1. Patrick Scullin, Atl says:

      No wonder Gadhafi trashed Ahmadinejad at U.N. Read the funny story @ http://bit.ly/15Wtzv

    2. Leon, Durango, CO says:

      Phillips has put his finger on a specific that is lost in the discussion because nobody really understands the process of enriching uranium. If it weren't enough proof that Iran built the new enrichment site, the fact that they have conned the Europeans into cleaning up the contaminants ought to give the Israelis proof positive.

      Recall how Bush gave Israel the Bunker Busters a few years ago. By now they ought to have fitted them with nukes. I thought they would have attacked Iran's nuclear program before Obama took office. Now their situation is dire, Americans in Iraq probably will shoot down Israeli planes on their way to Iran. Democrats love to crap all over our friends and support our enemies, they've done it for years. Rob Emanuel won't want to waste the coming Iran Crisis, either.

      I figure Obama will press a losing strategy in Afghanistan so as to embarrass our military and give the Left more anti-military press. If we go bombing the Afghans with drones just think of all the civilian casualties that will produce. Code Pink loves Obama's new 'strategy' (see, it is really calumny) because it will eviscerate our Military in the end.

      You'd think Obama want Iran to have the bomb. What is one American city? There are plenty more where that came from. And gosh! What a useful crisis that would be!

    3. Freedom of Speech TX says:

      What did ANYONE expect from the Iranians?

      They are the primary supporters of terrorist groups. The ARE a terrorist regime.

      AFTER they obtain nucs – we'll join the impotent UN and "condemn" Iran.

      Meanwhile, thanks Russia, thanks China, and thanks UN. Any bloodshed coming from this Regime will be YOUR fault.

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