According to Bush-Cheney sycophantic "reporter"
Kessler, Bush's alleged support for the diplomatic "solution"
proposed by Secretary of State Condi Rice "suggests he increasingly is
determined to put aside a possible military strike" to "end"
Iran's nuclear programs – all currently verifiably "Safeguarded" against
diversion to any military purpose by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
And what is Condi's diplomatic solution? Well, it amounts to the Iranian Mullahs
"verifiably" committing suicide.
Shortly after Bush replaced Colin Powell with Condi, she had a munchkin
inform the conferees
at the 2005 Review Conference on the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear
Weapons, being held at United Nations Headquarters, that –
"Britain, France and Germany, with our support, are seeking to reach a diplomatic
solution to the Iranian nuclear problem, a solution that given the history of
clandestine nuclear weapons work in that country, must include permanent cessation
of Iran's enrichment and reprocessing efforts, as well as dismantlement of equipment
and facilities related to such activity."
The previous November, Britain, France and Germany (E3) – allegedly on behalf
of the European Union – had began negotiations under the so-called Paris
Accord, which begins with the E3/EU recognizing "Iran's rights under
However, for the duration of the negotiations – which were initially expected
to last six-months – Iran offered to continue voluntarily adhering to
an Additional Protocol to its IAEA NPT Safeguards Agreement, in advance of its
Iran also offered to extend its voluntary suspension of all uranium-enrichment
and spent-fuel reprocessing related activities.
For its part, the E3/EU recognized that these suspensions were "voluntary
confidence-building" measures and "not a legal obligation."
As we now
know [.pdf], more than a month before Condi's ultimatum about what
she would consider an acceptable outcome of their negotiations,
the Iranians had made a confidential offer to the E3/EU which included:
- Restrictions on Iran's nascent uranium-enrichment program
(a) a verifiable ceiling on enrichment level,
(b) immediate conversion of all enriched-uranium to reactor-fuel
(c) a verifiable ceiling on reactor-fuel quantity,
- Iran's foregoing its NPT right to reprocess spent fuel
- Legislative and regulatory measures
(a) ratification by Iran's Parliament of the Additional Protocol,
(b) a prohibition against development or acquisition of nuclear weapons
- Continuous on-site presence of IAEA inspectors at uranium conversion and
enrichment facilities above and beyond that required by the Additional
Condi essentially prevented the E3/EU from even acknowledging receipt
of this magnanimous offer.
So, on August 1, 2005, the Iranians informed the IAEA Director-General – who
had agreed to verify the voluntary suspension of certain IAEA Safeguarded activities
for the duration of the Paris Accord negotiations – that they intended to resume
some of those Safeguarded activities, which had now been suspended for almost
"Against all its sincere efforts and maximum flexibility, Iran has not received
a proposal as of today, and all public and diplomatic information, [particularly
the letter of 29 July 2005 of the E3 Ministers] indicate that the content of
the eventual proposal will be totally unacceptable.
"We have been informed that the [eventual] proposal not only fails to address
Iran's rights for peaceful development of nuclear technology, but even falls
far short of correcting the illegal and unjustified restrictions placed on Iran's
economic and technological development – let alone providing firm guarantees
for economic, technological and nuclear cooperation and firm commitments on
"It must be underlined that all States party to the NPT, without discrimination,
have an inalienable right to produce nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. As
this right is "inalienable," it cannot be undermined or curtailed under any
pretext. Any attempt to do so, would be an attempt to undermine a pillar of
the Treaty and indeed the Treaty itself."
Subsequent attempts by Condi to reach a "diplomatic" solution to
her "Iranian nuclear problem," went on to undermine the IAEA
and the UN Security Council, itself.
In particular, Condi effected passage of UNSC
Resolution 1747 on 24 March, 2007, which began with the Security Council
"Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear
Weapons, the need for all States Party to that Treaty to comply fully with all
their obligations, and recalling the right of States Party, in conformity with
Articles I and II of that Treaty, to develop research, production and use of
nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination,"
but then proceeding to "discriminate," explicitly denying
Iran all its NPT rights.
Unbelievably, the resolution even "called" upon all States to deny Iran
any items on the UN
Register on Conventional Arms!
what Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had to say when he was finally
allowed to address the Security Council, after – of course – UNSCR 1747 had
"This is the fourth time in the last 12 months that in an unwarranted move,
orchestrated by a few of its permanent members, the Security Council is being
abused to take an unlawful, unnecessary and unjustifiable action against the
peaceful nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which presents no
threat to international peace and security and falls therefore outside the Council's
"In order to give this scheme a semblance of international legitimacy, its
initiators first manipulated the IAEA Board of Governor and – as they acknowledged
themselves – "coerced" some of its members to vote against Iran in the Board,
and then have taken advantage of their substantial economic and political power
to pressure and manipulate the Security Council to adopt three unwarranted resolutions
within 8 months.
"As an organ of an international Organization created by States, the Security
Council is bound by law, and Member States have every right to insist that the
Council keep within the powers that they accorded it under the Charter of the
"The Security Council must exercise those powers consistently with the purposes
and principles of the Charter.
"Equally, the measures it takes must be consistent with the purposes and
principles of the United Nations and with other international law. Members of
the Security Council do not have the right to undermine the Council's credibility."
So, what do you think? Will Undersecretary William Burns, Condi's emissary
to the E3/EU talks, which will also include emissaries from China and Russia,
be able to persuade Saeed Jalili, Iran's nuclear negotiator, and the ruling
Mullahs to "dismantle" their IAEA Safeguarded programs? Or will Bush
the Younger have to "take them out," himself, before leaving office?