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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Iranian Negotiator Reveals How He Duped Europeans

In revealing remarks, the chief negotiator for the Iranians as they tried to convince Europeans they only wanted a "peaceful" nuclear program. As the Iranians stalled, their nuclear scientists finished processing Uranium yellowcake, an important stage in developing a nuclear weapon.

Rowhani's remarks will go a long way to show that the Iranians have not held truthful or good-faith disucssions on its nuclear intentions, perhaps fueling either potential UN sanctions or air strikes by Israel or the US. ...

According to the Telegraph:

The man who for two years led Iran's nuclear negotiations has laid out in unprecedented detail how the regime took advantage of talks with Britain, France and Germany to forge ahead with its secret atomic programme.

In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Teheran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear programme was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.

He boasted that while talks were taking place in Teheran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake - a key stage in the nuclear fuel process - at its Isfahan plant but at the same time convince European diplomats that nothing was afoot.

"From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, 'The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything.' The Europeans used to respond, 'We trust them'," he said.

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