The P5+1 Talks with Iran and Steven Erlanger’s Cognitive Dissonance

by Mar 3, 2013Foreign Policy0 comments

The U.S. has continued to insist on its demand that Iran shut down its enrichment plant at Fordo.

Steven Erlanger in the New York Times writes that the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, and France) plus Germany (the P5+1) have “dropped their demand that Iran shut down its enrichment plant at Fordo, built deep underneath a mountain, instead insisting that Iran suspend enrichment work there”. In other words, the U.S. has continued to insist on its demand that Iran shut down its enrichment plant at Fordo.

Erlanger adds that the P5+1 “also agreed, in another apparent softening, that Iran could keep a small amount of 20 percent enriched uranium”. In other words, the U.S. has continued to demand that Iran surrender its “inalienable right” under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes in exchange for permission from the U.S. to enrich small amounts of uranium to 20%, which Iran already has a right to do.

Much further down in Erlanger’s article, he writes that: “One American official denied that there was any ‘softening of our position'”. Indeed, the anonymous official seems to be much more up to speed about what is going on than Erlanger, despite Erlanger’s dismissal of the the accuracy of the official’s statement.

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