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.

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By Elad Benari, Canada

First Publish: 2/15/2013, 9:03 PM

The Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran

The Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran

AFP/Mehr News/File

The West plans to offer to ease sanctions barring trade in gold and other precious metals with Iran in return for Iranian steps to shut down the Fordow uranium enrichment plant, officials told the Reuters news agency on Friday.

The officials said the offer will be presented to Iran at upcoming talks with world powers on February 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They acknowledged that it represents a relatively modest update to proposals that the six major powers put forward last year.

The officials added that the decision not to make…

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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  1. Asylum Watch says:

    Obama’s next proposal will be to give nuclear weapons to all countries in the UN so that the world can sleep in peace knowing that the principle of Mutually Assured Destruction will keep them safe.

    • But, but, but . . . why only members of the UN? Surely there are many deserving rebel factions that would make good use of them as well. That may mean also giving them aircraft and/or missiles with which to deploy nuclear weapons, but that will be a great incentive for economic recovery all over the Earth.

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