On May 10, Raise the Hammer published an article by independent researcher Rudo de Ruijter claiming that the United States is bribing Europe to support its campaign against Iran by proposing an oligopoly in enriched uranium.
A country that wanted to run a civil nuclear reactor would have to buy its uranium from a consortium Washington is calling the "Global Nuclear Energy Partnership" (GNEP), a few countries authorized under a tighter Non-Proliferation Treaty to produce enriched uranium. The other NPT members would be shut out and would have to purchase their uranium from the GNEP.
A CBC report from earlier today marks the progress of this initiative. A group of European countries is considering offering a light-water reactor to Iran in exchange for Iran agreeing to buy its enriched uranium from Europe.
Uranium enriched to fuel a light-water reactor cannot be used in weapons, which require the fuel to be enriched to a much higher level. So far, Iran has enriched uranium enough to use as fuel. The International Atomic Energy Agency reports that it would take Iran at least another five years to produce weapons-grade uranium.
Iran has already announced that it finds the offer unacceptable, since it is being asked to give up its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has subjected Iran to an exhaustive, three year inspection of its nuclear operations and found no evidence of wrongdoing.
The CBC article reports that Russia and China, both veto-holding members of the Security Council, will not vote to use force in the motion the United States has put before the Council.
The US delegation knows that its Security Council motion will fail, and has carefully crafted it to do just that. Drafted under the Security Council's Chapter 7 rules, which carry the threat of sanctions and even military action for failure to comply, the motion calls on Iran to "suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development" - essentially, to give up its legal rights under the NPT to enrich uranium for its energy use.
With Russia and China already prepared to block the motion on the straightforward grounds that it is completely absurd, this "failure" of the UN process to protect American interests will provide a convenient cover for the US government to act unilaterally when it launches its military assault on Iran.
Last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote an 18-page letter to US President George W. Bush, asking to open a dialogue. The sprawling and sometimes bizarre missive questions the validity of liberal democracy as America practices it and asks how a follower of Christ could justify the atrocities that the United States has committed in the name of the "War on Terror".
This is the first official communication between the two countries since the 1979 revolution in Iran that ousted US client Shah Reza. During the present crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the United States has steadfastly refused to engage Iran directly in any talks.
What an unfortunate time for America to suffer a President who doesn't like to read!
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