Wednesday, October 20, 2004
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Euroweenies Seduced as America Watches

From the Washington Times:

Europe's three main nations are ready to promise Iran nuclear technology, including a light-water nuclear reactor, if Tehran takes steps to show it is not secretly trying to make atomic weapons, according to a confidential document obtained by Agence France-Presse yesterday.

"We would support the acquisition by Iran of a light water research reactor," said the document presented by Britain, France and Germany to Western nations ahead of a meeting of the so-called Euro-3 with Iran in Vienna, Austria, tomorrow...

The United States does not "endorse" the trio's approach but is watching the initiative to see how it develops. It then would reconvene the G-8 nations, which comprise Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States, (an unnamed) Western diplomat said.

We've been down this road before with North Korea. Under the "Agreed Framework" that the U.S. signed with North Korea in 1994 under President Clinton, the U.S. agreed "to lead an international consortium to oversee and finance the construction of two 1000-megawatt light water reactors (LWRs), to compensate the DPRK for energy foregone by providing 500,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil annually (beginning in October 1995) until completion of the first LWR, and to take steps to reduce economic and financial restrictions on the DPRK."

After President Bush was elected, North Korea acknowledged its violation of the agreement by continuing development of a uranium enrichment program, and the "Agreed Framework" became a dead letter. Now, it looks like a similar agreement is in the works with the Iranians. When will we ever learn?