Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Iran president Ahmadinejad accepts nuclear deal terms.

Well, well, well...

I spoke the other day of Obama increasing the pressure on Tehran:

The US will provide new anti-missile systems to at least four Arab countries, and help Saudi Arabia triple the size of a 10,000-man force protecting its most important potential military targets from attack. America's Navy will also begin deploying ships capable of intercepting medium-range nuclear missiles off the Iranian coast at all times.
And, almost immediately, we have a result:

Iran's president has said it is ready to send its enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment under a deal to ease concerns about its nuclear programme.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told state TV that Iran would have "no problem" if most of its stock was held for several months before being returned as fuel rods.

Correspondents say that such a decision would be a major shift in Tehran's position.

The US said that if this was a new offer, it was "prepared to listen".

Now, if Obama was prepared to use that same carrot and stick approach with Netanyahu, then I am sure he could go some way towards forcing the restarting of meaningful peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

At the moment, bugger all is happening, because Obama seems unwilling to apply any pressure to Israel. But, as appears from the situation with Iran, sometimes pressure works.

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Steel Phoenix said...

The problem with this approach for Israel is that it would cost us way too many carrots, and we already gave them our sticks.

Kel said...

I know what you are saying SP. But I think you need to stop giving them some of those carrots. Especially when it comes to aid and UN veto protection.