December 26, 2005

Russia's offer to Iran

Russia made an interesting (and very good) offer to Iran but they refused it. From Iran Focus:
Iran rejects Russian nuclear offer
Iran on Sunday rejected an offer from Russia for the Islamic republic to conduct uranium enrichment activities on its soil, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.

"We have still not received the concrete offer, but it is clear that we will accept positively the propositions and the plans that recognize the right of the Islamic republic to carry out enrichment on its own soil," he told reporters.

Russia on Saturday had said its proposal to create "on Russian soil a joint Russo-Iranian undertaking to enrich uranium still stands," despite earlier indications from Tehran that it was not interested.

The Russian embassy in Tehran put the suggestion put to the Iranian government on Saturday, the Russian foreign ministry said.

"This proposal represents Russia's contribution to the search for a solution acceptable to all in the context of the settling of the situation... by political and diplomatic methods," it said in a statement.

The Europe Union wants Iran to accept the Russian idea that enrichment operations should take place in Russia without the direct involvement of Iranian scientists.
This points to the thought that Iran is trying to make nuclear weapons and that their ongoing program is not for nuclear power generation. The refinement requirements for each is different and it would be hard to conceal the weapons development if you gave the specific specs to the Russians. Posted by DaveH at December 26, 2005 11:13 AM