by Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy (source: Huffington Post)

If I were in Washington this morning, I would run down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to Congress with a big Brazilian flag, as the young Brazilians run down the Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo during the the “football” match, shouting “Gollllllll!”

Because with the news this morning that Iran has agreed to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey, in a nuclear fuel swap deal reached in talks with Brazil and Turkey that could “deflate a U.S.-led push” for new sanctions against Iran, the President of Brazil has scored a goal against the neocons in the West who want to gin up confrontation with Iran towards a future military conflict.

AP reports:

Iran agreed Monday to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap deal that could ease the international standoff over the country’s disputed nuclear program and deflate a U.S.-led push for tougher sanctions.

The deal was reached in talks with Brazil and Turkey, elevating a new group of mediators for the first time in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities. The agreement was nearly identical to a U.N.-drafted plan that Washington and its allies have been pressing Tehran for the past six months to accept in order to deprive Iran – at least temporarily – of enough stocks of enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon.

If the deal is “nearly identical” to the plan that the U.S. has been pressing, then we should all be celebrating, right?

Not the right-wing German government, apparently.

The key question is whether the agreement fulfills the demands that the U.N. and the International Atomic Energy Agency has made of Tehran, German government spokesman Christoph Steegmans said.

Steegmans noted that the point remains whether Iran suspends enrichment of nuclear material at home, raising a possible sticking point since the agreement reaffirmed Tehran’s right to enrichment activities for peaceful purposes.

But the demand that Iran suspend the enrichment of nuclear material was never part of the fuel swap deal, and indeed the whole point of the fuel swap deal was to deescalate tensions around Iran’s growing stockpile of enriched uranium without recourse to the politically unachievable demand that Iran suspend enrichment of uranium. Everyone involved in the diplomacy knows that “suspension of enrichment” crosses a red line for the Iranians, so saying that the deal is no good because it doesn’t require Iran to suspend the enrichment of uranium is like saying the deal is no good because it doesn’t require Iranian leaders to eat pork on Iranian TV at noon during Ramadan.

The main difference between the deal Iran has just agreed to and the U.N.-drafted version, AP reports, is that if Iran does not receive the fuel rods for its medical research reactor within a year, Turkey will be required to “quickly and unconditionally” return the uranium to Iran. Iran had feared that under the initial U.N. deal, if a swap fell through, its uranium stock could be seized permanently. If the West is operating in good faith, then this difference between the agreements shouldn’t matter.


Iran dropped an earlier demand for the fuel exchange to happen in stages and is now willing to ship abroad its nuclear material in a single batch. It also dropped an insistence that the exchange happen inside Iran as well as a request to receive the fuel rods right away.

“There is no ground left for more sanctions or pressure,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister said.

That should be true on the merits, but it’s a safe bet that the “anti-peace, pro-Israel” lobby in Washington isn’t going to see it that way.

How will the Obama Administration see it?

On Friday, Secretary of State Clinton predicted that Lula’s mediation effort would fail.

Now the Obama Administration has to choose. Does it really want a deal? Can it take “yes” for an answer?

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  1. Falesteeni on the 18. May, 2010 remarked #


  2. rexw on the 18. May, 2010 remarked #

    “There is no ground left for more sanctions or pressure”

    With respect to the Turkish Foreign Minister, there never were any grounds for sanctions or pressure in the first place and yet it almost exclusively formed the basis of the vitriolic and malicious campaign by the evil empire Israel for almost a year.

    Their object, along with the majority of so-called US citizens ( Israel whores), commonly called the elected government, was to arrange for an American funded war on that country as we saw with Iraq and now Afghanistan. Just so long as they remain safe and detached from it all but naturally, pulling the US strings, so easy to pull these days.

    Well sorry, Zionists. Another chance at world domination down the tubes.

    Hey, while we are at it, remember how you can ‘fool some of the people’ etc. Well, Mr and Mrs Average American are going to wake from their apathetic slumber soon, realise that the media are twisted liars, that Fox is a network run by Jews for Jewish propaganda, that all the film studios are tainted with the six pointed star flying high, that music and entertainment are used for achieving long term objectives and finally, that their Congressman and Senators are not Americans at all, but Israelis and Zionists, fawning over each other as mandatory attendees at the AIPAC conference, like a bunch of idolising teenagers, desperately trying to outdo each other with sycophantic twaddle. Stomach turning entertainment!

    So when last week the Russians said that sanctions were not on against Iran, that really became the death knell for the Jewish parasites.

    They won’t give up though. As with Iraq and the WMD’s under every bed, they will use their smart media savvy (while they still have it), honed during the Bush years in their neocon uniforms to find even more frightening stories to be printed by the paper of disgraceful record, the NY Slimes and of course Murdoch and his contemptible Fox extremists.

    Common sense and reason are on the way back. Just have to get the Mums and Dads to realise that mainstream media is a Jewish creation by the Brothers Grimm and the real and honest truth is on the internet. Then get them to take a good hard look at their Representative and with the exception of a small number of patriots, throw them out. They have proven that their loyalty many times over is to Israel and not to their tired, much maligned, much used and abused America which will, given that kind of universal support, rise again from the Jewish slime and embark on a program for diplomacy and peace.
    Peace used to be the norm, a worthy objective, remember, that is before Zionism crawled out from under the mud leaving a trail of death, destruction, crime, murder and corruption.

    Watch out Senators and Congress men and women, honest America is coming to get you. You are not getting within a bull’s roar ever again of any place that allows you the chance to bring the country down.

    America is for Americans. Get it? Put your US passport in the box as you go.

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