The Washington Post reports that in a meeting with French, German, and British officials on Sunday, Iran agreed to suspend its nuclear programs immediately in exchange for a European guaranty that there will be no U.N. Security Council sanctions.
The Bush administration remains skeptical based on past dealings with Iraq, and suspects that this just may be an Iranian ploy to buy more time to continue with their secret nuclear program. As a matter of fact, just last week, the talks almost ended when Iran demanded two additional concessions:
an exemption on an early step in the uranium conversion process and promises that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would close its Iran file.
This situation could get very messy. Don’t forget Iran’s threat in August of a pre-emptive strike against the United States or Israel if it suspected an imminent attack by either of its nuclear facilities. Some have indicated that our troops in Iraq might be Iran’s first target. I suppose they might get an accelerated lesson in weapons if they choose such a course.