Monday, August 01, 2005

Iran: Europe Proposes Nonaggression Pact

I seem to recall reading about a "non-aggression pact" in the late 1930s. Last time, it preceded a world war. That may very well become the result this time around, too. I am a bit disturbed to read that the Bush administration agreed to this deal. I hope Mr. Bush has still got the backbone to do wat is necessary and bomb Iranian nuke facilities. The West didn't have that in the 30s, and the mistake cost tens of millions of lives:

Iran: Europe Proposes Nonaggression Pact

Britain, France and Germany are preparing to offer Iran a package that includes major security assurances, economic cooperation and a guaranteed fuel supply. In exchange, Tehran would permanently forgo production of fissile material that could be used for nuclear weapons, according to U.S. and foreign diplomats. Details of the offer, which has been in the works since May and is near completion, have won cautious support from the Bush administration, U.S. diplomats said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The European trio wants to present the proposals late next week after Iran's new president takes office. But the Iranians have been pushing to receive the offer today and have threatened to resume some nuclear work if it is delayed or falls short of expectations. Iran's state-run news service quoted Hassan Rowhani, the country's top nuclear negotiator, as saying the deal was expected to include "guarantees about Iran's integrity, independence [and] national sovereignty" as part of a nonaggression pact.


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