Sunday, March 05, 2006

Iran Negotiator Brags About Lies In Talks with EU3

How does the saying go? Fool me once and shame on you. Fool me twice and shame on me.

Without a doubt, this is a lesson long learned by the United States in its dealings with the Iranians. Europe seems to be a little behind on the learning curve.

As reported in the Telegraph today, with a hat tip to The Religion of Peace.

The man who for two years led Iran's nuclear negotiations has laid out in unprecedented detail how the regime took advantage of talks with Britain, France and Germany to forge ahead with its secret atomic programme.

In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Teheran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear programme was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.

Iran has completed uranium enrichment equipment at Isfahan
He boasted that while talks were taking place in Teheran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake - a key stage in the nuclear fuel process - at its Isfahan plant but at the same time convince European diplomats that nothing was afoot.

"From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, 'The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything.' The Europeans used to respond, 'We trust them'," he said.
The EU3 shouldn't feel alone in their stupidity as I'm sure Jimmy Carter would have gone along too.

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