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US Rejected 2005 Iranian Offer Ensuring No Nuclear Weapons

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by Gareth Porter,
June 06, 2012
France and Germany were prepared in
spring 2005 to negotiate on an Iranian proposal to convert all of Iran’s
enriched uranium to fuel rods, making it impossible to use it for
nuclear weapons, but Britain vetoed the deal at the insistence of the
United States, according to a new account by a former top Iranian
nuclear negotiator.

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, who had led Iran’s nuclear negotiating team in
2004 and 2005, makes it clear that the reason that offer was rejected
was that the George W. Bush administration refused to countenance any
Iranian enrichment capability, regardless of the circumstances.

Mousavian reveals previously unknown details about that pivotal episode
in the diplomacy surrounding the Iran nuclear issue in memoirs published
Tuesday.

Mousav


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  • I think you are also forgetting Russia offered to fuel the reactor for FREE!!!! The Iranians still went ahead with their uranium production and started coming up with excuses as to why they needed to stockpile uranium cake. It has been processed past the point of energy production but refined enough to be weapons grade. If they had peaceful intentions why go further than power needs? Right! Because they need to build their delivery system before they want the fuel.

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  • load of crap. Iran's word is worthless. Why would we enter an agrement that we know they would break.

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  • Wow....the first few lines in that article are so flawed!

    ...."France and Germany were prepared in
    spring 2005 to negotiate on an Iranian proposal to convert all of Iran’s
    enriched uranium to fuel rods, making it impossible to use it for
    nuclear weapons...."

    Fuel rods could easily be used to make dirty bombs. Dirty bombs won't create a nuclear explosion, but they would kill thousands and thousands of people, not to mention long term effects from radioactive contamination for decad More..

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    • @Armed24-7 just an FYI.... depleted uranium has a life span of 9 billion years... not a decade or century.

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    • @Armed24-7 Also. The uranium fuel rods can be used to make plutonium.

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    • @1shot555

      Yes, the life span is between 4.5 and 9 billion years and the radiation can actually get worse over time because of the by-products of decomposition.

      But if there were a dirty bomb attack, the area would be cleaned up. Though some cancer causing radiation can still linger, a lot of it would wash away, migrate, and dilute over time due to weather or man-made intervention. Hence, my time frame (centuries).

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  • Iran has always had the intention of developing a nuclear weapon program from the start. This is all hyperbole considering their original intent.

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  • Don't trust one word here. Porter and IPS (Inter Press Service) are anti-American apologists. Porter goes way back, excusing communists and genocidal murderers.

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  • i would be here all day if i was to respond to ever idiotic comment on here. If you know ANYTHING about the truth you would know that for YEARS Iran has been trying to it's true colors. Iran does NOT want war!!! Why the fuck do you people think Iran would want to go to war with Israel and America?? Do you really think they're that fucking stupid!? They have invited US and Israeli, UN officials to openly search their facilities. Israel won't even let the US in to search their facilities. Don't yo More..

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  • Here is a fuller time line which traces Iran’s nuclear desires back to the 1950’s.
    http://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/timeline-irans-nuclear-activities

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  • President Bush is an asshat because we all know there is no way fuel rods can be used in the course of producing Nuclear Weapons, And the Iranians are completely trustworthy.

    And besides, we all know that despite sitting on 10,000 years worth of oil, they absolutely cannot get by without nukes.

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  • Very good job USA. Thank you very much.. NOT ! :)

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  • "making it impossible to use it for nuclear weapons"

    Bullshit. There's a lie in the first sentence. Should I bother to keep reading?

    Figures Lost would post a bullshit article from an America-hating terrorist defending piece of shit.

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    • @ST0N3PONY "Should I bother to keep reading?"

      to be honest, most of what i post isnt meant for guys like you to begin with, but since you are an expert on the nuclear fuel cycle can you explain to a layman like me why the sentence is a lie

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    • @LostSomewhereInSpace It's not meant for me because I don't automatically swallow any bullshit...

      Uranium exposed to radiation (neutron radiation I believe), creates plutonium.

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    • @ST0N3PONY "It's not meant for me because I don't automatically swallow any bullshit..."

      but you listen to fox news, glenn beck, sean hannity, and bill oriely

      "Uranium exposed to radiation (neutron radiation I believe), creates plutonium."

      again im not an expert in this field but just cause the process creates plutonium doesnt necessarily mean they can just turn it into a nuclear bomb does it ?

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    • @LostSomewhereInSpace I read and listen to a lot of sources, you rant about Fox because your conspiroloon sources tell you to. You post bullshit from terrorist supporting America-hating leftists, because your liberal and conspiracy theorist sources tell you to.

      No, they can't just turn fuel rods in to bombs. They can process the fuel however. I'm sure you believe it's a massive Jewish conspiracy though.

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    • @ST0N3PONY "I read and listen to a lot of sources, you rant about Fox because your conspiroloon sources tell you to. You post bullshit from terrorist supporting America-hating leftists, because your liberal and conspiracy theorist sources tell you to."

      i just posted a story i saw on google news for people to comment on, you feel the need to use it as an excuse to call me an america hating leftist because your right wing radical fox news sources tell you to.

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  • USA is israels b*tch lol

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  • Do you really want these retards handling nuclear energy in any way? The japs can barely keep their shit together. Imagine these fuck heads.

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  • 'Britain vetoed the deal at the insistence of the United States'...F.ck Blair put this country to shame didn't he

    Why doen't he just move to Nebraska and join the Mormon, Christian Zionist, Puritan church and wear tank tops for the rest of his live...

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  • the more the west messes around in the mid east trying to reshape it's politics, the more I seem to think that those the west have it in for are right.

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