The added inducement for Iran in the new offer is to suspend sanctions on trade in gold and precious metals, something that could be used as part of barter transactions that might allow Iran to circumvent increasingly tight financial sanctions.
That’s a great idea! For Iran. With increased access to gold and other precious metals, Iran would have little further need to enrich Uranium because it would be able to buy what it may need from its partners in North Korea, in addition to continuing to share nuclear weapon and missile technology with them. Those appear to be North Korea’s principal exports other than to China. It seems to be a great win-win situation — for Iran and North Korea. Iran’s Islamist friends in Syria, Egypt and Lebanon could also benefit because it would become less burdensome for Iran to assist them.
If I am right, what interests of “the West” in limiting nuclear proliferation or otherwise are thought likely to be advanced? Beyond, of course, being able to appear Neville Chamberlain-like to waive a piece of paper and grandly proclaim “Peace in Our Time.”
West to Tell Iran: Close Fordow, We’ll Ease the Sanctions
The West plans to offer to ease sanctions on Iran in return for Iranian steps to shut down the Fordow plant.