Friday, July 30, 2010
Russia, Iran and Diplomacy
UPDATE: Do we have a two-track approach--Brussels and Beijing--on this issue?
For if that is on the table, why did not Iranians take it in 2003?
And why have Iranian president and Iranian Supreme-Jurisprudent repeatedly stressed that they will not accept limits on their nuclear rights?
If that is the expectation in DC, I suggest that they will be disappointed.
Anyway, Iranians are much more powerful than Libyans - 10 times the population, better educated population, institutional framework of government, and entrenchment in the Levant, Mesopotamia, Afghanistan, and also Pakistan.
Furthermore, iron-clad security guarantees to Iran are not forthcoming. They are not possible.
And then you are adding support for Hezbollah etc.; that is a non-starter.
Best you can hope for is for this specific TRR fuel-swap to be consummated.